Safety Bay resident Peter Philipps believes “if you want something done, just go out and do it”.
It’s one of the many qualities which make him the role model he is today.
The 68-year-old was honoured with the 2012 National Volunteer Award for Brand in the senior category for his endless contribution to the Rockingham Rotary Club.
The club is part of the worldwide Rotary International organisation geared towards service in the community and the workplace around the world.
Mr Philipps joined the Rockingham club in 1998 and has dedicated his time to helping others through fundraising and human interest projects.
He said receiving his award in December was a shock.
“I just enjoy doing things, I go mad if I’ve got nothing do,” Mr Philipps said.
“I didn’t know anything about the award until it turned up in the mail.”
Originally from Kojonup, about 160km from Albany, Mr Philipps grew up with a can-do attitude on a big farm.
“My parents were pioneer farmers. My father started out with a bush block and chopped the first 500 acres down with an axe,” he said.
Mr Philipps’ interest in volunteering stemmed from his introduction to Junior Farmers as a teenager.
“It was a community organisation for young people. We used to go carting hay to raise money and have shearing competitions,” he said.
Mr Philipps went on to follow in his father’s footsteps, farming sheep and grain with his two brothers, Graham and John.
“It was just something you thought you were going to do and you just went home and did it,” he said.
He joined the Kojonup Rotary Club in 1987 to help others in the locality.
“I just thought I should do something for the community.
Life has been pretty good to us so I thought we should give something back,” he said.
Mr Philipps said highlights included collecting wool fleeces to raise money, and building a replica wool wagon one-and-a-half times its normal size.
Back problems forced Mr Philipps to retire from farming in 1998, when he made the move to the beachside suburb of Safety Bay with his wife, Beth.
He then began his journey with the Rockingham club.A few of the projects he is involved in include building and medical projects, fundraising for local and world projects and the Rotary Mart.
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