Rotarian and education stalwart humbled by AM award
A Rotary Club of Melbourne member, and the current emeritus chairman of Monash University’s Engineering and IT Foundation has been awarded a King’s Birthday honour.
Dr Peter Rogers was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to engineering, to education, and to the community”.
Dr Peter Rogers, who served as the 99th president of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Australia’s first and largest club launched in 1923 by Sir John Monash, has been a passionate member for decades.
He said an important initiative he had been involved with since 2011 was the commissioning of a three-metre sculpture of Sir John Monash now located near the Chancellery Building at Monash University’s Clayton campus.
“He is depicted as an engineer standing on a concrete bridge. This has helped create awareness in the community of Sir John’s non-military contributions including his role as a leading Rotarian,” Dr Rogers said.
Through his role at Monash University, Dr Rogers is equally passionate about education, which he said had a “transformative impact in terms of what you can achieve in your life.”
Speaking about his prestigious award, Dr Rogers said he was humbled, describing the moment as a “delightful, unexpected surprise”. •