Pat Meehan

Life Membership Awarded - 2004/2005

Pat was born in Melbourne and was initially educated at St. Joseph's Primary School and CBC St. Kilda. Pat's first job was in 1960 in the Planning & Highways branch of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). He moved in 1968 to the Country Roads Board (CRB) while he graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1971 after studying at night at Swinburne University. At the Country Roads Board Pat's main roles included working on planning for the Hume Freeway duplication and by-passes. In 1997 Pat moved to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Westernport Development Corporation before retirement beckoned. Pat is married and had 3 children and has 5 grandchildren to keep life interesting.

Pat is still active in the business world and for the last 11 years has been consulting in the area of Local Government. He is currently project managing the Eastern Recreation Precinct for Knox Council with two large projects under way (State Basketball Centre and Knox Regional Soccer Centre). In addition, Pat has been Cricket Victoria's Local Government Consultant since December 2004.

Pat's cricket career started at Burwood Socials Cricket Club at age 15 and he represented the Burwood District Cricket Association (now part of Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association) at Under 21 level. He moved to Burwood Cricket Club in the Eastern Suburban Churches Association where he played in 3 premierships in his 5 years at the club. Kew Cricket Club in the Sub District competition followed and he played in a premiership team in his 3 years at that club. Premiership success continued at Donvale Cricket Club where he played for 3 years before retirement from playing beckoned.

After a break of some 11 years Pat came out of retirement to play for Templeton Cricket Club from 1983 to 1988. In 6 years he played in 2 premierships with the First and Second Elevens and spent 4 years on the Committee, including 2 as Vice President and Junior Co-ordinator. Pat was also the inaugural President of the Templeton Reserve Committee of Management and served as President or Secretary of that Committee from 1982 until it ceased in 2002.

After a second retirement from playing, Pat was talked into umpiring in 1989 by the late Ken Dunham, also an RDCA Life Member. He umpired for 10 seasons during which he officiated in every Chandler Shield Grand Final for the last 8 of those years. Whilst umpiring he was the Assistant Secretary of the RDCA Umpire's Association for 1 year and then Secretary for 8 years. Pat became a member of the Association Executive in 1990, initially as the Umpire's Association representative, and then continued on the Executive until it was re-structured in 2003. From that time he has served as a member and Chairman of the Senior Operations Committee that has since become the Senior Committee. Pat has also acted as the Association's delegate to the Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU) for the last 8 seasons where he is a member of the Junior Carnival Match Sub Committee as the Umpire's Co-ordinator. Pat has also served on the RDCA Tribunal and was Chairman of the former Investigation Committee for several years.

Pat was awarded Life Membership of the Association at the 2004 Annual General Meeting and his dedicated service continues at the time of compiling this summary.

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