Each year the Club recognises significant contributions of individuals both vocationally and in service to the Community.
Vocational Service is an important mission of Rotary. Each year the Rotary Club of Melbourne offers a number of awards to reward excellence in education, training, and vocational contributions to our community. Our Club's Young Achievers Awards recognise and honour three outstanding young Victorians with an award and a cheque for $1,500. Awardees are invited to a luncheon meeting where a cheque and a Certificate of Achievement are presented as shown in photo from last year's presentation by Victorian Governor Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau.
Focus: Young Achiever Awards 2018 Presentation
Awardees: Brigette Duckworth, Jade Chan and Kimberly Morgan
Presentation by: The Awards will be presented by Gill Callister, Secretary of Department of Education and Training (Victoria)
Chairperson: Cynthia Edgell
Katharine Brown, our third Global Postgraduate Scholar successfully nominated by RC of Melbourne.
Thank you to Graham O'Donnell who has kindly provided an update on the Club's inaugural "Helping Hand" Award which he is working on with Western Chances. This not for profit Organisation supports talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s west who face barriers to achieving their dreams, including being impacted by family violence.
2017-2018 Seniors Award was awarded to John Hood. One of the Club's Annual Awards is the Seniors' Award made to a person over the age of 60 years whose outstanding service in a voluntary capacity is judged to have made a positive difference to the lives of older people. John is seen here accepting the Award which was presented by Pres Mary.
Robert M Fels is seen here after being presented with the District 9800 Recognition of Outstanding Service Award by RI President Ian H S Riseley OAM. This was awarded to Bob for outstanding Service to Rotary District 9800, The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International.
One of the Club's Annual Awards is the Seniors' Award made to a person over the age of 60 years whose outstanding service in a voluntary capacity is judged to have made a positive difference to the lives of older people. 2017 Recipient Nancy Hogan is seen here with PP Quin Scalzo and Robin Syme.
Dr Bronwyn King was awarded our 2017-18 Vocational Services Award and provided our Members with the obvious reason she was our Awardee. To unanimous applause, by Members and Guests including Ted Baillieu, Bronwyn exemplified “Service Above Self”. Bronwyn is seen here accepting the Award by Pres. Mary and Cynthia Edgell, Chairperson.
Bob Fels is seen here updating us on The Rotary Post Graduate Scholarship with a value of nearly $40,000. District 9800 has designed this scholarship to focus on the recipient's overseas study in a Masters degree. District 9800 is inviting Victorian applicants to apply. Do you know a potential Scholarship recipient?
The inaugural Rotarian John Mitchell Indigenous Scholarship is to be awarded. As most of you will know, our Club has supported the indigenous homeland, Donydji or, as it is now known, Gurrumala, for over 15 years, both financially and in kind. Until his sudden death last Christmas, John Mitchell was a key member of the Rotary SubCommittee providing this support and was its Chairman from its inception.
Jim Markovski, the Les Twentyman Foundation, was awarded the Sir John Reid Community Service Award 2017. Photo shows Jim with a fellow volunteer Arec Athium and Chris Stilwell. Jim is admirably qualified to be a worthwhile recipient for this year's Award as the following will attest.
Peter Greaney reflects about his time with the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowship and gives special thanks to Rob Helme and Bob Fels for their support and guidance: "I feel I have returned to Australia a better person due to the experience and I am sure my leadership skills have been enhanced. I will continue to work in the area of peace building. Exactly where the road will lead I do not know, but I do know that I will do my little bit to make the world a better place."