Sir John Reid Community Service Award

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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 and recommendations

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.

Contact the Rotary Club of Melbourne Office and submit a nomination.

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