Rotary Club of Keilor East

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (09:45:02) — On Monday, 21 May, I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Keilor East’s annual vocational awards night, the Pride of Workmanship awards. Every year I am invited by my local rotary club to attend this special night to present the awards in honour of local people, irrespective of age, gender or vocation, who show a distinct quality in their approach, attitude and dedication to their vocation.

This year there were three recipients of Pride of Workmanship awards, including Emily Klimes, property manager, Pennisi Real Estate, recognised for her — and I quote — ‘intelligence, charm, hard work and diligence’, and for finding solutions to the odd difficult tenancy issue; Tania Mullen, a veterinarian at Essendon Veterinary Clinic, recognised for her care, attention and comprehensive professional service at the local pet care veterinary clinic, aided by wonderful staff, including her sister, Libby; and Brian Stanley, pharmacist at Lincolnville Pharmacy in East Keilor, for his excellent customer service and who, in the words of John Walsh, his nominator, ‘goes out of his way to satisfy his customers and ensures they understand their prescribed medications’. I very much enjoyed the night and hearing about the awardees’ backgrounds.

The night also had a real Rotary feel about it, with its theme of ‘making a difference’ and the presence of representatives from the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central, including president John Youings and his wife, Marjorie; John and Barbara Rafter; Michael Donnelly; Lilian Shaker; Terry Badenhope; and, last but not least, Sam Pennisi from the Rotary Club of Essendon North.

Well done to all involved on this wonderful night, in particular president Ginny Billson, past president Joe Albioli, vocational services director Bob McMartin, secretary Chris Rundell, photographer Yvonne Osborn, raffle organiser Annie Webb and all Rotarians who belong to the Keilor East rotary club and who make it such a wonderful club and wonderful local institution in our local community.