The Rotary Awards for Vocational Excellence were inaugurated in 1982 by the Rotary District 9685 Vocational Service Committee. The first Awards were presented to three candidates at the 1983 District Conference in Bathurst by PDG Graham Turnidge.
The concept was accepted by the Clubs of District 9685 in subsequent years as an integral part of their Vocational Service program.
The aims of the Award are:
- To recognise VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE of the highest order and to honor outstanding contribution by individuals or small teams of individuals for significant advancement in their vocational field in Australia.
- To inspire further enthusiasm and to give added reward to the exceptional achievers.
- To set an example to others, particularly youth, of the need to strive for VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE for the benefit of their discipline and Australia.
- Nominees should preferably reside and /or carry out their vocation within the boundaries of District 9685