Goolwa foundation member Leanne Reynolds and her husband David were recently recognised by being named Paul Harris Fellows by the Rotary Club of Goolwa.
The couple own the Foodland Goolwa and Veg Out Victor Harbor as well as commercial property in McLaren Vale.
Foodland Goolwa was established 39-and-a-half years ago by Leanne’s parents. She started out as a cashier working for her parents and now the business is owned and operated by the couple.
Together with a partner they also established Veg Out Victor Harbor about 15 years ago.
The Paul Harris Fellow award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to their community. The sponsoring Rotary Club must provide a $1000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation to be able to present a Paul Harris Fellow award.
Leanne and David were recognised for not only the contribution they’ve made to the community through their business interests, but also their contribution to the community generally through sponsorships from their businesses, plus a long term commitment to surf lifesaving.
David has been associated with the Goolwa Surf Lifesaving Club since its inception 10 years ago and Leanne has been providing support for the club too. She was recently recognised for her volunteer contribution to the World Surf Lifesaving Championships held at Glenelg.
With the Southern Alexandrina Business Association (which covers Goolwa) going into recess recently, Leanne said she’s also keen to assist in trying to ensure there’s still a strong business voice for the community.
She was recently part of a roundtable discussion in Goolwa looking at forming another group and working towards filling empty shops in the town.
The presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow came as a surprise.
“As a local business supporting Rotary we’re usually invited to the handover dinner,” Leanne said.
“It was a complete surprise when they announced it.”
She admits she had to Google what the award was all about, and who Paul Harris was.
“But we really realised how special it was when I was wearing my pin at a birthday party and someone came up and congratulated us,” a humble Leanne said.