District Governor Nominee Philip Beasley

Philip was born in Werribee in 1956 and moved to Geelong when his parents relocated the family for both business and future education needs.
With primary and secondary education out of the way, Philip went on to study Agricultural Science at Dookie College and later commenced work at Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works Farm at Werribee. Philip later joined the family business with his father and brothers in House Removing and Restumping.
Philip joined the Geelong Victorian Young Farmers Club (whose marketing tag was “You Don’t Have to Be One to Be One”) in 1975, where he enjoyed leadership roles, debating and most of all the socialising and fun with like-minded people across the state. It was through Young Farmers that Philip met Judy and with that, started a loving relationship that celebrated 40 years of marriage in May 2018.
 
Philip joined CFA as a volunteer firefighter in 1976 with the Mannerim Rural Fire Brigade and enjoyed the friendship, competitions and attending local and major fires across the state, including the Ash Wednesday Fires in 1982. In 1983, Philip was recruited as career firefighter with CFA and started a 33 year career, serving in operational, management, training and emergency management roles. Philip retired from CFA in 2016 after 40+ years’ service.
 
Judy and Philip are parents to three adult daughters in Perth, Colac and Canberra and are proud grandparents to 4 lovely grandchildren. While raising their three daughters, Judy and Philip were heavily involved in school council, sport, ferrying the girls to and fro from part time jobs and in particular Barwon Valley Pony Club, undertaking hands on and administrative roles involving the whole family for close to 15 years.
Philip’s involvement with Rotary began with the RC Bayswater North in D9810 in 1989, following an invitation to attend a club meeting as a guest speaker. After transferring back to Geelong with CFA, Philip was invited to join the RC Geelong Central in 2002. Philip has served the club as club secretary, club President as well as chair or director positions in vocational service, club service, club administration and as RYE Student Councillor. Philip and Judy also thoroughly enjoyed working together on a club Rotary Project at the Aboriginal Homeland Community at Garrthalala N.T together with the RC Nulunbuy in 2006
Rotary Service beyond the club has seen Philip’ involvement as District GSE Chair 2012/13, RLI Facilitator 2012-15 and Assistant Governor Group 9 2013-15. Judy and Philip also both enjoyed a Rotary Friendship Exchange to Thailand in 2007.
 
Philip’s interests aside of Rotary are family activities, travel both overseas and caravanning, running a small rural property and fitness.
 
Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves”
                                                                                                            Paul P Harris