PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP
The Pride of Workmanship Awards was launched in June, 1975
to encourage a much needed pride in personal performance in the workplace and to
create a national attitude for the benefit of our country.
Whitcroft, of the Rotary Club of Ryde, produced the first plaques
which introduced the now familiar slogan, “Do it once, Do it well. Build a
better Australia” and which is still in use today. Many of these yellow plaques
with blue lettering are displayed in shops, offices and factories across the
The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills followed up with the establishment of an annual
Awards presentation evening and also introduced the marketing of trophies and
plaques as a Rotary fundraising project which was recognised by Rotary
The program has now been adopted by more than 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, New
Zealand, the South Pacific, Malaysia, Canada and the United States, with Clubs
in other countries showing interest in introducing Pride of Workmanship
The objectives of the program are:
To promote Vocational Service.
To encourage pride of workmanship in all vocations.
To provide employers with an opportunity to
recognise employees who display those qualities which are worthy of an
To encourage favourable employer/employee
relationships and a sense of community pride in individual achievement.
To provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved
in the community, particularly the business community.
The scope and variety of awards has been expanded since the origin of Pride of
Workmanship and now includes –
Community Service Awards
Small Business Awards
Vocational Excellence Awards
Australia Day Awards
Environmental Excellence Awards
Apprentice of the Year Awards
Customer Service Awards
Youth Encouragement Awards
“Do it once, Do it
well. Build a better Australia”
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