This Week’s Meeting

Week beginning Monday, October 8, 2012

Presiding today is E-Club President Richard Phalunas

Ding! We’re now in session.

Welcome all! Visitors, fellow Rotarians and guests alike to the E-Club meeting for the week of October 8, 2012.

Remember the smiling pot. Donations to our E-Club help support our service projects.

We’d like to respectfully remind all visitors that if they would like to contribute the normal cost of a meal for your makeup, we would be grateful. These funds go directly to our many and varied service projects around the world. You can make a donation in the Donation box on your left. Or you can write a check to Mountain State Rotary E-Club and mail it to Treasurer MSRE, 533 Ashebrooke Square, Morgantown, WV 26508.

Four-Way Test

At the beginning of each meeting we remind ourselves of the The Four-Way Test. Therefore, please remember to ask yourself always of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Inspirational Moment

As a Professional, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skill to the advancement
and betterment of human welfare.
I pledge:
To give to utmost performance; To participate in none but honest enterprise;
To live and work according to the laws of man and the highest standards
of professional conduct;
To place service before profit, the honor and standing of the profession before personal
advantage, and the public welfare above all other considerations.
In humility and with need for Divine Guidance, I make this pledge.
~Bill Swenson, Rotary Club of Buffalo, NY, USA

A Light Moment


Please put October 12-14 on your calendar for the District 7530 Conference to be held in Parkersburg, WV. All District Rotarians should have received registration information. We hope to use this conference time to meet and greet members of our club, as well as other Rotarians of our District. Hopefully, we will also take time for some organizational activities.


President’s Corner

Good Rotary Week to All,

The District 7530 Conference is scheduled to begin on Thursday, 11 October with the Elis Vest Golf Tournament and continue with activities through Sunday, 14 October.  Go to the District Website ( Calendar of All Events to complete your online registration.  I plan to arrive at the conference for the opening ceremonies, and remain through the Sunday Worship Service.  I look forward to meeting everyone who is able to attend.  If your time is limited, a small group of us is meeting at the registration are at 9:15/9:30am on Saturday morning to do some planning; and, after lunch there is a new member orientation session.  Then there are always the social events centered around meals that provide a great opportunity for networking.

This month is Vocational Service month.  And thus, this week’s program focuses on the same.  In my former club – the Rotary club of Morgantown – we enjoyed two annual projects to assist high school students with vocational consideration.  Each year we sponsored a Shadow Day where High School Students spent a morning and/or an afternoon “shadowing” a Rotarian at their work location.  In this fashion, students interested in law could experience “the day in the life” of an attorney or magistrate; or a student interested in journalism could experience “the day in the life” of a newspaper publisher; and so on . . .

Each year, a group of Rotarians from our club would also travel to a local high school for a career day, where each Rotarian would briefly introduce what he/she does in their profession or business, and answer questions students might have about preparing for such a career.

There are many ways that we as Rotarians can help our community’s youth with vocational considerations.  When you have finished today’s program, please make a suggestion or two of ways in which we as a Rotary E-Club might sponsor Vocational Activities/Programs on a regular basis.

I hope to see you at the District Conference.  Have a great week.



This week’s Program: Vocational Service Month

Vocational Service Power Point Presentation 

Introduction to Vocational Service

Michigan club gives students a chance to explore their dream jobs

By Ryan Hyland
Rotary News — 5 October 2012
High school senior Teri LaForest (right) meets with local TV meteorologist Cindi Clawson as part of a vocational service project conducted by the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor

A vocational service program conducted by the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA, is helping junior and senior high school students develop careers by connecting them with mentors who are leaders in industry.

Participants are selected by their schools and given the opportunity to explore their professional interests with behind-the-scenes visits to area businesses. They also meet one-on-one with mentors, who share their experiences and advise the students on how best to pursue their dream careers.

Since the club launched the mentoring program in 2008, Rotarians have put more than 300 students in touch with professionals including lawyers, doctors, a Fortune 500 CEO, broadcast journalists, police officers, and a professional football player. Two Rotarians accompany each student who meets with a professional. The students are then required to report on their experiences at a meeting of the Rotary club.

“This program leverages Rotary’s amazing network of professionals to help young people connect with their career interests,” says Jackie Huie, program chair and president of the St. Joseph & Benton Harbor club. “We have not had a vocation that we couldn’t find for a student.”

The experience gives teenagers a chance either to reinforce their career choices or to rethink them, says Huie.

Teri LaForest, a senior and a 2012 program participant, wanted to become a meteorologist. The club organized a meeting with a meteorologist at the local TV station. After the visit, LaForest concluded that that job might not be for her but that she still had a passion for environmental science.

Visit sheds light on career path

“It was really neat to be able to see the TV studio, an opportunity I would not have had without Rotary,” says LaForest. “Visiting the station actually made choosing a career easier, but tougher at the same time. I realized that I’m not very interested in the broadcast side of meteorology. The scientific side, however, I found very interesting. The experience got me thinking about possibly going into a field that combines engineering and environmental science.”

David Reimers, a second-year student at Michigan State University, met with Whirlpool Corporation CEO Jeff Fettig when he was a senior in high school. Reimers says that talking with Fettig confirmed his career choice, and he points to Whirlpool as the company he’d like to work for.

“I know for sure that business is the right field for me,” says Reimers. “In high school I was a bit naive thinking about the difficulty of actually becoming a CEO and the stress involved with the job. In college I have really tried to focus on the advice Mr. Fettig gave me, which was not to worry about your next job, just work as hard as you can at the job you have and the rest will take care of itself. If I don’t quite make it to the top I will be all right with that, as long as I have worked my hardest to get there. I now know that the only way to the top is from the bottom, and there are no shortcuts.”

Huie says the program’s success inspired the formation of the Interact Club of Saint Joseph – Benton Harbor in February. After just two weeks, the club membership grew to 60 students.

Huie says clubs from Scotland, New Zealand, India, Peru, and Japan have inquired about starting similar programs since she shared details about it with Rotarians at the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok.

“This is a proven, successful mentoring initiative that directly links youth and communities with Rotary,” says Huie. “It’s attracting youth to Rotary and is a lasting catalyst for club revitalization, community relevance, and global membership growth.”


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3 responses to “Vocational Service Month”

  1. Richard Phalunas

    After attending this meeting, there should be no doubt how a group of 1.2 million Rotarians representing ALL business and professional vocations around the world can make a difference in, with, and through their “work.” While over my 21 years of Rotary I have come to understand, adopt, and promote the Rotary Guiding Principles – it is always good to be reminded of the Rotary Code of Conduct. And, as I have not before, I now plan to sign up for the quarterly Vocational Service Update/newsletter for a regular reminder of what we/I can do to be sure that: through vocational service, I adhere to and promote high ethical standards in all my business dealings, recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contribute my professional expertise and skills to addressing societal problems and needs.

  2. Brent Armstrong

    This was a very informative meeting, and I picked up some items that I intend to take back to my home club (Cheat Lake Rotary, Morgantown, WV). This is not only an easy way to complete a make-up but both sessions I have taken have been on topics that were very interesting — my compliments to the Mountain State Rotary E-Club for a job well done with your on-line meetings!

  3. bmoorewvu

    Great meeting. Thanks!

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