Sir John Reid Community Service Award

More than 1.5 million volunteers are making an important impact across Victoria in building our communities, services, and connections.

The Rotary Club of Melbourne (RCM) wishes to pay tribute to those dedicated achievers, and encourage others to follow their lead through the Sir John Reid Community Service Award.

Nominations are now open and close on 16 September 2019.


About Sir John

Sir John Reid was inducted into the Rotary Club of Melbourne (RCM) in 1939 and remained a Rotarian until his death at age 81 in 1984.  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 also played a role in re-establishing Rotary in post war Japan.

Sir John was also involved with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Baker Institute. He supported or served on a variety of Boards including the ABC, Melbourne YMCA, Old Colonists Association of Victoria, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, to name a few.

The legacy

In 1987, the RCM introduced the Sir John Reid Community Service Award as a permanent memorial in recognition of Sir John’s commitment to the community.  The Award is made in recognition of an individual judged to have been devoted to community welfare for a lengthy period without remuneration. The recipient is presented with a citation and plaque commissioned by the Club and produced by sculptor Michael Meszaros.

In 2017, the John T Reid Charitable Trust, as a memorial to Sir John and Lady Reid’s legacy in service and philanthropic endeavours, awarded a $300,000 grant to the RCM for the purpose of providing a financial gift of up to $10,000 to the not-for-profit organisation associated with the Award recipient.




The plaque

Award sculptor, Michael Meszaros, believes community service is largely concerned with helping the old, the young, the sick and the unemployed. People in these four categories are constrained and limited by their circumstances. The plaque design shows these four areas enclosed by a wall, but with an open door with perspective lines running out through it to a rising sun. The door has been opened by a hand which belongs to the recipient of the award.  The wall is the limitations, the door is the release from those limitations and the lines leading to the sun are the new opportunities. The hand makes it all happen.


2018 awardees

Kilmore East farmers and 2018 awardees, Kevin and Rhonda Butler, were among those whose fences were burnt in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Needing to quickly secure their livestock, they sought help from family, friends and local volunteers to help rebuild their fences. Thus, BlazeAid was born. Over ten years, Kevin and Rhonda have worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity of what is done for those affected by crisis with almost 6,000 kilometres of fences having been re-built by over 14,000 volunteers.

<View all past winners (PDF)>




2019 Nomination information and form

Please download all forms below and read them carefully
before you commence the nomination process.

For all enquiries, please contact Mark Pinoli (0403 535 389) or the RCM Office.



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  • Information for Nominations

  • Nomination Form



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