Bethlehem resident Tony Grayburn is no stranger to the workings of Rotary.
And being a member of different Rotary clubs for 54 years he is well-versed in bestowing significant honours to fellow Rotarians.
However, on May 12, it was Tony, aged 96, who was again in the spotlight – receiving his third Paul Harris Fellow pin, which recognises individuals that have given exceptional service to Rotary, from the Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa. His previous pins were awarded in 1993 and 2014.
Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club president Brett Bell-Booth says that Tony has had an outstanding level of service during his 54 years in Rotary, making him a more than worthy recipient.
“Tony has had a distinguished career in forestry, culminating in his role as chairman of NZ Forest Products in 1988,” says Brett.
“In 1990, Tony was elected a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Forestry, and was active in various forest industry bodies.
“Tony was also a director of the Bay of Plenty Harbour Board from 1971 until 1988.
“Tony’s Rotary service started with the Tokoroa Club in 1968 and he has now had 54 years of continuous service to Rotary, through Tokoroa, Putaruru, and Tauranga Te Papa, since 2001. “He has held numerous roles over that time, including president, treasurer, and director.
Tony also led a Group Study Exchange team to the Philippines in 1994.”
Brett thanks Tony for his service and contribution to Rotary with the Paul Harris Fellow pin.