MORE THAN 40 years of service and dedication to a “great organisation” has helped Colac Rotarian Bill Chivers win a premier’s volunteer award.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine presented Mr Chivers with this year’s Regional Volunteer of the Year award at the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Awards.
Mr Chivers was one of six category winners at the awards while Melbourne’s David Hawkes took out the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award as volunteer of the year.
The Colac West Rotary Club member said his award win was a pleasant surprise.
He said the support of his wife Una had allowed him to take an active part in the club’s activities for the past 43 years.
“I think she was a little bit chuffed about it all,” Mr Chivers said.
“She’s been a great support over all the years.”
Mr Chivers said he joined the service club after moving to the city in the early 1970s.
“We’d only been in Colac for a short time but a member of the committee thought I’d be a worthy addition so they invited me along and that’s where it all started,” he said.
“When you’re involved in an active Rotary club there are many activities you can become involved in.
“Over the years I’ve been a part of the team working on a number of various projects.”
Mr Chivers’ Rotary projects included helping to rejuvenate Colac’s Joseph Paatsch Nature Reserve over the past decade.
He said Rotary clubs were always on the lookout for new members.
“You lose members who move on to other places and we’re always looking for replacement members,” he said.
“There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had and a feeling of achievement from activities you’re involved in.”
Colac West Rotary Club’s Roslyn Cousins said Mr Chivers was a worthy winner of the award.
“Bill is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Colac West,
who nominated him for this prestigious award in recognition of Bill’s 40-plus years of volunteering as a Rotarian for our club,” she said.
“The Colac community is all the richer for the thousands of hours of volunteering which happen.
“It is lovely to see one of our own recognised for his contribution to the community.”
Mr Chivers recived $2000 as part of his award to donate to a community project or charity of his choice.