Bob wins big for bring­ing sports mu­seum to life

Rochy Li­ons Club stal­wart has been vol­un­teer­ing for more than 30 years

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID RAK

I love get­ting out and man­ning a bar­beque or help­ing some­one who needs some­thing — Bob Knight

BOB Knight was sup­posed to re­tire in 2003.

But the 77-year-old ad­mits he puts in more hours now than he did when he had a full-time job.

“There’s a limit to how much sit­ting around you can do. You have to get out and do some­thing,” Bob said.

And with 30 years of ser­vice to the Rochester Li­ons Club un­der his belt, it’s a phi­los­o­phy that’s served him well.

Bob’s ser­vice was recog­nised last week when he was awarded the Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dents Cen­ten­nial Com­mu­nity Legacy Award.

It was one of only 200 awarded around the world and one of only 15 awarded in Aus­tralia.

A large part of the award was to recog­nise Bob’s work in mak­ing the dream of the Rochester Sports Mu­seum a re­al­ity.

John Forbes, who in his role as Puma’s na­tional sales man­ager forged many strong re­la­tion­ships with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sport­ing leg­ends, do­nated his col­lec­tion of per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia to cre­ate the Rochester Sports Mu­seum.

A fundraiser for the open­ing of the mu­seum was a huge suc­cess. It at­tracted more than 300 peo­ple and raised $30,000.

The event was hosted by Chan­nel 10 sports re­porter Brad McEwan and ABC Ra­dio’s Cood­abeen Cham­pi­ons pan­elist Ian Cover, and saw sport­ing leg­ends such as Sharelle McMa­hon, Neil Roberts, Paul McGuire and Dar­ren Berry at­tend.

“The mu­seum was a big ef­fort from ev­ery­one at the club and it’s one of the many things we’ve done that I’m very proud of,” Bob said.

“The award is a pres­ti­gious one and it says a lot about our club. It’s great recog­ni­tion of all the hard work our vol­un­teers put in.”

Born and raised in Rochester, Bob said he joined the Li­ons Club with a de­sire to give back to the com­mu­nity he loved.

“I’ve al­ways loved do­ing the com­mu­nity thing,” he said.

“I love get­ting out and man­ning a bar­beque or help­ing some­one who needs some­thing.

“It’s a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that you can’t get from any­thing else.”

With three decades of com­mu­nity ser­vice un­der his belt, there aren’t many com­mu­nity func­tions in Rochester and district that Bob hasn’t been in­volved in.

“Among the many things we do, the An­zac Day Dawn Ser­vice is al­ways a high­light. It’s spe­cial to be in­volved in some­thing like that,” he said. “And I love help­ing out with the show and Aus­tralia Day func­tions.”

Bob en­cour­aged more peo­ple to get in­volved with the Li­ons Club or other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He said vol­un­teers were al­ways needed in a va­ri­ety of roles.

“We have very loyal mem­bers in our club but could al­ways use some help,” he said.

“It re­ally is a lot of fun and it gives you great feel­ing know­ing you are help­ing your com­mu­nity.”

Photo: Luke He­mer

Bob Knight re­ceived the Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dents Cen­ten­nial Com­mu­nity Legacy Award.

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