Knightly service

June 05, 2018

Bob Knight from the Rochy Lions Club received a major award on Tuesday for his service to the Lions Club. Photo by Luke Hemer.

BOB Knight was supposed to retire in 2003.

But the 77-year-old admits he puts in more hours now than he did when he had a full-time job.

“There’s a limit to how much sitting around you can do. You have to get out and do something,” Bob said.

And with 30 years of service to the Rochester Lions Club under his belt, it’s a philosophy that’s served him well.

Bob’s service was recognised last week when he was awarded the Lions International Presidents Centennial Community Legacy Award.

It was one of only 200 awarded around the world and one of only 15 awarded in Australia.

A large part of the award was to recognise Bob’s work in making the dream of the Rochester Sports Museum a reality.

John Forbes, who in his role as Puma’s national sales manager forged many strong relationships with national and international sporting legends, donated his collection of personal memorabilia to create the Rochester Sports Museum.

A fundraiser for the opening of the museum was a huge success. It attracted more than 300 people and raised $30,000.

The event was hosted by Channel 10 sports reporter Brad McEwan and ABC Radio’s Coodabeen Champions panelist Ian Cover, and saw sporting legends such as Sharelle McMahon, Neil Roberts, Paul McGuire and Darren Berry attend.

“The museum was a big effort from everyone at the club and it’s one of the many things we’ve done that I’m very proud of,” Bob said.

“The award is a prestigious one and it says a lot about our club. It’s great recognition of all the hard work our volunteers put in.”

Born and raised in Rochester, Bob said he joined the Lions Club with a desire to give back to the community he loved.

“I’ve always loved doing the community thing,” he said.

“I love getting out and manning a barbeque or helping someone who needs something.

“It’s a rewarding experience that you can’t get from anything else.”

With three decades of community service under his belt, there aren’t many community functions in Rochester and district that Bob hasn’t been involved in.

“Among the many things we do, the Anzac Day Dawn Service is always a highlight. It’s special to be involved in something like that,” he said. “And I love helping out with the show and Australia Day functions.”

Bob encouraged more people to get involved with the Lions Club or other community organisations.

He said volunteers were always needed in a variety of roles.

“We have very loyal members in our club but could always use some help,” he said.

“It really is a lot of fun and it gives you great feeling knowing you are helping your community.”

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