July 2018
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Marcia Tesoriero
Jul 24, 2018
Children in Cambodia
Doug Baxter
Aug 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Janne Spiers
Aug 21, 2018 7:00 PM
District Governor
Jamie Fisher
Aug 28, 2018
Cardinia Cultural Centre Renovations
Greg Peck and Roger Thornton
Aug 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Trip To Balibo
Rosemary Teed and Teague Rook
Sep 11, 2018
Magical Getaway Foundation
Josie Wilson
Sep 18, 2018 7:00 PM
Rotarian Behind the Badge
Past Speakers
Jeff Steel - Author
Jul 17, 2018
Medhi Ahmadi & Jared Copey
Jun 26, 2018
Their Kakoda Track Experience - Harold Bould Memorial Award Recipients
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President / Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Community Service
Vocational Services
International Service
Public Relations
Club Administration
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Pakenham!

We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM
Pakenham Golf Club
25 Oaktree Drive
Pakenham, VIC  3810
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Last week's meeting on the 17th of July was an interesting night as we had the privilege to have Jeff Steel present to us about one of the books he has written.
Jeff is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Knox, a Past Assistant Governor of District 9810 as well as a Past Member of the Rotary Club of Glen Waverley, and he has even had his singing and banjo playing aired at a Rotary Conference.
Jeff talked to us about the Lofoten Raid ( Lofoten Islands, Norway ) which involved the 3rd and 4th Commandos and approximately 400 soldiers.
The Raid was really to try and obtain an Enigma Machine but all they got was a set of Rotor wheels and the code books which was enough for Bletchley Park to break the code for the German U Boats.  No one really knew what the true purpose of the raid was and so there has always been a variance of opinion as to it s true worth, 
Jeffs talk was really interesting and even more significant as the raiding party included Bill Adlam who was Rotarian John Antonie's partner Linda Nash's father.
Once again we had the Jokers Wild and of course every one was so disappointed when Sam failed to find the Joker, or were they??
OK, so last week we had our first talk from a member re interesting facts about the History of our club and we had Ken Rook talk to us about the Charles Hicks and the President Elect Collar.
His talk went something like this:
President Elect’s Collar:
President Goran recently asked when we started using the President Elect’s Collar.  In 1978 the first Paul Harris fellow Award presented by the Rotary Club of Pakenham was made to Charles Hicks. 
After Charles died in 1997 his son Charlie presented the Paul Harris Medallion back to the Club and it was resolved to use it as a collar for the President Elect.  There being no other official Rotary insignia for that purpose.
It was first presented at the 1998/99 Change Over Dinner.
So, who was Charles Hicks?
Charles Mckay Hicks was the first Principal of the Pakenham Consolidated School when it was established in 1951, when a number of small schools such as Nar Nar Goon, Tynong , Pakenham South, Toomuc Valley were brought together into one school in the Main Street.  The school was relocated some years ago to Prrinces Highway near our Rotary Park.
Charles was also the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Pakenham when it was established in 1961.  For several years Rotary meetings were held at the school and catered for by the mother’s club.  The first Rotary meeting I ever attended was actually at the Consolidated school when Charles was a member.
Grade 6 Awards:
Charles’s memory was previously acknowledged in the creation of the Charles Hicks Education Award, which was first presented in 1989.
The award is presented each year to a student from each Grade 6 at the Pakenham Consolidated School.
This Award concept was extended over the years to include the Primary
Schools of Cardina, Officer, and Pakenham Hills.   It was then extended to include other schools and last year it was further extended to include all Primary Schools in Cardinia, Officer and Pakenham.  Most of the 16 schools took up the offer.
The schools set the criteria, name of the award and nominate the recipient.  Only the Pakenham Consolidated School Award is called the Charles Hicks Award and has one for each Grade 6.  The other schools receive 1 Grade 6 award for the School. 
The recipients receive a certificate and a cheque to assist with their transition to Secondary School.
I was a student at the school and those of us who knew Charles Hicks saw him as a dynamic little man who was highly respected in the school by the teachers and students and highly respected in the community.
These are fitting ways to acknowledge his memory.
Ken Rook

Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 24/7/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (John Antonie)

All members to make guests/speakers feel welcomed & to meet & greet each other.

6.45 pm – 6.55 pm

Sergeants Opening

  • Toast
  • Any remarks/anecdotes etc. (Optional)
Presidents Address:   
  • Welcome Members & Guests
  • Acknowledge Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Provide update on the nights proceedings
  • Secretaries Report
  • Treasurers Report (Monthly)

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • Member updates/announcements
  • *Training Information – Foundation (George Blenkhorn)   

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Marcia Tesoriero – Children in Cambodia
Chair: Lyn Bunce (Scribe Content)
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Next weeks Greeter (Grant Austen)
  • Next weeks Meeting Facilitator (Grant Austen)

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



Presidents Ponderings:
What another great night at the Pakenham Rotary Club. We had a number of guests join us as we start of the new Rotary Year. Service committees are starting their meetings in preparation for another busy year. Lyn handed out more of the new uniforms (Magenta not pink!) & Ken regaled us with the history behind the president elects medallion and the story of Charles Hicks, thanks Ken. The elusive Joker is still “wild” and Sam is doing a wonderful job in filling in for sergeant Graeme. Thanks Sam and get well soon Mr Begg!
Our guest speaker Jeff Steele presented a fascinating story from his new book “From Dunkirk to D-Day”. A story that involved the father of John Antonie’s partner Linda, Ian Fleming, Alan Turing, Adolf Hitler, spies, bombings, espionage and COD!
Greg Peck has kindly volunteered to be the Clubs “On to Conference” lead. This year is a multi-district conference brought to you by districts 9790, 9800, 9810 and 9820 and being Melbourne based should be an exciting event with many extra elements. There are approx. 236 clubs, & over 6500 rotarians across the 4 districts so it will definitely be an event not to be missed.
Coming up in the next few weeks for our club we have:
  1. Special guest speaker - Marcia Tesoriero – Children in Cambodia this Tuesday night
  2. Fabulous Murder Mystery night on the 31st
  3. PB Ronald Dinner on the 7th August
  4. Big Boys BBQ Lunch on the 17th
  5. DG Janne Spiers visit on the 21st August
Have a great week everyone!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Our Director in charge of Youth and Vocational Services, Josie Wilson has asked that we give serious thought to RYLA so click on the link below to get further information.
RYLA is a three day residential high energy program for young leaders aged of 18 and 25
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program includes thought provoking plenaries, discussion moderators, and professional facilitators from many disciplines. Discussions and experiential sessions focus on what leadership is, qualities of leadership, team-building activities, time and stress management.
Graduates of previous RYLA programs report the course was fantastic opportunity to develop their skills, have fun, and meet an enthusiastic group of like-minded people. RYLA is a life changing experience, so take the challenge and apply today.
Rotary Club of Pakenham
Invites you to a night of
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem!
There’s No Business Like the Death Business
It is the 1950’s Academy Awards presentation with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Groucho Marx, John Wayne, Mae West, Carmen Miranda and more. When a new process is announced to add sound and colour to silent movies the studios may be happy to replace expensive modern stars but somebody does not want this new process to go ahead.
 Lights, camera.. murder!
(A glamorous evening for those that remember the Golden Age of the movies.)
WHERE: Pakenham Golf Club
WHEN: Tuesday 31st July
RSVP by Friday 27th Jully
Goran Galic 0409532347