Rotary Club of Forest Hill

Vocational Service


Ford Davis Endeavour secondary school Scholarships

Box Hill Institute Apprentice Awards

Pride of Workmanship Award

 Ford Davis Endeavour Awards Programme

As a result of the generosity of the Gysi and Davis families, in 2010-2011, the Rotary Club of Forest Hill created these Awards to recognise the achievements of a great Rotarian, the late Ford Davis.   Past District Governor Ford was the founder of the club.   He was the epitome of Rotary knowledge, wisdom and advice during his forty years of Rotary “Service above Self”.   Ford was our motivator, our friend, our counsellor and he believed success in Rotary came from Service and it came from Fellowship.   The Ford Davis Endeavour Awards focus on Ford’s interest in encouraging young people to do their best regardless of their circumstances.   The three students from Box Hill High School all plan to head off in different directions.   Charan is heavily into engineering activities and hopes to study mechatronics, Sienna plans a career in wild life conservation or behind the scenes in the film industry while Ben would like to be an accountant.   Jessica Shepherd, Senior Support Coordinator at the school spoke highly of the quality of the students, the teachers and the facilities and was enthusiastic about the school environment.

Charan, Ben, & Sienna with Jessica Shepherd meeting Gary and Peter Davis  

 Apprentice Awards June 2018

Box Hill Institute apprentices have benefited regularly from awards from our club to students who demonstrate an excellent work ethic and who will benefit from receiving a donation to purchase tools of the trade.

Three areas are covered- Automotive, Refrigeration-Electrical Engineering and Building-Furniture.

In 2018, awards went to Bawi (automotive), Tom (electrical) and James (carpentry/woodwork)

Chairman Ron spoke briefly about the man behind the Graham Taylor award and Graham’s commitment to development of young peoples’ life skills and work commitment. Mark Whitehead Operations Manager Electrical then introduced his awardee Tom McMeikin-Evans outlining Tom’s commitment and role modelling to his trade learning. President Bill then presented the award (tools of trade) to Tom.   Roger Davis then came forward to present the Davis encouragement awards and outlined his father’s commitment to encouragement for youth to achieve to the best of their ability in all that they do. Ross Bardon then introduced the awardee James Park and in doing so outlined the difficulties that James has had to confront and overcome in fulfilling the level of competency and commitment to his chosen trade. James was presented with a selection of his tools in trade.  Finally, Michael Cope spoke on the selection process for the Automotive award and introduced the awardee Bawi Cinzah. Bawi is a refugee from Burma who has exhibited commitment to his employment and learning as he seeks to establish his life in Australia. Bawi in his acknowledgement of the award stated how much this means to him and his family obligations, and to his Burmese community 

 Future Focus

The Future Focus Program is a joint program between the Rotaract Clubs and the Rotary Clubs of District 9810.

An experienced member of our club is linked with a local Rotaracter to learn more about each others profession, to network, and to build relationships which hopefully lead to enhanced career prospects for the young person.

 Pride of Workmanship Awards

Local businesses are approached to nominate an employee for a Pride of Workmanship Award. This year a hospitality worker from Bucatini restaurant won.   Winners in earlier years have come from BMW Doncaster, Nunawading Toyota and Whitehorse Accident Centre.