2021 - 2022 Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

        

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. During the 1950's the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation were trying to encourage Rotarians to donate to the Foundation. They decided to honour those who had donated US$1000 in one gift, by giving them a special form of public recognition and calling them "Paul Harris Fellows." This is still the original intention. The Rotary Foundation, and those donations are the only reason that enables Rotarians to carry on a world-wide program of educational and humanitarian programs.

Many clubs, including RC Karrinyup, contribute significant amounts from fund raising activities to The Rotary Foundation. For each US$1000 contributed the club earns credits. The club may decide to use these credits to honour an individual, whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. The honour is not given lightly.

Peter described Richard Prunster as a dynamic and caring leader, who has navigated our club through two years of a most disruptive and uncertain period. Richard joined the Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie in 2003. After work transfers to Geraldton and Northam, where he was inducted as president in 2009, he was transferred to Perth and joined the Rotary Club of Karrinyup in 2010. He was the club's first president to serve two consecutive years from 2019 - 2021, a period which required extraordinary effort from Richard, as he led the club through the Coronavirus Pandemic. His very detailed Response Plan focused on the potential risk to our members, ensuring that we remained safe. Careful planning meant members were trained and able to quickly resort to online meetings, when lock downs occurred. In 2019, Richard initiated planning for the upcoming Golden Project. His leadership in the areas of Rotary's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion epitomises our club’s caring journey of growth and inspired Peter to continue to ensure the club remains inclusive and managed to the highest ethical standards.

As a relatively new member, Mick Rogers made an immediate impact and continues to contribute so much to our Club. Mick joined our club in 2020, although through his business, Burswood Trophies, he has contributed for many years with engraving, badges and trophies. Mick took on the role of Membership Director and joined our Board with exciting new ideas and a willingness to try anything. Recently he joined Jenni and Carolyn to share his ideas on membership with the RC Attadale. Together with others in the team, Mick has been collaborating with the City of Stirling in helping the homeless as well as building partnerships with other community support networks. Happy to be involved in all activities across any portfolio, Mick’s infectious sense of humour is part of his Membership ‘Art’. He has been most successful in this respect. Mick has also made a huge contribution in the area of Public Image. His energy and expertise have led us to purchase banners and radio time to increase our identity and impact in the community.

Mark Hebbard has been connected to our Rotary Club indirectly for thirty-five years, however, more recently as the husband of our Past President, has came closer to us and has contributed significantly. Mark's significant and generous support for our Club through Richard’s tenure, in a most difficult time cannot be underestimated. The club was most fortunate to have him on our team providing wise counsel and caring outlook at this time. Together with Richard over the years, Mark has also served as a mentor and later host parent to a number of our exchange students, one of these at a time when the house was undergoing renovations. Mark has also joined in significant Social Enterprise activities, through Rotary of Crawley, in partnership with Cobham Aviation Services BlueSky Social Impact Travel, in an environmentally conscious way to explore and discover domestic destinations, whilst supporting regional communities. Since its inception over ten years ago, Mark has also supported our Stirling Farmers Market as a stall holder. He cares about the social dividend and for this is deeply respected.

The generous sacrifice and ‘service above self' contribution to the Club by these gentlemen is testament to their shared purpose with the objectives and mission of Rotary and is most worthy of Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

 


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