Rotary recognises dedicated community members

Incoming President Brian Middleton, Deborah Earl, Wendy Coffey, Outgoing President Michelle Miller. Photo supplied.

Incoming President Brian Middleton, Deborah Earl, Wendy Coffey, Outgoing President Michelle Miller. Photo supplied.

Two members of the region's volunteer and service community were recognised for their efforts at the annual dinner of the Rotary Club of Margaret River.

Wendy Coffey and Deborah Earl received two significant awards at the event as a testament to years of dedicated community service.

Outgoing Rotary Club President, Michelle Miller, explained how Rotary Clubs around the World award the Paul Harris Fellowships - named after the organisation's founder - to those who have given to their communities.

"These awards have been given to outstanding leaders in our community as well as to ordinary people doing extraordinary things," she said.

These awards have been given to outstanding leaders in our community as well as to ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Michelle Miller

Wendy Coffey, leader of the Margaret River Senior High School Emergency Cadet Corps and facilitator of the School's Rock and Water program, was the first recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow at the annual dinner event.

Ms Miller described Ms Coffey as an inspiration, and as someone who always goes beyond to help develop, grow, nurture and provide support for her charges.

Incoming Rotary Club President, Brian Middleton, talked of the need for medical research and how so much of it is funded by volunteers in the community.

"One such volunteer," Mr Middleton said, "is Deborah Earl, who, in the 10 years of her legendary stewardship of Cowaramup's iconic Biggest Morning Tea event, raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Cancer Council of WA".

Mr Middleton called Ms Earl to the stage to be presented with her Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her outstanding dedication and commitment to the community.