Sam Dichiera
Rotary Club of Irymple
(Automotive Engineering)
 
The Rotary Club of Irymple has for many years, supported the Second Object of Rotary which calls on us to encourage and foster high ethical standards in our businesses and professions.
 
On behalf of all the members of the community, the Club annually presents the Police Officer of the Year to a member of the local Police District.
 
The Officer is nominated by individuals in the community and selected by their peers for commitment, attention to duty and service to the community. The award acknowledges the many contributions by the entire Police Force in service to the Police District.
 
The Club also maintains a commitment to vocational training through an award for the most deserving student in a Vocational Education and Training at the Irymple Secondary College.
 
The award has been made for several years, to a student who has demonstrates a commitment to training and further education. The award is presented by a Rotarian at the annual School Presentation Night.
 
In recent times, the Club has expanded these awards to include the Sam Dichiera Memorial Scholarship for Automotive Engineering.
 
Sam Dichiera was a much loved and respected Rotarian. He was a former Director and Treasurer of the Club. He was a keen supporter and worker for the Camps for Children with Life-threatening Illnesses managed by the Club.
 
Sam was widely known throughout Sunraysia for his commitment to attention and quality in the automotive industry. Sam was regarded by many to be setting the standard locally for the Second Object of Rotary in the industry.
 
In memory of a proud Rotarian and in celebration of his work, the Club has arranged for an award to be presented. The award, in partnership with the Deakin Trade Training Centre at the Mildura Senior College, is presented annually and this year a fourth recipient will be selected.
 
The award is made to a student participating in automotive engineering at the Trade Training Centre. It is selected on the recommendation of the Staff in the Automotive Workshops. The successful student is one who is believed to possess the potential for continuing the high ethical standards in the automotive world.
 
The Awardee receives a trophy and monitory scholarship to support further training. There is also a perpetual trophy retained on display in the Trade Training Centre as an incentive for all students. The trophy is presented each year on behalf of the Rotary Club, by a member of Sam’s family.
 
Through Vocational Service as Rotarians, we serve others by using our unique skills to address community needs; we empower others through the provision and promotion of training and skill
development; and we inspire others to act with integrity through recognition and reward.
 
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