Members and their partners who have received an Australian Honour
Since the chartering of the Rotary Club Port Phillip/Rotary Club Central Melbourne Sunrise - now Rotary Central Melbourne, we have been privileged to have the calibre of club members such that, over 33 years, several of our members and partners have been awarded Australian Honours. A brief extract of their contributions is provided as follows:
Name: Lieutenant Colonel Stuart ELLIS  AM
Date granted: 12 June 1995
Citation and Extracts:

In recognition of service to the Australian Army, particularly in the field of operations at Land HQ, HQ Special Forces and especially as Commander of the UN Operations in Somalia.
Name: Mr Terry COCKS OAM  
Date granted: 26 January 2001  
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community, particularly through Vision Australia and Rotary International – for 25 years.
Terry was previously a Board Member of the Association for the Blind and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He was the Charter President of the RC Port Phillip over 15 months, received a District 9800 Foundation Service Award, the first Paul Harris Fellow Recognition [PHF] of the RC Port Phillip in 1988 and a PHF Sapphire in 1993.

Name: Mrs Molly FRAMPTON OAM
Date granted: 12 June 2006
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community through the organisation Court Network, over 15 years.
Molly was Vice-President, Court Network (a community support and referral service for Court attendees in all Courts in Victoria), for 2 years; Board Member, for 6 years; Trainer; Member, for over 15 years; established several Court Networks in regional Victoria.
Volunteer, Lifeline Victoria, for 3 years (midnight to dawn shift)
Actively involved with Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise
Chair of two Kindergartens in Woomera SA, with also responsibility for sponsorship of an Indigenous Kindergarten in SA- 2 years.
Organizer of husband’s PNG National/Australian staff social club – picnics/boat trips/ games/Father Christmas – >2 years.
Vice President (Social and Fund Raising)of then largest Sub District Cricket Club in Victoria.
Provider of schoolbooks and materials, for Vietnamese children in Vung Tau, for the temporary Buddhist school built by soldiers of husbands’ Unit.

Awards/recognitions include:
Centenary Medal, for her service to the community and through the Court Network, 2001.
Commonwealth Recognition Award for Senior Australians.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Commonwealth Recognition Award for support for Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War.
Name: Mr Ian ANGUS OAM        
Date granted: 26 January 2006
Citation and Extracts:
For service to electronic engineering education, particularly through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and to the community.
Ian Angus was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006 for service to electronic engineering, particularly through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and to the community.
Ian had 35 years at RMIT where he pioneered training programmes for the television industry both broadcast and receiving. He retired as Vice Principal of the Technical College in 1988 after a long teaching and administrative career. He was an examiner for the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and a consultant to Silliman University in the Philippines for the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges and a member of a Mission to Nanjing Institute of Technology.
Ian was a Member - Australian College of Education; Member – Engineers Australia; Senior Member – Institute of Radio and Electronics Engineers (Aust); Fellow – Television and Electronics Institute of Australia and presenter of papers to professional institutions.
On retirement from RMIT Ian had 12 years of consulting. Ian’s other interests have included Charter Membership of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne – Sunrise; Member and Treasurer of the Collins Street Baptist Church; Board Member of Urban Seed and Hon. Secretary and Treasurer of the Gospel Hall Trust.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

Name: Mr Richard STONE OAM
Date granted: 13 June 2011
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community, particularly through the Australian Red Cross.
Richard received his OAM for service to the community, particularly through the Australian Red Cross. He was a National Board Member, Australian Red Cross, 2001-2007; Member, Asset Strategy Committee, since 2003; Life Member, 2007. Chairman, Victorian Division, 2001-2007; Deputy Chairman, 1995-2000. Board Member, Mary of the Cross Centre, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, 1999-2003.
Chairman, Friends of Mary of the Cross, since 1999; which has raised over $300,000 for the Centre.
Board Member, Centacare Catholic Family  Services, Melbourne, since 2003; Chairman, Fundraising Committee, since 2008; Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, since 2007.
Member, Victoria Police Mentoring Program Committee, since 2007; Member, Steering Committee, 2006, allows Police leaders to gain a better understanding of different organisational cultures; the challenges, roles and skills of senior Victorian business leaders; and to form stronger links with the Victorian community and Rotary.
Charter Member, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne - Sunrise (formerly Rotary Club of Port Phillip-Melbourne), since 1987; President, 1996-1997.  Strong supporter of Rotary fundraising. Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Member, Health Ethics Committee, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, since 2006.
Board Member, Christian Brothers' Foundation for Overseas Aid, 1989-1997

Name: Mr John MEEHAN OAM
Date Granted: 11 June 2012
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community through a range of roles with Rotary International for over 22 years.
He was Assistant Governor, District 9800, Rotary International; District Governor’s Representative - 1993-1994. District Resources Officer since 2005. District and Club Historian. District Trainer.
Lead Representative/Steering Committee Member, Victorian Police Leadership Mentoring Program, since 2007.
President, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne - Sunrise, 1992-1993; Secretary, 2006-2007; Treasurer, 1990-1991; Member, since 1988; Member, Membership Committee. Co-Presenter D9800 Anti Sexual Assault Program.  Paul Harris Fellow Recognition with two Sapphires.
Supporter, Interplast Australia and New Zealand, plus overseas.
Awards/recognitions include:
Ambassador, White Ribbon Foundation.
Rotary International - “Service Above Self “ Award.
Rotary International - “Four Avenues of Service” Award.

Name: Mrs Lorraine MEEHAN OAM
Date Granted: 11 June 2012
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community through volunteer roles.
President, The Mangarra Society, Canterbury Girls' Secondary College, 2010-2011; Membership Secretary, 1988-2010.
Volunteer Administrative Assistant - The Smith Family-Victoria, since 2002; Member, Community Relations Group.
Volunteer with ‘Student to Student’ literacy program, 2003-2012.
Volunteer nurse to East Kalimantan, Interplast Australia and New Zealand, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Name: Mr Neville TAYLOR APM
Date Granted: 26 January 2019
Citation and Extracts:

Commander Taylor commenced his service with Victoria Police in 1978 and served at City West and Morwell Police Stations. He was promoted to Senior Constable in 1984 and transferred to the Morwell Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). On gaining promotion to Sergeant in 1989 he served at Carlton Police Station and in 1991 transferred into the role of Detective Sergeant at the State Crime Co-Ordination Office.  He later transferred to Box Hill CIB and then to Detective Training School in 1996 taking up a role as an instructor. He was promoted to Senior Sergeant at the Force Response Unit in 1999, later transferring in 2000 to the Ethical Standards Department's Corruption Investigation Division. In 2002 he was promoted to an Inspector at the Commonwealth Games Planning Office (CGPO). The CGPO was established by Victoria Police to prepare the policing plan for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the conclusion of the project he transferred to Southern Metro Region.  He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2008 as the Divisional Commander based in Morwell, and in 2010 he transferred to Road Policing Command, where he introduced significant organisational Road Policing structure changes. In 2015 he commenced a visiting fellowship role at the Australian Institute for Police Management (AIPM) and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Commander, at the Capability Development Group in 2017.
Commander Taylor has, through his various roles, established internal and external relationships, both nationally and internationally, resulting in improved development opportunities for Victoria Police, which ultimately benefits the community of Victoria.
Commander Taylor is the recipient of the Victoria Police Service Medal (40yr clasp), the National Medal (40yr clasp), the National Police Service Medal (40yrs), the National Emergency Service Medal (Black Saturday Bushfires 2009) a Chief Commissioners Citation and Certificate (leadership and professionalism in policing).
Name: Mr Alan SEALE OAM
Date Granted: 13 June 2022
Citation and Extracts:
For service to the community through a range of roles.
District 9800, Rotary International
  • Inaugural Chair, New Generations Service Exchange Committee, since 2020, Director for International Service Committee, 2009-2011. Assistant Governor, 2007-2009. Coordinator, Leaders Mentoring Program for Emergency Service Personnel. Member, Vocational Committee, 2016-2019, 2013-2014 and 2002-2003. Leader, Rotary ANZAC Peace Tour to Turkey, 2008-2009. Member, Operation Livewire Youth Leadership Project, 1994-1995.
Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
  • President, 2001-2002. Vice President, 2016-2017, 2013-2014 and 2003-2004. Director, Vocational Service, 2013-2014, 2010-2011 and 1993-1994. Member, Community and International Service Committees, current. Member, since 1990.
  • Chair, Melbourne Men's Shed, 2015-2017. Past Member, Building Committee, Community Kitchen Herb Garden, East Melbo Library.
  • Principal, Self Employed Consultant, since 2000. Chair, City West Water, 2005-2011. General Manager, ICI Australia Operations Pty, prior to 2006. Director, Gippsland Water, South East Water, 2004-2005. General Manager (Technology), Orica Australia, 1990-1999. Director/General Manager, Altona Petrochemical Ltd, 1984-1990.
Monash University
  • Past Chair, Review Department Mechanical Engineering. Honorary Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1999-2007.
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow/Chartered Member, Engineers Australia, 1993-2012. Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, current.
Awards and recognition include:
  • Royce Abbey Champions of Change Award, Rotary International, 2020. Vocational Excellence Award, District 9800, Rotary International, 2020. Outstanding Service Award, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, 2020. Four Avenues of Service Award, Rotary International, 2014. Rotarian of the Year, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, 2013. Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 2002.
Name: Mr Peter DURAS AM
Date Granted: 26 January 2024
Citation and Extracts:

For significant service to sports physiotherapy, and to the community.

Victorian Branch, Australian Physiotherapy Association

Initiator and Inaugural Chair, Sports Physiotherapy Group, 1974, Life Member, current, APA Branch Council 5 years.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (National)

Foundation Chair, Sports Medicine Special Interest Group, 1979-1981, committee member, newsletter editor.

Australian Sports Medicine Federation (now Sports Medicine Australia)

Committee Member, 15 years, Foundation Fellow, since 1984.

Sports Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist, Australian Commonwealth Games Team, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, and 2002.
  • Physiotherapist, Australian Team, World Athletic Championships, four times.
  • Volunteer Physiotherapist, Sydney Olympic Games, 2000.
  • Volunteer Physiotherapist, World Fencing, Hockey, Weight Lifting and Modern Pentathlon Championships.
  • Organiser, Medical Committee, World Veterans Games, and World Police and Fire Games, 1995.
  • Physiotherapist, Footscray (5 years) and Essendon (3 years) Football Clubs.
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Melbourne

Honorary Physiotherapist 5 years, volunteeer and project manager during major renovations.

Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Major involvement with Donations-in-Kind store, corporate donations and distribution, CBD homeless organisation (Youth Projects)Community Service Chair, 2016, member, since 2014.

Rotary Club of Essendon

President, 1983-1984, member, 1973-2014, board member for 10 years, Youth Service chair 1977-78, Community Servce chair 1981-89, initiator of major community, international and fund-raising projects, District ROMAC and Interplast committees.


Foundation chairman Western Region Games, volunteer guide, National Sports Museum, 10 years, member, International Society of Olympic Historians, current, committee of Aberfeldie Relay For Life (10 years), board of Essendon Aberfeldie Athletics Club.

Awards and Recognition include:
  • Outstanding Service Award, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, 2019-20.
  • Rotarian of the Year, for Community Service and Leadership, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, 2015-16.
  • Centenary Medal, 2003.
  • Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
  • Physiotherapist of the Year, Victorian Branch, Australian Physiotherapy Association, 1997.
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Recogntion (triple Sapphire), Royce Abbey Award.
  • Life Member of Athletics Australia and Commonwealth Games Australia.
Name: Mrs Marjorie GERLINGER OAM
Date Granted: 26 January 2024
Citation and Extracts:

For service to the community through a range of roles.

Rotary District 9800
  • Assistant Governor, 2004-2007.
  • Secretary, 2009-2010 and 2016-2018.
  • Club Liaison Officer, 2007-2009.
  • Chair, Community Service, 2014-2015.
  • Director, Resources, 2012-2013.
  • District Training Committee, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2015-2018.
  • Overseer, District Directory, 2006-2017.
  • Former Committee Member, various Avenues of Service.
Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
  • President, 2003-2004.
  • Treasurer, 2006-2009, 2010-2011 and 2017-2018.
  • Vice President, 2010-2012, 2015-2016, 2017-2018.
  • Executive Secretary, 2010-2020.
  • Director, Various Committees, 1998-2002.
  • Director, Foundation, 1996-1997, 2016-2017.
  • Former Host, Youth Exchange Program.
  • Mentor, Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program.
  • Member, 1995-Current.
Awards and Recognition include:
  • Special Services Award, Rotary District 9800, 2009-2010, 2012-2013.
  • Rotarian of the Year, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, 2007-2008.
  • Four Avenues of Service Award 2010-2011.
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, since 1999.