Highest honour to five Rotarians
Paul Harris Fellow Awards, Rotary’s highest honour, presented to five local Rotarians was a highlight of the changeover dinner of the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga-Mulwala on July 2.
The changeover celebration held at Clubmulwala was attended by 90 Rotarians and guests that included Rotary DG Elect Brian Peters, PDG Bernie Bott and Margaret, Assistant DG Sally Matheson, Frank and Elizabeth Di Maria, Doug and Di Rankin (Yarrawonga Lions), Alice Reid, John Ellis and Joan Mckellar (Lake Mulwala Combined Probus), Heather Tribe (Mixed Probus).
Presenting the Paul Harris Fellow Awards, Veronica McNaught, leader of the club’s Rotary Foundation Committee said most Rotary clubs raise funds through the efforts of their members to support charitable projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Rotary Yarrawonga-Mulwala makes a substantial contribution, each year, to Rotary Foundation which provides funding to clubs throughout the world, supporting improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace throughout the world.
In return, the Rotary Foundation offers a number of Paul Harris Fellow Awards, for presentation to members of the club, or of our community, who have made an outstanding contribution to the ideals of Rotary International.
“A world of peace and goodwill has come a little closer by the contributions made by tonight’s inductees,” Veronica said.
John Taylor spoke about the breadth of work undertaken by Rotarians who receive PHF awards and introduced the Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients – Peter Bennett and Dianne Evans and three PHF Members who continue to make special contributions to the club’s ongoing programs were further recognised by the addition of a sapphire to their previously awarded PHF – Ian Febey, 2nd Sapphire, Rob Wallace, 2nd Sapphire, Ross Lloyd, 3rd Sapphire.
Members and guests from other service organisations applauded the report from outgoing President Cate Febey.
Cate’s year in office included the Club running the highly successful District Conference, organised by Rotarian Ross Lloyd. Bernie Bott from the Club was District Governor for the year and was a great representative for the Club both in the District and overseas.
For the first time in many years the Club has had incoming and outgoing youth exchange students, an exciting program with more students to take part this year. Hosts of these students were warmly thanked by Cate. The Club has as usual supported many international and community projects, particularly in the area of youth.
Cate then inducted new President Joe Cilia and Joe introduced his Board for the year. Rotary International has chosen ‘Be inspirational’ for this year’s motto and Joe spoke also of his personal aims – community, membership and fellowship.
“The Club looks forward to building on our achievements from last year and welcomes community minded people to become members,” Joe said.
Outgoing President Cate Febey (left), installs and presents the collar of office to Joe Cilia who will lead the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga-Mulwala, 2018/19 pictured with Joe’s wife Roison.
Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients L-R Rob Wallace, Ian Febey, Dianne Evans, Ross Lloyd, Peter Bennett.
Members of the board that will lead the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala in 2018/19, L to R – Ian Barton, Joe Cilia (President), Ron Kennett (Treasurer), Cate Febey, Rob Wallace, Jenni Murch, Peter Bennett, Bernie Bott, John Taylor, Garry Tribe, Absent Michael Shadwick (Secretary).
Ian Barton (left) is presented with YarrawongaMulwala Rotary Clubs’ prestigious Fred Haebich Award by Rotarian Ian Febey (last year’s winner). This award is in memory of the late Fred Haebich (snr) who gave many years of outstanding service to Rotary. Winner of the award is decided on the votes of clubmembers for the Rotarian they consider gave exceptional service to Rotary during the year.