Profile Phil Hafey

DGN Phil HAFEY  (Bronwyn)

Rotary Club of Laurieton

PO Box 92 Bonny Hills 2445
(M) 0411 240 211

Phil joined the Rotary Club of Laurieton in July, 2007 and shortly thereafter was elected to the Board as Youth Director. He has served as Public Relations Director, Secretary, Treasurer and President. He is currently Treasurer and will be President 2017/18. Phil was Secretary of Cluster 3 from 2009 – 2012, and named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2013 for his contribution to the Club and the community. As District Vocational Director, he presented workshops at PETS and District Assemblies from 2011 – 2014. While District Secretary (2016-2017), he was involved in the planning of the Rotary year including Management Training, PETS and District Assemblies. In 2016/2017 he produced and distributed the weekly District 9650 E-News and was Chairman of the 2017 Conference Committee.

Phil completed his teaching degree in 1977 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he met his wife Bronwyn. They have been married for 40 years and have a son, Nicholas who has recently completed a Master of Teaching degree. Phil has 30 years experience in city and country Secondary schools. As a classroom teacher he developed and presented courses for students with a range of abilities in Years 7 – 12; as Head Teacher Administration he was involved in all aspects of school organisation including timetabling, allocation of casual resources and supervision of staff; as Head Teacher Creative Arts he supervised staff, developed programs and protocols and managed Distance Education learning in NSW and overseas. As Deputy Principal (Rel.) he was responsible for a number of faculties as well as students in Years 11 and 12, both face-to-face and Distance Education, including those on Pathways Programs.

On the sporting field Phil excelled as a football (soccer) referee and was one of the youngest to referee at State level. He officiated at both State and National level until injury forced his retirement. As State Director of Coaching and Assistant National Coach he trained
referees and assessors, developing training resources for use throughout Australia.

Phil is Chairman of the Board of Rotary Lodge, one of the largest Rotary projects in NSW. He has held this position since 2012, and as such he is vitally involved in the overall management of the facility, ensuring the continued standard of excellence provided to all clients. He is now overseeing the expansion project of twelve additional units which is expected to be completed later in 2017.

Phil is actively involved in the Bonny Hills Progress Association and has been Secretary since 2009. His experience, knowledge, networks and professionalism has made a fundamental contribution toward developing sound governance and effective working relationships with State, Local and Government agencies and many NGOs, facilitating the implementation of many initiatives in the local area.

Phil’s knowledge and expertise in the grants’ process has enabled the community to be provided with grant funding exceeding $150,000 for projects ranging from a schools’ robotic programs and audiovisual equipment for the Progress Association to amenities blocks for local reserves and a large solar panel installation at Rotary Lodge.

On Australia Day 2017, Phil was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area and dedication to serving his community, by being chosen as Citizen of the Year