Bob Finn is humbled by Order Of Australia honour

OAM: Bob Finn of Goolwa at the wharf after receiving notification of his Order of Australia honour for services to the community.
OAM: Bob Finn of Goolwa at the wharf after receiving notification of his Order of Australia honour for services to the community.

Robert (Bob) Finn of Goolwa was awarded the OAM for service to the community of Goolwa and in the Mallee.

Bob is humbled and surprised by the award.

"It is hard to realise how important this is, but I have been fortunate along with my wife Valda, to be part of two great communities," Bob said.

"Valda and I have been volunteering all our lives and she deserves this honour as much as I do."

Bob has been married to Valda for 63 years and they have volunteered many hours in the Goolwa district and before that in the Mallee region.

"With Lions we would pick up furniture and would fill our shed to the brim for our fundraising Bric a Brac. Lions is a good organisation and I recommend others to join," Bob said.

Bob was Lions Club of Goolwa Chair Charity Auction Committee 2002-201, Chairman, Eyeglass Recycling Program, Lions Recycle for Sight 2002-2018, Board Member 2013-2015, Member, Project and Maintenance Committees 2010-2018, Chairman, Lions Christmas Cake Committee 1999-2002 and Member 1998-2018.

He was a former Volunteer, Goolwa Local Action Planning Committee, Volunteer Crew Member, South Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2013, assisted with foundation, Pangarinda Botanic Garden, Coorong District Council and former Association Delegate of Jabuk Football Club.

It dd not stop there as he was president of the Parrakie Society for Growing Australian Plants (now Australian Plants Society) 1983-1985, Committee Member, 1986-1990, Geranium Agricultural Bureau president 1984, junior vice president 1982-1983 and secretary 1985-1988.

He was also Price and Districts/Peake and District Tennis Association president 1977-1979 and 1968-1971, vice president 1964-1968, secretary 1971-1972 and 1955-1964 and Geranium Tennis Club president 1972-1975, Association Delegate various times from 1968-1992 and Life Member in 1990.

Other awards include: Community Service of the Year Award, Alexandrina Council 2018, Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions Club of Goolwa 2006, President's Award, Lions Club of Goolwa 2004 and 2003.

"It has been a good life volunteering and Goolwa is a great community and a great place to live," Bob said.

Bryan Hearnof McLaren Vale was awarded the OAM for service to the community of South Australia and to football.

Bryan has been Lions Medical Research Foundation South Australia secretary since 2014, Trustee, since 2014, Member, Future Directions Sub-committee, current, District 201C2, Lions Australia Global Service Team Co-ordinator 2018-2019, Immediate Past District Governor 2017-2018, District Governor 2016-2017, First Vice District Governor 2015-2016, Second Vice District Governor 2014-2015, Health Co-ordinator 2013-2014, Public Relations Chairman 2012-2013, Zone Chairman 2011-2012, Melvin Jones Fellowship 2012, McLaren Districts Lions Club Vice President since 2019 and 2008-2010, Secretary 2018-2019 and 2012-2016, President 2010-2012, Membership Chair 2017-2018 and 2009-2010, Leo Club Advisor 2012-2016, Member since 2007.

On the McLaren Vale and District War Memorial Hospital Chairman 2006-2014. Board Member 2003-2014, Volunteer since 2003.

In the community Mr Hearn has been Secretary, McLaren Vale Neighbourhood Watch 2007-2019, president, Residents' Committee, KeyInvest McLaren Vale Lodge Retirement Village 2014-2018, Former Chairman, Organising Committees, McLaren Vale and Willunga Tour Down Under, Former Member, Management Committee, McLaren Vale Business Association, Founding President, McLaren Districts Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 years, Special Justice, Christies Beach and Mount Barker Courts 2007-2012, Justice of the Peace in South Australia since 2004, Former Treasurer, McLaren Vale Community Carols Committee, Former President, Probus Club of McLaren Vale, Member, Leadership Onkaparinga Program 2007, Member Australia Day Awards Committee 2003.

At the South Australian Soccer Federation (now Football South Australia), Mr Hearn is former Member, Board of Commissioners, Former Chairman, Junior Premier League, South Australian Amateur Soccer League State Team Trainer, National Championship 1979-1980, Past Member, Disciplinary Committee, Elizabeth and Districts Junior Soccer Association (EDJSA) Chairman 1985-1988, League Secretary 1983-1984, Register 1981-1982, Executive Member 1979-1980 and Life Member.

Parafield Gardens Soccer and Sports Club, EDJSA Secretary 1973-1979, coach 1973-1979, Life Member.

Also Mr Hearn has been a member, Local Organising Committee, FIFA World Youth Championships 1993-1994, Past Committee Member, Salisbury United Football Club, Past Committee Member, Para Hills United Soccer Club, South Australian Police Officer 1972-2000.

Other awards include: International President's Medal, Lions Clubs International Foundation 2017, Community Volunteer Award, McLaren Vale Regional Awards 2016, Inductee, Hall of Honour, Football Federation South Australia 2013 and Meritorious Service Award, South Australian Soccer Federation.

Angela Weeksof Port Willunga received an OAM for service to people with a disability.

Angela was chair of SPELD SA from 2014-16, Clinical and Administrative Director 2006-2014, author, Phonic Book Set, since 2009, Council Member 1986-1996, 2013-2014, Clinical Director 2001-2013, Education Administrator 1997-2001 and Trainee Psychologist 1998-1999.

AUSPELD president 2008-2010, Vice-President 2010-2013, Junior School Heads Association, SA Branch Chair 1990-1992, Secretary 1992-1994.

Other accolades and roles include volunteer, Port Willunga School, current, Member, Dyslexia Working Party, Centre for Adolescent Health, The Royal Children's Hospital 2010, Psychologist, Child Development Unit, Women's and Children's Hospital Adelaide 2000-2009, Psychologist, Child Development Unit, Lyell McEwin Hospital 2000-2009, Special Education Teacher, Prince Alfred College 2000-2001, Special Education Teacher, St Peter's, Woodlands 1999, Head of Junior School, Walford Anglican School for Girls, Adelaide, 1985-1995.

Awards and recognition include: Community Partnerships Award, Department for Correctional Services, 2015 and Mona Tobias Award, Learning Difficulties Australia, 2011.



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