MODEL CITIZEN: Tracy Vellacott was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow last year for her work in the Warwick community.
MODEL CITIZEN: Tracy Vellacott was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow last year for her work in the Warwick community. Michael Cormack

Hard work of Tracy Vellacott recognised

TRACY Vellacott got more than she expected when she went along to make an address at the Warwick Family of Rotary Dinner.

Mrs Vellacott was caught off guard when she was presented the Paul Harris Fellow for her work in the community after making her speech.

"I thought I was just giving an address," Mrs Vellacott said.

"I thought I would have a family theme for my speech and I thought I was being quite clever.

"It was quite a shock."

Mrs Vellacott said it was nice to have her work recognised.

"I'm delighted to have what I feel for the community vilified by my professional peers," she said.

"It's an extraordinary feeling."

Warwick Rotary President Darren Bray said Mrs Vellacott was deserving of the recognition for her contributions to the community.

"Tracy has gone above and beyond in the community," Mr Bray said.

"She's helped with tourism and raising money for the Rotary Club.

"She's a thoroughly deserving winner."

Mr Bray said the achievement was only handed out when a person was deserving.

"We don't hand out the award annually or on a specific timeframe," he said.

"If we see something deserving, we discuss it among the Rotary members and hand it out."

Rotary clubs are required to make a US$1000 donation to the Rotary Foundation before a person can be presented the Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul Harris was one of four associates who founded Rotary International in Chicago in 1905.



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