Shine On Recognition - Focus on the Abilities of those with Disabilities

  • Does you club know of somebody with a disability?
  • Does he/she provide outstanding support to others with disability?
  • Is he/she a community leader or involved in a community group?
  • Do you have a relationship with a local organisation that supports people with disability who may want to nominate somebody for Shine On?
Well, it is time to get to it and reach out to your local community and identify people with a disability who are worthy of Shine On Recognition. This program was established to recognise the outstanding community service given by people with disabilities, who by their actions, serve as 'shining examples' to the community. 
The Shine On Recognition Presentation Ceremony is held annually, usually on a Sunday in March or April. The host of the ceremony is rotated each year to include all Districts supporting the program. 
Covid 19 restrictions meant that the Recognition Ceremony could not be held in 2021 so recipients for both 2020 and 2021 were acknowledged together at the presentations held at the Templestowe Baptist Church on Sunday May 14th 2022. Each nominee received a Certificate of Commendation, with a number of outstanding nominees selected by an independent expert panel, receiving a higher recognition for their contributions. 
In 2020, four young people were nominated for the 'Youth Shine On Recognition' and fifteen for the 'Adult' category, from across Victoria. Five of these were from District 9790.
In 2021, there were no Youth nominees, with ten Adults nominated, including two from District 9790.
With the easing of Covid 19 restrictions, it is hoped that more clubs in District 9790 will consider nominating worthwhile candidates from their areas to recognise their contributions to their communities.
First presented in Brisbane in 1993, the Shine On Awards was the initiative of Past President Bernie Jaks, A.O., P.H.F. and of District 9600. From 1993 to 1996 the D9600 committee invited all Clubs in Australia to nominate candidates for an Awards Ceremony to be held in Brisbane. Each year a Roll of Honour of awards was sent to Clubs Australia wide.
In 1997-98, under the auspices of District 9600, the Shine On Awards Presentation ceremony was held in Victoria and was hosted by the Rotary Club of Moonee Ponds in District 9800.
Through ongoing and generous corporate funding since 1999, the Rotary Southern Districts Committee has administered the program in Victoria.  The two age groups recognised, 'Youth' and 'Adult',  are assessed with common selection criteria.
In 2017, the Committee altered the name of the activity from 'Awards' to 'Recognition' which was considered to be more reflective of the program.

Who can be nominated?

Nominations are invited for people from any field of endeavour and the same nomination form is used for both categories of nominee.
  1. Candidates must be:
    1. Youth: age 15 to 25 years at 1 January in the year in which the award is made
    2. Adult: 25 years and above
  2. Nominee's consent to nomination must be obtained prior to nomination
  3. Nominee must be a resident of Australia for a minimum of 3 years
  4. Nominators could be required to furnish verification of nominee's disability
  5. Nominators must complete all sections of the nomination form and identify and record evidence of dedicated community service, above and beyond self
  6. For re-nomination a candidate will need to show significant development of previous achievements or development of new endeavours.
All candidates can expect to receive recognition at some level although not all will receive the Shine On Recognition trophy. All Candidates are presented with a Certificate of Commendation.

What Information Is Required ?

  • Summary of personal history, the surmounting of disability, work experience, etc.
  • Summary of community service, leadership and "shining" example to others
  • Additional information to support the nomination

How Are Nominations Made ?

Nominations for Victoria will be made to the Shine On Recognition Rotary Victorian Districts committee. They may be made from any source, but usually from Rotary Clubs.
Nominators should read the Nominating Guidelines and complete all sections of the nomination form providing clear and concise details.

Making a nomination costs you nothing! It does recognise great Australians.
Lorraine Greenwood
Rotary Club of Numurkah
District 9790 Shine On Awards Co-ordinator