Phil has been a Rotary Club member for 23 years, and his wife of 40 years Anna has been a member of the international service organisation for 12 years.
For the past seven years they have shared the role of Assistant Governor, supporting the seven Rotary Clubs in the Nelson area, including organising fundraising drives for various local and international charities and causes.
Both were awarded the Sapphire Pin, which is one of the highest Rotary Club accolades, and were completely surprised when they were presented the award at a recent meeting, Phil says.
“We were just wrapping up our last official duties as Assistant Governors, when the District Governor presented the pins to us…for the first time in my life I didn’t know what to say.”
Phil who has been a member of the Harcourts Nelson team for 15 years, says he joined the Rotary Club to help make his community and country a better place.
“I do it because I want to put something back into the community, it’s wonderful to be able to help the underprivileged and not so fortunate and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Local and international communities benefit from the Nelson area Rotary Clubs’ work. Most recently $10,000 was given to the teen parenting unit at Auckland Point School, and more money has been raised to help rebuild a Nepalese village destroyed after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.