The Rotary Club of Scottsdale has awarded member Peter Partridge with a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin in recognition of his 50 years with the organisation.
About 30 people attended an event on Tuesday, October 2 for a certificate presentation and cake.
Mr Partridge said it wasn’t difficult to devote time to such an important group.
“I was very proud to receive the award,” he said.
“Rotary is a wonderful organisation, especially with a lot of the international projects like End Polio and sending aid to countries that have floods and disasters and that sort of thing,” he said.
“There’s good fellowship among the members to want to help in the community.
“We’ve got our Rotary caravan that you’ll see in the main street of Scottsdale regularly, and then of course we always have our stall at the Scottsdale Show where we cook chips and hamburgers and that sort of thing, and we’re always well supported.”
Mr Partridge was born in Launceston and attended Scottsdale High School, sometimes hitching a ride on the railway workers’ trollies rather than riding his bike to school.
He was employed as a Telecom worker and owned Roses News Agency, along with his significant efforts in local government and community projects.
Mr Partridge was a councillor on the Scottsdale Council, which became the Dorset Council, for 43 years, including holding the position of mayor from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2009.
He has also been a supporter of the Scottsdale Magpies Football Club and the Scottsdale Golf Club, a Scout leader, the president of the North-Eastern Pony Club, he has been awarded an Order of Australia.
He was president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale from 1976-1978, and oversaw beautification to the junction of the Beattie and George streets.
During this period Rotary also fundraised with other clubs in order to demolish the old hospital building and construct the first stage the Aminya aged care buildings.
Current president Jan Denison said that Mr Partridge was a valued member of Rotary.
“Rotary is like a big family, it’s a group that serves the community and Peter has been a part of that,” she said.
“He goes out and helps community members, or if community groups need help - say with surfacing a sports field, or whatever. He’s concerned about the community, and always has been, and I suppose that’s his forte as far as his character goes.”
Mr Partridge’s wife Leslie attended the night, and a speech was read by Don Dickenson.
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