Each year the Club recognises significant contributions of individuals both vocationally and in service to the Community.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne established the Vocational Service Award in 1964. It is presented annually to a person who has achieved a high level of excellence in their vocation and through such vocation has rendered outstanding service to the community. This year, Dr Bronwyn King, Radiation Oncologist, Founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios is to be awarded the VSA.
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.
The Vocation Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Young Achievers Award. This Award recognizes up to three persons in the age group 18 – 26 who have achieved outstanding success in their education or training and who have also made a significant contribution in the form of service to the community. Nominations close on the 28 February 2018.
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."