Adrian Mannix Award

How The Award Started

In 2001 the Drysdale Rotary Club Community services portfolio was handed to Shane Coles.
The aim of Community Services is to get to know the local community, assist it where we can in local projects and acknowledge efforts of others. One of the projects Shane set up for this year was to put together an award to recognise those in the community who work for no money and no recognition.

Shane and his wife regularly walk along the cliff face overlooking the Clifton Springs boat ramp. He noticed one day that a quite impressive seat had been installed near that cliff face overlooking the bay area.  On that seat he saw the name ADRIAN OAM had been engraved in the back rest area.  After a few inquiries with neighbours he established that this seat had been installed for Adrian so he could look out at the Bellarine area, an area that he was so passionate about.

Shane had remembered meeting Adrian a number of times at the Portarlington Market and parting with many dollars in an effort to win one of the illusive cray fish on the Lions Club spinning wheel.

 On the 24th of February, 2001 Adrian passed away. On the Monday night following, the Drysdale Rotary Club held a minutes silence and a brief resume of Adrian’s life and achievements was given by his lifelong friend Bernard Filbay. It was at this stage that Shane felt that Adrian E Mannix OAM would be the perfect choice for this award. After a few phone calls to some of Adrian’s lifelong friends and family the process of putting this award together began.

Together with Paul Jones of the Drysdale Lions Club and Lisa Neville of the then known SpringDale Community Cottage this award was developed with the strong emphasis on acknowledging real people doing real community work. 

We are quite sure that Adrian would approve.

Past Winners Of The Award

2002 Bernard Filbay
2003 Sydney Payne
2004 Thelma Evans
2005 Ethel Harrold
2006 Norma & Lex Mortimer
2007 Julie Tucker
2008 Gerald Edgar
2009 Andrew Cook
2010 Harold Waldron
2011 Anne Brackley
2012 Richard Underwood
2013 John Brumley
2014 Pam Davis
2015 Kel & Norma Davis
2016 Jeff Stewart
2017 Pauline Cline
2018 Glen Jose
2019 Jenni Nickelson

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