Robert Holschier believes he is probably the second person in Stanhope to receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
He moved to the district about 50 years ago from Melbourne and was soon embedded into the community through a variety of committee positions.
‘‘(The OAM) humbled me,’’ he said.
‘‘There really are other people in town who have done more.’’
But the extensive list of positions Mr Holschier has held over the years would be hard to beat.
He began volunteering when he joined the swimming pool committee in 1965.
‘‘It just went from there,’’ he said.
Mr Holschier has been secretary of the Stanhope and District Development Committee since 2001, a member of the Men’s Shed committee since 2013 and chair of the Whroo Cemetery Trust since 2012.
He also held positions on the Whroo Advisory Committee, Stanhope Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Stanhope Community Health Centre, Stanhope Swimming & Life Saving Club, Rushworth High School Advisory Council, Stanhope Mardi Gras Committee (1970-74) and the Stanhope Community Hall Committee.
Mr Holschier said one of the things he was most proud of was his time as a board member and chairman of the Waranga News from 1984 to 2011.
He was also heavily involved in lobbying for the dairy industry.
He credited much of his achievements to the assistance of his wife and family, which allowed him to dedicate so much time to the community.