Greg Bevan DG 2009 - 10


A love of youth and the activities that are beneficial to them has been one of the catalyst for Greg’s involvement in Rotary over the past 23 years, 19 of these have been 100% attendance. Born on the coalfields in Kurri Kurri in 1948 and being educated at Kurri Kurri High School and University of Newcastle, he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Cessnock in May 1986. It was an honour to be a member of 13 boards of directors in that period and to occupy every position in the club at least once. He served as President in 1990-91 which was a deeply satisfying year. At district level he has been involved in International Service as a member of District 9670 Rotary Youth Exchange committee since 2000 and served Zone 4 of District 9670 as Assistant Governor in 2004-2007. He was endowed with a Paul Harris fellowship on the evening of Rotary’s Centenary celebrations 23 February 2005.

Greg began his career as an Industrial Chemist in 1965 and then moved into the Coal Industry. This was where he developed his interest in Geology which was the reason for his further tertiary studies at Newcastle University, graduating in 1985. His vocation oscilated between Laboratory Management and Coal Consulting from within and outside the industry.

He married Lorraine in Newcastle in 1972 and they have two sons Richard and Stephen. Richard studied Electrical Engineering and Stephen is an electrician in a Hunter valley coalmine. They have one granddaughter Ava Grace and One grandson Ethan.

Greg’s keen interest in the development of youth was fueled by his participation in the scouting movement as a cub leader. Also spending many years of involvement in junior soccer as a coach and administrator and junior cricket as a coach. Sport has always been a great part of his life playing grade cricket for 33 years for the one club where he served as president during the 70’s and participated as a committee person for many years. He was endowed with life membership of that organization in 1976. Cricket has always been a great love and to mix two wonderful activities such as Rotary and Cricket made it a must to join the International fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians at the invitation of the Late Peter Daly.

He was involved with the local first division soccer club, Weston Bears, as a super league coordinator and as Club Chairman of the senior body.

He believes Rotary International Past President Cliff Doctorman (1992-93) put Rotary in true perpective when he said “Real Happiness comes from helping others”.