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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Pakenham!

We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM
Pakenham Golf Club
Oaktree Drive
Pakenham, VIC  3810
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Presidents Repot                                   Aug 8th
This week Elizabeth and Aleysha, teachers from Officer Specialist School gave us a passionate talk outlining their role in the school.
The school ethos is: “Dare to Dream.” 
Officer Specialist School opened in 2014 with about 70 students; it has now over 180.The School is purpose built for students aged from 5 to 18 years, with a broad range of challenges, from mild to severe intellectual & associated disabilities, such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy. The school accepts student who live in the Shire of Cardinia and Casey with an IQ Below 70%.
Elizabeth and Aleysha also explained to us, that the main Problem the Students have is physical restrictions, such as tight muscles, “w” sitting and the inability to sit comfortably for an extended time, while participating in activities.
The solution they found is the “Scallop”. A special light weight seat that gives the students many benefits, these range from better focus, less fidgeting, increased eye contact, improved concentration and all around better posture, while sitting on the ground or in a chair.
After Karen and Aleysha’s presentation, we presented them with a cheque to help reach their goal of purchasing 30 Scallop seats.
Karen and Aleysha were almost in tears of joy when accepting our cheque. We also encouraged them to contact other Rotary Clubs to donate funds to help reach their goal.
The Jokers Wild is still hiding in the pack, better luck next time Michael.
Everyone was surprised when Marta produced a surprise birthday cake for Geoff Jansen.
We ended the meeting with hearty bidding to purchase a bottle of Red wine. Congratulations Grant!
I had an interesting Wednesday with Grant emptying the Breathalyzer machines, we have in Pakenham. The interesting part is; after arriving home I received a phone call from Roger.
The Cardinia Club had short paid us!
The conundrum is.  Why did Grant and I walk out $80.00 short? 
I will explain what we did:-
Rather than having a pile of $2.00 coins to bank we asked the teller there to exchange them for notes. We handed over the coins and she weighed them and stated that we had 130 coins and preceded to hand over $ 130.00. Grant said they are $2.00 coins which she checked, saw her error and handed over $260.00. We left, job done.
Then, shortly after arriving home I received Roger’s phone calls and return to the Cardinia Club. The Teller explained to me how she had short paid us.
Why? I will inform every one at the next general Meeting. I have been arriving early at the Golf Club, the bar opens at 5.30 and will shout everyone there a drink before 6.00.
Well, that’s about it for now, until next week,
Best regards to all,
Greg Peck.
Click on this link to view the photos from our meeting......PhotoAlbums/aug-8th-meeting-photos
The Rotary Club Meeting on the 15th of August is the P B Ronald Dinner, to be held at the Pakenham Race Club, Tynong. The cost is the usual $25 each and partners are welcomed, drinks at bar prices.
The trust was established in 1991 as a Memorial to Peter Ronald, a very well known Pakenham identity, with the purpose to provide small  ( in order of $1000 to $1500 grants) to help students undertaking tertiary studies in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and local government.
This year we had 5 applicants for grants and the interviews were held last Friday. A decision on the applicants receiving the grants on the 15th will be made by the trustees during the coming week. 
The Trustees are drawn from the Pakenham Agricultural Society, The Pakenham Racing Club, The Pakenham Rotary Club and the Pakenham Community.
George  Blenkhorn
P.B.Ronald Trust:
Tuesday 15th of August's meeting is the annual P.B.Ronald Trust Dinner.
Following the sudden death of Peter Bruce Ronald in July 1989 our club instigated the formation of the Trust which received great support from the Pakenham Racing Club, Pakenham Agricultural and Horticultural Society, the
then Shire of Pakenham (now Cardinia) and the public.  The Trust was established with in excess of $40,000.
Scholarships are presented each year to students from within the Shire of Cardinia to further their studies in agriculture, horticulture or local government.  Three areas in which Peter was enthusiastically involved.
Peter had a sheep farm on the site of the Heritage Springs Estate on
McGregor Road.  He was an outstanding citizen of the shire, having been a councillor for 23 years, serving two terms as Shire President.  He served on the committee of the Pakenham Racing Club for 45 years and the Pakenham A & H Society for 50 years, serving as President of both.  He also served many years on the committee of the Royal Agricultural Society, being President in 1973.  He was actively involved in several other organisations within the shire.
In 1979 Peter was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and appointed a Companion of the order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) for his exceptional community service.
The first P.B Ronald Trust Dinner was held on Tuesday 26th October 1991 to raise fund for the Trust.   Since then Scholarships have been presented to students in their chosen fields of study.  The dinners are official meetings of the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
Ken Rook
Rotary Information Chair.