Beyond the call of duty
PALM Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Scott Rawlings was surprised when he was told he worked above and beyond expectations.
He could not explain why he was one of 20 inaugural Division 13 Community Award winners, but his members were able to fill him in.
Mr Rawlings, who has been club president for two years, said the volunteer position was hard work, but he did it for enjoyment and a sense of pride, not accolades.
"As far as the award goes, I was told it was the amount of time I'm putting in. They say I wear quite a few hats for a club president, but I'm doing it because I love it," he said.
"The club is a source of pride for my whole family, for a few reasons. The club has its own community, which allows kids to socialise with other members, and competitors, and it also gives them a great grounding for their futures.
"With surf lifesaving behind them they can do their bronze medallion, they can save lives, and my 19-year-old daughter Emily is studying her second year of nursing, so these skills carry over."
The club is central to the Rawlings family, which means its members have effectively absorbed the family into the extended unit of the club.
Indeed Mr Rawlings said if his family, including son Jack, 16, and wife Sue, were not so heavily involved in the club he would hardly hear from them.
He said past presidents had each brought "something special to the role".