THE Rotary Clubs of Orange and Orange North celebrated Dick Jane and Bernie Huxtable’s 50 years of service at a dinner on Monday night with Orange mayor John Davis making them honorary citizens of Orange.
During his career Mr Jane served as the state government’s veterinary surgeon and later worked for the Department of Agriculture.
As part of his work for Rotary Mr Jane campaigned for Polio Plus, a Rotary initiative that has almost eliminated polio worldwide except for a few isolated pockets in Africa and the Middle East.
President of the Orange Rotary Club Len Banks said Mr Jane had been a leading member of the club since joining.
“Dick is an inspiration to our club and has shown exceptional leadership throughout his time in Rotary,” Mr Banks said.
Mr Huxtable, a long-term Orange physician, joined the Orange Rotary club in 1964 and is a foundation member of Orange North Club and over the years has served as Rotary Club president and district governor.
He also served terms as a medical practitioner with Rotary Health taking up many overseas postings to a number of countries including the Philippines and New Guinea.
Club president of Orange North Paul Derrig paid tribute to Mr Huxtable saying he has shown himself to be an exceptional leader.
“Bernie has always been a leader in our club and has shown through his actions that he believed in the Rotary motto of service before self,” Mr Derrig said.