A tribute to Bob at Whitsunday PCYC
WHITSUNDAY PCYC has named its sports hall after founder and recently retired Chairman Bob Bogie to praise his 21 years of service to the organisation.
When he announced he would be standing down, committee members Jan Clifford and Gloria DeMartini both knew there was only one name befitting for the sports hall.
Ms DeMartini said she was pleased to see the hall dedicated to the visionary behind the youth facility in the Whitsundays and a man who has left the community a legacy for all its children.
Mr Bogie said that when he first arrived to Whitsundays in 1993, it was very clear to him that youth facilities were needed.
In 1995, Mr Bogie approached PCYC suggesting that a club could be constructed in Airlie Beach.
Mr Bogie was also a member of the Rotary Club of Air- lie Beach which later contributed $100,000 to the project.
After many years of working with community members and politicians at a local and state level, Mr Bogie still remembers the moments when the building was finally constructed in 2002.
“I would like to publicly recognise the contribution of [previous local mayor] Mario DeMartini and his wife Gloria for their continued support for the past 17 years, without it I do not believe the facility would have ever been built,” he said.
Mr Bogie said he was speechless when he was notified that the sports hall was named after him.
He was also recently presented an award for his 21 years of service, 16 as Chairman, at the annual awards presentation of the Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association in Brisbane last month.
HONOURABLE: PCYC Whitsunday patron and life member Gloria DeMartini, branch manager Sergeant John Dickinson, founder Bob Bogie and administrative officer Sally Archibald honour Mr Bogie’s long-time service to the club.