OAM honours life devoted to giving
RICHMOND Manyweathers can keep a secret.
The Alstonville man was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
And he was advised to not tell anyone.
So he didn't. Not even his wife, Jeanette, who found about the award when The Northern Star turned up.
Mrs Manyweathers was pleasantly surprised to hear the news, while Mr Manyweathers said he was "very honoured but very humbled" to receive the OAM, saying "there's a lot of other people out there doing a lot of hard work".
He was rewarded for his service to the community, particularly through Rotary International, and said all the things he has achieved in Rotary only came about because there were "others to make it happen".
Mr Manyweathers, who moved to Alstonville from the Sydney suburb of Caringbah in January, joked that he has been a Rotarian since he was born in 1938.
That's because his father, former long-serving Casino mayor and MP Richmond Manyweathers Snr, also was a Rotarian.
But Mr Manyweathers Junior officially joined Rotary in 1977 at Tamworth - and currently is in the process of becoming a member of the Alstonville club.
He has held several executive positions in Rotary at club and district level, as well as being on various project committees at club and district level.
He currently is a committee member of National Rotarians Against Malaria, which he has served on since 1998, and was chair from 2001-2004.
At one point he personally raised $1.4m for that project, which paid for mosquito nets to be sent to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
Mr Manyweathers also has been on the National Rotary Bowelscan Project committee since 1998.
He said Rotary gave him a chance to "give something back - and hopefully to help make life better for others".
He was a member of Apex before joining Rotary.