The next finalist in our Inspirational Women 2015 Awards is none other than District's very own, Lyn Thorpe OAM.
 
Lyn Thorpe is an outstanding Rotarian, holding several positions in her Club, the District and local community;
  • President of the Rotary Club of Adamstown-New Lambton 2014-2015
  • President Hamilton Rotary Club of Hamilton 2005-2006, being the first female member and President
  • An active member of the District RAWCS Committee since 2003
  • Chair of ROMAC from 2009
  • Member of Alzheimer’s Consumers Committee
  • Australia Day Ambassador 2010 to 2014
Lyn Thorpe has received several awards for her Service Above Self;
  • Paul Harris Fellowship 2006
  • Rotary Ken Scheller Award 2007-2008 for RDU Article “Mando Magic”
  • Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year 2009
  • New South Wales Senior Australian of the Year 2010
  • Rotarian of the Year for Rotary Club of Newcastle Sunrise 2011
  • Order of Australia Medal 2010
Many Rotarians in our District know of the compassionate work Lyn has undertaken over many years. She is best known for her volunteer work in 34 overseas Rotary projects in Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Bangladesh, India, China, The Philippines, Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, West Timor, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Peru. These projects were both medical and non-medical based.
 
Lyn has also volunteered on 5 Interplast projects and one eye camp using Fred Hollow lenses in Cambodia.
 
Lyn spends much of her time coordinating supplies and equipment for other Rotary projects outside our District eg hospital beds, uniforms, linen and medical equipment for outback Australia.
 
On behalf of all Rotarians in District 9670 we say a collective thank you Lyn for your inspirational work.
 
Footnote:
 
Lyn Thorpe was awarded her OAM for service to international humanitarian aid through the provision of volunteer nursing services in developing countries.