Rotary Club of Alexandra member Paul Checketts has been honoured for his vast contribution to service and the community through a Paul Harris fellowship.
Mr Checketts was a valued and respected member of the club and a “grand example” of the saying “if you want something done ask a busy person”, Rotary member Robyn Bowman said in a written citation.
Mr Checketts was schooled in Invercargill and his first employment was as an “office junior” at Jennings Dale, followed by a role at Ward Wilson Accountants, where he became an associate, then chief executive.
During that time, he completed a bachelor of commerce degree through the Open Polytechnic, and he achieved his chartered accountant qualification while he was with Ward Wilson.
Mr Checketts and his wife, Yve Checketts, moved to Clyde in 2006.
They have three sons and five grandchildren. Mr Checketts was “enormously proud of them all”, Mr Bowman’s citation said.
Mr Checketts had previously been president, secretary and treasurer of the Alexandra club, and was recently made treasurer for Rotary district 9980, south of the Waitaki.
He had also been involved with the Southland Museum board, Southland community radio, the Clyde Recreation Board, had been president of Badminton Southland and finance chairman of Dunstan High School’s board of trustees, and was a life member of the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery board.
He was also active in sport, having previously played rugby and still being a “very good golfer and badminton player”.
Mr Checketts said he was “thrilled” to receive the Paul Harris award which, as well as mentioning projects he had been involved with, recognised “the good things that Rotary does”. They were projects that created “a big buzz locally and around the world”, he said.