As a young boy Jim Pascoe helped ready the community tennis courts for the games that brought his country neighbours together.
It set in play decades of service to his district of Toongi, the city of Dubbo and the agricultural sector.
Over the years his contribution has included 70 years with the Emmagool Bush Fire Brigade, and periods as a Dubbo Base Hospital board member and Dubbo Show Society president, among others.
Although champion of many causes, 86-year-old Mr Pascoe was "shocked" to learn he was named on the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List.
A thankful nation is bestowing on him a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM).
Mr Pascoe has deep community connections, still making his home at the farming property 'Cranbrook' that his family first came to about 105 years ago.
Completion of a wool classing certificate, and farm mechanics and welding courses helped equip him for the hands-on volunteering in which he would immerse himself in the future.
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Mr Pascoe also credits wife Fay, who he married in 1958, as being instrumental to him having time for pursuits beyond their farm.
He embraced membership and later the presidency of the Dubbo branch of the NSW Agricultural Bureau, an organisation that passed on to farmers from the Department of Agriculture "all the good things to do".
It involved field days, crop trials, hosting guest speakers and sheep classing days.
In 1971 the farmer was appointed to the board of Dubbo Base Hospital.
Mr Pascoe served in the role for 10 years, and "wore out two or three cars" making the more than 40km round trip to Dubbo for meetings.
"I'm very pleased to see the Dubbo Hospital is still progressing wonderfully well," he said.
He left that non-paying job for another, becoming a member of the Dubbo Show Society.
From working alongside his father Clifford Hilton Pascoe in the main pavilion, Mr Pascoe gradually increased his responsibilities in staging the annual Dubbo Show.
He served as vice president and president of the show society for five years from 1981 and was made a life member.
Close to home the Toongi Recreation Reserve and Hall Trust, a hub for the district, benefitted from his attention.
Mr Pascoe, a father and grandfather, considers the show society and the agricultural bureau as some of the highlights.
"I've got a good kick out of lot of things I've been associated with," he said.
"I had a great time with the show society, a wonderful group of people putting forward exhibits for people to see."
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