Chair Vocational service
Tony Luck
P: 0410332148 

Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession".

Vocational Service is the cornerstone of Rotary and was the key to the beginning of the Rotary ethos of service above self. Rotary's founder Paul Harris recognised that people could use their vocation to help others in the community and thus Rotary was formed and has been serving its local and international community for over 100 years.

The objective of Vocational Service is to:
  • Adhere to and promote high ethical standards in all their business dealings,
  • Recognise the worthiness of all occupations, and
  • Contribute individual professional expertise and skills to addressing societal problems and needs
Vocational Service therefore asks Rotarians to be ethical leaders and to serve others through their professions; to practice high ethical standards; and to advance international understanding and goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship.
Some more information about Vocational Service:
  • Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)                                               Dot Hennessy OAM
  • Police Officer of the Year (POOTY)                                              John Given OAM
  • Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA)      Warwick Richardson
  • Rotary Inspirational Woman Awards (RIWA)                            Rae-Anne Medforth
  • Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)                         Fi Shewring
  • World Skills                                                                                     Dot Hennessy OAM
  • Service Officer of the Year (SOOTY)                                           Tony Luck
  • Vocational Training Team (VTT)                                                  Paul Marshall
Please contact us if you would like a chat, Club visit and/or support in any way.
Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)


  • Australia’s pre-eminent youth organisation working with Police and community
  • to empower young people to reach their potential.
  • PCYC gets young people active in life and seeks to develop their skills, character and leadership.

Contact: Dot Hennessy   P: 0412 120 314

NSW Police Officer of the Year (POOTY)


  • Each year, Rotary Clubs of NSW and the NSW Police Force recognise professional excellence and dedication of service by officers and civilian staff at the NSW Police Officer of the Year awards.
  • State based awards for NSW Police which commenced in 2010
  • The awards cover ten categories to reflect all aspects of policing including sworn and nonsworn officers, civilian employees and volunteers.
  • Using the criterion of ‘Service above Self’, three finalists are chosen from each category and then a winner is voted on for each award plus the overall POOTY.
Contact:  John Given OAM  E:  P: 0414 188 711
Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards(RESCA)


  • Rotary Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) recognise outstanding Community Service performed by paid and volunteer members of NSW Emergency Service Agencies through the Rotary Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA).
  • The awards identify  emergency service personnel  nominated by a colleague, family member or community members from one of the following seven Emergency Services Agencies:
Contact:  Past District Governor Warwick Richardson E: P: 0418 978 555
Rotary Inspirational Woman Awards (RIWA)
  • The Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards (RIWA) recognise service to the community across all sectors.
  • They are directed at the non-Rotary community. It is about the commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others. The Awards are open to women across NSW.
  • There are separate awards for city and rural nominations.
Contact: Rae-Anne Medforth E: P. 0411 054 119
Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)
  • Providing support and mentoring to tradeswomen in Australia including apprentices and women seeking to work in the trades.
  • Providing avenues for women to meet other tradeswomen, apprentices and others to share experiences.
  • Promoting women in the trades to the general public and industry.
  • Advocating for change to attitudes to women working in the trades.
  • Campaigning for changes which enable women to train and work in the trades.
  • Promoting diversity and acceptance for all people in the trades.
Contact: Fiona Shewring    E:    P. 0419 160 934
World Skills Australia
  • WorldSkills Australia promotes and builds a skills culture, celebrates excellence and showcases vocational education and training, trades and apprenticeships.
  • It focuses on fostering careers pathways for Australia’s young people, and empowering them to become successful global citizens.
  • This is achieved by engaging in research, promoting skills, building careers, focusing on education and skills training in Australia, fostering international cooperation and development, and running skills competitions and leadership programs.
Contact:   Dot Hennessy    E:    P: 0412 120 314

Service Officer of the Year (SOOTY)

Using the criterion of ‘Service above Self’ SOOTY provides recognition to members of local emergency service organisations, including:
  • Ambulance
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Marine Rescue
  • Police
  • Rural Fire Service
  • SES
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Surf Life Saving
  • Commanders of each Service nominate three outstanding officers and an overall winner from their commands.
 Rotary connects them all and gives them recognition for their support to our communities.
Contact: Tony Luck    E:    P. 0410 332 148

Vocational Training Team (VTT)

  • Vocational training teams (VTT) comprise of a group of professionals who travel to another country either to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals about a particular field. Under Future Vision, Rotary Foundation district, global, and packaged grants all support
  • The next VTT is focused on supporting Tonga with its disaster/emergency preparedness. Training will focus on developing Tonga’s capability and members of teams are expected to come from relevant emergency service organisations in NSW, South Australia, and Tonga.
  • Given COVID restrictions, the VTT is aiming to occur in 2024.
Contact: Paul Marshall E: P: 0418 589 304