Rotary strives to achieve it’s objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in five primary areas. These are often referred to as the Five Avenues of Service. (Note that the Fifth Avenue, New Generations, was added in 2010.)
This “Avenue” promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.
This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations. (Click here for 2009-2010 RI President John Kenny's remarks on Vocational Serivice.)
This “Avenue” relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.
In this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.
This fifth Avenue of Service, adopted 2010 by Rotary International, recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
The Object of Rotary page on the Rotary International web site
The ABCs of Rotary by Clifford L. Dochterman, published by Rotary International.
LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES (in no particular order) (April, 2013) Community Service Projects Chairperson: Melanie Douty-Snipes
Yardley & Morrisville Shoppes
See Melanie Douty-Snipes or Hal Long for information on this new project to better tie the Delware Canal towpath users with the eateries and other businesses in Yardley and Morrisville. Currently needed is graphic design services to prepare business trail maps for Yardley and Morrisville.
Friends of the Delaware Canal
Help the Friends of the Delaware Canal clean up and maintain the canal towpath in the Yardley-Morrisville area. This is planned to be a cooperative effort with local Boy Scouts. See Rob Scafidi.
See Melanie Douty-Snipes for information about this new project to beautify the grounds around the Grandview School in Morrisville and make it a productive and educational experience for the children and adult volunteers.
Snipes Farm and Education Center
Volunteer to assist the Snipes Farm with their Farm Share program. See Melanie Douty-Snipes.
21st Century Grant Programs Volunteer to help with the 21st Year Grant programs that Darletta-Berry Johnson (Director of The Ivin's Outreach Center) oversees. Talk to Ted Fletcher for more information.
Generations: Educating, Mentoring (GEM)
Meet one-on-one during school hours with students who are struggling academically or with mild behavioral problems. Activity can range from tutoring to simply talking or playing games. Talk to Ted Fletcher for more information.
Faith In Action
Volunteer drivers take elderly or "shut-in" individuals to doctors' appointments using the driver's personal vehicle. Assignments are handled by the Ivins Outreach Center. Drivers always have the option of declining an assignment. Extra insurance is provided by the Ivins Outreach Center. The TLC that patients receive during these trips is worth almost as much to them as the actual transportation. Talk to Ted Fletcher.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
A dedicated group of Rotarians volunteers every second Thursday of each month to work at the kitchen. "The more the merrier", so see Tom Mack for information.
"4- Way Test" Speech Contest
An annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest has been developed and is under way in our Rotary District 7430. See Denny Lanctot if you would like to help our club get involved in the coming year (Winter-Spring 2014).
We need an individual who will prepare news releases and flyers for upcoming events and work with Kim Kane to send out "email blasts" and make contacts local newpapers and other media. Where appropriate, also have flyers printed and distributed through a network of Rotarians. See Hal if you are ready to Help!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The more people who participate the more time we can put in and the more money we can raise. Simple as that. See Melanie Douty-Snipes.
Youth Leadership Development
One objective is to continue support of the Youth Leadership Academy in the Morrisville HighSchool and offer the students oppportunities to support Rotary and community projects. This program meets the requirements of Interact but currently is not registered as an Interact club. A volunteer is needed to work with Supertintendent Bill Ferrara to organize the selecting and sponsoring of students to attend the District's Camp Neidig annual youth leadership camp. Talk with Dave Sample or Hal Long.
Odyssey of the Mind (OM)
The Morrisville School District had its first year of participation in Odyssey of the Mind in 2011. Volunteers are needed to help build the program assist with fundraisers. See Dave Sample for information.
Pete wrote the quintessential Rotary speech for organizations that are looking for a speaker. It would be nice to train a few speakers on delivery of that speech and see if we can "market" it. We have prepared talks on the Peru Water Filter Project, Rotoplast, Shelter Box, and Polio Plus. Modifications of these talks could also be used as "releases" to the local media. See Hal.
The Gourmet Breakfasts (spring and fall) is an important fundraiser. All Rotarians are needed to help with the publicity, preparation and serving. The Morrisville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall has been the recent location of choice. See Ted Fletcher.
There also are many internal "Club Service" opportunities and needs within the club. Many of these are one person activities that can be done at any time. Contact the President, Juan Proano, Barbara Nuzzolo or Hal if even remotely interested!!! And there are opportunities at the District level for anyone who wishes to take the next step in Rotary.