Peter Rubin of Tumbi Umbi has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List for his community service through a range of organisations.
In local business, Rubin was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and then the Treasurer and Vice-President of Wyong Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and 2003.
He was a member of the Rotary Club of Wyong between 1996 and 2000 before becoming involved with the Rotary Club of Gosford North in 2001.
Since then, he has served as Treasurer from 2004 to 2006, two terms as Youth Director in 2007 to 2009 and again in 2014 and 2015, President in 2011 and 2012, and has been Director of Fundraising since 2016.
He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Willoughby between 1990 and 1995.
Rubin was awarded Rotary’s highest accolade, the Paul Harris Fellow, in 2013, 2017 and 2019.
Rubin said his initial reaction to hearing about the OAM award was surprise, because he thought there were people more deserving.
“I suppose when I look back over the years, I have done quite a bit, but that has just come naturally because I like being involved in community things,” Rubin said.
His community life has also included a stint in 1983 as President of Manly Junior Sailing Association where he was a member of the Flying 11s.
Rubin was a member for five years of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Police Citizens Youth Club and over the years has been a supporter of local charities and special events including the Samaritans’ Christmas Day lunch for the homeless, the Newcastle Special Children’s Christmas Party, Relay for Life, NSW Cancer Council and Kids Day Out.
Also, he has been Co-Director of Prestige Wedding and Event Hire, based at Tuggerah, since 1995 and Managing Director until 2014.