Posted on Sep 02, 2021

The Rotary Works Initiative

Rotary Works is an ongoing and special vocational initiative created and designed for Rotarians and Rotaractors within Zones 33 & 34 who are experiencing career transition.  This initiative is comprised of three distinct programs that will provide education, networking, and/or financial resources for participants and facilitate mentorship opportunities for personal and professional development. 
Rotary Works consists of these distinct programs:
  1. Education
  2. Networking
  3. Coaching/Mentoring
  4. Professional Development

The Rotary Works Programs

Career Development Professional Series

The first Rotary Works program launched in December 2020 is a Career Development Professional Series offered monthly via Zoom. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm Eastern time. Each session in the series includes consistent opportunities to collaborate with business professionals in career development, to exchange ideas and to have conversations with experts in various fields. These “mentors” (from both inside and outside of Rotary) will provide information and inspiration for those in attendance seeking self-exploration, self-improvement and ultimately seeking employment or viable entrepreneurial prospects. Monthly topics vary from direct, self-help conversations to hands-on skill development processes and each month professionals will be available to discuss specific topics with attendees.
The program kicked off on 09th December 2020 with an overview of the series, where exactly how “Rotary Works” operates and how it will support our members was outlined and discussed. Additional sessions and topics under this program include the following:
  • January 13th
          - Vocation, Evaluation, and Opportunities
  • January 27th
          - Making it Happen: Creating and Implementing Marketing and Action Plans
  • February 10th
          - Building Your Personal Brand
  • March 10th
          - Essential Tech Tools for Marketability
  • April 14th
          - So You Want to be Your Own Boss?
  • May 12th
          - Roadblocks to Avoid on your Road to Success
  • June 09th
          - Networking Ahead for Your Career
  • September 08th 
          - Career Search in our Gig EconomyREGISTER   
If you do not have a DACdb login, use the GUEST REGISTRATION tab.
In addition to an online career transition resource page, Rotary Works also encourages interested Rotarians and Rotaractors to also request the help of a one-on-one coach to assist with and accelerate their career transition plans.
Could you benefit from a career coach? Rotary Works is accepting requests for coaching assistance. Career coaches work with you one-on-one to aide you in your pursuit of a career change, new employment opportunity, or opening a new business. After filling out a short application, you will be contacted by a fellow Rotarian with qualifications best suited to assist you in reaching your goals.

Coaching Volunteers are also needed! So many Rotarians have had the experience of coaching or mentoring individuals over the course of their own careers. The Rotary Works Team asks you to please consider using those talents by becoming a coaching volunteer for the Rotary Works project. Imagine the satisfaction of helping out a fellow Rotarian in their time of need. If you have any interest in joining Rotary Woks in this endeavor as a volunteer coach, please complete the volunteer application and/or contact Steve Agius.

Zone Job Board

The second program – Zone Job Board – launched in June 2021 and serves as a resource where users will be able to search for employment opportunities, post open positions, request a mentor, become a mentor, and find valuable and relevant career transition resources. Are you hiring? The Rotary Works Job Board is designed to help Rotarians and Rotaractors find candidates for their companies or organizations. Rotarian and Rotaract owned businesses and organizations can now post open positions on this job board. Positions will be listed for a period of 30 days unless otherwise specified by the business or organization posting the listing. Contact Darryl Keys for more information.

Impact Fund

Finally, the third program establishes an Impact Fund which is designed to assist Rotarians and Rotaractors in Zones 33 and 34 who may have experienced financial stress due to career transition. It provides such individuals an opportunity to apply for a one-time grant of US$500. The grants are offered as emergency assistance for financial obligations which are difficult to meet due to the financial stress of career transition and as such criteria are established so that eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors can to apply for these personal grants that are to serve as a “hand-up” and not a “hand-out”.
The Rotary Works Impact Fund is NOW AVAILABLE! Applicants will be asked to describe in detail their career transition and the hardship it has placed on their financial circumstances. Interested parties may APPLY NOW 
SUPPORT THE IMPACT FUND. By giving to the Impact Fund, you are helping to provide financial assistance to Rotarian participants in our program who need it in order to be successful in their current or future careers. If you’re able, please contribute to the Impact Fund, which will provide grants to Rotarians in need due to unanticipated career transition. Each recipient will go through an application process and be approved by the Rotary Works Impact Fund committee. Donations can be made online: Contribute by Credit Card (a convenience fee is charged)
Additional information on Rotary Works will be also provided each month via the Rotary Works Newsletters, as well as, on the Zone's DACdb calendar where you can register for various events.

The potential to help those in need is a top priority for Zones 33-34 !
This initiative is all about Rotarians serving and supporting other Rotarians and Rotaractors throughout Zones 33 and 34!
Want to learn more?
  • Invite us to your next club or district meeting to speak
  • Read the Rotary Works Newsletters which explain how Rotary Works can be helpful to you or someone you know who is looking to advance his or her career. 
  • Check out or use the prerecorded club programs are available at: Rotary.Works.