Posted by Rita Brown on Jul 06, 2018
Learn more about the Lima Rotary Club's Avenues of Service Awards that are presented at the Changing of the Guard.
Rotary was founded on principles that remain at the heart of the organization today.  These principles reflect our core values – integrity, diversity, service, leadership and fellowship or friendship.  Our core values emerge as themes in our guiding principles.  
As Rotarians, we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.  They include: Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service, and Youth Service.
•   Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.  Members perform Club Service in a number of ways including:
  • Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Chaplain
  • Music or 4-way test
  • Fellowship
  • Programs
  • Committees and Events
•    Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.  Programs and projects currently in place include:
  • Rotary Christmas Party – For Special Needs Children
  • Annual Christmas Auction
  • Annual Rotary Blood Clinic
  • Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
  • Rotary River Walk
  • Rotary Pavilion
  • Kendrick Woods All People’s Trail
•    International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • EREY  Every Rotarian Every Year, Paul Harris Fellowships
  • MESA Medical Supplies and Equipment Abroad
  • Group Exchange
  • Youth Exchange
•    Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and to contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. The concept of vocational service calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, you can put these ideals into action by
  • Talking about your vocation in your club, and taking time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
  • Using your professional skills to serve a community.
  • Practicing your profession with integrity, and inspiring others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  • Helping a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
  • Guiding and encouraging others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.
•    Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as 
IN 2013, the Board decided to name the Five Avenues after former members who exemplified that area of service in their lives.  Thus the Awards are now named as follows:
  • Rex Perry Club Service Award
  • Rudolph Community Service Award
  • Goodnight International Service Award
  • Wemmer Vocational Service Award
  • Hulsken Youth Services Award