LL&D Law
Attorney Mike Lauderdale speaks to the Rotary Club of Edmond

by Andy Lester
5/4/2011 10:34:00 AM

Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service

    Can you identify Rotary International’s five avenues of service? Longer term Rotarians: Did you even know there are five avenues of service?

    There are, though, until recently, Rotary recognized only four avenues of service. The five avenues of service are: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and New Generations.

    “Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of Rotary clubs.” This can involve serving as an officer or committee member, planning or working on a Club activity, issuing a press release, maintaining a Club internet presence, and the like.

    “Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process.” If, for example, you have hosted a Career Shadow Day student, you’ve engaged in Vocational Service.

    “Community Service is the opportunity  Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.” Have you picked up trash along the two mile stretch of Bryant Avenue our Club adopted? Have you contributed to our project at the new municipal park on Route 66? Are you a Rotary Reader? Are you going to work at the Endeavor Games? Those are Community Service activities.

    “International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace.” Whether helping our project in Fortaleza, Brazil, purchasing ShelterBoxes, or sponsoring Ambassadorial scholars, members of the Rotary Club of Edmond regularly engage in International Service
    The newest avenue of service, New Generations Service, “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.” When you consider the many things our Club does with Ida Freeman Elementary School, plus our strong commitment to RYLA, our work with the new Interact Club at Edmond Santa Fe High School, and the numerous other things we do with youth and young adults, we have shown a strong commitment to New Generations Service, which just this week is celebrating its first anniversary.

Mike Lauderdale Speaks to the Rotary Club of Edmond

    Mike Lauderdale, a director and shareholder of the McAfee & Taft law firm in Oklahoma City, focuses his practice on the representation of employers and management in all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies and arbitration panels. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers. He has served as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.

    I have known Mike for many years. He is an excellent lawyer and a good friend. Mike certainly exhibits all of the ideals of Rotary’s Four-Way Test.

    Please welcome Mike Lauderdale to the Rotary Club of Edmond.





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