The Pride of Workmanship awards have been an annual Vocational Program event for many years.

The origin of the programme “Pride of Workmanship” was launched as a Rotary project at the District 9680 (then 268) Assembly, in June, 1975. 

The aim was to encourage a much-needed pride in personal performance in the work-place, and to help create a national attitude for the benefit of our country.

Les Whitcroft, of the Rotary Club of Ryde, produced the first metal plaques bearing the now familiar slogan - “Do it once, Do it well. Build a Better Australia” for display in factories, offices and shops.

The Rotary Club of Pennant Hills followed up with the establishment of annual Pride of Workmanship Awards presentation evenings and the marketing of the trophies and plaques as a Rotary fundraising project, recognized by Rotary International.

The program has been adopted by over 600 Rotary Clubs in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Malaysia, Canada and the United States. “Do it once, Do it well. Build a better Australia”


1. The emphasis is upon the theme: “Do it once, Do it well. Build a better Australia”

2. The Pride of Workmanship Award is designed to acknowledge an employee, irrespective of age or vocation, who, in the eyes of his or her employer, displays outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to his or her job.

3. The Award is intended to cover all aspects of work performance and ethics, inclusive of quality and quantity of output, safety, initiative, sense of responsibility, etc.

4. Pride of Workmanship is not a competition. It is a recognition of individual achievement and commitment.

5. Employers should be guided to ensure that the Awardee they sponsor is seen by their peers and fellow workers in their organization as a worthy recipient of the award.

6. The awards should be presented at a special Pride of Workmanship Awards function held by the Rotary Club. Representatives of the awardee’s firm/organization are invited to that function as paying guests. The Awardee and partner are guests