Award marks top dedication
THE efforts of two of Warwick’s most outstanding citizens were recognised yesterday when the Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise presented their most prestigious recognition of service, the Paul Harris Award.
Both Douglas Bryce and Margaret Miller became Paul Harris Fellows, making them the most highly decorated members of the local Rotary community.
Mr Bryce is a past president of the Warwick branch, achieving many great feats during his presidency in the local and greater community.
“We concentrate on local projects first, then we direct our efforts globally,” he said. “We do everything; last year we made six disaster shelter boxes designed to facilitate a family of 10, which cost about $1200 each.”
With a change in presidency the club is gearing up for another year of successful service with the top job going to Kieran Doherty.
Upcoming projects include fundraising for a permanent structure for Margie’s Teahouse at the showgrounds, which was instigated by Mr Bryce and Mrs Miller after years of lacking essential facilities.
“There was a time where we would serve food for volunteers on two old doors hanging up by chains,” Mrs Miller said.
The fundraising will coincide with the approaching Jumpers and Jazz Festival, where the club will host a barbecue on the 24th after significant success from the previous year.
The club has also accomplished great heights with their youth exchange program, setting a record number of eight participants in the overseas program.
“Rotary does a great job (with) youth. We’ve done an awful lot of exchanges,” Mr Doherty said.
Mr Doherty encourages anyone with a passion for community service phone him on 0407 619 024 to get involved.