20 May National Volunteer Week Profile – Meet Rob
National Volunteer Week, May 17 – 23, is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers.
Each year almost six million volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.
We’ve profiled five local volunteers from five different groups as a way of saying thank you to those who keep our community running.
Looking for an opportunity to give back?
Visit www.gladstoneregionvolunteering.com.au to find local volunteer work.
SATISFACTION in knowing he is doing something good for our community, is why Rob Gibb has been a Rotary volunteer for 15 years.
“Generally people think that volunteering comes from having nothing much else to do,” Rob said.
“But I can tell you that most volunteers I know are very busy people that understand our community cannot function without hearts and souls who care about others.
“For me Rotary epitomises this.”
The current President of the Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday, Rob describes himself as “just an ordinary bloke who likes to be involved in the community, and to build networks that help me in both my professional career with ConocoPhillips Australia, and socially”.
“It isn’t so much about finding time to volunteer for me, it is more about managing my time, and enjoying what I do with my time,” he said.
“I am a person who likes to be busy and have variety in my life.
“There are times when the schedule looks a bit overwhelming with commitments, but overall it works out with the support from others.”
There are eight Rotary Clubs in the Gladstone Region, all focused on a range of community service including promoting peace, supporting education, protecting the environment, and growing local economies.
The Midday Club, which has 25 members, and has been around for 28 years, coordinates the monthly markets at Tondoon Botanic Gardens and the annual Motor Traders Golf Day which supports Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Association.
For more information on Rotary in Central Queensland visit www.rotary9570.org.