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Cr. Tim Drylie, Mayor of Hepburn Shire (left) awarding 2020 
'Citizen of the Year' to Rotarian Danny Moynihan (centre)
Danny with his very proud family after the awards
ceremony held at the Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve
  
On Australia Day eve, Hepburn Shire Mayor, Tim Drylie, named long-time Daylesford Rotarian Danny Moynihan as 2022 ‘Citizen of the Year’ in recognition of his service to the wider community in many roles over the past 37 years. “He is a quiet achiever. Once he makes a commitment to be involved in a community cause or project he is there for the long haul,” remarked Cr Drylie at the Community Awards and Civic Ceremony held on 25 January 2022 in the Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve.
 
Danny Moynihan has been involved in at least 24 community organisations and causes, and he is still actively involved in 11 of these. His volunteer commitment has been and continues to be immense, as confirmed by the seven Referees who have provided written references.
 
Danny and his late wife, Roz, ran the Daylesford Post Office from 1984 till 2006. They both were heavily involved in many community roles and causes. With Roz passing in 2013, Danny continued and increased his involvement in a diversity of voluntary community roles and causes.
 
Danny has been a member of the Daylesford Rotary Club for the past 36 years and was elected as President for one term, Secretary, Treasurer, International Service Director and other roles many times. He received the Rotary Club Service Award twice, honoured as the Paul Harris Fellow and serves as a member of Daylesford Art Show Committee.
 
His other community service activities include many years’ active involvement in the following:
  • Hepburn Regional Community Cheer Committee
  • ChillOut
  • Daylesford Good Grub Club
  • Hepburn Shire’s White Ribbon campaign against Family Violence
  • Daylesford Hepburn United Soccer Club Junior group
  • Hepburn Shire Neighbourhood Watch
  • Daylesford Agricultural Show
  • Daylesford Community Op Shop
  • Daylesford Indoor Recreation Facility Organising Committee
  • Community Based Bushfire Mitigation Group
  • Daylesford Hospital Redevelopment Fundraising Committee
  • Member of Daylesford Hospital Redevelopment Committee
  • Daylesford Scouts Management Committee member
  • Daylesford Girl Guides Management Committee
  • New Year’s Eve Parade
  • Daylesford Speedway
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal local organising committee
  • Daylesford RSL
  • Very Special Kids Annual Appeal helping to raise funds and awareness for children with life threatening health conditions
  • Daylesford Probus
  • Daylesford Gift run on New Year’s Day to raise funds for Camp Quality
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal street collection
“Danny Moynihan is someone who, when he sees a need in the community, he then gets involved on a long-term commitment. He takes many lead roles as well as mentoring others. He is an amazing role model for others,” wrote Victor Szwed in the nomination document.
 
In accepting the Hepburn Shire 2022 ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, Danny thanked the Hepburn Shire and Mayor Tim Drylie’s for the community award day, the Hon Catherine King MP and Mary-Anne Thomas MLA for attending, Victor Szwed for nominating him and all those who contributed to the application.
 
Danny thanked his “family, Justin, Natalie, Joel and Wynter, for their love and encouragement over the past 38 years here in Daylesford. To my late wife Roz, who was a partner in most or all of the organisation previously mentioned.
 
"It has been a pleasure to work alongside so many terrific volunteers, on too many organisations to mention here. To any young persons who have thoughts regarding volunteering, I say ‘go for it’. You always get back much more than you put in.
 
Daylesford is a wonderful town to find friends through the community volunteering and unfortunately some are getting older now, so it’s a good time to step up, if you can.
 
Lastly Happy Birthday for tomorrow to my son Justin, who happens to be an Australia Day birthday boy.
 
Thank you all today,” concluded Danny in accepting his award.
 
CONGRATULATIONS DANNY on your well-deserved award!
 
  
  
The Rotary Club of Daylesford held a barbeque and Disability Information Session at the Victoria Park Pavilion on Thursday 02 December. Around 45 community members, including Rotarians, attended.
 
Living with a disability can be challenging enough. Those living with a disability in a small regional community like ours are presented with even bigger barriers, whether that’s access to affordable services, physical access to facilities and venues or even the availability of toilets!
The Rotary Club of Daylesford convened a panel of speakers, including:
  • Katrina Kavanagh, a disability support coordinator with Pathway Connect, who discussed the challenges of living with a disability in small regional communities.
  • Peter Waters a local resident who lives with cerebral palsy and talked about his inspirational wheelchair trip from Melbourne to Sydney, as well as the challenges of growing up as a child with a disability.
  • Dale Hoy, District Governor of Rotary District 9800, talked about the role of services clubs such as Rotary working to improve disability outcomes.
  • Pat Groenhout, President of the Rotary Club of Daylesford then hosted a Q&A session.
Thank you to our panel of speakers and to all who attended!
The Rotary Daylesford Art Show and the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa joined forces in 2021 to provide even greater exposure to our region’s talented artists! 
 
More than 50 artists entered over 175 original paintings across seven categories.
All entries are also included in an online show to further increase promotion and potential sales.
 
23 – 24 October: The Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa Central Victorian Landscape Prize and sale took place in Daylesford Town Hall.
 
29 October – 2 November: All Swiss Italian Festa landscape entries remained in the Town Hall and were automatically entered into the Daylesford Art Show and sale which took place in the Town Hall over the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend. 
 
3 - 30 November: 'Art on Vincent' -  a selection of this year's Daylesford Art Show and Central Victorian Landscape Prize entries are hosted in shops along Vincent and Albert Street, and at The Farmers Arms Hotel. Art on Vincent includes an audio tour incorporating 26 artists and their painting.

Full details, including the 2021 prize winners and online gallery and shop, are available at: www.daylesfordartshow.com.au.