A "Classification" describes the principal activity of the company or business with which a Rotarian is connected. For example, a police officer could be classified as "law enforcement", a school principal as "public education". The reason for a classification is to ensure a well-balanced club with members of many vocations.
One of Rotary's four avenues of service is "vocational service",
whereby we honour and respect our individual contributions to our
community through our vocations. New members are given the opportunity
to share their vocation by giving a classification talk.
following is a rough guideline for giving a classification talk:
1.State your name, where you currently work, and what you
2.Give a brief history of yourself. This can
include where you were born, childhood interests and family statistics, people
that had an influence on you, major life events such as military service or
3.Talk about your work history, training and
education. This can include why you chose your profession (or perhaps why
it chose you).
4.If desired, you can share your present hobbies,
interests, values and beliefs. This could include why you joined Rotary,
what you hope to gain from it, and what you feel you can contribute.
5.Finally, the best part, it should take no more than
10-15 minutes. It is a great opportunity to share information about
yourself. Relax and enjoy!