Distirct 9455 congratulates Karrinyup Rotary's esteemed member and Past President Peter Polain, who has been named in the Australia Day honours with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the Community in a variety of roles. Peter led the Community Service Committee through numerous major projects including the Karrinyup Community Men's Shed. He took on a pivotal role in founding the Stirling Farmers Market, acted as manager for nine years and is still involved in the Management Committee. 
Press release: This year was a very special Australia Day for the Karrinyup Rotary Club, as we learn that our esteemed member and Past President, Peter Polain, has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for service to the Community in a variety of roles.
Peter, a Rotarian for over twenty years, joined Karrinyup Rotary in 2007 and has served in many capacities ever since, leading the club as president during the 2010 - 2011 Rotary year. Peter showed incredible tenaciousness and leadership, when he took on a pivotal and lead role in the founding of the Stirling Farmers Market, now a weekly hub for the community, as well as being the club's major fundraiser. He acted as manager for the first nine years giving devoted selfless voluntary service and is still involved in the Management Committee and stallholder liaison.
In 2013, it was his dream to establish a Men's Shed in Karrinyup. Following this, Peter became part of the steering committee and led the search to locate an appropriate site and gain approval from council for the purpose to establish the Karrinyup Community Men's Shed, now an independent entity, where he is currently President.
Peter has been a board member of Karrinyup Rotary Club for many years - serving mostly as Community Service Director. He led the Community Service Committee in working with the Mooro Country Tour Group to provide seating at Lake Gwelup Reserve for cultural tour groups. This was completed in 2016.
Recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow several times over, in 2019 Peter was the recipient of the Club's highest award, the Graham Fosbery President's Award.
As a man, who 'gets things done', Peter is also currently undertaking a leadership role in what the club hopes will be another amazing major project to celebrate the Club's Golden Anniversary in 2024. He is indeed a most worthy recipient of an Order of Australia medal.