It has become common practice for Rotary clubs around the world to Recognise VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE of the highest order (especially in January which in Rotary's Vocational Service Month), and to honour outstanding contributions by individuals or teams of individuals for significant advancement in their vocational fields and service to their communities, In doing so they exemplify the Rotary model of “Service above Self.”  This is then recognised by Rotary’s Vocational Service Awards. These outstanding contributions also set an example to others, particularly the youth to strive for Vocational Excellence.
After the devastating fires in the Southern Cape last year, it was decided to reward a few individuals that had done something really special. We approached the two fire departments, Garden Route & George Fire and the SPCA.  In all three cases we were informed that nominating individuals was not in any way possible as everyone, including the admin staff had done their bit, and walked the extra mile to fight this devastating catastrophe.  
George Rotary was therefore proud to host an auspicious evening and were given presentations by each organisation on the scope and magnitude of the fire and their involvement in fighting to keep it under control and eventually extinguished. President Frances Feig and the Clubs Vocational Services Director Phoebus Minkner then awarded all the Recipients as a ‘team of individuals’ who went above and beyond vocational excellence in service to the community, with an “Rotary Vocational Service Award”, this is a world recognised award and one that they were very proud of accepting and will be displayed with pride and honour.