Goldfields Group members receive Rotary Pride of Workmanship awards

Maryborough Rotary Club has given out Pride of Workmanship awards since 1980, and selects a different vocational/service area each year.


Pictured L to R: PDG Geoff James (Vocational Committee Chair), Group Officer Robert Ipsen AFSM, Rhys Hendrickson, Rotary President Meryl James, Simon Coutts, Ian Burt and Ian Boucher. Rachel Brooks was an apology for the night.

Maryborough Rotary club works with employers and/or managers to choose up to six recipients each year who display outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to their roles. Occasionally, the club committee will determine recipients from research conducted by club members.

This year, the club's focus area was rural fire services, and the club warmly congratulates these six recipients from the Goldfields CFA Group:

  • Ian Boucher - Carisbrook Brigade
  • Robert Ipsen - Goldfields Group
  • Ian Burt - Talbot Brigade
  • Rachel Brooks - Mt. Cameron Brigade
  • Simon Coutts - Moolort & Joyces Creek Brigade
  • Rhys Hendrickson - Wareek & Bung Bong Brigade

Each awardee received a specially commissioned plaque from the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills in New South Wales.

The Rotary Pride of Workmanship program was launched in a New South Wales Rotary District in June 1975 with the aim of encouraging much-needed pride in personal performance in the workplace, and helping to create a positive national attitude towards workmanship for the benefit of our country. 

Les Whitcroft of the Rotary Club of Ryde produced the first metal plaques bearing the now familiar slogan “Do it once, do it well. Build a better Australia” for display in factories, offices and shops.

The objectives of the Pride of Workmanship Program are:

  • to promote vocational service.
  • To encourage Pride of Workmanship in all vocations and service industries.
  • to provide employers and managers with an opportunity to recognise those in their organisation who display qualities which are worthy of an award.
  • to encourage favourable employe/employee relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.
  • to provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the community, particularly the business and service communities.

Author: Sharon Moloney