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Overview - Vocational Service
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Vocational Service - The Second Avenue of Service

...by maintaining high ethical standards in your business or profession, sharing Rotary’s ideal within trade organizations.  Find ways to contribute to the ethical dialogue within the workplace and share your professional or business expertise in practical ways through mentoring or job-training programs.  In particular, share your expertise and give guidance to young people so that they can build their own future through useful work.


Some of New London Rotary Vocational Service Committees


The Youth-in-Government Committee arranges for the recognition of the New
London High School Students who participate in the Youth in Government program
at a Rotary meeting during November or December.

Exemplary Workers' Recognition
The Exemplary Workers' Recognition Committee invites New London employers
to recognition their outstanding employees at a Rotary Club meeting each
spring. This involves recruiting New London businesses/organizations to participate,
arranging for certificates of recognition/appreciation and coordinating
luncheon arrangements with club program chair.

Literacy in the Workplace
The Literacy in the Workplace Committee promotes activities that seek to eliminate
illiteracy, with emphasis on the workplace. Currently, this is done through
participation in the Business Breakfast organized by Literacy Volunteers. This
participation involves assisting the local Literacy Volunteers in organizing the
Breakfast, promoting the Breakfast and getting members to attend the Breakfast.

Interact: is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  Local high schools provide the advisors or teachers to support their student’s club programs.  Interacters are students who are interested in making the world around them a better place to live.  Chairman: Richard C. (Dick) Benson: H 203-421-3571; email: d.benson@snet.net



 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: is District 7980’s leadership training program for young men and women ages 16 & 17 in grades 10 and 11, offered twice per year in October and February in Stratford, CT.  These talented young people are selected by their local Rotary clubs, from area high schools, to attend an all expenses paid weekend conference designed to increase their leadership skills and commitment to community service.  Conference honorees from throughout Connecticut attend and each participant is assigned a roommate.  The program will include workshops on Leadership, Time Management, Listening and Communication, Relationships, Goal Setting, Team Building and Career Planning.  Each honoree actively participates in numerous sessions during the program.  Ample free time is provided for networking, relaxation and having lots of fun.  Interim Chairman: Dave Ullman H: 203-234-7174; email:  DJU430@aol.com


Rotary Youth Exchange: A student spends up to a year living with two or more host families and attending school in a different country.  Rotary Youth Exchange students learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about our country, culture, and ideas. Through Youth Exchange, students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.  Immersion in another country’s educational system enhances their academic and personal growth. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.  Academic Year Program and short term Summer Program offered.  District Chair: Alan Hurst H: 860-267-2799 alanhinct@aol.com Send applications to our Outbound Chair: Barry Saluk H: 860-572-8850, barry_saluk@ml.com

The New Generations Conference is a one day assembly of CT based high school students from diverse backgrounds that have open discussions of relevant issues important to them under the guidance of carefully selected Rotarians. We work with the New London
High School and Williams School to identify students willing to participate.

High School Awards & Initiatives
The NLHS Awards & Initiatives Committee coordinates the following: 

  • Benjamin Levinson Community Service Awards
  • Harry Birenbaum Music Award
  • Robert Groebel Scholarship Award
  • Rotary Scholars Awards.
  • The committee ensures the acquisition of the appropriate gifts and plaques for recognition of the other awardees in the late spring at the High School awards program and at a regular Rotary meeting