The annual Sir John Reid Community Service Award is administered by the Community Welfare Committee of the Club and recognises individuals in the Victorian community whose voluntary community service is judged to be worthy of special notice.
Sir John Reid, known always as Jock, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Melbourne in December 1939 with a classification of BUILDING MATERIAL MANUFACTURING. He remained a Rotarian until his death at age 81 in 1984. His interview for membership was undertaken by Sir Angus Mitchell and he, in due course, delivered the Angus Mitchell Oration to the Club in 1981. He was President of the Club in 1953-54, awarded the Vocational Service award in 1978, and made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1984. Among his many Rotary activities was a role in re-establishing Rotary in post war Japan.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne introduced a Community Service Award in his honour in 1987. The award is made in recognition of an individual judged to have been devoted to community welfare for a lengthy period without remuneration and the recipient is presented with a citation and plaque commissioned by the Club and produced by sculptor Michael Meszaros.
Guidelines for selection of the Awardee include the range and nature of (voluntary) community service, the length and continuity of that service, and the benefit which accrued to the community from that service.
It is usual that the person recommended for acceptance by the RCM Board works largely ‘behind the scenes’ and has not received any other formal recognition.
Nominations are accepted in the form of either a letter of recommendation, or using the Electronic Expression of Interest Form below from a Club member, an organisation or any other individual.
Recommendations are made to the September Board meeting and the presentation is usually made at a meeting in November.
Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest: 15th August annually.
In 2016 this presentation is made to Brad Reid for over 20 years of dedication and commitment in working with homeless youth and the Lighthouse Foundation.
Brad’s commitment and dedication to fostering real solutions for homeless youth began more than 20 years ago, when he began his involvement with the Lighthouse Foundation which was established in 1991 to provide long-term accommodation and support to young people who would otherwise be homeless. He soon became hands-on with the East Malvern home committee, attending regular meetings and helping practically around that home as well as organizing fundraising for the direct costs of the home. Brad found himself in a position where he could organise regular significant philanthropic funding for the home, which supports young people who would otherwise be homeless. This was project has had a profound effect on young people’s lives helping them to gain independence and find their way to a more secure and fruitful future. As the young people transition to independent living, others take their place, so a home may typically help six young people over each 12 month period. Brad was able to generate interest from many others to join him in supporting the young people who moved through this suburban home, including helping them to find employment and work experience.
Brad became the Chairperson of the East Malvern home committee and drove its operations impressively for many years. He still continues today as a committee member, and has maintained the funding stream for the home through a Trust that he auspices. He was acknowledged (in 2008) as the Stonnington Young Citizen of the Year for his energy and enthusiasm in engaging with young people who find themselves alienated within society and without the family support that most of us take for granted. His loyal support has seen dozens of young lives changed in the East Malvern Lighthouse home over the past decade alone, as well as the hundreds that have moved through the Lighthouse residential and outreach programs. Despite his heavy business commitments, he has frequently given generously of his time to be a spokesperson and ambassador for Lighthouse’s work with homeless youth.
Through his years of loyal, high-level skilled volunteering work, Brad has contributed significantly to the delivery and development of the model of care used by the Lighthouse Foundation. This is a model that is now being used across Victoria and other states, and which has proven crucial in providing support for traumatised child victims of family violence.
Brad’s generosity and dedication is reflected in his long standing commitment and ongoing support of the Foundation and the Project that he sponsors. He has enhanced the lives of many young people and assisted them immensely in making a positive difference to their lives.
To view the list of all previous recipients of this award, please click here.
If you, or someone that you know, appears to fulfil the above mentioned criteria, and would like the Club to consider you/them for this award, please complete the Electronic Expression of Interest Form.