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Rotary recognises exemplary skills
to benefit Maleny community
by Cameron Outridge

The Rotary Club of Maleny presented the annual Pride In Work awards at the Maleny Hotel on April 16.  Since Rotary membership was founded on the basis of using vocational skills towards community well being, the award recognises the contribution by certain members in their untiring efforts, hard work and sense of responsibility.  Guest speaker, Craig Mitchell of the Terrace Seafood Restaurant, related his personal experiences of working with high calibre, unselfish and motivated people.  It’s all about personal passion in what you do... and making the customer feel special,” he stated in emphasising the importance of pride in work.   This year’s recipients of the awards were: Harry Whitehouse – Pride in Work Community Service, nominated by the Upfront Club.   Pamela Porter – Pride in Work as an Employee in any Occupation, nominated by the Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital.  Zeke Steindl – Pride in Work Community Service, nominated by the Maleny Pharmacy.

Harry Whitehouse has been a volunteer bookkeeper and worker at the Upfront Club for the past 8 years.  Harry often starts work at 5.30am.  He cleans, cooks and generally helps out all day as well as keeping the club’s books in top financial order.  A warm, generous soul, loving heart and big smile, Harry inspires all with his wisdom, knowledge and enormous amount of time he gives to the disadvantaged.

Pamela Porter a nurse at the Maleny hospital for the past 28 years.  Pamela’s simple but unshakeable philosophy – it’s the small things that matter – has seen that her patients have never wanted for anything.   The compassion and warmth Pamela shows to the sick and injured is reflected in her “constant care” theme.  This also extends to the families and carers of her patients.

Zeke Steindl started work at the Maleny Pharmacy 12 years ago.  He worked as a part-timer unpacking orders, dusting and cleaning.  After completing a Science Degree at the Uni of Qld he returned to the pharmacy working full time.  Zeke builds a rapport with his customers, especially the elderly, and displays outstanding skills and attitude.  Zeke has also given many volounteer hours to among others the Scouts, the SES and Rural Fire Brigade and is a regular visitor to Erowal.  Zeke’s employers attribute his personal commitment and exemplary skills as a key contribution to the pharmacy earning the title of Australian Pharmacy of the Year.

Next year Rotary is seeking nominations in three categories.   A third “Vocational Excellence in Youth” category is available as well as the two mentioned.  So if you are a workmate or employer, seek out a Rotarian and ask for a 2004 nomination form.

Maleny Rotary congratulates all the winners and is delighted to recognise these outstanding people who give so much of themselves for the benefit of the community.



Top Left  -  Harry Whitehouse

Above -  Pam Porter

Left  -  Zeke Steindl

All with Maleny Rotary Club President, Chris Brooker

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.