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Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Hobart, Bev Wills was educated at the The Friends' School and Ogilvie High School. She married in 1958 and had three sons and one daughter. Bev enjoyed a 47-year career in retail and travel businesses in Moonah. She was actively involved in local, state and national industry sector bodies. She was a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and served on the Australian board for 12 years. She was made a Life Member, the only woman to receive this honour.
Bev was elected to the Glenorchy City Council in 1975 and served for 16 years. She was the inaugural Tasmanian President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association for six years and served as National President. She was made a Life Member.
Bev had an extraordinary record of generosity and commitment as a fundraiser for charity. Named as Miss Tasmania Charity and Miss Australia Charity in 1957, she devoted more than 25 years to the Miss Tasmania Quest and was responsible for raising in excess of $500,000. From 1996 until her death in 2005, Bev was the fundraising coordinator for the Giant Steps School and raised $285,000, including $70,000 in the last year of her life. For seven years, Bev was fighting cancer.
From 1964 until 1988, Bev was a member of the Moonah Rotariannes and in 1991 she was the first woman to be inducted as a Rotarian by the Rotary Club of Moonah. In 1994, Bev was the first woman to join the District Governor’s Committee. She served as President of the Rotary Club of Moonah in 2000-01.
From 1961 until 1982, Bev was a member of the Country Women’s Association (Moonah Branch) and served a term as State President. She represented the CWA on the United National Association State Executive and represented Tasmania at the 1974 World Conference in Perth. Bev was a Charter Vice President of the Zonta Club of Glenorchy/Derwent Valley and a member for four years. Bev was named as a Member of the Order of Australia Medal in 1992, and in 2001 was named as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary.