As you all know, this week we will have the “John H. Kerr Community Service Award” night on Thursday, 1st May and I am looking forward to welcoming you all. It will also be a great pleasure and indeed a tremendous honour for me to welcome the distinguished guests including all Awardees and council representatives, Also in attendance will be DG Ross Butterworth and his wife Annette, Marsha Thomson, Dr. Berhan Ahmed, Inspector Tony Long, Sergeant Ian Brown, Inspector Mark Zervaas, Senior Constable Ash Dixit Marilyn King, Patricia McLoughlin, Reeta Verma, Yasseen Musa, Vivienne Conn, Joan Greig, Francine Riches, Mohamed Abdurahman, Fysal Abdi, Hasan Garad, Dawit Kebede, Eyersualem Tuji, and Linda Sheu. My heartfelt congratulations to all the Awardees who have been working tirelessly over the years to help make postivite changes to many people’s lives in our community. We are so proud of their commitment. I want to thank our community service chair Jama Farah, PDG John Davis and all the members for their hard work in organising this event.
Rotarian Jack Kerr was our community service chair in 1976 and it was his idea to recognise some community members, every year, for their significant contributions to the community in Footscray. From 1976 to 1996 more than 150 well-deserved members of our community were recognised for their great work in the community. Footscray City Council honoured Jack Kerr with “Citizen of the year” in 1986. Following Jack’s death in 1996, then President Bill Baldwin and board members decided to name the community award in his honour as the “John H. Kerr Community Award”.
I would like to thank Bob Newman, for stepping up last week to give an excellent talk on Rotary Foundation Scholarships and on ANZAC day. My sincere thanks to PE Graeme Thompson for sharing his personal link with ANZAC day. On Friday 25th April my family participated in the ANZAC parade at Woodend. Ryan participated in the parade with Woodend Primary School along with many other school kids. It was a beautiful sunny day in Woodend and hundreds of people participated. Later we went to the RSL, Woodend and paid our respects to the heroes who fought for our country and gave their lives for defending it. We also met some local Rotarians and had a quick chat.
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