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Vocational Service

One of Rotary’s avenue of service is that of Vocational Service. Afterall Rotary was founded by Paul Harris as a Business Networking organisation helping others in the community.

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

We have club members volunteering their vocational skills on a community or international service project. RCBB has a number of members leading District Projects and as Assistant Governors.

Recognition of Business Excellence

Annually the Rotary Club recognises local businesses or people  that have shown excellence in the Business Community by awarding Vocational Service Awards

In 2015, the Club recognised the Patterson run Commodore Hotel for the Business Excellence Award.  This was presented by District Governor Liz Courtney to Ken and Michael Patterson for this contributions.

Commodre hotel

A Vocational Service Award has been awarded to Brian Price, Principal of Breens Intermediate School in Christchurch

vocation service award

For many years the local speech contest has been held at Breens Intermediate


Expanding Knowledge in Business

Throughout the year, the Rotary Club will visit a local business to gain further insight into how the business is run and the contributions that it is making to the Community.

Workplace visits have included:

  • Air New Zealand Engineering Base
  • Enztec - an export orientated innovator, developer and manufacturer which is a leading supplier of orthopaedic tools used by surgeons worldwide for joint replacements.
  • Airways Control Tower at Christchurch Airport
  • Ravensdown Fertilizer
  • Airforce World at Wigram
  • NZ Blood Service
  • Rendezvous Hotel

Business Speakers

Many of our speakers to our Club Meetings are from the local Business Community who come along and provide further insight into business in Christchurch and elsewhere.

Speakers have included:

  • Peter Coker: Martin Jet Pack
  • Jim Boult: Christchurch International Airport
  • Rotary Australian Vocation Training Team: The study & observation of Australian Bush Fires & Canterbury Earthquakes
  • Jo Pennycuick: Redesign Group - “Global Design Experience
  • Duncan Gibb: SCIRT - “Building a Better Christchurch”
  • Anthony Gough: Development Entrepreneur
  • David Elliot: Structural Engineer for Knox Church Rebuilt

Job Talks

Regularly one of our own members will present to the Club on his or life which incorporates their progression in the various career fields that they have done. These talks are always well received by members and you usually find out so much more about that member.

It’s also a way to encourage Professional and Personal Development.

Rotary enables Business Networking

First and foremost our members are currently or have been in business themselves. Rotary enables to talk with fellow members about their business experiences either at our regular meetings or at other event

Be a gift to the world Rotary Theme for the 2015-16 Year

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