A trib­ute to Bob at Whit­sun­day PCYC

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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