Recognised. Following in the steps of Bill Gates, Jimmy Carter, Dawn Fraser and John F Kennedy, a “stunned” Mayor Daryl Quilliam accepted his Paul Harris Fellowship last week at the Smithton Rotary Club’s annual changeover.
Apart from Jack Wainwright, Cr Quilliam is the only non-Rotarian to be awarded the fellowship by the Rotary Club of Smithton.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is given to individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.
Outgoing Rotary president Brian Nelson said they awarded Cr Quilliam with the fellowship for all that he has given to the Circular Head community. He said Cr Quilliam “epitomised” Rotary’s motto of service above self.
Mr Nelson outlined Cr Quilliam’s community life.
“Daryl became involved and played with the local football and cricket teams whilst in Redpa and still competes keenly with the Marrawah over 50s cricket team.
“Daryl’s real passion has been in local government. First elected to council in 1981 for six years when his business commitments required him to resign, returning to council in 1992. He became deputy mayor in 2000 and Mayor in 2007.
“All up Daryl has spent 26 years serving the Circular Head community through his council service.
“Through the years Daryl has served on many committees and boards, both locally and state wide,” Mr Nelson said. “Some of these being Redpa School Parents and Friends, chairperson of the Marrawah Hall Committee, Smithton High and Primary School councils, UMT board member, DairyTas board, president of the Smithton Football Club, member of the Arthur River off Road Committee, Cradle Coast Authority, Indoor Sports Centre, Chairperson of the Riverbend Youth Centre and is currently chairperson of the recently completed Agri Tas College and vice chair of LGAT.
“Daryl has also spent many hours on various church committees and is a marriage celebrant and Justice of the Peace.”
He said Cr Quilliam, who was given recognition by the District 9830 District Governor, James Wilcox, and District Governor Elect, Bruce Buxton, was presented with a Paul Harris gold medallion on a blue and gold ribbon, a certificate and a gold lapel badge.
“While I am truly honoured by this award I do not do anything for recognition, but for love of the community,” Cr Quilliam said.