To all our members and friends just a little bit of information as to what your Board has been up to whilst we all suffer this Covid-19 situation.
So the Board realizing that even though the club activities have been suspended that things needed to move forward in preparation for when we are allowed to recommence club activities set about try to get set up to do Board meetings via video conferencing.
So we have had one attempt so far and to say that it was not a total success would be an understatement.  Of the 8 Board members we have, only three actually got fully connected via the video conferencing with one member getting video but not voice and then one who connected after it all was basically over....  There will be further attempts to try and get everyone on. 
It is our plan to conduct Board meetings via Google Hangout as soon as we can get everyone connected and thus ensure the club is ready to reconvene as soon as we are allowed.
Assuming that we can get everyone of our Board Members properly connected, or at least the majority of them then we will consider doing a Video Conference for all interested members probably every three or four weeks just to catch up.  So let us know if you would be interested in having a club meeting via video conferencing, obviously there would be no real agenda other than everyone getting the chance to say Hi and see some familiar faces.
If you are interested you will need to have access to Google Hangouts which is a free app available once you have a google account which is also free.  So get yourself set up on Google Hangouts and if you want to test it you can always contact our President Elect to have a trial run.........
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Current State of Play

Well hello everyone and lets hope you are all doing the best you can during these truly unfortunate times.
So just to make sure everyone is across the situation ALL activities connected to the Rotary Club of Pakenham have been suspended until further notice.
So this means that there are no weekly meetings, no Community Dances, no Deb Balls, no Coffee cake and Balls or any other Club activity until the restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.
We will attempt to put out an edition of the Scribe every week or so, but it will depend on if we have any information to share with you all.  Therefore please send any information, news or gossip that may be of interest to our members to and we will try and use everything we are provided. 
Next week we will have an article provide by Ken Rook and anything else that is submitted, so do not be shy and submit something that will be of interest to our members.
So to Everyone out there please STAY SAFE, STAY WELL and KEEP IN TOUCH...................
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OK, so we are all aware of the fact that the District 9820 Conference was cancelled due to Covid-19 but those crazy bike riders went ahead and did a ride to conference which should have been titled the Ride to NO Conference......  So here is a report on the ride provided by Helen van Diemen and photos are courtesy of Alwyn Williams.  So thanks ladies for what you have provided and it just shows that obviously the men do not do much at all.
Ride to No Conference Report 2020
It does seem quite amazing now that we did get to go on the Rotary Bike Ride in Bendigo from Monday 16th – Friday 20th March. All members of the group had been alerted that the Rotary District 9820 Conference in the refurbished Jail House would be cancelled so there was no need for an extra bag of conference attire. But the Bike Ride could still proceed.
Peter and I arrived at the Ascot Big 4 Caravan and Camping Ground in the afternoon on Sunday 15th March. We found we had been allotted a Pool Villa and felt very well looked after indeed!
Afternoon Tea was served by our wonderful support team of Alwyn and Kate around 4.00pm when a short introductory meeting took place. Lots of reunions from Rotarians and friends, some who we had not seen for years, returning to do the ride once more. The participants on the Bike Ride from Rotary and Inner Wheel in Pakenham included Alwyn & Terry Williams, Joy & Rudy de Jong and Helen & Peter van Diemen.
Dinner was a delicious barbeque at the camping ground with the Bike Ride Committee coming to the fore. Lots of discussion and a few serious comments before we were all tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour.
It was decided that all bike riders and support crew would meet at the front gate at 7.45am to be ready to ride away at 8.00am. This all happened very smoothly with names being registered and a short Briefing of the ride from Road Boss Barry, who always managed to provide at least one joke!!
So, on Monday morning we set off for Goornong 25kms away for Morning Tea, followed closely by a school visit at the Axedale Primary School. This is a small country school and all the staff and students seemed to enjoy spending part of their play time with us, finding out what on earth we were doing so far from home. The Life Education program visits this school and they all remembered Harold the Giraffe. Next, we set off to ride to Lake Eppalock, a beautiful scenic park to enjoy lunch. After lunch back to the Big 4 around 2.30pm after riding 87.7kms, the hills were not too steep, and the maximum temperature was 27. Some bike riders enjoyed a recovery session in the swimming pool which was quite refreshing with lots of stretching exercises too. Dinner was at the Botanical Hotel walking distance away, for those who hadn’t been riding a bike perhaps!!
Day 2 was Tuesday 17th March and we set off at 8.00am along a safe bike path that led out of Bendigo in a westerly direction through Eaglehawk. We kept riding all the way to Bridgewater 44kms for Morning Tea, there were straight and relatively flat roads through farming country that seemed to go on for ever. The next leg had us riding towards the south with a beautiful spot for lunch at Newbridge, by this stage we had ridden 60kms. This area has been affected by significant floods in 1909 and 2011. During 2011 flood at its highest the flood was said to be 90km long and 50km wide. Many farms and towns were directly hit, flood waters cut roads including the Calder and Lodden Valley Highways. At its peak the water volumes reached 195 gigalitres a day and Melbourne uses 460 gigalitres of water each year. On the way home there was a drink stop at Marong and then after the final ride a huge 105.25kms had been clocked. More swimming in the pool and relaxing too. The dinner spot was the same and several bike riders were seen walking to the Hotel on this day!!
Day 3 Wednesday 18th March saw the group cycling away in an easterly direction with Morning Tea at Lake Eppalock. Lake Eppalock is in the heart of central Victoria’s goldfields, it was built in 1964 to supply water for irrigation, environmental and stock and domestic entitlement holders as far north as Echuca. It has become one of the recreational inland waterways in Victoria and is an ideal location for water skiing, boating and swimming. Next, we rode on to Sutton Grange for lunch after cycling 62 kms. Another beautiful lunch provided by the Support team which included rolls, wraps, every imaginable salad and meat filling, delicious cakes, slices and loads of sliced fruitJ The ride back saw the group stop at Sedgwick for a drink stop and then home again about 3.30pm along a safe bike path through Bendigo ending up in the Botanical gardens. The hills and the head wind made riding today quite difficult, there seemed to be a few less riders too. The total distance was 100kms.
Day 4 in Bendigo was a Total Fire Ban Day, so all the plans had to be cut in half. Instead of a 100km bike ride, it would have to be closer to 50kms. We did ride out earlier at 7.45am heading in a southerly direction to Lockwood for Morning Tea. If the route had not needed to be altered, we would have been in Maldon for lunch.  A reporter from the local newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser, met us in the park at Lockwood and took photos and a story that was published in the Saturday edition. On the way back, only 11kms from home, poor Peter had to hit the brakes hard and ended up on the bitumen with blood running down his face. Luckily the cut was above his eye and apart from a few grazes and bruises and a big dent to his pride Peter survived. There is always a Doctor on the bike ride who was able to tend to Peter’s eye. Peter would have to hang up his bike for the rest of the ride, missing out on 59kms on the last day.
Lunch was back at the camp on this day with a quiet afternoon ahead. I found time to swim in the pool and do the washing of gear too. The infamous Pizza Night began at 6.30pm in the Dining Room. The Rotary District Governor Adrian Froggatt and wife Wendy, Past District Governor Tim Moore and wife Jane and past bike rider Geoff Double from Berwick attended also. There is always an hilarious Fine session conducted by long serving bike rider John Shandley from Korumburra. John keeps fastidious notes throughout the ride and manages to come up with a fine and/or story about everyone. A great fund-raising exercise too. Then the awards were presented, and it was time to say good night as we still had one day of riding to go.
Day 5 was Friday 20th March, and we were all allowed to sleep in or pack our cars to be out of the Caravan Park early. This meant the ride commenced at 9.00am when we rode to Sedgwick for Morning Tea in the south. This day was perfect for riding as it was cool with no breeze at all. Lunch back at the Caravan Park was a delightful but sad affair as it was soon time to farewell all the friends, both new and old, for another year. The comradery of this event is equalled by few others and is held in high esteem by all.
It is estimated that this ride will receive approximately $40,000.00 from the participants. An amazing effort for such a small group this year.
Helen van Diemen           Member of the Inner Wheel Club of Pakenham
More photos can be seen by clicking on this link     photoalbums/2nd-april-2020  
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Rosa --  Our most recent Exchange Student

Tim Mepstead received a letter and some photos from Rosa who was an exchange student we had as part of our club back in 2016/2017.
Below is a copy of the letter and the photos....  So thanks to Tim for sharing......
So the top picture has the caption Last week I spent my holidays with some friends from handball in the mountains.
The middle picture has the caption Me and my brother at my graduation.
And the bottom picture has the caption This photo was made for the article about siblings of people with a handicap.
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Based on what our Federal and State Governments are saying about COVID-19 and what impacts it will have on us all we are definitely living in strange times.
Therefore it is strange but true that the Rotary Club of Pakenham has suspended all of it's activities until at least the end of May 2020.
This basically means the following:
There will be no club meetings at the Deep Creek Reserve each Tuesday in fact there will be no club meetings anywhere until the end of May 2020, the Monthly Community Dance held at the U3A Hall is suspended until at least the end of May. And of course our planned Comedy Night will be postponed to a date to be determined as will the Rotary Club of Pakenham's Debutante Balls.
If you want to contact the Rotary Club of Pakenham then feel free to put a message on our Facebook Page or send an e-mail to either or and we will get a response back to you at our earliest convenience. 
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Rotary Club of Pakenham Debutante Balls

With regard to our 2020 Debutante Balls we are making the following statement:

Obviously we cannot 100% guarantee that the Deb Balls will go ahead, as no one can do that.

But under the current circumstances we are constantly monitoring everything and will be posting updates as changes in the situation occur.

It would be our intent at this point in time to proceed with the Debs so stay tuned for updates.

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the Rotary Club of Pakenham has decided to cancel the April Community Dance. 
We will be constantly monitoring the situation and will keep you informed as to the status of any future Community Dances....
We thank you all for you support and look forward to seeing you again when the Community dance resumes...... 


Ladies and Gentlemen,
the following has been sent to the club and is included here for your information and consideration.
Dear Toomuc Valley residents (and friends),
Please read the request below. We all participated in the planting of the thousands of thriving trees that make this Toomuc trail such a community asset (and delight). Now we have a chance to further improve it. We are told that our chances of obtaining the necessary Federal funding depend on our showing our full support by signing the petition. Numbers count!! Please sign.
Joy (for the TVRA)
Voice your Support for Federal Funding towards the Toomuc Valley Nature Reserve Shared Path
Over recent months the Toomuc path proposal has attracted immense support from the community as there are a huge number of residents and families who actively exercise, walk, run, cycle and exercise dogs along the Toomuc trail to the south of Princes Highway. The need to extend the path north has been recognised by organisations such as SJD Homes, Toomuc Landcare Group, Cardinia Shire and is supported by Jason Wood MP Federal Member for LaTrobe. It  will provide many benefits including the safety for school children walking to and from surrounding schools.
Stage 1; the project works include the development of a 3 metre wide shared path to continue from Syme Road and extend to Brown Road.
Stage 2; will then join Brown Road to the very popular Cardinia Aqueduct Trail.   
The benefits are many including:
  • improved community & school children safety
  • all abilities access
  • use for cycling, walking, sporting groups
  • encourage tourism
  • help reduce obesity epidemic
  • improve social cohesion
  • support healthy living and social recreation.
Please show your support for this much needed project by signing the petition via clicking on this link: –
Feel free to share this message with your friends & community groups!
Kind Regards,
Simon Dunstan
M: 0412 323 712  |  433 Princes Hwy, Officer Vic 3809  |  P: 03 9095 8000
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COVID - 19     Information

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we are all aware we are now in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic and as such I just thought I would point out a few things to you about the affect it is having on our Rotary Club and our program of events.
1.          The Pakenham Show has been cancelled.
2.          District 9820 Conference has been cancelled.
3.          Our weekly meetings will continue but please refrain from handshakes and personal contact on greetings.
4.          Anzac Day Services and our involvement are under discussion within our Board, as yet no decision has been made if we will be involved this year.
5.          Proposed Walk Against MND scheduled for the 3rd of May is under discussion with our Board, as yet no decision has been made but I doubt we will be participating.
6.          Monthly Rotary Community Dance is under discussion with our Board, as yet no decision has been made but it is possible that they will be suspended.
7.          Debutante Balls will be proceeding at this stage but will be constantly reviewed over the coming weeks and months.
So as we can all see this current pandemic situation has an affect on us all and we do need to be vigilant and do our part to protect us all.
But we do not want you all to think that everything is all bad so here is something sent in by George Blenkhorn to maybe put a smile on your faces.
The only panic buying in my life has been when the Bar Man called last orders.
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At this stage the 2020 Rotary Debutante Balls are proceeding but this situation will be constantly under review.  But here are the initial details for everyone to share around.
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Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

So last week's meeting meant we had Jenny Watson along to talk to us about her time in the Northern Territory and it was definitely a very interesting evening and I think an eye opening experience for some of those present.
there were plenty of photos and some very interesting questions at the end of the talk.
If you want to see all the photos then click on this link   photoalbums/10th-march-2020     
We also had Peter van Diemen talk to us about the annual Bike Rode to Conference, and of course everyone was glad to see that Tim Ahern could not find the Joker so the jackpot gets even larger........
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2020 Rotary Club of Pakenham Debutante Balls 2020-03-10 13:00:00Z 0


Our Director in charge of Foundation and International George Blenkhorn has asked me to share the following information with you 


Last year, Rotary members raised over US$360 million for The Rotary Foundation
which transforms gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Read our full report at


The most interesting details seem to be the income and expenditure in the "Our Finances' section. It is put very simply and clearly, it certainly shows how much is being spent on Polio Plus.


So click on this link and see for yourself


Last Week's Meeting 3rd March

So our meeting last week was a Club Service Meeting and we opened the meeting with a discussion re the venue for our meetings, the service and the meals that we received and it quickly became very clear that the majority of our members are more than happy with all aspects of our venue.  We all agreed that there were bound to be some hiccups as the staff settled in to their new facilities but these had been minor and overall the staff have been fantastic as is the venue.
During the night we received reports from all areas of the club and we were definitely entertained by the various reports provided.  It should be very clear to all our members that we are a very busy club which is involved in a lot of different activities but we do seem to get it all done.
It was reported that the working bee at Anne Taylor's property was well attended and a success and clearly shows what can be achieved when we all do our bit.
Once again we had a draw for our Jokers Wild and once again the Joker proved to be elusive and so it jackpots again.
We finished the night of by discussing the issues that were facing our Car Show due to having to share the recreation reserve on the day and the members determined that it was best to cancel the event for this year and try again next year.
It was a busy but interesting night which I am sure the members found worthwhile. 
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Pakenham Branch      Association Day


Speaker Margaret McKay about


Pierre-Joseph Redoute´


The Man Who Painted Roses


You are invited to hear more about 

Pierre-Joseph Redoute´  1759-1840

painter & botanist from Belgium 

known for his watercolours of roses, liles and other flowers



  1st April, 2020, 12.30 pm


       RSL Hall, 

Cnr. James & Snodgrass Sts. Pakenham


Lunch of Soup, Sandwiches,

Slices, Fruit & including a 

Raffle Ticket $10.00

Extra Raffle Tickets available


RSVP to Secretary :- Vicky Birch on email or 

phone 0418 522 703

no later than 25th March, 2020

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24th of March Fellowship Night


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Rotary Club of Pakenham: Vocational Visit and Fellowship Evening.

Date: Tuesday March 24th, 2020

Location: Better Rentals Pakenham Yard

907 Princes Hwy Pakenham

*Access will via rear gate – plenty of parking on site

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Start – Finish 8.00pm.

Meal: The BBQ will be provided.

Cost:                         $10.00 each to be donated to bush fire relief 

Drinks:             BYO.


A Vocational / Fellowship evening with an opportunity to look inside the hire industry and a “hands on” experience of some of the many machines available to hire.

Ride the Cherry Picker up to 10.9m

Practise digging with mini loaders and excavators.

See the range of equipment available to assist with all the handyman/woman tasks around the home.

Manager: Peter Van Zeyl – 0404 803 745.

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Working BEE on the weekend at Anne Taylor's property

So last weekend the club undertook a working bee at the home of our member Anne Taylor whose property was hit by fires a year ago and it was good to see that we had 10 Rotarians, 2 Rotaractors from Casey Cardinia club plus Richard from a western suburb of Melb attend on the Saturday.  Then on the Sunday we had the 2 Louise’s Wal Anne& David her son and myself,all in all a great weekend of work fun and fellowship and I nearly forgot Tim Ahern & Geoff Young who are still working on the back fence line they have cleared it, corner posts and stays are in place ready to restrain the wires they will Finnish it this week !
So it was a good weekends work so well done to all those that helped.
NO, they really did do some work.
If you want to see more pictures then please click on this link    photoalbums/working-bee-at-anne-taylor-s-property
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Our Meeting on the 25th of February

So at our meeting on the 25th of February we were provided with some details and information that was obtained from our President Elect at the President Elect Training that was held over the previous weekend at Creswick up near Ballarat.
We were then delighted to hear from Kate McNamara, from Bestchance, who told us about what they are doing in the Cardinia Shire and it was a very interesting talk.
Towards the end of our meeting we once again ran our Jokers Wild and this time it was Secretary Greg Peck who went on the hunt for the Joker and it would be fair to say that there was a lot of clapping and cheering when he failed to find the joker making the prize jackpot again.
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OUR MEETING on 18th February

So on the 18th of February at our Club Meeting we had a Rotary Information night where Ken Rook talked to the members about various aspects of our Rotary Club and how the various areas operate and other such topics.
Once again we went on the hunt for the Joker and our newest member Lynne was unable to find the Joker in the deck which means the money jackpots again.
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Bunyip / Garfield Golf Day

OK, so our very good friends at the Bunyip / Garfiled Rotary Club are running their Golf Day soon and they are looking for people to enter and in fact they hope that our club can enter a team.  Below are the details and the entry form, so if you feel that way inclined then please do support them and register to play.
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Last Weeks Meeting 11/02/2020

So at last week's meeting we heard from Richie Howlett who told us all about what he experienced at the RYLA Camp that we sponsored him to attend in December.  It was a very interesting presentation which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance and clearly showed that Richie had clearly learned a lot from attending and that he was a far more confidant person who clearly has leadership potential.
But of course the evening could not have started without some technical issues which took more than one person to sort out.
We also were unfortunately made to suffer through a few simple little videos of the goings on at Probus, where it seems several of our Rotary members could not help but disgrace themselves.  OH and NO we will not be showing any images of that here.
The evening also saw the running of our Jokers Wild game and of course everyone was truly disappointed that Greg Peck did not find the Joker, or were they.
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Blazeaid Talk at the Rotary Club of Berwick

The following article was provided by Terry Williams.
“..not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives..”
Blazeaid commenced by Kevin Butler (a farmer near Kinglake) after the Black Saturday bushfires. He had a vision to help the local farmers with immediate voluntary assistance and it has grown exponentially to respond to any natural disaster Australia wide. Not unlike some Rotary programs.
Last night I attended the Rotary Club of Berwick to hear the presentation on Blazeaid. As we have been advised previously the RC Berwick has fundraised to purchase a trailer and equipment to be used in the EAST Gippsland bushfire recovery.
The Club has successfully raised funds to purchase not 1 but 2 trailers. Each trailer is constructed by a company in Ballarat – who have had to increase production to cover demand- at a cost of $7,000. The equipment is supplied by a firm in South Australia and is very extensive (cost $17,000). Trailer and equipment are united in Lexton where they are assembled into identical units. Any team should be able to take any trailer and find the same equipment in the same place.
Camps are setup in affected areas- we have seen them active at Bunyip- to provide voluntary assistance initially to help cleanup fence-lines and other debris. The immediate need is to retain whatever stock has survived by constructing boundary fences similar to what existed prior to the fire.
There are already camps at Bruthen and Corryong. Bruthen has a full complement of volunteers (50) and two trailers. Accommodation (as the name suggests) is by camping- in tents, swags, caravans, pavilions etc. Meals are provided also by volunteer organisations.
Briefing sessions are conducted after breakfast every morning and ideally teams of 6 are assigned a property. Property owners need to register and be present whilst the volunteers are working. Owners also need to acquire all necessary materials and assure the coordinator that everything is ready to commence before volunteers are assigned.
It is a very well regarded organisation and run on strict guidelines. (experience!) Anyone can register as a volunteer and contact a camp coordinator for placement. It is dirty and exhausting work but very rewarding.
The vastness of the east Gippsland fires means that a lot of camps and volunteers are needed and it will be ongoing for an extended time.
Terry W
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Last Weeks Club Service

So last week we had our Club Service meeting for the month of February and we had the great pleasure of inducting a new member into our club.  We were very pleased to welcome Lynne Smyth  into our club when she was inducted by our President Lyn Bunce.
further pictures can be found by clicking on this link  photoalbums/4th-february-2020  
We also conducted our weekly Jokers Wild and it was no surprise when everyone enjoyed the fact that Sam could not find the Joker.
And the evening was finished off with the making available to our members  the hand made bags for everyone to fill with educational supplies to be distributed most likely by DIK.
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2020 Pakenham Motor Sport & Car Show

OK, so everyone needs to keep Sunday the 19th of April free as the Rotary Club of Pakenham is once again running the Pakenham Motor Sport & Car Show.
So if you know anyone who may want to bring along a car to show or belongs to a Car Club then please provide them with the details below and lets work together to make this year's show our biggest and best ever.
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Louise in Japan

So at last weeks meeting we had the pleasure of our very own Louise Jackel telling us all about her time in Japan as a Rotary exchange which she chose to do to complete her education.  Louise spent just on a year in Japan and study with the masters of Japan in Pottery.
We were given a very interesting talk and shown some really good pictures, it was very interesting to get another perspective about one of our members and it makes you wonder who else among us has interesting stories to tell like Louise.  Here are some of the pictures and more can be found by clicking on the link   photoalbums/28th-january-2020 .
We once again had a draw of the Jokers Wild and we have to ask was it a coincidence who was lucky enough to go hunting for the Joker and was it true that there was loud applause when he failed to find the Joker. 
And in the absence of our normal Sgt Fish, the most illustrious Graeme Begg stood in and did a wonderful job and even delighted us all with a little story. 
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Australia Day 2020

So once again the Rotary Club of Pakenham assisted with the Australia Day celebrations that were held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre  on Sunday and here are some of the photos from the day.
More photos can be found by clicking on this link :    photoalbums/january-2020   
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So our Rocks have been placed in Rotary Park to commemorate the planting of the trees on the western side of Toomuc Creek and here are some pictures, plus a little hint of the new foot bridge over Toomuc Creek in Rotary park.
more photos can be seen by clicking on the link :  photoalbums/january-2020 
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BBQ Trailer Signage

So our first lot of signage has been done on the BBQ Trailer with hopefully more to come.
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Coffee, Cake and Balls

So our newly developed Sunday morning fun session is on again this Sunday so why not come along and have a hit, a giggle and some nice coffee and cake.
Rotary Club of Pakenham Fellowship Sunday
Pakenham golf club
This is the Rotary Club of Pakenham's Coffee Cake and Balls on the
first Sunday of the month and it will be a monthly event.
No bookings just come and have a hit and giggle
$15 for coffee and cake and a bucket of balls.
Don’t forget to bring a golf club
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Patchwork Quilters

So on Tuesday the 21st of January we had the lovely ladies from the Pakenham Patchwork and Quilters come along and give us a talk and show off some of their goods which was interesting.
More photos can be seen by clicking on this link:   photoalbums/january-2020  
We also had a draw for the Jokers Wild and it could be said that everyone was happy that Ian Wake could not find the Joker, so it jackpots again next week.
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BBQ in the PARK

So our first meeting for the year was a BBQ at Rotary Park where we made use of our new BBQ Trailer and a good time was had by all.
Here are some photos and more can be found by clicking on the link:    photoalbums/january-2020
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Grade 6 Awards 2019

Rotary Club of Pakenham Grade 6 Awards:
Charles Hicks was the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Pakenham when it was established in 1961. At the time he was Principal of the Pakenham Consolidated School.
After his death the club decided to honour his memory with The Charles Hicks Award to be presented to a student from each grade 6 at the Pakenham Consolidate School.  The students receive a certificate and funding to assist with their transition to Secondary School.
The first Awards were made in 1989. Since then other local Primary Schools have been offered similar awards for a grade 6 student.  These are not known as Charles Hicks Awards and the schools are able to nominate the title of the award.
In all cases the schools set the criteria and nominate the awardees. The Awards are presented each year at the School’s Grade 6 Graduation or Presentation ceremony.
In Rotary we aim to encourage the development of and acknowledge the achievement of the young members of our community.  All members of the Rotary Club of Pakenham extent their congratulations to all Grade 6 Graduates and wish them well for their future. 
Awards for 2019 were presented to:
John Henry Primary School  
“All Round Excellence”:
Sankeerat Kaur
Lakeside College
Poppy Burgmann
Lakeside Primary School  
“All Round Excellence”:
Ayomi Herath Mudiyanselage
Minaret College
“All Round Excellence”:
Jannah Dzulazwan
Nar Nar Goon Primary School
Chilli Barrett
Officer Primary School
“Academic Excellence”:
Nicholas Ball
Pakenham Consolidated School  
“Charles Hicks All Round Excellence Awards”:
Taj Prasad, Hula Taito, Austyn Flemming, Jackson Hooper.
Pakenham Hills Primary School
Anna Nguyen
Pakenham Primary School
Mitchell Heathershaw
Pakenham Springs Primary School –
Scarlett Smith
St. Brigid’s Catholic Primary School –
Blade Anderson
St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School –
Yousef Lado
St James Catholic Primary School
Sean Zimmerling-Leaver
St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School –
“All Round Excellence”
Dana Hibberson
Pakenham Consolidated School Charles Hicks Award recipients Austyn Flemming, Jackson Hooper, Taj Prasad, Hula Taito with Rotarian Terry Williams
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East Gippsland Fires 2020

So we are all aware of the Fires that have been raging and as such the Rotary Club of Pakenham has decided to donate $5,000 to the East Gippsland Fire Aid project and this is money partially made up of the profits from our Community Dance held on Saturday Night, a Bunnings BBQ held on Sunday and our annual Golf Day. 
And on top of this $5,000 their were donations made at both the Dance and the Bunnings BBQ which totalled in excess of $900 and this will be handed over as well. 
If you wish to help you can donate directly yourself via the following:
  1. Donation to East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee
    This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. Bank donations to Rotary Club of Bairnsdale – Projects Account 633000 / 165960451. Please email the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee when you donate
So to the PEOPLE who attended the Community Dance and those who donated at the Bunnings BBQ we say a very big THANK YOU, your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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January 2020 Community Dance

So on Saturday night the 4th of January 2020 the Rotary Club of Pakenham once again held it's monthly Community Dance with the attendance being an all time record. At Saturday night's dance, 167 people attended and the profit from the night was $1804.80.  Donations were also collected for the East Gippsland Fire Relief and this raised another $617.05.  It was a grand night on a very large scale and Dance Chair Ian Wake said that many thanks must go to all his helpers as he can't do it without them. 

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So on Tuesday the 17th of December we had our XMAS Break Up at the Deep Creek Reserve with the theme being wear a hat.  So for all of those that attended there is no need to remind you of how much fun we all had as it was clearly a very successful night that did not end until past 9:30 pm. 
So the idea of wearing a hat was to ensure everyone participated and it certainly worked.  Each person found an envelope at their seat at the tables and we were then entertained by having people at various stages during the night opening their envelope and reading out the instructions.  Some people had to sing, some had to tell a joke and some were made to swap seats with others at a different table for 5 minutes.  So were lucky enough to win a prize and some just sat straight back down again.
During the night we also had a hat tossing competition to try and win bottles of win and the entry fee went to Rotary's Lift The Lid campaign and there were definitely some funny sights watching people tossing their hats to try and knock a bottle of wine over so they could win it.
We also had a Best hat competition which saw some very heated competition and the eventually winner was Lynne Smythe and the judges award going to Erica and Greg Peck.
To finish off the night we had a game of heads and tails and it was interesting to see everyone getting involved for the chance to win a prize, with the two winners being Jennifer North's son and Wal Mcdonald so well fone to both of them.
It was a great night and to those who did not make I am truly sorry that you missed this great event and I am certain that everyone who attended will tell you that you missed a good one.
To view more pictures from the night click on this link   photoalbums/xmas-break-up-2019
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The people of Pakenham and surrounding localities once again enthusiastically supported the combined efforts of The Rotary Club of
Pakenham and The Inner Wheel Club of Pakenham with their annual Christmas Trailer Raffle.

Members of both Clubs could be seen during November and December manning the raffle ticket selling table at entrances to local shopping
centres, supermarkets, at the Pakenham Races and the like.

The local population has come to regard the Trailer Raffle as an institution here in Pakenham. They look forward to having a chat with the
Rotary and Inner Wheel members as they purchase their tickets.

This year there was a 2nd prize, a Hamper, on offer. The main prize as usual was a trailer loaded with many goods-so many that a trailer cage
had to be used to enclose the goods in the trailer as they are on display. No, the cage was not part of the prize!

The draw took place on Sunday December 22nd at the entrance to Pakenham Market Place. The trailer was won by Nick Kenning from
Pakenham and the hamper by Ruth from Longwarry.

Very importantly, the proceeds of the raffle go to Rotary and Inner Wheel Projects. The people buying the raffle tickets can be reassured that the
community is strongly supported by both Clubs.

Both the Inner Wheel Club and the Rotary Club would like to thank the people of Pakenham and surrounds for their support again this year and
also the Club Members who gave of their time to man the table and give the local community the opportunity to support local projects.

for more photos please click on the link    photoalbums/30th-december-2019
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Grade 6 Awards

As the school year came to an end the Rotary Club of Pakenham was proud to present awards to a number of Grade 6 students throughout the district as is their usual thing at this time of year and we congratulate all recipients, unfortunately at the time of going to press we had no details.
The Rotary Club of Pakenham also presents the Ron & Sylvia Cameron Trust award and these are the details of that award.  
Ron & Sylvia Cameron Trust:
Ron & Sylva Cameron lived on a property in Toomuc Valley Road for many years where they had an orchard growing soft fruits and tomatoes.
They contributed to the Pakenham Community in many ways.  Ron through Rotary, and Sylvia through Red Cross and Inner Wheel.
They had no family and left money in trust for the ongoing benefit of the community.
 A substantial amount was given to the Rotary Health Research Fund.  A smaller sum was given to the Rotary Club of Pakenham to establish a trust to assist the education of local students.
The first award was made in 2005 and from then until 2011 the awards were made to a student from a Secondary School in Pakenham.  From 2012 annual awards are now made to a student at Pakenham Secondary College.
The student is chosen by the school and must be a high achiever, be trustworthy and show leadership abilities.
The winning student’s name is inscribed on a special plaque that is displayed in the school foyer. The student also receives a cheque for $650.00 to assist with ongoing studies.
The Ron & Sylvia Cameron Trust Award recipient for 2019 is Georgia Dore.
Georgia has just completed year 11 and has been appointed School Captain for 2020.  
Photo: Georgia Dore receiving the award from Rotary Past President Ken Rook. 
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Attendance at Rotary Leadership Institute

Recently the Board received the following letter after supporting one of our members attending the Rotary Leadership Institute 3 day course and we felt it worthwhile sharing with all members of the club.
Dear Board Members,
I write this letter in thanks.  The opportunity I was given by the board to attend RLI, has been most beneficial to myself and I encourage you to sponsor any further members new and old who would like to learn more about Rotary.
Travelling outside the cluster of Pakenham, I was able to build my network of fellow Rotarians, but also hear what their clubs are participating in and exchange how the clubs who all have the same key values, work together with the participants they have.
The first two weeks, I was in awe of the work that Rotary has done, does and will continue to do. To understand the support that is available is remarkable.  I would like to put forward a few ideas that I took away from RLI, that all clubs that were in attendance were considering.
  • Rotary Community Corps – engaging citizens of the shire, they would not be Rotarians, but able to assist and volunteer on projects and experience the activities that Rotary does for the community.  In turn – hopefully becoming new members when the timing is right for them.
  • Club Vision – I am sorry but for me I could only remember that Goran wanted to increase the membership numbers, maybe reflecting on the Club’s vision, every couple of months at Club Service Night, will have all members engaged and working on the vision.
  • Cardinia Shire is quickly changing in population, for us to reflect on what the current community needs are and added that to be a focus for the club. (I am sure that the needs that Rotary meet are beneficial but with forward thinking it’s something to consider)
  • Mentoring – both at club level and community, this is something that was discussed often
  • Rotary Learning Centre - I was no doubt told about and had not followed up on.
Please don’t think this is all I took away form RLI, these were a few jotted notes on my last day in reflection.  I look forward to continuing my Rotary journey and being able to learn and serve off what I believe to be a wonderful club.
Once again – Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to understand and learn about Rotary.
Kind regards,
Stephanie Jamieson
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Feedback on our RYLA Attendee

We received the following from Ritchie Howlett who we sponsored to attend the recent RYLA camp.
I really want to thank you guys (and the club!) for supporting me in going to RYLA.
A week ago I was looking forward to learning some leadership skills & networking with fellow participants. I never expected to come away with the amount of personal growth I have, as well as two dozen new best friends who are all going to go on and do amazing things.
I'm very much looking forward to coming back to the club to speak about my experience, and get involved in some Rotary service!
Thanks again,

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Carols by Candlelight 2019

So on Saturday afternoon a few of our club set up to hand out the candles and programmes for the Carols by Candlelight being run by the Cardinia Shire at Toomuc Reserve.
It was not very pleasant weather wise and in fact it basically rained from about 5:30pm until at least 7:30pm, which made it a very difficult night for the whole event.
Eventually due to safety issues the Carols night was cancelled and people were informed that there would be no more entertainment that required electricity but that the fireworks were to be set off at approximately 10:15pm.  Most people packed up and went home including all of us Rotarians that were there but some people apparently stayed around until the fireworks.
Below are some photos from the night and more can be seen by clicking on the link at the bottom of the pictures.
More photos can be viewed by clicking on this link      photoalbums/15th-december-2019
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Last Week's Meeting

So last week we were lucky enough to hear from Carol Clay from the Country Women's Association.
Carol Clay has been a member of the Country Women's Association since 2011 joining the Berry's Creek Branch before joining Pakenham in 2006.
Carol has been Group president of Gippsland Hills group from 2003-2005 and a continuous member of the State Coucil from 2003-2014 and again from 2018.
In 2018 Carol was elected a Member of Honour by more than 85% of members of the Association.
Carol has an extensive history of more than fifty years of community service as a volunteer with hospital auxiliaries, Red Cross, tennis club, school and kindergarten committees and other organisations, as well as conducting her own catering and sponge making business for ten years.  She also conducted cooking demonstrations at Casey-Cardinia Libraries for past 3 years and presently is part of CWA Cardinia Community Kitchen project in conjunction with the Cardinia Food Movement and Ripe for Change.
Carol's talk was very interesting and enjoyed by all that attended.
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Pakenham Cup

So once again the Rotary Club of Pakenham was called upon to provide a Golf Buggy Shuttle Service for patrons attending the Pakenham Cup on Saturday the 7th of December and the club was also able to have our Xmas Trailer Raffle just inside the front gate to sell tickets all day long. 
Sorry but we do not have any pictures of the raffle ticket sellers but we do have a few shots of the morning shift of buggy drivers.
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So below is an extract from an e-mail which thanked us for the work we did at the March Against Violence by cooking both breakfast and lunch for the March.
This was done on the same day as our own Rotary Club of Pakenham Annual Golf Day, Friday the 22nd of November, so resources were scarce but we managed.
On behalf of the March Against Violence organising committee, I would like to pass on our sincere appreciation for the ongoing support Pakenham Rotary provide in cooking the BBQ for the March Against Violence event. Friday’s event was extremely successful.
Your ongoing support with this event helps us continue to educate the community that violence against women is not acceptable.
Please pass onto the team involved.
Kind regards
Mark Howard | Coordinator Operations | Cardinia Shire Council
Phone: +61 3 5945 3679 | Web:
PO Box 7 Pakenham 3810 | Customer Service: 1300 787 624
We value: Teamwork | Respect | Accountability | Communication | Customer focus
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You can show your support by signing the pledge
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LAST WEEK's Rotary Junior Community Awards

So last Tuesday we held our first ever ROTARY JUNIOR COMMUNITY AWARDS night and the night was a great success and well attended.
We do not have a write about the evening but we certainly have a number of photos which can be seen below and at the bottom of this article is a link to see all the photos.
So well done to all the students who received their Rotary Junior Community Award you have all achieved something to be very proud of.
All the awards were presented by Rotary District 9820 Governor Adrian Froggatt.
So well done to everyone involved what a great night.
More photos can be seen by clicking on this link  photoalbums/9th-december-2019
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So our very first Coffee, Cake and Balls pleasant Sunday morning gathering kicked off last Sunday and it turned out to be a fun morning.
So we started with Coffee and Cake and some interesting conversations.
And then we all went outside for a hit and a GIGGLE, some players were clearly better than others but we are not saying who were the good ones.
Some attendees did not actually swing a club but just sat around and laughed at those who did.
A really good time was had by all and the next one will be the first Sunday in February, so lets hope we see you there. 
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What Does Our President Do  ????

OK, so if anyone was wondering what our President does before our meetings start well it could be said that perhaps she goes looking for interesting photo opportunities,
So it is understood then when she saw some decorations at the back of the room from a previous function that she saw the fun side of a photo opportunity and simply did not miss it.
So was it significant that our 2 lovely Louises were seen standing at the back of the room near the decorations ?????
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Last Week's Cluster Meeting

So last week we were privileged to host a cluster meeting organised by AG Geoff Young on behalf of our District Governor Adrian Froggatt.
It was an interesting night with DG Adrian presenting some insight into the vision of the current RI President as well as some information about his own vision for the District.  Adrian also spoke about an the District Conference and other things of interest happening in the District.
Adrian had each of the tables undertake a round table discussion on different topics which he then had them present to the room.
Adrian finished off by introducing he District Youth Chair for a short presentation.
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Our Annual GOLF DAY

Rotary Club of Pakenham 18 th Annual Golf Day

“Third Time Lucky”! After two washouts in May our golf day was rescheduled to Friday 22 nd November, and what a day it was, a
sunny 20 degrees with a light breeze, ideal for golf.

Unfortunately, due to the rescheduling, and a clash with another golf day at Cranbourne our field was down to 36 players.
However, all had a good time and feedback from players was great. Mick, who has played in all 18, saying he looks forward to it
each year. After play all enjoyed a bar b q, which was followed by presentation of prizes to the winners.

Our auction was once again very successful with a bit of fun, some lively bidding and good results. Again, many of our sponsors
supported us with their generosity, which is greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, we lost some sponsors, most of whom have indicated they should be back next year. In spite of all this we will
still have a profit of around $2,000.00.

Most importantly, all involved thoroughly enjoyed the day. The sponsors make it profitable; the players make it fun, and the
helpers make it happen.
Thanks to all.

Golf Day Chairman PP Ken Rook
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White Ribbon March

So on Friday the 22nd of November we provided services to the Shire for their White Ribbon Activities.
We started with George, Ian and Grant cooking Bacon and Eggs for a group of students who were doing some sort of course and then cooking Sausages and Veggie Burgers for all those who joined in on the walk against Family Violence as part of the White Ribbon Day at lunch time.
Due to unforseen circumstances a phone call to try and raise some extra troupes was put in to the Golf Day people and thankfully Ken Rook and Tim Ahern were able to escape from the Golf Day and come and help for awhile.  So a big thanks to Ken and Tim.
Once again our new BBQ Trailer was used and on display.  And do not forget we are still seeking sponsors for our new Trailer, so if you no anyone who may be interested then please let Grant know.
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Last Tuesday

So last Tuesday we had our normal meeting and had Doug Baxter talk to us about SPORTISM.
It was a very informative talk and was enjoyed by all in attendance.
We did not have a Joker's Wild session as the whole Joker's Wild kit seems to have disappeared at some stage when we moved to the new Golf Club facilities.  If anyone who assisted on the day when we moved our equipment from the old to the new Golf Club could please check to see if you have accidently taken home  the Jokers Wild kit it would be appreciated. 
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Come along to a cluster meeting at 



Tuesday 26th November at Pakenham New Golf course club rooms at Cameron way Pakenham (right at the end of road)

from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Payment on the night $25 

Bookings must be made to (Louise Carter)  0419 539 324  via SMS  Put "Rotary DG meeting" as Subject of SMS  and ensure you include your name



The night is about having fun and 

Not only are there very important messages I bring from Rotary International and District that will influence all our Rotary experiences for the future but the event is structured to include you and all attending Rotarians in discussions by table of current and relevant topics. Each table then reports back to the whole group. This is a very unusual opportunity for club members to influence club, cluster and district leaders. 
Please make sure to book for the evening for catering and dietary requirements 

Ian Young

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Last Week's Meeting and AGM

So last week was not only our club service meeting but also our AGM.
The meeting was opened by Sergeant Fish and we then had Immediate Past President / Secretary Greg Peck inform those that were gathered that the as a result of President Goran standing down from the position of President that the club would be best served by having Past President Lyn Bunce stand in as President of the club, until the President Elect is ready to take the reins of the club after his President Elect Training which will be conducted in February 2020. 
President Lyn Bunce was warmly congratulated by those in attendance as she took control of the meeting.  After some standard procedures President Lyn Bunce suspended the meeting and handed control to Assistant Governor Geoff Young to conduct the club's AGM.
AG Geoff Young proceeded with the AGM and had the minutes of last years meeting read and confirmed as well as confirming that all present were financial members and eligible to vote.  Secretary Greg Peck read the minutes of last years AGM and they were passed as read.  Treasurer Alan Chalmers delivered the End of Financial Year report on the Club's finances and this was also passed as read.
Voting for the Executive positions of the club for the Rotary Year 2020 / 2021 were then conducted and the following were voted in to to the respective positions:
                                                                     President                                           Grant Austen
                                                                     President Elect Designate               Josie Wilson
                                                                     Secretary                                            Greg Peck
                                              and                Treasurer                                            Alan Chalmers         
There was a motion put forward to set the number of Board Members at nine and to determine a few guidelines around positions on the Board including that the terms of office can be up to two years.  After some interesting discussions and debate the motion was passed.
Assistant Governor Geoff Young then closed the AGM and handed control of the Club Service meeting back to President Elect Grant Austen who then ran the remainder of the club service meeting.                                                        
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Public Speaking Feedback

Below is a copy of a letter received by Ken Rook re our recent Public Speaking evening.

"St. James Catholic " 


Hi Ken,
             Thanks for the letter.  The event is one that my students really look forward to over the course of the year.  The students take a lot of time to write the speeches and our principal listens to these speeches to help select the students who compete. We cover a lot of objectives in the curriculum through this work!
           However, the important part of the experience is that it gives our students who participate something that is truly special.  In preparing for the night and the actual delivery of the speech, the students learn a whole new skill set.  Also, the confidence that they gain by presenting to such a big group is an amazing opportunity.
           So, please pass onto everyone who contributed to evening our school’s thanks.  You really provide something special for the students who are lucky enough to be a part of this.
All the best

So that certainly is excellent feedback and a strong pointer as to why we run these sorts of programs.
Well done Ken and all the team who worked on the Public Speaking Competition.
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Tree Planting Rocks For Rotary Park

I have been informed that the work on the rocks to be placed in Rotary Park to commemorate our tree planting efforts has been undertaken and that all we need now is for the Council to place the rocks in Rotary Park.
Here are a few pics and more can be seen by clicking on the link below.
click here for more photos:    photoalbums/9th-november-2019
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Our New Trailers First Outing

So apparently our brand new BBQ Trailer had it's first outing as some of our members did a BBQ for a Council event at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.
Below are the only pics I have of the day, but at least the trailer has been used.
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Well last Tuesday night was our first meeting as a club in the brand new Deep Creek Reserve facility and WOW what a venue.  The new venue is just absolutely wonderful and will definitely make a change to our regular club meetings in future.
So for our first meeting in the new facility it was decided to have a social night and not have too much in the way of Rotary Formalities,
We had over 60 people in attendance and this was made up of our Rotarians and their Partners, Rotarians guests and our special friends the Inner Wheel Club of Pakenham. 
With the intention that this would be a social night there were only a few of the traditional Rotary activities with the meeting being opened by Chair for the night and Past President Ken Rook and he acknowledge the Guests that were present which included our Guest Speaker Lynne Westland a Past district Governor and her family, Pam Chalmers President of Inner Wheel, The members of Inner Wheel Club of Pakenham and the District DIK Representative Roger Thornton.  We also of course had District Treasurer Jim Wilson present but that may have been simply as the husband of our member Josie Wilson.
The evening was very enjoyable and the new facilities only added to the pleasure as did the view out of the Driving Range, Practice Putting Green and some of the Golf Club Fairways. 
The early part of the evening entailed three rounds of Trivia with three different tables winning each of the rounds.
Lynne Westland gave us all a very interesting about her time as a Singer and her experiences entertaining the troops in Vietnam and then about her son and his time in the army and deployment to Iraq.
The vote of Thanks was given to Lynne Westland by Past President Lyn Bunce and then the evening closed off with some entertainment from Lucy De Silva, apparently she is Lynne Westlands granddaughter and only 15 years old, who sang a few songs for us.
A good night was had by all and everyone headed off into the night talking about the great new venue.
Further photos can be viewed by clicking on this link :  photoalbums/30th-october
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OK, so here is a sneak peek at the Rotary Club of Pakenham's brand new BBQ trailer and yes we are looking for organisations to sponsor the trailer. Details will be available in the near future of the sponsorship packages available.
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Other Interesting Activities

So can you identify any one in this picture and if so where is it from and what are they doing?
More information re the up coming Conference.......
and finally here is some information about an upcoming Foundation event ......
 And to finish it all off we had a number of Rotarians hard at work this morning removing all of our paraphernalia from the old Golf Club premises and move what we actually need to the new facility and the remainder we have stored in the Rotary Shed, for now.
And yes they did work hard, well they said they did anyway...........
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So on Saturday in amongst the sunshine and terrible weather we saw the opening of the new Deep Creek Reserve facility which will house the Golf Club and become our new venue for all future club meetings.
The venue was opened in front of a very large crowd, even though the weather was terrible, and it is truly an amazing facility and one we at the Rotary Club o Pakenham should be proud to call our new home.
The Golf Club Staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the opening could go off without a hitch and despite the terrible weather it was truly a magnificent opening and it is a wonderful facility that everyone should check out for themselves.
Below are a few photos of our Rotary Members at work at the grand opening and a big thank you to those members who did help out on the day. 
Other photos can be found at this link :   photoalbums/28th-october-2019
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Primary School Public Speaking 2019

Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2019

Our 22 nd Primary School Primary School Public Speaking Competition saw 20 students representing 11 schools from Nar Nar Goon, Officer
and Pakenham present their speeches on a wide range of interesting and complex topics to an audience of 100 or so.
Once again, the quality was outstanding and judges Lyn Bunce, Helen van Diemen and Barry Morris, had an extremely difficult task.
Scores were so close it took scorer Grant Austen and assistant Alan Chalmers quite a while to finalise the winners.
Champion Speaker: Hamesha Habibullah from Minaret College.
Topic: ‘How we look is not important, who we are on the inside is what counts.”
2 nd Place: Madison Perez, St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School.
“Inspirational People”
3 rd Place: Charlie Robins. Maranatha Christian School.
President’s Award: Remi Simunic. Maranatha Christian School.
Encouragement Award: Shae Langley. St. James Catholic Primary School.
“Bunyip Bushfire Effect”.
All students were excellent and once again their choice of topics was amazing. Other topics included “Homelessness”, “Gaming Addiction”, “Voting age should be 16”, “Why we should have 3 School Days per Week”, “A Sense of Humour is Essential”, “Animals in School”, Should Australia Day be Celebrated” and “Put it in the Bin”.

Before awards were presented George Blenkhorn gave a report on Rotary’s efforts to End Polio, which was very interesting and well received. The students gave him a score of 10. (Out of what?)

Feedback from teachers, parents and students was once again outstanding and our Fuchsia uniforms looked great. Thanks to co-chair David Martin and all who assisted and attended.

PP Ken Rook.
Further photos can be seen by clicking on this link :   photoalbums/28th-october-2019
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Working Bee in Tonimbuk

Details from our own Geoff Young Assistant Governor re a working bee for the Tonimbuk Fire victims so lets hope a few can get along and help.
Hi all
We are holding a working bee and we would like as many people there as possible
Jobs are
  1. Chain sawing wood
  2. Splitting wood
  3. Stacking wood
  4. Clean up of property
  5. Roll up old wire
  6. Cars with trailer
  7. Staple wire on posts
working bee  Sunday 27th October   at Tonimbuk, starting at 8.30am.
We will be there all day so if someone come for an hour, half day or stay all day, all welcome
Lunch will be a Rotary BBQ.
Many hands make light work
More people we get we can do more property’s
Can you let me know how many are coming from your club or friends this will help me with arranging jobs
Ag Geoff Young
0413 708 774
PS. I will send through more details closer to the time.
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Change of Venue for Wednesday 6th Nov

Hi All.
Please note: That there is a change of venue for the Prostrate Cancer Night we are doing with Bunyip-Garfield on the Wednesday after Melb Cup Day, being the 6th of November.  Remember there is no Pakenham Club Meeting on Melbourne Cup Day.
So the new location for the evening is
Bunyip Football Club Social Rooms, Bunyip Recreation Reserve
Nar Nar Goon-Longwarry Rd,


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Trivia Night 

Local Fundraiser to try and raise funds for local identities, Lorna Hogg who worked at Millhaven Lodge for over 25 years and her husband Richard both were seriously injured in a motor bike accident in Italy and are currently in hospital in Austria in a serious condition.
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Magical Getaway Foundation Family Day

So yesterday was the Magical Getaway Foundation Family Day which was a fund raising event held in Keysborough and was supported by the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
As you can see from a few photos the day enabled our club to get the message out to the public and gain excellent PR.
And the gang who helped on the day got to meet and talk with the Magical Getaway Foundations two Ambassadors being Kat Stewart (Acclaimed Actor) and Steven Bradbury (Winter Olympics Gold Medalist and recent contestant in Australian Survivor) as can be seen below.
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Millhaven Lodge Market Day

So this Friday Millhaven Lodge is conducting a market day and the more people who can get along and support them the better.
So come on and get along to support our community owned aged care facility.
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End Polio Now Day 24th October

With us celebrating End Polio Now Day on the 24th of October we have the following article submitted by George Blenkhorn.
End Polio Now Day 24th October
Poliomyelitis (Polio) or Infantile Paralysis as it has been known for many years is caused by a virus which is very infectious and while most infected children only have flu like symptoms 1 in 200 have paralysis.The degree of paralysis varies from a mild loss of muscle function to a total paralysis and death in extreme cases. There is no cure for the paralysis today.The first vaccine to protect children against polio was developed in 1955 and  was used widely in developed countries.
In 1979 when Rotary decided to start a campaign to eradicate polio there were an estimated 350,000 cases of paralysis occurring  worldwide each year. In that year Rotary started the campaign by vaccinating 6 million children in the Philippines.
After this successful start Rotary launched Polio Plus in 1985. The first ever internationally co-ordinated private sector support for a public health initiative with the aim of raising US$200 million and expanding the campaign to other countries.
Three years later the World Health Organisation joined the campaign along with many National Governments taking the campaign worldwide.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started to contribute in 2009 with the offer of US$2 for each US$1 that Rotary raise.  To date the worldwide cost is has been over US$8 Billion and Rotary has contributed just over US$1 Billion. Still more money is needed before we are able to have the world declared Polio Free. The Rotary Club of Pakenham has contributed US$100 for each member of the Club annually for many years. This money is obtained through our fund raising activities in our community.
This year only two countries are polio endemic, Afghanistan with 16 cases and Pakistan with 72 cases. This is very disappointing as at this  time last year there were only 28 cases in those two countries. However this is a reflection of the difficulties in getting sufficient children vaccinated to prevent passage of the virus. The Governments of of both countries are very supportive of polio eradication. In Pakistan in August 8.3 million children were vaccinated in a case response campaign and 39.4 children were vaccinated in their most recent National Immunisation Day. All children are vaccinated as they cross the border each way between the two countries.
Sue and I went to India in 2010 to assist in their National Immunisation  Day. Whilst vaccinating children  the Grandfather in the photo heard that Australians were there vaccinating the children. He brought his grand daughter to the small shrine where we were and asked us to take a photo of his daughter who had been crippled by polio. He said this very important as we needed to take the photo back to Australia and show people there what Polio does and how important it is to eliminate the disease. A very emotional moment I can assure you.
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Our Meeting Last Week

This report gratefully received from Stephanie Jamieson....
With a few members away this week, it was relatively quiet on numbers though we ensured that we kept the momentum of the meeting going and were pleased to hear from Ritchie who is an applicant for RYLA 2019.  Ritchie came to Rotary off his own research of opportunities in the shire.  Ritchie spoke about his community involvement, his passion for being a leader and how attending RYLA will assist him in his future.  He responded well and with earnest to questions from members after his spiel to obtain sponsorship from the club; it could be said that he spoke with such sincerity that he provoked compassion and admiration form the members.  It will now be up to the board if we were to sponsor Ritchie for RYLA and if he does, we look forward to working with him as he completes the second stage of his commitment with volunteering to assist on Rotary projects. 
Our guest speaker tonight was one of our very own - Mr Ken Rook, the night has been planned for a while with Ken asking for feed back on what we as members need/should know about Rotary and our club.  There were a few responses given to Ken in which he has advised we may have to have another night in the new year.  Tonight, Ken covered the topics of board structure, which was good timing for members to reflect on how it is presently managed and the proposed changes.  Next Ken discussed programming of meetings and how speakers are sought and who is responsible to assisting/planning and implementing for our enjoyment and ensuring a range of topics are covered both from community and members.  Ken handed over to Grant, to explain communication methods and using Club Runner.  A side note is that ‘Grant will happily and patiently assist any member who may need some guidance on using Club Runner’.  The night was informative for new members and a reminder to those that have been with the club for a while.
Jokers Wild was drawn by Ritchie and as the Sergeant couldn’t find his glasses at the time, Ritchie readily called out the number, where David was lucky enough to try his luck at finding the illusive joker.  Lucky for us, the deck continues to dwindle and waits for next week’s lucky winner to try their luck.
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Last Week's Meeting

Our Club meeting last Tuesday was just a little different then normal as our Sergeant Fish was unwell and his replacement caught everyone of guard.  So when acting Sergeant Tim Mepstead called the meeting to order there was a definite air of caution in the room.
So last week we had the pleasure of having the CEO of the Cardinia Shire, Carol Jeffs,  as our guest speaker.   Carol gave a very interesting talk and then answered questions from the floor from members.  It was a very enlightening session and hopefully we can have a strong working relationship with Carol and the Shire staff to ensure that we can provide the best results in our activities for the community.
We of course also had another round of Jokers Wild and this week it was John Boon who had his ticket drawn out but he could not find that elusive Joker.
We finished the meeting of with our regular Sergeant's session and Tim did a good job standing in for Fish, thanks Tim.
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NEXT WEEK's MEETING  22nd October

Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2019.
DATE: Tuesday 22nd October 2019.
VENUE: Pakenham Golf Club, Oaktree Drive Pakenham.
TIME: The competition will commence at 6:30pm SHARP.
NOTE: No meal will be served at this meeting.
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Gumbuya World Rotary District 9820 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
OUR Rotary Golf Day 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0


So this little article is a FORMAL APOLOGY to one of our members
So last week in the SCRIBE there was a terrible mistake made and so we are hereby apologizing to that member.
The mistake could have been put down to bad typing but that would mean it was my mistake, or it could have been put down to poor proof reading oh damn that is me too, so we finally put it down the scribe editor not doing his job properly.  OH damn that is me as well, so I guess the blame rests with me so here is the Apology.
SAM, the crew here at the production office of our weekly SCRIBE do humbly apologize for the error in last week's SCRIBE.  From all of us here being me, myself and I we humbly apologize to SAM BIONDO for the error. 
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Thank You from Henry Heat Basketball Club

After a group of our members provided their services for a BBQ to the Henry Heat Basketball Club.
If you want to view the actual certificate then please click on the link below.
There message is shown below.
Good Morning,
Thank you for all your help with running our barbecue at our girls basketball clinic on Friday 6th of September.
We appreciated the assistance and the friendly rotary members were great to have around.
Thank you again
Melissa Faith
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Last Weeks Club Service

So our club meeting last week was a Club Service meeting and we were given reports on various aspects of the club from the following people:
Greg Peck                                      Secretary's Report
Alan Chalmers                              Treasurer's Report
Ian Wake                                        Community Service Report 
Josie Wilson                                  Youth & Vocational Report
Ken Rook                                        Public Relations and Membership Report
There was no report for Foundation and International due to George Blenkhorn's absence.
We were also given updates by other members of the club on various things such as a report on our duties for the Pakenham Cup Day, which was provided by Peter van Diemen.
We also had a Jokers Wild session and to say that everyone was happy that Sam Biondi was unable to find the joker would be an understatement.
Our President  Elect also gave a presentation about the status of Our Club and some high level details of a proposal that will be submitted to the members for consideration at our AGM in November.   The proposal talked about changing the structure of our Board and also setting some guidelines about how the club should proceed into the future with regard to our the gap between the very experienced members of our club and the relatively sizable number of members with very little or no rotary experience.  There was some very enthusiastic discussions around this presentation and the President Elect promised to send a copy of the presentation to every member of the club.
The discussions ended up causing our meeting to go later than normal but no one seemed to want to leave.
I think we can say that a good night was had by all and there certainly was a lot of communication. 
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Melbourne Cup Week Meeting

LADIES and GENTLEMEN, as per our standard practice there will be no club meeting on Tuesday the 5th of November  due to the fact that it is Melbourne Cup Day.  But as is our normal practice we encourage everyone to attend the meeting of the Bunyip/Garfield club on Wednesday the 6th of November.
Details are as below.
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Last Weeks Meeting

So last week at our meeting we started by presenting a cheque to the Follow Baptist Church in support of their Food Van Project and we were lucky to have Dave Young in attendance to receive the cheque.  Dave told us that they were very appreciative of our support and that our donation would go a long way in helping them.
We then had the pleasure of inducting another new member into the club and this time we inducted Mehananthie Sivarasa, or Meha as she told us to call her, into the club. Meha's further adds to the count of females in our club and certainly improves the average age of the club as well.
So welcome Meha and we look forward to you getting really involved in our club.
The club was then treated to a really interesting Behind The Rotarian Talk by Louise Jackel who did really well and actually kept breathing all the way through her talk.
After Louise was introduced by Wal Mcdonald we learnt from Louise that she was born and raised in Wangaratta and did her her schooling at Wangaratta Tech and Bendigo Institute. At the end of her schooling Louise headed off to Japan , sponsored by her Dad's Rotary Club. In 1192 Louise headed off to Queensland to live and started working with Australia Post.  She returned to Victoria in 2001 due to her father's ill health and then having met Louise C (the quiet one) in 2004 and they pooled their money and bought a property in Clyde.
Louise was a member of the Clyde CFA for 6 years and finally retired from Australia Post in 2012.  Then in 2018 they needed to move to a less built up area and chose Pakenham as the place. And as such she has now become a very active member of our Rotary Club.
This is just a summary of the extremely interesting talk given by Louise and so if you were not present then you certainly missed a a good talk. 
After Louise had entertained us all we then had our weekly Joker's Wild and a lot of people thought it suspicious that Louise Carter's ticket was drawn but the crowd were more relaxed and happier when she failed to find the joker.
The evening finished with a relatively quiet Sergeant's fine session and we all got to head off home a bit earlier than normal.
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Some early details of the District 9820 Conference to be held in Bendigo on the weekend of the 20th - 22nd of March 2020.
Reasons to come to conference:
  • Early bird special until the 1st December, 2019 of $295 per person (normally $345)
  • Price includes Jail House Rock Gala Saturday night dinner
  • Special pricing for new Rotarians and Rotaractors
  • Fantastic program of speakers, entertainers and fun
  • Meet old friends and make new ones
  • Learn more and interact with others
  • Optional events:  Fellowship Friday dinner, Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning for Presidents, President Elects, Leadership team members and partners, Friday Golf Day at Bendigo Golf Club with light lunch, Friday Winery coach tour finishing at Balgownie Estate with light lunch and a glass of wine!  (some number limits apply)
If you need any help please feel free to contact our On To Conference Chair.
Also if you are considering going then  please let our On To Conference Chair know so we can hopefully organise accommodation for us all at the one location. 
Here is a link to the Conference Website that has a promotional video, a draft program and registration information.
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17th September Weekly Meeting

Our weekly meeting was fortunate enough to have John Waterhouse attend and share his knowledge of Toomuc Valley.  What a trip down memory lane for many it was and the newer folk to Pakenham a great history lesson on where and how the town has changed over time.  Johns knowledge extended on from Patricks history talks given earlier this year with a lot of local knowledge of where buildings/houses and even cars were used around Toomuc Valley into Pakenham. 
John spoke about local schools and how some of the buildings have been moved many times over the years and how consolidated primary came about but not before showing us pictures of a very young Ken Rook.
The history behind Toomuc Valley Orchard and discussing the cold rooms of getting the apples to European countries via train and boat led to some later discussions.  Knowledge on local David Bourke who establish the Pakenham Race Course or about the IYU Estate in Koo Wee Rup to a good old-fashioned wheelbarrow race in Toomuc.  Not forgetting the Aqueduct and how the pipes were originally for the naval base and not for housing.  To have written a children’s story book reflecting on the history of Toomuc is very inspiring. A tremendous talk on history that we can all appreciate and reflect on how times have changed.
Jokers Wild – I’m not sure how Josie didn’t have the winning ticket as she had tickets either side of the lucky number, but Peter VanDiemen held the lucky number. Although he too couldn’t find that elusive joker, so the kitty keeps building for another week.
Article provided by Stephanie Jamieson......
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On to Conference Nbr 2

So last week you were provided with the details below, and so this week what we are looking for is an indication of who is contemplating going to Conference and what sort of accommodation you would want to stay in, assuming that we would all like to stay either at the same place or at least places close together.
So if you are contemplating going to Conference then please let the President Elect know and also indicate which form of accommodation you would want to stay in.
Over the next few weeks we will circulate a sheet for people to indicate if they are going to Conference and what sort of accommodation you want.
In the meantime here are the details we have at the moment
Some early details of the District 9820 Conference to be held in Bendigo on the weekend of the 20th - 22nd of March 2020.
Reasons to come to conference:
  • Early bird special until the 1st December, 2019 of $295 per person (normally $345)
  • Price includes Jail House Rock Gala Saturday night dinner
  • Special pricing for new Rotarians and Rotaractors
  • Fantastic program of speakers, entertainers and fun
  • Meet old friends and make new ones
  • Learn more and interact with others
  • Optional events:  Fellowship Friday dinner, Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning for Presidents, President Elects, Leadership team members and partners, Friday Golf Day at Bendigo Golf Club with light lunch, Friday Winery coach tour finishing at Balgownie Estate with light lunch and a glass of wine!  (some number limits apply)
If you need any help please feel free to contact our On To Conference Chair.
Also if you are considering going then  please let our On To Conference Chair know so we can hopefully organise accommodation for us all at the one location. 
Here is a link to the Conference Website that has a promotional video, a draft program and registration information.
On to Conference Nbr 2 Grant Austen 2019-09-18 14:00:00Z 0

On To Conference 3

So last week you were provided with the details below, and so this week what we are looking for is an indication of who is contemplating going to Conference and what sort of accommodation you would want to stay in, assuming that we would all like to stay either at the same place or at least places close together.
So if you are contemplating going to Conference then please let the President Elect know via an e-mail and also indicate which form of accommodation you would want to stay in.
Over the next few weeks we will circulate a sheet for people to indicate if they are going to Conference and what sort of accommodation you want.
In the meantime here are the details we have at the moment
Some early details of the District 9820 Conference to be held in Bendigo on the weekend of the 20th - 22nd of March 2020.
Reasons to come to conference:
  • Early bird special until the 1st December, 2019 of $295 per person (normally $345)
  • Price includes Jail House Rock Gala Saturday night dinner
  • Special pricing for new Rotarians and Rotaractors
  • Fantastic program of speakers, entertainers and fun
  • Meet old friends and make new ones
  • Learn more and interact with others
  • Optional events:  Fellowship Friday dinner, Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning for Presidents, President Elects, Leadership team members and partners, Friday Golf Day at Bendigo Golf Club with light lunch, Friday Winery coach tour finishing at Balgownie Estate with light lunch and a glass of wine!  (some number limits apply)
If you need any help please feel free to contact our On To Conference Chair.
Also if you are considering going then  please let our On To Conference Chair know so we can hopefully organise accommodation for us all at the one location. 
Here is a link to the Conference Website that has a promotional video, a draft program and registration information.
On To Conference 3 Grant Austen 2019-09-17 14:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 10/9/19

Last week's meeting saw us have as our guest speaker the pocket rocket Sarah McDougal  who was visiting the Rotary Club for the third time and she gave us a talk about her studies and her recent trip to Indonesia.  Once again Sarah was extremely passionate about what she had done and gave us an insight to what she had experienced in Indonesia and where she thought her University studies might lead her.   Sorry but the editor was not provided with a write up of the talk so this is all the info we have for you.
Once again our Jokers Wild did not go off and the crowd were quite happy that Ken Rook could not find the Joker.
Check out this link for further pictures from the night.    photoalbums/10th-september-2019
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Koo Wee Rup Lang Lang Golf Day 2019-09-15 14:00:00Z 0

Club Service Last Week

So our Club Meeting last week was Club Service and so we heard from various members of the club on their relevant areas of operation.
We started with a report from our Secretary and then moved on to a report from our Treasurer both of whom provided information on the status of the health of our club and what we have coming up as well.
We heard from our Youth Avenues of Service Chair who told us about news on the Youth Exchange and RYLA Programs with in Rotary.  As our Community Service and International Chairs were not  in attendance we did not receive any report.
We then heard from various areas of the club such as the Deb Balls, Program and Membership.
And do not forget all reports need to be sent to the Secretary via e-mail for inclusion at the next Board Meeting.
We were then provided with a report on our International Project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Riverside in India by our guest/friend in Yezdi Batliwala some of which is shown below.
Our President Elect then opened up the floor for some discussions around e-mail addresses for use within the club, and the fact that he intends to talk to each and every member of the club about what they want from Rotary, what they want from our Rotary Club, what our club can do better and what Avenues of Service they are interested in.
Our President Elect then explained to those in attendance how our club's membership breakdown shows that over 81% of our club is older than 60 and that over 63% have been in Rotary for more than 5 years with 41% being in for more than 20 years.  And that of the 14 members who have had 5 years or less two have had 5 years, which means that one third of our club is very new to Rotary.
There was also some talk about the App for mobile phones provided by Club Runner which all members should consider having on their mobile phones.
The meeting was then handed back to the Sergeant for our Fines session.   
But a good night was had by all.
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OK, so we are now looking for someone from within our membership to accept the challenge and be come an active and integral part of this wonderful club.
So what is the challenge you ask, well we are looking for someone to take on the role of looking after our Facebook Page and undertaking to learn how to be our SCRIBE Editor and take on the role in earnest early next year so that our current Editor can finalize his preparation to become the next president of our club. 
So if you are interested please make contact with our SCRIBE Editor, who is also our President Elect, to get further information and details of what it takes.
I can assure you that it is not overly difficult, especially if you are already computer literate, as the SCRIBE is produced from within Club Runner and is extremely easy to learn how to use it.
SO COME ON, there must be some one out there who is interested in becoming more involved with our Club.
WHO IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE 2019-09-01 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker from OZ Skin Cancer Clinic

On Tuesday the 27th of August we were delighted to have as our guest speaker Dr. Qi Xu  or Archie as he is better known to give us a presentation on Skin Cancer and how it can be not only treated but prevented.
Archie's talk was very entertaining as well as highly informative and it might have helped that there were at least a couple of his patients amongst our membership that were present on the night.  In fact one such member tried to get his appointment for the next day done whilst Archie was at our Rotary meeting and when he failed to organise that he tried to ensure that they would provide him with a cup of coffee in the morning in the Rotary Club of Pakenham mug that we gave him in appreciation of his talk.  
There were lots of questions at the end of Archie's talk and we believe a few people were trying to get consultations done on the night, but it was a worthwhile talk and made us all more aware of the dangers of skin cancer.
Here are just some of the photos from the night,
More photos of the night can be seen by clicking on this link       photoalbums/27th-august-2019      
The night also had another draw for our Joker's Wild Jackpot and of course everyone was so disappointed that George was unable to find the Joker, or was the noise actually a whole bunch of people cheering??????
The night was finished off with one of our very lively Sergeant's Sessions and as usual there were fines flying all over the room and of course in the true spirit of Rotary we had numerous good deeds and fines from the floor as well.
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Last Tuesday Night we had the great pleasure in watching two of our very hard working members be honoured with Paul Harris awards.  The two members were Peter Rowlands who was awarded his first Paul Harris fellow for all of his tireless work that he has done whilst a member of our club and the second member was Terry Williams who was awarded a 2 Sapphire Paul Harris award for his continued efforts in supporting Rotary and all that the Club is involved with.
Those present on the night showed by their very loud applause just how worthy these two gentlemen were and how proud we are of them both.
WELL DONE PETER and TERRY..................
The club is very proud to have you both as members and you thoroughly deserve these awards......
See more photos from the night by clicking on this link     photoalbums/27th-august-2019
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Still Looking ......  Surely someone out there is interested

OK, so we are STILL  looking for someone from within our membership to accept the challenge and take on the challenge of looking after our Facebook Page and undertaking to learn how to be our SCRIBE Editor and take on the role in earnest early next year so that our current Editor can finalize his preparation to become the next president of our club. 
So if you are interested please make contact with our SCRIBE Editor, who is also our President Elect, to get further information and details of what it takes.
I can assure you that it is not overly difficult, especially if you are already computer literate, as the SCRIBE is produced from within Club Runner and is extremely easy to learn how to use it.
SO COME ON, surely there must be some one out there who is interested in becoming more involved with our Club.
Still Looking ...... Surely someone out there is interested 2019-08-31 14:00:00Z 0


OK, so we are now looking for someone from within our membership to accept the challenge and be come an active and integral part of this wonderful club.
So what is the challenge you ask, well we are looking for someone to take on the role of looking after our Facebook Page and undertaking to learn how to be our SCRIBE Editor and take on the role in earnest early next year so that our current Editor can finalize his preparation to become the next president of our club. 
So if you are interested please make contact with our SCRIBE Editor, who is also our President Elect, to get further information and details of what it takes.
I can assure you that it is not overly difficult, especially if you are already computer literate, as the SCRIBE is produced from within Club Runner and is extremely easy to learn how to use it.
SO COME ON, there must be some one out there who is interested in becoming more involved with our Club.
SOME ONE MUST BE INTERESTED 2019-08-31 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary INFORMATION Night  15th Oct

OK so it is your last chance to put forward some suggestions or questions to Ken Rook re what sorts of things you would like covered at our Rotary Information Night to be held in October.......
We are planning a Rotary Information Night for
Tuesday 15th October 2019.
The aim is to discuss Rotary topics of interest to all members.
If you have a topic that you would like discussed, explained or clarified please email a request to me by Monday 7th October.
Also, let me know if you would like to talk about a particular topic.
We will endeavour to make this as interesting and informative as possible and hopefully have time for some questions from the floor.
Program Chair / Rotary Information Chair
Ken Rook
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SAVE THE DATE Magical Getaway Foundation BBQ Duty

So we as a Club have committed to run the BBQs on this day for the Magical Getaway Foundation so you need to keep this date free.  It was originally thought that it was going to be held on Saturday the 26th but it is now schedule for SUNDAY the 20th of October.......

Join us for our annual fundraising event of the year!

Save the Date!
TIME: 10am - 3pm
WHEN: Sunday 20 October 2019 
WHERE: Pirate Park, Keysborough
COST: Free Entry (activities $2 each)

An event for the whole family!

We would love for you to join us on Sunday 20 October for a fun filled day with live entertainment, animal farms, jumping castles, prizes, delicious food and MUCH more! 

You will have the opportunity to meet our amazing Ambassadors, Kat Stewart & Steven Bradbury, as they judge our Postcard Competition, where the two winners will receive a 7 day fully funded Family Holiday to Inverloch or Phillip Island!

Put it in the calendar and start talking about the day with your family and friends! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 20 October!
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So last week we had the PB RONALD Dinner and the following is the report submitted re night by our own Stephanie Jamieson
This week’s club meeting was replaced to host the P.B. Ronald memorial trust dinner at the Pakenham Racing Club.  A warm welcome was given by George who reminded everyone of turning their phones off but thankfully Sergeant Fish was on the ball and knew who would have their phones on and gave Mr Young, a call to see if he understood the request.  Mr Bill Ronald informed the room of the trusts history and importance of its continuance for the Agricultural and Horticultural Industry of the area and Australia.  Some notable facts were that China is leading the way in buying Australian land to support its culture with food for the future, Australian’s Primary Industry provides enough to feed 61 million people around the world each year and 93% of fresh produce is supplied by Australia.  Primary Industries are being undervalued though the education system and this year the committee were pressed to find recipients for the award.
 Luckily two young ladies submitted applications and were successful in both receiving much need assistance for future studies.  The first awardee was Courtney Dickson who is in her last year of Vet Science at James Cook University in Townsville and will return to the Pakenham district and her family on completion of her studies. The second awardee was Isabella Ronald who explained how far the Primary Industries have come regarding technology as she is completing a Computer Technology degree and explained how technology is changing the ways out in the field.  Both recipients will no doubt benefit from the award both financially and academically for their resumes.
Rotary Club of Pakenham, Cardinia Shire Council, Pakenham Show Society and Pakenham Racing clubs have all donated a cheque for future recipients and some extra cash was raised on the night with a raffle of lots of baskets of fresh produce (either fruit/veg baskets or wines) with some plants and a painting all raffled off.  Rotary members did well with Jennifer, Loris Begg, George, Louise Jackel, Goran and Geof Young, all heading home with some extra goodies to sample.  A special thank-you to Tim Ahern for being the MC of the evening which created a wonderful night by all who attended, and we look forward to next year’s event already.
More pictures can be seen by clicking here photoalbums/pb-ronald-dinner-2019
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Bunnings BBQ

So last Wednesday we got a call from Bunnings in Pakenham asking were we able to handle a BBQ cancellation for Saturday the 17th and we jumped at the opportunity.
I would like to personally thank the following for jumping in on short notice and helping out on Saturday it was truly appreciated.
Morning crew of George Blenkhorn, Sam Biondo, Terry Williams, Wal Macdonald, Lyn Bunce, Noel Bunce and Stephanie Jamieson and the Afternoon crew which consisted of Grant Austen, Linda Austen, Peter Rowlands, John Antonie, Jennifer North, Ian Wake and Beth.
So to all of you that helped a really HUGE THANK YOU.
Our efforts on the day meant we had a profit of over $1,200 which will always come in handy.
I am sure we will get more opportunities to do more cancellation at Bunnings and I do hope we will always be able to get a team together to do it.
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Last Weeks Meeting 13th August 2019

So last week we inducted another new member to the club and this time it was Anne Taylor who was nominated by Tim Mepstead.  After a number of visits as a guest we finally had the pleasure of welcoming Anne as the newest member of our club.  I am certain she will be a great asset to the club and a worthwhile Rotarian.
We then proceeded to have our Joker's Wild draw for the night and once again the crowd were pleased that Louise Carter was unable to find the Joker especially as this was not her first attempt at this and her mate Louise Jackel has also recently tried to find the joker.  Bad luck girls and the jackpot continues to grow.
We were then delighted to receive a talk by Rotarian Bill Clapp of the Bunyip / Garfield Rotary Club on the subject of Air Traffic Control.
The report provided goes like this.
Our Speaker tonite was Bunyip/Garfield Rotarian Bill Clapp, speaking about his working life as an Air Traffic Controller.
Bill started work at Moorabbin in 1973 after starting his training in 1968 and in 1979 Management decided that a happy employee was best and therefore Bill worked at Moorabbin as an Air Traffic Controller for 40 years.
He retired 18 months ago.
Aviation matters are generally standard air space classification
A                     Highest level above 20000 feet
C                      Control Towers
D                     This level meant you worked at Moorabbin, Albury, Launceston or Tamworth
E                      The controller can work up to 6000 feet
Moorabbin was a training airport for the past 20 years from basic to Airline Standards and catered for a lot of nationalities. E.g Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabs and takes around 18 months of training.  The pilots spend hours and hours doing take off s and landing and there could be at least 1000 movements per day.
Tullamarine is now the training airport.
Tim Ahern gave the vote of thanks to Bill and was warmly received by all Rotarians.
Lyn Bunce
The night then finished off with our standard Sergeant's Session ably run by Sgt Fish.
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Last Week's Club Service

So last Tuesday night we had our first Club Service night for the new Rotary Year and as such we received reports from Ian Wake our Community Service Chair, Alan Chalmers our Treasurer,  Ken Rook our man in charge of Public Relations amongst other things, Tim Ahern updated us about the P.B.Ronald Trust night and Geoff Janssen brought us up to date about the Deb Balls.  We also heard from Lyn Bunce re ordering our new Winter Hoodies in the club colour of Fuschia.   Tim Mepstead also informed the group that he was no longer available to do the Grade 6 Awards and did a really good sales job on Anne Taylor who is to be inducted next week and she is going to take over the Grade 6 Awards from Tim.  All members present were each provided with 20 New Rotary Club of Pakenham Business Cards for them to use when trying to introduce new people to Rotary.
Our President Elect also had John Antonie run the Jokers Wild but to everyones enjoyment, Oh I mean disappointment Sam did not find the Joker.
The President Elect then opened up the floor for discussions around tow questions, they being:
                        What do the Club Members want to get from their Club Service Nights?
and                 What do the members want from their President Elect for the next 12 months?
And there was some really good discussions.
Finally we finished with a good Sergeant's Session with Sgt Fish......  Oh and what was that on Peter Rowlands head??
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Please see the letter below which is their thank you letter we received from Millhaven Lodge after our recent donation to them.
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P.B.Ronald Trust:
So Tuesday the 20th of August there is no club meeting as it is the annual P.B.Ronald Trust Dinner and as such there will be no normal Rotary Meeting  instead we encourage as many members as possible to head out to the Race Course for a great night.
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.  
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Last Week 30th July

OK, so last week instead of having a social night we had a normal Club Meeting and we were graced by one of our MUNA representatives coming along to tell us all about her experience with MUNA.
For those of you who missed it, WOW it was a really good night and we were treated to a very enlightening and entertaining talk by one of our young MUNA representatives.
Here are just some of the photos from the night and you can see more by clicking on the link at the end of the article.
And there are just a few of the photos so if you want to see more then please click here photoalbums/30th-july-2019     
We also had another draw of the Jokers Wild and everyone was so disappointed to see that Jennifer did not find the Joker, or were they????/
And of course to really surprise us all the night started with these two fine gentlemen putting on a fashion show.....
I do not think we can say much about this..............  At least they were in our uniforms colours..................
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Louise Carter Rotarian Behind the Badge

Rotary Talk


What is a Technical Writer?

Before I became a TW, I worked in E.D.P. which was the forerunner of I.T. I held several positions: computer operator, programmer, systems analyst & business analyst.

I started as a TW when I was working for NAB, writing documents for various systems that the bank used.

I also worked for Mayne Pharma (now Hospira) in the Research &Development section. I wrote SOPs & OIs describing the equipment used by the scientists to develop new drugs, esp. anti-cancer drugs. I worked closely with the scientist in the laboratory, observing how the equipment was used, noting any messages that were displayed & how the scientist fixed those messages, and cleaning procedures.

I also have written manuals for users of software packages, FAQs, policies & procedures, forms and lists.

My Background

Carter is my married name – my maiden name is Bortnoski.

Depending on where the boundaries were at the time, this is either Polish or Russian name.

I am also Jewish.

My paternal grandmother was born in Odessa on the Black Sea. She and her family fled Russia in about 1905 to escape the pogroms against the Jews. The family landed in Cyprus before coming to Australia.


The Bortnoski’s owned a dairy farm in Cranbourne behind where the golf club is on the South Gippsland highway. They also owned a dairy in Carlton behind the Carlton football ground. The milk from the farm was shipped from Cranbourne to Carlton.

My grandfather served in WW1 in the Australian Army.

My father was a sheet metal worker who started his apprenticeship in 1939 at the Government Aircraft Factory at Fishermens Bend.


My other grandparents were living in the East End of London.

Around 1939, Lord Haw-Haw who was a Nazi follower, started broadcasting hate speeches against the Jews.

My maternal grandfather decided that London was not a safe place for Jews and decided to emigrate to Australia. They arrived in Perth in September 1939 as war was declared. A German submarine was in Perth at the time but slipped its moorings as the ship my family was on sailed into Perth.

My maternal family name was Abromowitz which my grandfather thought would be too difficult for Australians to cope with. The first sign that he saw when they sailed into Perth was Phillips which the family changed their name to.

My grandfather was a carpenter by trade. He had also served in the British Army in WW1.


I am the eldest of 3 children.

When I was younger, I played hockey , mainly as a goalie and cricket as a spin bowler. I was Secretary of both sporting clubs.

I am currently a non-operational member of the Clyde CFA Brigade and I have just earned my 10-year service award, which will be presented in September at our annual dinner. I was Secretary of the Brigade for 2 years and also wrote grant submissions for the Brigade.

Any questions?

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Last Week at Rotary

So last week we were privileged to be given a Rotarian Behind the Badge talk by our own Louise Carter and it was an interesting evening indeed.  The detail of Louise's talk can be found in a subsequent article and the vote of thanks was given by Stephanie.
We once again had a Jokers Wild draw and our new President Elect failed to find the Joker.
Of course we closed the evening off we a fine session by Sergeant Fish and the money just kept on rolling in.
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Last Week

SO last week was the first meeting for the new Rotarian year and to start the night we had a short presentation from our friends
in the Sudanese community seeking assistance.
We then had our President talk about his vision for the year and we were also blessed to hear from our own AG Geoff Young.
We also had another draw for Jokers Wild and this time it was Louise Jackel who could not find the Joker and so the money continues to jackpot.
We then finished the evening off with our first Sergeant's session under our new Sgt Fish or Stephen Fisher for those
more formal and it closed of an interesting evening.
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Tonimbuk Fund Raising

So the Editor received this e-mail and information and so we share it with you.
Please could you include the attached flyer and information, if possible, in the next couple of Scribes……..
I am writing to let you know about a local fundraising concert to assist people affected by the recent bushfires in the Tonimbuk area.
Some musical, generous and caring people have banded together to organise a concert at Gumbuya World on Saturday 3rd August 1.00pm – 4.00pm with all proceeds to go to the Tonimbuk people affected by the fires.
Please read the Concert Flyer and further information. The cost is $10.00 per person or $20.00 for a family of 4. You do not have to pay any extra fee to enter Gumbuya World who are donating the cost of the venue for the event.
To book tickets   or pay on the day😊
I have been singing with the Maryknoll Fire Choir for 2 years (something that has put me way out of my comfort zone when it comes to concerts) and I hope this event will be a huge fundraising success.
Please do contact me if you have queries.
Thank you for your time and patience to read my email.
Yours IN Friendship
Cheers Helen

Supporting the Recovery 


It’s just over three months since fires raced through the Bunyip State Park, and impacted on our neighbouring communities to the north east. Twenty-nine homes were destroyed, along with numerous sheds, over 500 km of fencing and many more properties.  People lost their homes, their livelihood, tools, hay and much more. With winter now set in, there is still a long way to go along that journey of recovery for all those people impacted. 


Those of us spared from this disaster, are grateful as always for the courageous and selfless work of our local CFA brigades, and brigades that travelled some distances to fight the flames. We also appreciate the efforts of the Forest Fire Management Teams.  


An opportunity is being provided for people to contribute financially to those who have suffered from the fires, by attending an upcoming extraordinary afternoon of music. 

Further donations can be given through the trybooking site

Upcoming Extraordinary Afternoon Event  

Saturday, 3 August 2019 

Featuring: The Dusty Millers, The Swamp Dogs, & The Maryknoll Fire Choir 


The Dusty Millers is a unique collaboration of three intimately connected and highly respected voices: 

Lisa Miller-9-time Aria nominated renowned singer-songwriter 

Tracey Miller-soul jazz queen, Director Maryknoll Fire Choir 4 years and  

Loretta Miller– Lead singer, Jazz Party;4 world tours with "Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes". 


Each of these women are established artists in their own right. Their distinctive voices blend to create a rare and very moving sound with their perfect three part harmonies, and giving classic songs a beautiful twist, and breathing new life to some of Lisa and Tracey's original songs. 

They will be joined on stage by one of Melbourne’s finest guitarists, Sam Lemann. 


More Info and videos here: 


This concert has come about because of Tracey’s association with the people of Maryknoll through the Choir, At the time of the fires, she offered The Dusty Millers to perform free of charge at a benefit for those effected. 


The Swamp Dogs: a Gippsland band featuring an eclectic set of music and infuse their own flavour from rollicking foot-tappers to beautiful ballads.


Band Members: Greg Mackinnon - Rythym guitar; Chris Page - Lead guitar/lap steel/harmonies; Kingsley Price - Keys/Fiddle; Andy Clementson – Bass; Peter Koryn – Drums; Bones Mackinnon -Vox 





The Maryknoll Fire Choir: established in 2012 initially under the guidance of Tracey Miller, and now being directed by Clancye Milne 


All funds raised will go to supporting those who have been impacted by the recent Bunyip State Park fires, with the assistance of the Community Bushfire Recovery Centre, Tonimbuk.

For further information: Bones Mackinnon 0418 429 025



and their flyer looks like this so click here to see it......


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Tree Planting in Rotary Park

So on Thursday, Friday and Saturday some of our members and some volunteers undertook tree planting in Rotary Park.  A HUGE WELL DONE to those who assisted which included Geoff Young, Sam Biondi, George and Sue Blenkhorn, Ian Wake and Beth, Peter Rowlands, Peter van Diemen, Henry van Diemen, Alan Chalmers and Stephanie Jamieson with some children from Lakeside College which included Stephanie's children and friends as well some families from the Lakeside Scout Group.
For more pictures click on the link here :   photoalbums/tree-planting-july-2019
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Change Over

So last Tuesday night we had our Change Over Dinner and we said goodbye to the outgoing Board and welcomed in the new Board, we had the pleasure of having or brand new District Governor give us a talk as well as extend President Goran for another year.
There is no actual written report for the night but we did have some Paul Harris Fellow awards given out and they went to Ian Wake and Marica Rook, both of whom deserved their awards for the great work in the community.
Photos of the award presentations and the other events of the night can be seen by clicking on the link at the bottom.
Click to see more pictures :   photoalbums/change-over-july-2019 
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Rotary Monthly Community Dance

So on Saturday night the 6th of July the Rotary Club of Pakenham once again conducted the monthly community dance but this month was the BALL and so it was a really nice occasion with a vast majority of the attendees on the night getting into the swing of it all and be really dressed up.
A good night was had by all that attend and the two bands provided great music to dance to.
There was several prizes on the night including best dressed lady, best dressed man and best dressed couple which were selected by our out going Secretary and his wife, or was it mainly his wife.
Here are some pictures but you can see more by clicking on the link at the bottom of this story.
So these were the Best dressed Lady and then the Best dressed Man and the of course there was the Best Dressed Couple
Here is one of the bands and some of the dance floor action.
See more pictures by clicking on this link :     photoalbums/july-2nd-and-6th-2019
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This coming weekend we have 1000 trees to plant on the Toomuc Reserve.
On Thursday we will be moving mulch to make space for the trees and punching holes in the spaces. On Friday and Saturday we will finish making the holes and plant the trees. We will also be putting the weed mats around the trees and staking the tree guards.
We have the planting hole makers and plenty of hammers to put the stakes in but will need a few more garden forks to move the mulch so if you have them please bring  them along.
Last year with the same time table we planted 1500 trees and finished about 2pm on the Saturday so hopefully we will finish earlier this year. We will be starting at 9am each day and will have hot and cold drinks available.
The more helpers we have the easier it will be for all those doing the planting. 
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The Week that WAS

So at last weeks meeting we had a very eventful night which was a very full and enjoyable evening.
We started the night by handing over some cheques to worthy recipients that had been granted funding from our end of year financial distribution as determined by our Board some of which came as a result of suggestions from our members
The first recipient was Paddy's Kitchen which is connected to St Patrick's School in Pakenham and feeds the homeless and needy. 
We then moved on and presented a cheque to the Pakenham Dance Studio in support of their Special Needs Disco.
We then moved on to present a cheque for a special project to produce Calico Bags, for a DIK Project, which are filled with school supplies.
This was followed by a presentation of a cheque to the Magical Getaway Foundation who provide Holidays for disadvantaged children who have never had a holiday.
After dinner we were then provided with a talk from the three young ladies that we sponsored to attend the recent RYPEN camp and they told us about their experiences at the camp and what it meant to them.  it was a very interesting talk by the girls and all that attended were pleased that the girls had gained so much.
The evening was then finished off by the presenting of a cheque to the CEO of Millhaven Lodge with the funds to be used on the purchasing of special weighted blankest to assist with the care for residents with Dementia.
All in all a really good night was had by all and it was rounded out with another brilliant Sergeant's session by Graeme Begg that had everyone in fits of laughter and definitely increased the amount of money available to be distributed to a worthwhile cause recommended by our out going Sergeant .
More photos from the night can be viewed by clicking on this link  :     photoalbums/july-2nd-and-6th-2019
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What Shined On Last Week

OK, so last week we had a special meeting where we witnessed the presentation of a Shine On Recognition award and were also entertained with some African drum music.
For those who were present it was a really good night and everyone was impressed with the Shine On recipient and the people involved.  The Shine On Award was presented on the night by Past District Governor  Charlie Speirs.
It was a little off putting when our Shine On Award recipient responded to our Secretary ( and SCRIBE editor ) when he said He was the STAR, by saying yeah but She was a SUPER STAR.  Not much more was heard from our Secretary after that.
But the Shine On Award recipient fully deserved her award and was an absolute delight on the evening.
I am certain that we all wish to congratulate Claire on her achievements. 
See more photos by clicking on the link    photoalbums/25th-june-2019   
There was no Joker's Wild this week so the jackpot is still waiting to be claimed and Sam once again did a great job filling in for Sergeant Graeme. So next Tuesday is the last meeting prior to our Change Over Dinner so come along and enjoy the fellowship with your fellow Rotarians and see out the Rotary Year with a bit of fun and fellowship.
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What is the story Behind this Shine On Award

The Shine on Awards: “Recognising exceptional community service by a person with Special Needs
Rotary’s Shine on Awards recognize those with who have special needs/ disability, who challenge themselves and provide service to the community for the benefit of others.
This is an annual Australia-wide Rotary award recognising exceptional service to others by people with special needs/ disabilities.
 Eligible Nominees are people who are actively involved in community service and have demonstrated a significant level of achievement whilst managing a specific medical disorder/disability.
The Shine on Awards acknowledge individuals in recognition of their commitment to helping others who are aligning themselves to Rotary’s values and who by their actions in the Rotary spirit of "Service Above Self", serve as "shining examples" to the community by providing a significant and positive contribution to the community.
This year the awardee nominee is Claire Wilson.
Helping in the community has been an active part of Claire life, Claire takes real pride in her work and is a very dedicated to getting the job done. Within 4Cs she is known as the “eggspert” where Claire sorts eggs and repackages them.
Claire has a warm and compassionate heart for people and can carry herself quite confidently in the community.
She has not let multiple disabilities dissuade her from her creative pursuits and has developed many strengths and achievements in adult life and has grown in independence, to be the best “Claire” that she can be.
This is why Claire has achieved and improved herself and touched many others in her life especially through volunteering in the community.
Claire has volunteered at 4Cs Crisis Centre in Pakenham for over 5 years, Claire has also volunteered at the Kooweerup hospital kitchen.
Claire enjoys many creative pursuits and is an active ballroom dancer, where she has completed her Bronze Bar. She has sung in the “All Together” choir with Jonathan Welch’s combined choirs “School of Hard Knocks”
Claire has designed and has her own sewing label “SewWot” and with her creative mentor Maree they design and sew baby items for sale and for pleasure.
Claire has also had the opportunity to design a unique set of designer Tea Towels for drought relief in co-operation with Claire Templeton from Square Mile Meats. Claire has personally raised more $2,000.00 in funds in selling these specially design tea towels for the drought relief program.
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Bunnings BBQ on June 10th

So we were back doing a Bunnings BBQ on the Queen's Birthday Holiday and made over $1,100 dollars on a day when the weather was not very kind to us and it was wet and cold but hey we have another one on the 7th of July so lets make sure we have a good day that day.
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What a Week We Had

OK so last weeks meeting was a good one and here are some of the highlights:
Firstly we had the induction of a new member to our club with the transfer of Jennifer North from the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay, I am sure it is their loss and our gain.  Jennifer was accompanied by her two sons and some special guests who were pleased to see her inducted into the Rotary Club of Pakenham.  Here are a few photos but you can see more buy clicking on the link here:   photoalbums/18th-june-2019
So then we were privileged to have John Legione from the Rotary Club of Bunyip / Garfield who gave a really interesting talk on the Say No To Bullying that they run.  It was a very informative talk and you can see more pictures by clicking on the link :   photoalbums/18th-june-2019   
We also had Jokers Wild again and some how it went totally wrong when Louise Carter had her ticket drawn out  meaning that both Louise's have had their ticket drawn in the past month and Josie had her's drawn out in the week between them, these women are taking over everything.
We finished the evening with Roger Thornton giving his farewell talk about Timor Leste before he heads off to join the Rotary Club of Berwick.  
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Rauli Report

The following information was provided by Roger Thornton
From: Kris Webb
Sent: Tuesday, 18 June 2019 7:58 AM
To: Ricardo Krauskopf ; David Dippie ; Roger Thornton 
Subject: Railuli
Hi everyone,
Here are some photos from Agostinho’s meeting last week with representatives from Ai-Asa and Faluwai Schools. Also photos of Railuli from that visit - I’m told that it will all be ready by the opening date of Tuesday July 23.
The Maliana Ministry of Education asked if we were happy with the Railuli school being painted the same colours as Belola - they said they’d like to use the same colours for all schools produced by our partnership. Seems like a good idea to me.
Check out the pics below and see more in the photo album by clicking on this link :   photoalbums/18th-june-2019
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The Week That Was

OK, so once again we do not have any detailed reports with regard to this week's meeting but we can tell you that we had Sandra Allars, one of our own, give a Rotarian Behind the Badge Talk.
There was no Jokers Wild and the meeting was very very short.  But we did here that our Bunnings BBQ had made us about $1100 which was very good consider the weather we had on Monday.
Our Past President Greg who ran the meeting in the absence of our President asked Sandra to provide a brief summary of her Rotarian Behind the Badge talk and we were provided with the following:
Taking Care Mobile Massage (TCMM) proudly provides quality and professional massages to clients right across the great city of Melbourne. Founded by Sandra Allars, who has been a massage therapist since 2000, the service began in the suburb of Berwick but has since expanded to cover all of metropolitan Melbourne with a team of twenty five dedicated therapists.
All of our qualified team members are specifically trained and love what they do. TCMM takes the time to care and bring respect, connection and wellbeing to hundreds of clients from all walks of life. With over fifteen years’ experience, we are proud to be making a tangible difference in their lives through professional and tailored treatments.
The majority of our work is in the aged care sector. We have a large number of clients who benefit from regular treatments as part of their Home Care Packages (HCPs) organised through their service providers. TCMM has grown an enviable reputation through word of mouth as a result of many long-standing clients and partners. We are proud to be a trusted service provider to over thirty partners including Australian Unity, Benetas & Mercy Health.
We see the benefits of massage in our clients’ lives on a daily basis and we want to help more people experience this as we take mobile massage to the less mobile and isolated around our city. 
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Board Meeting On Monday Night

To All Our Members,
Do not forget that we have a Board Meeting on Monday the 17th of June and as per a previous request from George Blenkhorn which is repeated in part below if you have any thoughts please let us know before 2 pm on Monday. 
The Club has an amount of unallocated funds in the Project Account and we normally disburse these funds at the end of each Rotary year.
Please have a think about this and if you have any thoughts or suggestions on where to disburse some funds then please let the Board know before Monday. All suggestions will be considered by the Board at their June meeting.
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Rotary has been offered six Debutante dresses NO charge to loan to any new Debs , to endeavour to have more Debs on either Friday or Saturday nights.
Any possible extra Debs please stop in at Dance studio, we shall be there half hour before practice starts 4pm this Sunday, if you would like to discuss and view the dresses.
Friday 23rd August Ball training times are from 4.30 – 6.00 pm commencing Sunday June 16th
Saturday 24th August Ball training times are from 6.30 – 8.00 pm commencing Sunday June 16th  
Dance Studio 2/907 Princes Hwy Pakenham
Thank you
Geoff Janssen 0428863453    Committee chairperson
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Youth Update

So we have had some feedback on some of our youth programs and are here some samples of the feedback.
Hi Josie, 
The students at St. Patricks are well on their way with their rotary community award. Students have been helping at Paddy's kitchen, volunteering in animal shelters, learning to knit and attending the community dawn service. 
I have been checking in with a few of the students and their parents, and they have been really enjoying the program and becoming more involved in their local community.
Kind regards, 
Lauren Rietschel
Classroom Teacher
St Patricks Pakenham
And some more feedback is below
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What Happened Last Week

OK, so last week was anothe Club Service night but unfortunately we do not have a report about the night.
But what we can tell you is that our Membership continues to grow with Stephanie Jamieson being the latest inductee into our club.  Stephanie was inducted into the club in front of her Daughter and her Brother, who is also a Rotarian and president of his club.
So welcome to Stephanie and I am sure you will all make her feel very welcome.
We also had another run with the Jokers Wild and again this weeks lucky person was unable to find the Joker.
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OK, so apparently there was a write up about the PB Ronald Trust in the local paper and so for those of you who missed it here is the article below and a big thanks to Greg Peck for submitting the article.
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Monthly Community Dance

Well once again our Wakey has run the monthly community dance and it was reported that about 110 people rocked up for the night of fun and dancing and a profit of over $1,000 was made.  Ian would like to pass on his thanks to all of his helpers.
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Tonimbuk Activity

OK, so some Rotarians have been working up at Tonimbuk again and once again we are told that Wakey was working but we have no visual proof of that fact.
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Last Week "Looking Back"

So at last week's meeting we were privileged to have a talk given by one of our own in Tim Ahern and he talked about the History of Pakenham as he knew it and how it related to the Ahern family.   Below is Tim at the lectern ensuring he got his story straight.
Once again we had the Joker's Wild and this time one of our newer members was the lucky one but Louise could not find the Joker even when encouraged to use her womanly ways to sneak a peek under the deck.
And as Louise did not find the joker perhaps next week we can find out how much the jackpot actually is.
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Rotarians Away

Apparently a bunch of Rotarians were away for a few days or was it longer, do not know but maybe it was not long enough.....
We will not reveal who supplied the photo but it is up to our high standards and one must ask
Which one is the Parrot ?????????
No prizes for guessing which one it is.....
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Was there a Election Recently

OK, so there was we believe an election recently and this may well mean that the long awaited toilet for Rotary Park may be funded but we still need to confirm the design and some one suggested that this is the most appropriate design.
So which part of this design do you think works best ??????
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Last Weeks Talk re Playground Relocation to Overseas Countries

So last week we had the great pleasure of having a talk from Peter Cribb 
Some of the info he provided can be seen below:
Peter had his wife with him on the night.
And of course our lovely Lyn Bunce gave the Thanks from the whole club.
We also had Jokers wild and once again it jackpotted.......
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Millhaven to DIK

Posted by Greg Peck
At a meeting some time ago I put my hand up to pick some items from Millhaven 
Mystery Item Tell Me what it does and I'll buy you a drink.
Items in at Millhaven ready to be picked up.
Millhaven to DIK Greg Peck 2019-05-23 14:00:00Z 0


So we have also been provided with a photo of our MUNA representatives but have not been given any details so we do not know if it has happened yet...
And NO, we did only have two representatives, so we are not sure who the third person is or how young they are........
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What Happened Last Week

OK, so last week we had David Martin give us a talk on the Rotarian Behind the Badge as can be seen below but we were not provided with any details of the talk.
Our part of the Car Show Committee handed over a check for $1200 as the club's share of this years donation.  The Car Show made a profit of just over $1500 this year but the committee felt that they had enough money in the bank to be able to handover $1200 to each club.
And of course the Joker was not selected and so jackpot again, but no photo of that thank goodness.
But we did get a few photos of people who perhaps should be fined, by the Sergeant.
And then of course there was John who tried to make us all look common.... so perhaps he can be fined as well.
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Rotary Golf Day

So our Rotary Golf Day which was suppose to be held on Friday the 10th of May was postponed due to the weather that was forecast and it was suppose to be worse than my Golf and that is pretty bad.
So the new date for our Golf day is Friday 31st of May with Registration from 10:00 am and Hit Off at 11:00 am
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Pakenham Art Show

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have been provided with the invite to the Pakenham Art Show by George Blenkhorn, so check out the details as you may want to attend.
The Art Show Pakenham runs for three days being 24,25,26 May 2019 and is held in the Pakenham Hall.
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Rotary Junior Community Award Diaries

So over the last few weeks and most recently this week Josie Wilson has been out and about with the Rotary Junior Community Award Diaries and has been to St Patrick's as well as Pakenham Springs and John Henry Primary school getting the kids involved in the program and handing out their diaries. 
Well done Josie and here are some photos of her with the various groups of kids.
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Club Service Last Week

Well there has been no report provided in regard to our Club Service meeting that occurred on Tuesday but we can rest assured it was not as much fun as the wedding.
But thanks to Ken Rook we do have some photos.
So first of all Peter van Diemen did not find the Joker so the pool jackpots.
Then of course Wal was away so some how Terry was left to count the Money, do not know if that is wise....
And then of course there was the ever popular Sergeant Sam who continues to take our money and of course there was our President.
But do we know what actually went on that night..........
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The Going Away Outfit

Alright, stop complaining here is the going away outfit.....  
Front                                                                                                             and                                                       Back
Make sure you do check out all the photos here   photoalbums/may-2019-the-wedding       
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OK, so on Partner's Night someone, Graeme Begg, had the idea we would have a Rotary Wedding so here are some Pics of the night but you can see them all by clicking on the link at the bottom of this article....
There was even entertainment on the night, but they did need help.
And then of course there was the going away outfit that had everyone a little concerned.
Oh sorry you will have to check the next story for that............................
Oh and here is the link to all the photos     photoalbums/may-2019-the-wedding      have fun looking at all the photos ....
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So, on Saturday the 4th of May we supported the inaugural local WALK for MND at the amphitheatre behind the cultural centre buy cooking sausages for the Family Day.
We also how our donation box there and managed to collect over $315 for the Walk Against MND
Check out the PICS...
We will be asked to do it again next year as well.
Thanks to all those that came along and helped out on the day.
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SO last Tuesday we had a Partner's Night organised by Graeme Begg, but you will have to read more of the SCRIBE to find out what actually happened.
So keep on reading.......
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Rotary in the Park

OK, so on Saturday morning at a time, that I did not know existed, being 7:30am a few Rotarians in Fuchsia turned up at Rotary Park to here Jason Wood make a pledge of $180,000 for a toilet in Rotary Park subject to his re-election and a win for the Coalition in the up coming election.
And he made this announcement just before the start of the weekly Park Run that is conducted in Rotary Park every Saturday morning.
You will see in the next photo just how enthusiastic the Rotarians are about running.
Yes, that is right they are all standing around watching, not running.
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2019 Car Show

OK, so on Sunday we woke to find that the skies had opened up and we were experiencing a RAINY say, just what we did not want.
But the early start crew were present at 5:30 am to do all of the setup work for the Car Show even if it was raining.
Once the day got under way the weather slowly, and I do mean slowly, improved but of course the poor weather at the start of the day did put a dampener on the day.
But it was great to receive all the help we did get throughout the day and it would be wrong to not make a special mention of a number of people who worked all day long and with out whose help we would really struggle.  The people outside of the Car Show Committee that should get special mention are Sam Biondi, Ian Wake, Lyn Squires,  Peter Rowlands and Bill van Diemen. With a special mention to Geoff Young who was there at 5:30 am and walked until he had to leave to go to the Avenues of Service.  If I missed someone then I do apologize, but everyone knows that I am not perfect.
To my fellow committee members Graeme Squires, George Blenkhorn, Tony Murray, Geoff Janssen and John Legione all I can say is a huge thank you and it is a pleasure to work with you all.
Here are some photos and obviously there are more that you can see by clicking on this link photoalbums/2019-car-show   
All exhibitors of vehicles on the day were given an entry in the random prize draws during the day and we gave away 9 minor prizes before we did the draw for the major prize, of a weeks accommodation at Inverloch, which was won by Lee Murray pictured here collecting the prize and with his car.
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Pre Car Show Meeting

SO last week we had a pre Car Show information night at our weekly meeting.
It was a short presentation that attempted to make sure everyone knew what would be required on the day and what the proposed layout of the grounds would be.
It was great to have some representatives from the Bunyip Garfield Club present  and the Car Show Committee except for Tony Murray ( who was away ) were presented to the meeting.  Not that we did not know who they were or some of their history with our club.
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OK, so the Racing Club offered us the chance to conduct a Rotary BBQ at the Good Friday Eve race meeting which we gladly did and we even made a profit of about a $150 in cash and have some stock left over as well.  So a BIG THANK YOU for all that attended and helped on the night.  So to Wal, Louise, Louise, George, Ian, Alan, Sandra and Simon, Ken and Marcia, Terry,  Marta and of course my wife Linda      THANK YOU and if I missed your name then I apologise.
And lets be honest how many Rotarians invite their wife to go to the races for dinner and a night out and then get them to cook as well.
See more photos in our photo album click here photoalbums/18th-april-2019
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MND Research and the Florey 

OK, so I got the e-mail below from Sue Blenkhorn and so below is the detail from the Inner Wheel newsletter.
Hi Grant & Goran
I write the newsletter for Inner Wheel
The attached is my work in progress for the month of May
I have tried to send you only page 6 as it contains an article from the Florey in Melbourne re IW & Rotary
I have added to it as many of our members are new & would not know about the money we raised for MND following the death’s of IW Member Betty Pritchard & Rotarian Rowley Harman.
At PROBUS Today I learnt of an MND Walk around the Lake on Sat 4th May at Noon & hope to get an IW Team Together
Rotary may like to get a team together in memory of Rowley & to raise much needed funds for Research for MND
So I am sending you our newsletter so you can get the info off if you want for the Scribe ( if you think its appropriate)
Your computer skills are so much better than mine so I am sure you will be able to do so even though I couldn’t!!!!!!
Oh and just so everyone remembers we have committed to running the BBQ for this event on the 4th of May, so lets hope we get a lot of helpers on the day.
More details re helpers will be forth coming.......
MND Research and the Florey 2019-04-19 14:00:00Z 0

Tonimbuk Fire Clean Up

So it has been reported to me that several of our esteemed Rotarians have been assisting with the clean up operations after the Tonimbuk fire,  it has been reported that Ian Wake helped as well but there do not seem to be any photos to confirm this.  He says he took the photos but we have no proof of this only Ian's word.  Oh alright we will give him some of the credit along with Geoff Young, John Boon and Terry Williams.
WELL DONE GUYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Patrick Ferry and WW1

Last Week’s Meeting:
Last week our guest speaker was Patrick Ferry, who was accompanied by his wife Janet.
Patrick is a professional archivist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, which sounds
like an interesting topic in itself. 
He is also an historian and has written two books about St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Pakenham.  He has also written a book about World War 1 volunteers from the Pakenham District called: “A Century After the Guns Fell Silent”.
Patrick gave an extremely interesting and entertaining talk about the book with particular reference to some of the well known local identities and their families. It is an excellent book and was contracted for distribution to Historical Societies, Libraries and was not for sale to the public.
Free copies were given to families of the WW1 veterans featured in the book. The book can be accessed on the internet through:
Patrick is currently research for another book about people from the Pakenham District who served in World War 2.  
Report Courtesy of Ken Rook...
Oh and of course we had our usual Jokers Wild with our guest speakers wife drawing the winning ticket
And of course all that attended and those that did not attend were bitterly disappointed that our illustrious Secretary was unable to find the Joker.
Or were THEY ????
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Finish of Rotary Park Seats

OK, so I am told that the seats in Rotary Park have all been finished now and here are some pics that supposedly prove it.
At least this time there was no one sitting down on the job.
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Oh No Shed Fairies Have Been

OK, so all I know is that somehow I received some photos and it looks like the SHED FAIRIES have been at work in our Rotary Shed, and of course the big question is will it stay this tidy????
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Inner Wheel Invite

We have been asked to include the Invite below by the Inner Wheel of Pakenham, so if you can support their function than please do so.
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AMP CAMP Last Week

So last week we had the privilege of listening to Therese and Jack Howell and here are some details and pics, thanks to Ken Rook.
Last Week’s Meeting:
We were fortunate to have two guest speakers last week. Therese Howell and her son Jack. 
Jack was born without a left hand and is classified as an amputee.
They were present to tell us about AMP CAMPS, a special camp for 12 – 21 year-old amputees.  These young people may have been born with a limb or limbs missing, like Jack, or may have lost a limb or limbs through accident or illness.
The 4 day camp is held each year in NSW for participants from throughout Australia.  Much of the information can be seen in the photos.
They gave an excellent and inspiring presentation which left us all highly impressed with the excellent work the camp is doing.
15 year old Jack is a promising triathlete having just finished 2nd Nationally in his age group against able bodied competitors.  He has qualified for training for the Paris Paralympics in 2024.
We will watch his progress with interest.
see more details here photoalbums/15th-april-2019    
Oh and of course we had Jokers Wild but Bill could not find the Joker....
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Cluster Event

OK, so our President received the flyer below and has asked me to put it in our SCRIBE, the e-mail that came with the flyer read as follows:
Hi fellow presidents,
We have managed to book a great guest speaker for Thursday May 9th and thought it would be a fantastic oppotunity for a cluster event.  This is not in order to raise money but to enjoy a fun night of fellowship.  We will also have a special presentation on the night for one of our members.
It is a partners night and I would love to see you there for a catch up on how our year is going.
The full details are in the attached flyer.
yours in Rotary,
President, Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills.
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Tree Plantings 

What a difference some time, say about 12 months, make to the trees we planted in Rotary Park.
Here is a young gentlemen, who planted this tree last year.
And here is the same young gentlemen a year later with the same tree, and my how they have both grown.
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Pakenham Rotary Golf Day

So the Rotary Club of Pakenham Golf Day will soon be with us so if you are interested you need to fill in the Entry Form and you may want to check out the Rules detailed below as well...
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Fire Assistance 

So after last Friday night I received the e-mail below from Terry Williams and it was discussed at last night's Board meeting.
Hi Grant

One thing we learnt on Friday night at Tonimbuk was the need for basic 
gardening tools, and tools in general- immediately.

Those who have lost everything don't have basic equipment to undertake 
the cleanup.

So thought the Rotary Club could ask members and friends for any tools 
they have that are excess to requirements for donation. The Club can be 
the collection point and I am sure Geoff Young would be happy to 
coordinate distribution. I have more hammers than I can use at any one 
time without having to look too far. I recently gave tools away and my 
neighbour took stuff to the tip as no one wanted it- their is a reason 
we hoard stuff!

Not sure if you need Board approval or just the approval of Pres. Goran- 
you can work on that.
The outcome is that Peter van Diemen has offered up Pakenham Produce as a drop off place for anyone who wants to donate tools to the Fire Relief program  and Geoff Young will co-ordinate the distribution of what ever is donated.
So check out your sheds and toolboxes and if you have spare tools then please drop them off at Pakenham Produce to help the fire relief effort.
Oh and again great thinking by Terry and anything we can do to keep Geoff Young busy is a good thing.
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Tonimbuk Fire Relief

OK, so the story goes that we were asked by the Shire if we could provide BBQ facilities for a Community Meeting being held at the Tonimbuk Hall as part of the Bush Fire Relief Program and even though it was initially announced that the BBQ was done by Lions, but quickly corrected to be Rotary, I believe our services were greatly appreciated.
So a big THANK YOU to George  for getting the meat, and to Ian and Terry for taking our trailer BBQ and then to Tim, Ken (with Marcia keeping an eye on him) and myself for doing the cooking.  Oh and of course a big WELL DONE to Geoff Young who is continuing to play a large part in the relief efforts and also a large part of the eating exercise. 
Well done to all involved......... 
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Club Service Last Week

OK, so last week we had a Club service meeting and we had a few of our club members talk to the group but we did not receive any write up of the evening but we do have some pics.  So you can work out what they may have been talking about.
Oh and yes the Jokers Wild was held again and it was with great regret that our Secretary was unable to find the Joker and of course everyone present was bitterly disappointed, or were they???? 
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Inner Wheel

OK, so again we have pics but no write up but we can tell you that our president Goran attended the recent Inner Wheel meeting and handed over a cheque for their share of the Trailer Raffle profit.
Also in attendance was Geoff Young, who seems to be every where, and apparently he spoke about the Bush Fire Relief efforts...
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Biggest Morning Tea Invite

So please see below the information re the invite we received from the Inner Wheel for their Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday the 23rd of May.
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Tee Up For Kids

So in the wee small hours of last Friday, well to me they were wee small hours, we had three Rotary Club members set up and run the BBQ for the Bendigo Bank Tee Up For Kids Charity Golf Day.  It was a 5:30 am start at the Rotary Shed for myself and Louise Jackel, who had her first experience with the Rotary Shed, and a 6:15 am start for Des Wynne at the Golf Course.
To say that Des did a brilliant job of impersonating a Light Pole would be an understatement and Louise did a great job serving our hungry golfers as well as promoting the fact that the sausages were free.
So between the three of us we had a fun morning, well some one said it was, and we were finished by 8:30 am.
So a huge THANK YOU from me, to Louise and Des ........
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Our Visit to the Sikh Temple

So last week we did not have a normal club meeting but instead we had a visit to the new Sikh Temple in Officer.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea of the evening as we have no write up for the night, but we do know that there was about 22 Rotarians and partners and 17 Inner wheel people as well as some from the RSL and several local Police Officers.
More pictures are available in our photo album    photoalbums/26th-mar-2019-sikh-temple   
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WORKING BEE or was IT???

It is reported that 9 hard working Rotarians placed 4 new seats in the ground last Saturday in trying conditions, wet to start with then hot and humid weather. Then around the other seats we dug around  boxed up and poured concrete around them, well all except 2 as they ran out of concrete.  They will organise another working bee in a couple of weeks to finish this part of our project.
I wish to thank all that participated in this worthwhile project cheers Ian Wake
Check out the photos below and one has to ask, did they work or just sit around in the park?????
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Last Week at the Races

OK, so last Tuesday there was no Club meeting as our meeting was transferred to the Thursday night at the Pakenham Race Club and it was good to see that we got 59 people to attend the night which was to promote The Rotary Foundation.
I am sure that everyone who attended had a really good night and we do need to offer a special thank you to District Governor Janne Spiers and her husband Charlie for attending along with all the other fine people who are not members of the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
To our own members who attended thank you from George Blenkhorn and the Rotary Foundation as your support is greatly appreciated.
There are no pictures as we did not want to incriminate anyone by their actions on the night nor highlight those who did not attend by their absence from the pics.
Oh and we do need to get a report from George as to how much money the DG made by making successful bets with the pool of money we contributed, or did she lose money?
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Pakenham Show

Well the Pakenham Show has been and gone and went.
Yes the Rotary Club of Pakenham  once again was part of the Wally Wombat Trail at the Show, even though we did not officially see Wally the Wombat there are people who say they saw someone who was as large as Wally Wombat and just as slow but we can not be sure.
Many thanks to Tim Mepstead, Ian Wake, Peter Rowlands and Grant and Linda Austen for manning our stand for the day and not only promoting Rotary but also our upcoming Car Show.
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Meeting Last Week

NO meeting report was provided for last week but I can tell you that we inducted two new members being Louise Carter and Louise Jackel and we do hope they both enjoy their time with us at the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
We also had Jokers Wild and of course everyone was very pleased to see that Roger, even though he is thought to be a Joker, could not find the Joker in the deck and as such the prize jackpots.
We were privileged to have as guest speaker Jeffah Thabach who told us all about his journey from the South Sudan to eventually end up as a resident in Pakenham and of the struggle that not only he faced but also the South Sudanese community in our Shire.   It was an amazing story and Jeffah should be very proud of what he has achieved and we wish him nothing but prosperity  and happiness for the future.
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5th of March Meeting

OK, so last week was a Club Service meeting and even though a lot was discussed not a lot was reported but we do have a couple of photos.
So our own  Josie Wilson gave a talk about the Rotary Junior Community Awards and our beloved Graeme Begg talked about the efforts of Rotary in the past during previous bush fires in the area, you can work out which is which from the photos.   Or can you ?????????
And then of course we had our normal drawing of the Joker's Wild and lots of people cheered when our Sergeant-at-Arms could not find the Joker, so the prize pool slowly grows bigger.....
5th of March Meeting Grant Austen 2019-03-10 13:00:00Z 0

Our Monthly Community Dance

How we deal with Issues ---
We conduct our monthly community dance at the U3A hall in Pakenham but as a result of the fires in Bunyip and surrounds on the night of March the 2nd we had to find another venue to conduct the dance.  This was quickly achieved by Dance organizer Ian Wake and so the club set about ensuring that those who did roll up could have a good night.  Below is Ian's quick report and some pics.....
Hi Grant, I thought you would like a report on this, we were advised by council that we could not use the hall for our monthly dance so had to look for another hall hence were able to use the Pakenham dance studio where 48 patrons turned up on such a very hot night,fortunately they had some fans and Peter Rowlands brought down 2 industrial fans which were a great help with the small number we still had a great time .I wish to sincerely thank all of my helpers on the night.
Cheers Ian
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OK, so it should be no surprise as to who it was that featured in the Berwick Rotary news letter this week, yes our one and only Josie Wilson...

Rotary Junior Community Awards

Our guest speaker this week was Josie Wilson from the Rotary Club of Pakenham, who presented information on the Junior Community Awards Program.
The Junior Community Award was originally designed by late Mitchell River Rotarian and school principal David Hawkey, to help develop resilience in young students.
It is specifically designed for students in grade 6. It is non-competitive and can be achieved by children of all physical and mental abilities. 
The program engages students in four main areas of endeavour to be completed over the school year:
  • community service - undertakes community volunteer work, such as 10 weeks of service of 1 hour per week assisting an individual, or an organisation
  • social experience - takes part in a community event, or attends an art exhibition, or experiences a different culture
  • physical recreation - shows personal improvement in a physical activity
  • skill development - learns a new skill, or improves an existing skill
A key component of the program is that the student maintains a diary, in which they present one page reports on their experience and achievements.
Rotary Clubs sponsor the schools, but the teachers and parents organise all of the experiences required to enable students to meet their goals. 
Rotary Clubs provide the diaries and inspect the finished products to determine whether an award is merited.
The Award promotes, leadership, confidence, self-worth, knowledge of the community, skill for life, positive values and social values.
Josie reported that 36 students from Pakenham Springs and St Patrick's Primary Schools received the Award recently.

February  25th Meeting

Well at last week's meeting we had the pleasure of having an interesting talk by our one and own Ken Rook on his passion for Butterflies and Bugs and it was very interesting to hear what he had to say and all of us that were in attendance were so glad he did not make us sit on the floor.
Here are a few of the pictures
and there are some more on our website which you can access via this link.     photoalbums/february-25th-2019
Oh and of course we ran the Jokers Wild again starting off a fresh after the annoyingly lucky Alan Chalmers had cleaned us out the previous week for the second time.  So the jackpot total is not a lot so maybe that is why this weeks winner did not select the joker, it would have been hardly worth the effort.  But the jackpot does start to grow again....
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Yezdi  the Trainer

We received the following message from Yezdi with the photo.
Hi Grant,
Always a pleasure to read the contents of the Scribe. Keeps me connected to all friends in RC Pakenham. 
I have been appointed Assistant District Trainer for my RI District 3131 in Pune. We had the pleasure of RIDE Mark Malony attending the recently concluded President Elects Training Seminar. Attaching a photo of the District team with him.
Warm regards to you, Linda and all friends at Rotary Pakenham

Yezdi the Trainer 2019-02-25 13:00:00Z 0

7 Days Ago

Last Week, yes 7 days ago we had our normal weekly meeting during which we had a talk from James Raftery from Your Body Hub in Officer and James spoke to us about the value of Exercise Physiology in which he is fully qualified.
And during the night we had another draw of the Jokers Wild and to everyone's disappointment our not loved any more member Alan Chalmers drew the Joker thus making it the second time he has won the jackpot.
Perhaps we should ban him from ever winning again........
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The Meeting Last Week 

OK, so there was no information provided about our guest speaker last week but we do know that it was a talk about Angel Flight and the presenter David did a wonderful job of explaining Angel Flight to us all.  It was definitely an interesting talk and a meeting that was well run considering that our Past President Greg had to run the meeting on very short notice and the ever reliable Sam helped out as Sergeant and of course they both did a great job.  Thank you to both of you....
So some pictures from the night...
Oh and of course we had our Joker's Wild session and it was so sad when Josie did not find the Joker, and if it was so sad why did everyone clap when she missed out.
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OK, so we are looking for someone to donate a TV for our POP Up SHOP and if you check out the image below you will get an idea of what we are after.....
Oh and so you can get a feel for what our Pop up Shop will look like here is an artists impression, or at least someones idea, of what it will look like.
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2019 Combined District Conference

So the 2019 Combined District Conference was held on the weekend and apparently some of those who attended from Our club got together on the Friday Night for dinner. 
And then during the Conference our very own Terry Williams was seen mixing it with the Big Wigs and was photographed presenting our District Governor Janne Speirs with a Ride to Conference Top to help recognise that they have raised over $1 million over the 18 years it has been held. 
Oh and Peter and Helen van Diemen were recognised for the fact that they have been involved in all of the rides so far, well done Peter and Helen....
2019 Combined District Conference Grant Austen 2019-02-17 13:00:00Z 0

Australia Day Done and Dusted

Well Australia Day has come and gone for another year and our Rotary Club definitely did it's bit.
A big Thank You to everyone who helped out on the day and made George Blenkhorn's job just that little bit easier.
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Last Week's Meeting 29th January 2019

Last week we had the pleasure of receiving a talk from Stroke Safe about various aspects of stroke including how to tell what the warning signs of a stroke are.  The talk was given by  Rebecca Hogan a local girl who had everyone's attention and was a enthusiastic speaker.
Here are a couple of key points for you
The FISH gave our vote of thanks to Rebecca t the end of her very enlightening talk.
During the night we once again conducted our Joker's Wild and a lot of people were glad that it did not go off and jackpots again.
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Rotary Shed

So the work we have been doing on the front of the Rotary Shed has now been completed with Ian Wake and Geoff Janssen finishing of the painting of the clear way area.
It all looks really good now, and well done to all involved.
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So on Saturday Night there was another Community Dance held and someone failed to turn up to help clean up afterwards after promising to help, I wonder who that was......
But more importantly the numbers were the biggest yet for our monthly dance 161 people rocked up and a profit of $1930 Was raised.
Ian Wake the Dance Convenor would like to sincerely thank all of his helpers on the night without you these dances would not happen, next months dance looks to Ian like it will be 170+, do we need a bigger hall?
Cheers Ian
Dance Convenor.
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What is Vocational Service?
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues o Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
  • Aspire to high ethical standards in their  occupation;
  • Recognize the worthiness of all useful  occupations, and;
  • Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
  • Rotarians, clubs, and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:
  • Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction.
  • Identify means of emphasizing vocation in club activities.
  • Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level.
  • Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation.
  • Emphasize the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly called: Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions) and their importance to the values of Rotary.
When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession.
Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.
One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards. Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are
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Please do not forget that we are representing the Rotary Club of Pakenham at the Australia Day Celebrations on Saturday at the Cardinia Cultural Centre and the wonderful George Blenkhorn is still looking for people to assist so if you can help either between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm or 1:30 pm an 4:00 pm then please let George know by e-mail at your earliest convenience his e-mail is thanks for all those who do help on the day..........
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Last Week's Meeting 22 Jan 2019

Last Week’s Meeting:
We were fortunate to have two guest speakers last week.  Past District Governor Brian Norris and his wife Kerrie.
Kerrie is the District Youth Service Chair and she gave us a brief overview of youth programs in the District.  Kerrie also complemented our club on the excellent youth program we conduct.
Brian is the District Youth Protection Officer and gave us a detailed overview of the importance of policies the we must have to ensure the safety of the youth in our community.  He covered the Working With Children Act, Insurance implications and Rotary Policies.  He also complimented our club on our compliance with all regulations.  It was reassuring to know that we are doing thing the correct way.
We also restarted the Joker's Wild but it did not go off so the money now starts to build again.
And once again we had Lyn Bunce's special friend from England,  Allen Davis, and he was given one of our club Caps to wear to Rotary back home. 
Hope to see you all there again next week...... 
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This Week's Agenda 29th January 2019


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 29/1/19

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (Ian Wake)

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:    (Greg)
  • Welcome Members & Guests
  • Acknowledge Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Provide update on the nights proceedings
  • Secretaries Update
  • Treasurers Update

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • General Member updates/announcements
  • (BBQ’s, Conference, International mother language day.)

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
  • Rebecca Hogan - StrokeSafe
  • Chair:
  • Sergeants session     
  • Close

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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Last Week 15th January 2019 

Well I am certain that everyone who attended last week had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality offered by Keith and Susan Shelton. 
It was extremely pleasant having a lovely Pot Roast Dinner with everyone having plenty to eat including very nice Coleslaw etc.
Keith was generous enough to show us around the Coolstore and give us an insight into the history of the place and it certainly had some history.
It was great to see so many members and guests turn up on a lovely balmy night and it certainly ensured we had some really good fellowship as well.
Here are a couple of Photos from the night
The photos are of course courtesy of Ken Rook.
You can check out all the photos in our photo gallery via this link photoalbums/january-15th-2019   
So once again a huge thank you to Keith and Susan Shelton for their hospitality and to Ian Wake for organising the great night.
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President's Ponderings for 2019 nbr 1

Hi All,
What a start to the year weather wise, hope everyone has been slapping on the sunscreen and enjoying the fabulous Melbourne weather. As you are aware unfortunately I have to be on a cruise for the next 2 weeks sailing around NZ and Tasmania and can’t be with you but it’s a sacrifice I’m happy to make. It’s been a great beginning to the year with the visit to the new Golf Club premises and  Shelton’s cool store. It really is impressive what we have in our local community. Well done to Roger, Ken & Ian for organizing everything. While I’m away you will be in the more than capable hands of Past President Greg Peck, who will be taking the next couple of meetings. Australia day is also fast approaching and if it is anything like last year we will again have a huge role to play and further promote our club and the Rotary brand. George is doing a great job in coordinating the day so please assist where you can.
Don’t forget that conference is only a few weeks away now, thank you to everyone who had already registered and for those unsure it is still not too late register. It will be an amazing few days and provide a great stimulus for the rest of the year.
Have a great couple of weeks everyone & I’ll see you all in early February.
 Coming up:
  1. Brian Morris – District Youth Protection
  2. Saturday 26th: Australia Day @ Cardinia Cultural Centre
  3. Tuesday 29th: Rebecca Hogan – StrokeSafe
  4. Feb 15th: District Conference
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Last Weeks Activity

Firstly let me say that between Past President Greg and Sergeant Graeme and the great job they did no one noticed the absence of our President.
OK, so last week we had the pleasure of Greg Peck and Roger Thornton giving us a very interesting talk on their recent trip to Balibo.
It was very informative and gave us all a true look into what it is like in Balibo not just for the children but for everyone. 
It was good to see a number of partners and guests attend our meeting and I am sure we all walked away with a much better understanding about life in Balibo.
There was no Jokers Wild this week and I guess it will start again in the next few weeks and lets hope no wins anything before I get back and that the pot builds. 
Oh and by the way from now until January our Past President Greg will be filling in for me whilst I take a break to South America.
So from me and my wife have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Your Scribe Editor and Secretary.
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Rotary Shed Face Lift

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Our Rotary Shed has received a face lift and as can be seen below it is now very clear as to whose shed it is and that we do exist.
Well done Ian Wake for getting this done so quickly.
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Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2018
Our 21st Primary School Primary School Public Speaking Competition saw 24 students representing 12 schools from Nar Nar Goon, Officer and Pakenham present their speeches on a wide range of interesting and complex topics to an audience of around 110.  This was a record entry and record attendance.
Once again the quality was outstanding and judges Lyn Bunce, Helen van Diemen and Barry Morris, had an extremely difficult task.  Scores were so close it took scorer Des Wynne and assistant Alan Chalmers quite a while to finalise the winners.
Champion Speaker:  Paige Martin.  Chiaro Christian School.   Topic: “Lifestyle Differences Between South Africa and Australia.”
1st Runner Up: Joshua Ralph.  St. James Catholic Primary School.  Topic: “The Debate Against Public Speaking.””
2nd Runner Up: Vanessa Luong.  St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.  Topic: “Poverty.”
President’s Award: Maddison Wilkin.  St. Clares Catholic Primary School.  Topic: “Why Girls Should Have the Choice to Wear Pants.”
Encouragement Award: Hannah Waterhouse.  St. James Catholic  Primary School.  Topic: “Real Learning Does Not Occur in the Classroom.”
All students were excellent and once again their choice of topics was amazing.  We heard about all sorts of things including:  Ned Kelly. Creativity, The Positive Power of Laughter, Respecting Women, The Drought, Mindfulness, Comfort Zones, Electric Cars, Autism and The Richmond Football Club to name a few.
Feedback from teachers, parents and students was once again outstanding and our new Rotary shirts looked great scattered around the room.  Thanks to all who assisted and attended.
PP Ken Rook.
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Ladies and Gentlemen,   
There will be no meeting for us on Melbourne Cup Day and there will also be NO combined meeting with Bunyip/Garfield on the Wednesday as they have cancelled their meeting for the week as well.
So you can all have the week off and simply relax and enjoy your selves.
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The Kids Say Thanks

To Mr Rook,
It was a huge pleasure for me to have my first public speech contest held by you. That was a great experience for me, I loved the way you comforted all the kids and especially me. It was a great first experience it has opened a whole lot of opportunities for me. It was very generous for you and the Rotary Club to give all the children who competed a $50 check, as well as a certificate.
Thank you,
Will Holding
Beaconhills College
Dear Mr Rook,
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Public Speaking Competition. It was a great experience and I enjoyed myself very much. The competition was a great way for me to improve my public speaking skills so than you for organising the competition. This competition gave me an idea of what public speaking is and I am sure that I will do more public speaking competitions in the future and developing my skills further. Thank you for the generous prize of $50 and I am sure I will buy a book with that money.
Nikini Perera
Beaconhills College
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The Conference is drawing closer and we are starting to get good numbers registering. Our aim is to have the majority of registrations by the 30th November 2018.
Everybody who registers by October 31st will go into a draw to win 2 free registrations for the Conference and Gala Dinner and $500 to cover accommodation.
That's only four days a way. Perhaps you might circulate to your members.
For members to register they just need to go on to 
The Brochure link is listed below or is available on the conference web site if that is easier.

Peter L Wallis

Disrict 9820 Conference Chair

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The WEEK that WAS

OK, so last week we had the great pleasure of listening to our fellow Rotarian Michael O'Brien tell us about the Rotarian Behind the Badge.  And to say that Michael's talk was anything less than interesting and heartfelt would be an understatement and we certainly got a really good insight in to our lovely Irishman.
OK, so now I have the unenviable task to inform you all that the elusive Joker was found last week by what is now a very unpopular Alan Chalmers, well done Alan we are all very jealous.
On Friday the Magical Getaway Foundation held their inaugural Forum and the Rotary Club of Pakenham was well represented as can be seen below.
So on Sunday we had our day at the Car MegaMart Car Chow and the efforts of those that turned up to assist on the day was definitely appreciated.  We managed to complete our duties without any hassles and surprisingly the event organisers decided that the gates did not need to be manned after about 2:30pm so we were all able to get away much sooner that expected.  I would like to make special mention of a few people, Alan Chalmers and John Antonie who both started at 8:30 am and worked with me through until 2:00 pm and also Tim Ahern who did the first shift from 8:30 am until 11:00am and then came back at 2:00pm to do a further stint.  So to those three a very big thank you.   I would also like to make mention of Geoff Janssen who brought along a companion to help out and to Lyn Bunce who did the right thing and sent along husband Noel, and that is right Lyn stayed at home.  I could not close on this subject with out mentioning the fact that my wife turned up at about 12:30 pm to help and stayed until the end, but we must also mention Ian Wake who turned up at his designated 2:00pm time slot to be sent home shortly after arriving.   Once again thanks to all those who helped out on the day.
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Last Week

Well last week was a very interesting talk by Lorna Hawkey from the Rotary Club of Mitchell River and she talked to us about the Rotary Junior Community Awards Program and it was something that seemed liked a great program that was aimed at all sixth grade children no matter what their skill levels are.  With the great work of Josie Wilson we already have 3 or 4 schools very interested in participating.
We also saw Josie have her ticket drawn in the Jokers Wild and weren't we all very pleased that she could not find the Joker, so the pot grows.......   
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Up Coming Weeks

Our program for Tuesday 23rd October is our annual Primary School Public Speaking Competition.
This will be held at our usual venue, the Pakenham Golf Club.
No meal will be served.
The competition will start at 6:30pm sharp.
This is an excellent night and we usually have 80 -100 people in attendance.  It is great PR for our club and all member s are encouraged to attend.
The bigger the crowd, the better the experience.   
For our program on Tuesday 30th October we have two special speakers – our own Gregory Peck and Roger Thornton.
They will tell us all about their trip to Balibo in Timor Leste in June this year.  This was special effort for a special cause and it will be great to hear all about it.
This is a scheduled partner’s night so be sure to bring your partner along and help make this a special night.  Don’t forget to book them in with Attendance Chair Peter.
Let’s get behind Greg and Roger and show how much we appreciate what they have done.
Program Chair Ken.
Up Coming Weeks Ken Rook 2018-10-14 13:00:00Z 0

This Week and Next Week

Our program for Tuesday 23rd October is our annual Primary School Public Speaking Competition.
This will be held at our usual venue, the Pakenham Golf Club.
A record number of 24 entries have been received so you should all come along and enjoy the night.
No meal will be served.
ALL Members are asked to wear their club top if they are attending so we can present a uniform and identifiable image. 
The competition will start at 6:30pm sharp.
This is an excellent night and we usually have 80 -100 people in attendance.  It is great PR for our club and all member s are encouraged to attend.
The bigger the crowd, the better the experience.   
For our program on Tuesday 30th October we have two special speakers – our own Gregory Peck and Roger Thornton.
They will tell us all about their trip to Balibo in Timor Leste in June this year.  This was special effort for a special cause and it will be great to hear all about it.
This is a scheduled partner’s night so be sure to bring your partner along and help make this a special night.  Don’t forget to book them in with Attendance Chair Peter.
Let’s get behind Greg and Roger and show how much we appreciate what they have done.
Program Chair Ken.
This Week and Next Week Ken Rook 2018-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

President's Ponderings

Presidents Ponderings:
Hi All,
Welcome to another wonderful week in the life of Rotary. Last week’s service meeting again generated some great discussion and highlighted the amount of work we are doing as a club. Thanks again for your input and enthusiasm. We have the go ahead to start coordinating the Le Pines proposal and highlighting the impact Rotary and other organisations have in our local community. Let’s all get behind Greg & Grant and drive this initiative forward. This will be great PR for our club and a wonderful opportunity to source new members. Well done to everyone involved so far. Community have certainly been busy with a number of projects including:
Installing seats in Rotary Park, Putting together and installing new community boards across town, organising a Tipping House working Bee while also driving a number of grant opportunities to raise funds for toilet facilities at Rotary Park. Keep up the great work. There was also a great suggestion from their committee to install plaques in the vicinity of the recent tree plantings highlighting the contribution of Lakeside college & Pakenham secondary college, another great initiative.
We are gearing up for a busy run through to Christmas with the trailer raffle tickets ready for printing, a number of BBQ’s on the agenda (Well done to Bill, George and the team for the Bunnings effort a couple of weeks ago. Great to assist another organisation while making some revenue for our club as well). School speeches coming up on the 23rd, always a great PR opportunity for our club while providing an avenue for some of our extremely talented students to showcase their talents.
The monthly dance continues to go from strength to strength, let’s make sure we can help out Ian when we can as it is a great community event.
Marta will be organising our Christmas party this year on the 18th December. Any suggestion you might have for venues or themes let Marta know.
Is Marta really going to Pay?
Tuesday 6th November is Melbourne Cup day and there will not be a meeting that week. Further details will follow if we continue the tradition of going to Bunyip/Garfield on the Wednesday night. The AGM will also be moved to the first Tuesday in December.
Don’t forget your membership surveys and if you haven’t already registered for the Membership forum this weekend at the Nossal School but would like to attend please let myself or Greg Know.
Unfortunately the Jokers Wild again was missed, Bad luck Tim (Hopefully no legal repercussions). Not many cards left so it could go off any time!
Thanks again for a wonderful week
 Coming up:
  1. Lorna Hawkey  – Rotary club of Mitchell RiverL – 9th October
  2. School Speeches – 23rd October
  3. District Membership Forum – Nossal High School – 13th October
b)   Roger Thornton & Greg Peck – Balibo Experience 30th October
Have a great week everyone.
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This Weeks Meeting Agenda


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 9/10/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (Geoff Janssen)

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
  • (Membership Forum, BBQ, Election, Carols, Pakenham Cup)
  • Secretaries Report
  • Treasurers Report

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • General Member updates/announcements
  • Survey Update

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Lorna Hawkey – Rotary club of Mitchell River
(Chairman Josie Wilson)
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Close

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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CONFERENCE UPDATE from Greg 2018-09-23 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Trivia From Yezdi

"There are 34,282 Rotary Clubs in 530 districts sperad over 200 countries, with membership of 1.2 Million".
"The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships in the world's largest, privately funded scholarship program".
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President's Ponderings 25th September

Presidents Ponderings:
Hi All,
What another great meeting we  had last Tuesday. It’s always inspiring listening to our own members and their stories. Thank you last week to Josie Wilson (or should I say Josepina?) for sharing her story and bringing along her dad’s original suitcase he carried to Australia all those years ago. Josie also admitted to being a bit of a party girl with the girls and then she met Jim at the “Powerhouse” (Which seemed quite a well-known venue for many of our members) and they have now been married for over 41years. Josie also shared her passion for cooking which led her to eventually taking over Cafe127 in Pakenham which she ran as a family business for over 6 years. Her interests are dancing (Including the proud winner of a Gold Medal which she showcased on the night), crocheting, sewing, cruising and now caravanning. Thanks again Josie for sharing your story with your fellow Rotarians.
Ken also presented earlier in the week to MecwaCare which was very successful. In a casual environment there were about 10 present, staff an clients. There was a lot of interest with some enquiries for potential membership opportunities. As I mentioned during our meeting, I will distribute the presentation Ken used so that everyone can use it to share the Rotary story when talking to friends. Family & acquaintances. Great work Ken!
Lyn & Greg provided an update on our Global grant for the Happy schools Program in conjunction with the Rotary club of Pune in India. This is a great program that will make a huge difference in the lives of a number of people. Keep up the great work.
We have a busy period coming up with quite a number of BBQ opportunities, potential stall to showcase our club at Market place, Le Pines etc. More to come at our next meeting.
Don’t forget the Membership forum at Nossal High School on the 13th October & get your registrations in for District Conference 15-17 February 2019
Unfortunately once again the Jokers went missing (so much so that Sam couldn’t find it). Once normality was restored, our sergeant Graeme was this week’s non-winner, everyone again was so disappointed for him.! It does mean that the jackpot is rising again to over $1500 approx. Good luck next week, you gotta be in it to win it!
Well done to everyone for a very strong start to this Rotary Year.
 Coming up:
  1. Gary Elliott  – Pakenham RSL – 25th September
  2. Bunnings BBQ – Sunday 30th September
  3. District Membership Forum – Nossal High School – 13th October
b)   Roger Thornton & Greg Peck – Balibo Experience 30th October
c)   Wakeys Dance – 6th October August
Have a great week everyone.
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AGENDA 25th September


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 25/9/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (Marta Faithfull)

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
  • (Membership Forum, BBQ, Election, Carols, Pakenham Cup)
  • Secretaries Report
  • Treasurers Report

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • General Member updates/announcements
  • Pakenham Rotary History Flashback – Graeme Begg

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Gary Elliot – Pakenham RSL
(Chairman Tim Ahern)
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Close

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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What Happened Last Week

OK so last week we had several visitors who talked to us and the first was Harpreet Singh who came back to ask us to support the SIKH temple and vote for it in the State Goverment PICK MY PROJECT grants.
Then we were introduced to a visiting Rotarian from Zimbabwe in Grace Dzwairo
Then we had Guest Speakers from the Magical Getaway Foundation in Rosemary Teed who told us about what has been going on since her last visit back in November
Accompanying Rosemary was Teague Rook who told us about the Family Holiday to Lorne that they provided to a Single Mum and her four Boys.  Teague also presented the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for our support.
It was amazing to see how much it meant to this family to actually have a holiday even if it rained for most of the week while they were down at Lorne.
Of course everyone one was happy when the Joker did not make it on to the Train and our Greg Peck missed out, so the pot still grows.
Glad to see Greg smiling with out the Joker in his hand.
Well that is a brief summary of last week session except to say that once again Sam filled in for Sir Graeme and did a great job of running the fines session even to the point of standing up on the stage so we could actually see him and increasing the coffers by at least $10.  Well done Sam!!!!!!!!
OK, so that is all for now hope to see you all on Tuesday Night.  
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Multi District Conference

Speakers not to be missed include Ian & Juliet Riseley, Grant Hackett and more to be announced

Breakout Sessions, Hands on Sessions eg. Packing Emergency Food Kits for use in disasters overseas.

Accommodation deals to save $$$

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Membership Forum


                                Everyone at Pakenham Rotary

                              Let Greg know that you're coming
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Speakers Tuesday 11th September:
Rosemary Teed - Founder and Teague Rook – Director
of The Magical Getaway Foundation.
Rosemary and Teague are teachers at the Pakenham Springs Primary School.
Rosemary was guest speaker in November last year
and told us all about the Magical Getaway Foundation, how it began and what it does.
We provided some funding for a family’s first holiday that the Foundation was sponsoring and at Rosemary’s request they have been invited back to tell us about the holiday at Lorne.
It will be good to hear first hand how our funds benefit those we support. 
THIS WEEK'S GUEST SPEAKER 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0


OK, so last week we had Club Service and it was definitely a good night with reports coming in from all our various Avenues of Service as well as the various components that make up our club.
Once again we had a draw of the Joker's Wild and to say that everyone was not happy that the Joker was not found would be a little FIB.
But hey does anyone actually think that George deserved to find the Joker, other than George.
And so the hunt for that elusive Joker goes on........
LAST WEEK 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0


Dear Rotary Club of Pakenham,
I am writing to sincerely thank you for your very generous donation which allowed our family to purchase a disability stroller for our youngest member Isabella. She was born with a genetic condition called Williams Syndrome which affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide. It is known to occur equally in both males and females and in every culture.
Children with Williams Syndrome tend to be social, friendly and endearing.  Parents often say the joy and perspective a child with Williams Syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable.
Isabella attends school at Officer Specialist and recently turned 7 years old. She loves school and especially going to school on the bus each day. Isabella loves to go out and meet new people but this has been challenging due to Isabella having low muscle tone and low stamina levels.
Low muscle tone and fatigue are ongoing problems for children with Williams Syndrome and many children need assistance with mobility through the use of a wheelchair or disability stroller.
The use of Isabella's disability stroller has greatly improved our ability to plan family outings which Isabella can enjoy with her family and friends. We are extremely grateful for your generosity and plan to use this stroller for many years to enable Isabella to continue outings within the community.
Please extend our sincere thanks to all of those within the Pakenham Rotary Club.
Kind regards and many thanks Cassie and Isabella
Below is some information regarding Williams Syndrome. Further information can also be found at:Williams Syndrome Association<>

Williams Syndrome Association
Williams syndrome (WS) is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.  It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning challenges.
These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.
Williams syndrome is caused by the spontaneous deletion of 26-28 genes on chromosome #7.  The deletion occurs in either the egg or the sperm used to form the child with Williams syndrome. Accordingly, the deletion is present at the time of conception. It is likely that the elastin gene deletion accounts for many of the physical features of Williams syndrome.
Some medical and developmental problems are probably caused by deletions of additional genetic material near the elastin gene on chromosome #7. The extent of these deletions may vary among individuals.  In most families, the child with Williams syndrome is the only one to have the condition in his or her entire extended family. However, the individual with Williams syndrome has a 50% chance of passing the disorder on to each of his or her children.

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Joker's Wild Goes WILD

SO this week when we went to run our normal Joker's Wild segment this went a little strange.
Firstly, one person thought they would do something different and tried to create the luck of the Irish.
But of course that did not work..
Then we had the situation where they could not read the ticket, or was it that they just could not read?  Even when the President put on his glasses they had trouble determining the winning ticket number.
But having determined the right number it did not do any good because Lucky Roger used up all his luck just getting his ticket drawn and he missed the Joker.
And of course everyone was so disappointed that he did not get the Joker, or were they????????
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Rotary Dance 

OK, so on Saturday night it was once again time for the monthly Rotary Dance or what is more commonly referred to as Wakey's Dance.
We do not know exactly what goes on at these dances but we have heard stories and this time we got evidence of activity on the night.
And the question that was asked was "Guess who went dancing on Saturday Night?"
So check out the pics.....
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E-Mail from Our Friends in the Sikh Community

The e-mail below was received from our friends in the Sikh community.
Dear management and members of the Rotary Club,
Thanks for your support to the Sikh community in the past and giving me an opportunity to present earlier this year. 
The Sikh community in the Shire has been actively working for the community and has participated in many events. Our following project has been selected for Pick my project. This project is very much in line with the vision and mission of organisations like yourself. If you could please consider voting for us.
1. Creating bridges: Free Sikh community kitchen 
I will be keen to provide a copy of the detailed proposal for our reference and/or come and present it and identify opportunities to be able to work together on areas of common interest. 
Please advise. 
Thanks and best regards,
Harpreet Singh
On behalf of the Sikh community
33 Officer Road Officer
0447 02 8688
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ROTARY ACRONYMS courtesy of Yezdi 2018-08-26 14:00:00Z 0


Is it possible that we have a vandal amongst us??
If anyone can identify this suspicious character then please let us know. 
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The President's Ponderings

Presidents Ponderings:
Hi All,
What a great meeting was had last Tuesday. We had the pleasure to host our District Governor, Janne Speirs & Past District Governor, Charlie Spiers as well as our own Assistant DG, Geoff Young. It was great to see so many member and guests attend the night. It really highlights the strength of our club.
It certainly is a busy period for us as highlighted by the great updates from our chairs and members. Our goal of getting back into the community is well and truly underway. Congratulations to everyone involved in the Big Boys Lunch.  It’s a big job and can’t be done without the support of all our dedicated members.
It was also very encouraging that the club supports the opportunity we have with the Le Pines Shopfront proposal. The next step is to set up a committee to co-ordinate the possibilities and put a plan in place. If you would like to be part of this exciting initiative please let myself, Grant or Greg know as soon as you can.
Listening to our DG, Janne discuss her goals for the district really highlighted how well our club is already leading the way. We are well on our way to raise our profile within the community, driving initiatives to raise the Public Relations aspect while focusing on all the things we already do well. Thanks Janne & Charlie for your words of wisdom and for your continued support.
The youth, community and International committees have a number of regular and new projects on the go and I’m very excited at the work the membership committee has underway. Our goal of 5 new members is looking very rosy. The Deb balls are going along extremely well, well done again to Geoff and the team for another outstanding effort. If you would like to be part of the committee for next year, please touch base with Geoff. You will have a ball (pardon the pun) and learn some new skills in the process.
Unfortunately this week the “Ace of Clubs” wasn’t enough for Tim to take out the jokers wild, everyone was soooo disappointed! It does mean that the jackpot is rising again to over $1400 approx. Good luck next week, you gotta be in it to win it!
Well done to everyone for a very strong start to this Rotary Year.
Coming up:
a) Jamie Fisher – Cardinia Cultural Centre Update – 28th August
b) Roger Thornton & Greg Peck – Balibo Experience 28th August
c) Wakeys Dance – 1st September
Have a great week everyone.
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This Week's Agenda


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 28/8/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (George Blenkhorn)

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
  • Member Updates

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • Guest Speaker
Jamie Fisher –
Cardinia Cultural Centre Updates
       Chair: Ian Wake

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Roger Thornton & Greg Peck
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Next week’s Greeter (John Boon)

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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Big Boys BBQ

Well our brand new uniforms were put on display last Friday at the Big Boys Lunch where we cooked the BBQ and were strategically placed at the front doors of the Cultural Centre.
Thanks to all those who turned up to help and made the morning a fun time.
Our new uniforms made certain we were very visible and in fact has potentially got us a few new members as we were approached on several occasions for info about joining Rotary.
Check out some of the photos below and even more on our website by clicking on this link photoalbums/august-14th-to-20th-2018 .
Oh and a message to our cheeky food taster who seemed to want to spend the time pinching chops, if you stay to the end look at the supply of chops you would have had access to.
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The Ponderings of Our President

Presidents Ponderings:
Hi All,
It was wonderful to get back to a regular club meeting and great to see so many attendees. The return of Sergeant at arms, Graeme Begg, was very well received & it is certainly looking like the fines tally might be very healthy this year. Thank you again to Sam Biondo for filling in admirably, your efforts are very much appreciated.
Great work from Peter van Diemen reviving memories of the great contribution & impact the White Elephant sale had on the club and the community. I’m sure there are many, many stories that could be told about that time but the resounding feeling I get is that it was always a fun and exciting time for everyone involved.
Unfortunately the “Ace of Diamonds” wasn’t enough for Grant to take out the jokers wild this week, such a shame! It does mean that the jackpot is rising again to over $1300 approx. With only 52 cards left (???) anyone can win!
Congratulations to our guest speaker Doug Baxter from Sportism. Doug shared his story and journey in being able to provide an outlet and an opportunity for not only children with autism but anyone in a challenging situation to express themselves and just have fun. Well done to Doug and all your supporters on a very worthwhile endeavor.
Don’t forget that next week we have our esteemed District Governor, Janne Spiers, visiting our club. She will be accompanied by past DG, Charlie Spiers and our very own AG, Geoff Young. This night is a great opportunity to invite partners, friends and guests and allows us to highlight all the great work this club is involved in.
Coming up:
  1. DG Janne Spiers visit on the 21st August
  2. Bebutante Balls Friday 24th & Saturday 25th August.
  3. Jamie Fisher – Cardinia Cultural Centre Update – 28th August
  4. Roger Thornton & Greg Peck – Balibo Experience 28th August
Have a great week everyone.
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Drought Relief

Please see below information from our member Josie Wilson re an activity that involves her daughter Claire and is hoping to aid the drought stricken Farmers.
Many of you have seen the artistic work of my daughter Claire, who has special needs.
Through a series of events her artistic mentor Maree Evans got our Claire involved with a relief program being run by Claire Templeton of Square Mile Meats to support our farmers caught-up in the drought.
Our Claire has created 3 wonderful drawings which have been screen printed onto tea towels by Maree and wonderful team from Square Mile Meats.
ALL profits raised will be donated to the One Bucket Drought Appeal, Drought Angels and Rural Aid.
I know we can’t make it rain but this is small and practical effort to support of farmers.
The website is
Please support our farmers and the team at Square Mile Meats.
I hope my Claire’s artistry brings you a smile J
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Our Club's History

Below is the content of the talk given by Peter van Diemen at our meeting last week on an iconic project run by the Rotary Club of Pakenham over many years and is certainly part of our history.
When President Goran asked if I could do a 5-minute presentation on a piece of Rotary history one of his suggestions was an Iconic project. It did not require much thought that the most Iconic Project in the history of the Rotary Club of Pakenham would have to be the White Elephant / Clearing Sale.
It was during the 1964-1965 Rotary year, only 3 years after our Club was chartered, that the first Sale was held. It was then only a donated goods sale and as the name suggests, White Elephant. It could be anything if it could be sold for any amount. There was an actual statue of a white elephant that was used in promoting the event, not sure what has happened to it, but it would now be as iconic as the event itself.
The first few years of the White Elephant Sale was held on a vacant block in what is now the main shopping centre.
After 3 or 4 years it was decided to add a Clearing Sale to the White Elephant Sale, where the public could book in goods to be sold on commission. `                                                                                                                                                                                                  The venue for the sale was then moved to the then Pakenham Recreation Reserve, the home of the Pakenham Football, Netball and Cricket Clubs and the original Pakenham Hall.                                                                                                                                                 When that site was redeveloped to include a new Library/Hall complex the sporting clubs moved to the new Toomuc recreation reserve. The White Elephant and Clearing Sale was moved there also. 
When I joined Rotary in 1974 the WECS had become a local institution, it was an event that would have the residents hold onto their unwanted goods for the sale. The date would be advertised, and people would contact the Club for us to pick up the goods. If people could not hang on to the goods until the sale we would pick them up and store them in a member’s shed.
The WECS continued to be an event that sellers and buyers would mark on their calendars and year after year you would see the regulars turn up.
Up until about the late 1980’s all the booking in and selling was done by hand, and some sales would not be finished until after 4.00pm. This would mean that the queue of buyers wanting to pay and pick up their goods could be long and take some time to complete the transactions.
During the early 1990’s Past Rotarian Kevin Sheean and Rotarian Geoff Janssen with help from family and friends developed a computer program that worked wonderfully well. It made it much more efficient, quicker and easier.
As you can imagine a project such as this needs the full cooperation of the whole Club to be successful, from teams of members with trucks and cars and trailers, picking up the goods, booking the items in before the sale day, and then on the day, office staff, pencillers, runners, people helping the Auctioneers by holding up or pointing out items for sale, crowd control, catering, gate attendants etc. The help from the Inner Wheel Club, past members, family members and friends all contributed to making it an annual and successful project.
We were very lucky that Rotarian Roly Hewson, since passed away, was able to put his profession and skills as an auctioneer to good use on the day and always convince a team of auctioneers to provide their services free of charge.
 The final WECS was held in November 2014. Garage sales, Council Roadside collections and the fact that our area becoming more urbanised all contributed to the event’s demise.
I did manage to find some financial statements on the WECS which showed that it generated an income of $50,000.00 plus and the profits ranged from $10,000.00 to $14,000.00 for the event over a number of years in the early 1990’s and 2000’s.
For a Project to run from 1964 to 2014 totals 50 WECS over 50 years. It would well and truly make it an Iconic Project of the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
Peter van Diemen
14th August 2018
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The Passing of Anna Huyskens

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thanks to Ken Rook for providing the information below.
It is with deep sadness that  members of Pakenham East Probus are notified of the passing of esteemed foundation member, Anna Huyskens.
Anna and her husband Charley (who predeceased her) were very supportive of the club and activities since its inauguration in 2006.
Daughter Stella (Miller) has been a wonderful support for her mother and made sure that Anna attended Probus meetings and outings whenever she was well enough.  Through failing health for more than a year now, this was no longer possible.  Anna had been suffering from dementia but thank God, she still knew the family when they visited.
After suffering a recent fall, her condition deteriorated even further and she passed away early this morning, Friday, 17 August.
Funeral details are as yet unknown.  Please refer to the newspapers for information.
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Agenda for This Week


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 21/8/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (Sam Biondo)

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

6.55 pm – 7.20 pm


  • General Member updates/announcements
  • (Deb Ball, Big Boy’s Lunch, Le Pines)
  • Membership Update - Greg
  • Youth Update - Ken
  • Community Update - Ian
  • International Update - Lyn

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Janne Spiers – District Governor
Charlie Spiers - “Water for communities through Skyhydrants”
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Next week’s Greeter (George Blenkhorn)

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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The Debs and Partners time to arrive is 4pm and all should be there by 4.30pm (A MUST).
Parents and guests to arrive 6.30 and there is waiting room in the foyer.
The venue will open the doors at approx 6.30 – 6.40 to all be inside for a 7pm start.
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Agenda for this Week's Meeting


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

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.15 – 6.45

Welcome – Meet & Greet (Graeme Begg)

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
  • *Rotary History” – Peter Van Diemen

7.20 pm – 8.00 pm


  • Guest Speakers Presentation + Questions
Doug Baxter – Sportism
Chair: Peter Rowlands (Scribe Content)
  • Jokers Wild
  • Sergeants session     
  • Next weeks Greeter (Sam Biondo)

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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President's Ponderings Episode 3

Presidents Ponderings:
It feels like an eternity since we had our last club meeting. The murder mystery partners night was very well attended and a great time was had by all. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the guilty party was Geoff Young, he always was a shady character. Thank you to everyone who participated & got into the spirit with their costumes. It was a great celebration and a fun time for all.
Last week was the annual P.B. Ronald presentation dinner held at the Pakenham Racing Club. While the number of Rotarians attending was down on previous years we did have a good representation and it was an inspiring & enjoyable night. Congratulations to the winners:
  1. Chevonne Willis
  2. Giorgi Boucher
  3. Michael Casey
  4. Ilan Osman
  5. Benjamin Fox
The P.B. Ronald Trust was established in 1991 with the support of the Rotary Club of Pakenham, Shire of Pakenham (Cardinia), Pakenham Racing Club & the Pakenham & District Agricultural & Horticultural Society to perpetuate the memory of the late Peter Ronald.
An amount of $39,000 was initially raised and put into the trust. The trust was formed to assist people futhering their education in agriculture, horticulture and local government. Over the years more than 80 people have benefited and almost $100,000 has been distributed from the trust. Congratulations to all the trust members for all their work and to the Pakenham Rotary Club for supporting the trust and inspiring the next group of leaders.
Coming up in the next few weeks for our club we have:
  1. Special guest speaker – Doug Baxter – Sportism 14th August
  2. Big Boys BBQ Lunch on the 17th
  3. DG Janne Spiers visit on the 21st August
  4. Bebutante Balls Friday 24th & Saturday 25th August.
Have a great week everyone.
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P B RONALD Memorial Dinner

Last week we did not have a meeting as it was the annual P.B. Ronald Memorial Dinner and it was held at the Pakenham Race Course, but unfortunately no one has provided a write up about the evening so we can only hope that someone who attended will submit a write of the night for next weeks edition.
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OK, so this coming Friday the 17th of August we will be doing our thing in the front of the Cardinia Cultural Centre cooking the BBQ for the Big Boys Lunch so if you have volunteered to be there then make sure you come in Club Uniform.
For those of you that have the time but have not committed to assist come down and see the boys provide the first public display of our new club uniform.
And I bet all the boys will look good in the FUCHSIA coloured uniforms.
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Casey Cardinia Foundation Annual Charity Dinner 2018-08-09 14:00:00Z 0

Murder at the Rotary Club

Last Week we had a very social evening which meant we attended a Murder Mystery Night organised by our President Goran.
It was themed as going to the Oscars and so fancy dress was called for but not compulsory.
I believe that everyone who attended had a really good time and those who did not attend missed a fun night.
There was a lot of shady characters involved and most people had no idea who committed the murder but after an evening of fun and frivolity the murder was identifed.
The evening was of course a great success and very enjoyable.
If you want to see more pictures from the night then check out this link photoalbums/murder-mystery-31-jul-18 .
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Luck of the Irish

OK, so now everyone is starting to ask how is it possible the Michael O'Brien can be that lucky as once again he won the draw for the Joker's Wild but he made everyone happy by not finding the Joker or was the Joker even in the deck?  We do trust our resident Joker John but if the Joker was not in the pack then we will never tell Michael.
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Rotary Theme Badges

Our Club has a supply of Rotary Theme Badges for this year and so if you want to purchase one,
then simply contact the Secretary and he can supply you with one for the simple low price of $6.
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Tipping House Chairs

The Rotary club of Pakenham community service had a recent request from the EW Tipping care hostel in Pakenham ,asking weather we could purchase 2 electric lift chairs for their needs. At a recent board meeting it was agreed we could donate these chairs to this towns important organisation. The 2 chairs were purchased and delivered for a cost of $2088. and are now in full use, making life very much easier for the carers and all concerned. This has been another very worthwhile project of Rotary  service for our town.

Ian Wake

Community Chairman

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Last Week's Meeting


Last Week’s Meeting:


Guest Speaker last week was Marcia Tesoriaero.  Marcia lives in Healesville and is the manager of Trydell Museum at Guys Hill.


We were fortunate to visit the museum recently and experience the magnificent collection of motor vehicles and other unique memorabilia.   


Marcia gave a brief talk about the museum, its owners, how it started and where it is headed.  She then talked about “Cambodia Children’s Fund”, a project in Cambodia that her and the museum owners have been supporting for several years.


The fund was instigated by Australian movie director Scott Neeson after a visit to Cambodia in 2005. After seeing 2500 children living on a garbage dump in Phnom Penh he resigned from a 26 year movie career and moved to Cambodia where he covered all of the initial cost to establish the fund.  He is now the organisation’s full time Executive Director. Terry and Jan the owners of Trydell Museum have supported the fund for 10 years with part of the museum entry fees going directly to the fund. Marcia herself got involved and has travelled to Cambodia as a volunteer. The fund supports poverty stricken children to aid their education, health, develop leadership and keep families together.


Marcia also spoke briefly about two other organisations they support.  One that enhances the children in hill tribes in Northern Thailand and another called “Free To Shine‘’ that saves and protects children from sex trafficking which is a very big problem in the poorer Asian countries.


Ken Rook

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Club History - Lesson 2

The Story Behind July 1
Happy New Year, everyone! Though it may sound strange to hear that in the middle of summer, July 1st marks the New Fiscal Year for Rotary Clubs around the world. To find out why, we’ll need to delve into the history of the organization.
Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended. The convention of the Rotary Clubs of America was held in Rotary’s birthplace, Chicago, in 1910. Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year. Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August. At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention. The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914). Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia. The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary’s annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, “The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently.” Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June
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This Week's Agenda


Pakenham Rotary Club Weekly Meeting – Tuesday 31/7/18

Tuesday Nights

6.45 pm – 8.00 pm


6.45 – 7.00

Welcome – Meet & Greet

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

7.00 pm





  • FUN

7.30 -9.00 pm

More Fun

  • Apprehend the guilty party

9.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Fellowship – Conversation - Collaboration



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President's Ponderings Episode 2

Thanks again to everybody who braved the elements to attend last week’s meeting. It was another great night with a  wonderful speaker in Marcia Tesoriero. From a club point of view, Des highlighted that membership dues were tracking well. Please ensure you can finalise your payments as soon as possible so that we can honour our contribution to District & RI in a timely manner. Greg followed up with attendance for the District Conference in February next year. So far we have approximately 8 members attending. We only need 2 more to hit our goals of 10 attendees so I encourage everyone to think hard about making it as I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience. Thanks again Sam for filling in for Sergeant Graeme, it is very much appreciated. The Joker is still “Wild” (Still have to work out how Michael manages to get the winning ticket each time!). The annual Debutante Balls are coming up on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th August. There is always some last minute support that will be needed so please get ready to provide any assistance that Geoff & his committee may need. This is not only one of our better money raisers but is also an iconic community event.
Coming up in the next few weeks:
  1. Murder, Mystery & Mayhem (with a whole lot of fun) – Tuesday 31st
  2. PB Ronald Dinner 7th August at Pakenham Racecourse
  3. Big Boys Lunch 17th August
  4. Guest Speaker – Doug Baxter – Sportism – 14th August
  5. DG Janne Spiers visit 21st August
Have a great week everyone and thank you for your support.
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This Weeks Meeting Agenda


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



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Last Week's Meeting

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??
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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.
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Murder Mystery Night

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
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President's Ponderings Episode 1

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!
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Club History - Lesson 1

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
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Club Service Night

So last week was Club Service and it was Goran's first night as President.
Goran started the evening by doing a special presentation (see separate story) to Pakenham Dance Studio and then along with past president Greg proceeded to hand out the clubs new shirts and caps as designed by the team ably led by Lyn Bunce.
Goran then proceeded to tell us about his hopes and plans for the club during his time as president. There was some general discussion around the room and the membership agreed that the Treasurer need only give a financial report once a month and that the Secretary would give an update when ever there was appropriate information to disseminate to the members.
Marta got up and explained her concept of running a travel expo in the Gippsland area and made it clear that she would need help from our membership.
And of course we had our wonderful Joker's Wild and once again the Joker proved elusive with 
our Feather Duster Greg not being able to pick the Joker. 
The meeting was wound up with a group photo of everyone wearing their new caps and don't we all look good.
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Rotary Supports Special Needs Disco

Rotary Club of Pakenham supports Special Needs Disco

Pakenham Dance Studio owner Shane Gray has helped fill that missing need in our Pakenham community by holding the monthly “Special Needs Disco” on the third Saturday night of each month and always with a colorful theme. 
His staff volunteer for the night to help and supervise the evening to ensure it is a safe and fun night. Music is thoughtfully arranged so that is suitable and entertaining for all, who like to dance the night away.
He also welcomes and supports carers and parents to attend if they wish this encourages all families and siblings to attend.
Shane also provides multiple door prizes on the night, hot food and snacks, he also endeavors to make sure that everyone has fun on the night.
The Special Needs Disco encourages Social Skills for people with special needs in a friendly and safe environment. It is a great opportunity for all abilities to develop those social skills that are so important for effective interpersonal functioning in a normal and varied social setting.
The Special Needs Disco gives a positive environment for understanding other people’s needs, as well as fostering communication
Shane would like to thank the Rotary Club of Pakenham for the contribution and support towards the Special Needs Disco

You can contact Shane at the Pakenham Dance Studio on 59 408402
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Thank You from the Outback Trek-Team Car 1966

OK, so Ken Rook has passed on an e-mail he received from David Nutter re our support of them
in the Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Trek and the e-mail is below.
Hi Ken,
Please convey again our 'Thank You' to the Rotary Club of Pakenham Team, for
the most generous support of the RFDS through the RFDS Outback Car Trek-
Team car #1966 Fund Raising effort.

The trek made over $1,400,000 this ( financial) year for the RFDS. The RFDS
Is the World's largest Aeromedical Service, and the Outback Car Trek is
their single largest fund raiser, and our team is now constantly in the top
6 fund raisers for that effort.

Your contribution helps make that possible and we are proud of the
supporters who make that possible.

All the proceeds go to via RFDS Head Office for accounting and auditing, who
in turn remit all the funds raised by Victorian Teams to the RFDS Vic
division, who disperse the funds as the  Victorian Division sees fit, in
assisting not only capital equipment items from Planes to Defibrillators,
for Victorian based planes as well as assisting other states, but also
assist with causes closer to home, including mental health assistance with
farmers in Eastern Victoria.

As you may know , one of our fund raisers is the annual charity golf day we
run, and this year it will be held on Friday the 23rd of November.

And, as a thank you for your most generous support, we have reserved a place
for 4 RCP Rotarians to attend as our guests. The day kicks off with a
Gourmet BBQ at 1200 hrs., and ends with a dinner and a great guest speaker,
and of course a few other fund raiser components, like a raffle and auction
( Would you expect anything less! ? ).

Please select 4 Rotarians to reserve the date, and we will send you the
official entry form to capture the details, in due course.
AND,  thanks for the note (trailed below), with list of dates attached.

I am currently checking the dates with the team and we will confirm a date
we can attend soon. In the meantime we are aiming at November 20th. So
please reserve that date. We will put a shorter presentation together than
the initial one, so enabling you to design your timing for your program for
the night.

Best Regards,
David Nutter
For the RFDS ObCT Fund raising team-Car #1966
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Rotary Club of Pakenham Assists Magical Getaway Foundation

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Tumbas Family Holiday to Lorne

"Such a calming and relaxed vibe the boys and I are really so happy you gave us this opportunity."
It was an icy 9 degrees while the Tumbas Family were in Lorne for their first ever holiday, but the weather was no match for these boys!

The Tumbas Family arrived back from their first ever holiday last Thursday. The trip was filled with new experiences and many more memories to last a life time. 

HUGE thanks to the Rotary Club of Pakenham, Foodworks Lorne, Mantra Lorne, Lorne Sea Baths, Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park & Otway Fly Treetop Adventures for their very generous support.

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Donations = First Ever Holidays

It's simple we cannot do it without you. As the end of the financial year is only a few days away,  please keep the Magical Getaway Foundation in mind. Every donation over $2 is tax deductible.
Make Your Tax Deductible Donation Before 30 June
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Incoming President Looks Ahead

Well what a night! It was a wonderful celebration of another hugely successful Rotary year. Congratulations again to Greg, the board & all the members and supporters for the leadership, commitment and hard work.  Our club keeps going from strength to strength and listening to Greg’s president’s report one couldn’t help but feel proud of everything we have achieved in the past year and all the lives we have touched. It really highlights the Pakenham Rotary Clubs commitment to “Service above self”
Congratulations as well to our highly deserved Paul Harris award winners, Tim Ahern, Des Wynne, Stephen Fisher & Roger Thornton. I’m sure you will all agree that these 4 members live and breathe the Rotary spirit and are amazing servants to the Pakenham Club. Well done and thank you again for your service and efforts.
It was also very enjoyable watching the entertainment on the night from the young ladies of “Crescendo”. I think George put it very nicely when he said that the youth in our region have so much more to offer than what is constantly portrayed in the media. Young people are our future Rotarians and need our support to assist them in reaching their full potential.
As we begin a new and exciting Rotary year I’d like to reiterate some of the things I mentioned on the night. My top 4 goals for the club in the following year are: 
  1. Greatly enhancing our profile & public image in the community through “action” based activities & collaboration with other groups and stakeholders. 
  1. Greater involvement with local youth groups, schools and partner initiatives using social media, as these young people will be the Rotarians of the future 
  1. Building on the successes of our current programs & annual events through word of mouth promotion, visibility and community discussion. 
  1. If we get that all working well we will then be well on our way to my club goal of bringing in 5 new members over the next 12 months because people will be seeing us out in the community, having fun and making a difference and they will want to be part of that. 
New members, new ideas, new projects will only enhance and build on all the work and achievements over the past 50 years and drive us to even greater heights for the next 50 years. 
Welcome to the new board for 2018/19, consisting of:
               Secretary:                                          Grant Austen
               President Elect Designate:                   Grant Austen
               Treasurer:                                          Des Wynne
               Membership:                                      Greg Peck (Past President)
               Public Relations:                                 Roger Thornton
               Administration:                                   Peter van Diemen
               Foundation:                                        George Blenkhorn
               Community:                                        Ian Wake
               International:                                      Lyn Bunce
               Youth:                                                Josie Wilson

I’d like to thank the new board for accepting their roles and responsibilities and look forward to working together for the betterment of the club, our community and Rotary International.
Thank you again everyone for attending what was a fun and inspiring evening.
Finally, I asked my son, Matthew, if he could pen a few of his thoughts on his experience on the night that I  would like to share with the club as it provided some good insights into the psyche of young people and highlights our need to spread the Rotary message far and wide. Enjoy!
Every Tuesday for the past few years, my father Goran Galic has been scurrying off to take part in something called “Rotary”. I’ve had a vague idea about what this group is and about what they do for quite some time now, namely that they organise events to help the local community, but it wasn’t until my father got elected as the new president, and I attended his change over evening on the third of July 2018, that I truly began to comprehend just how much history and integrity Pakenham Rotary has. Not only are these people dedicated to making a difference, but they have also been doing so for quite some time, a feat which is truly Inspiring.  Something that highlights just how much this club means to its patrons would be the Paul Harris Award, and how proud and emotional its recipients became when they were handed it. These people have essentially dedicated their lives to helping others while not expecting anything in return, which is something not many people can attest to, and they are all in it together for this very reason. It is this sense of dedication and comradery that is truly commendable. 
As I said earlier, I’ve known for a while that Pakenham Rotary does good things in the community, but I’ve never fully grasped the extent of it, So seeing with my own two eyes just how much these noble men and women care about making a difference truly spoke to me. So not only was I greatly proud of my father for becoming president, but attending this evening has also given me a new outlook on a club that means so much to so many people. I’m glad I attended this evening, and I look forward to seeing how much good Pakenham Rotary can do under the leadership of my father. – Matthew Galic
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Outgoing President Reflects

Reflection on my year 2017-18.
We started the year with a magical changeover and this magic has flowed throughout my year with everything running smoothly. 
At the beginning of last year I made the comment that our club’s great asset, is, its wealth of experience in the management of some iconic events. With the support of my Board and the depth of experience the club has in running these programs and events, it has made my position as President a pleasure. I always had the feeling that the whole club was always behind me, supporting me every way possible. I also felt that the whole club supported the Board and all the Committee Chairs, in running their events where ever possible. I was honoured and proud to have led a group of Rotarians in my year, from a diverse range of backgrounds, pulling together when a task needed to be done.
All our projects have run smoothly, thank you to all the members who have given their time and expertise to refine them so that they can continue to run smoothly into future years.
I think Goran will nurture this good will in our club, and build on it next year.
I also think Goran will Be the Inspiration moving our club forward, embracing new ideas.
Yours in Rotary,
Immediate Past President.  
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What do they Get Up To when the yare Away

So our President Greg and fellow Rotarian Roger have been over to Timor Leste and so we knew they were really there they sent some photos back...
YES, President Greg was really there, he was the one taking the photos or so he says.
Check out the facebook posts and you should see more pics and some that include Greg.
What do they Get Up To when the yare Away 2018-07-01 14:00:00Z 0

IS This The Reason WHY ???

OK, so everyone should know that our beloved Ken Rook has had to have a visit to Hospital but the question has to be asked......
Was he not feeling well or just to embarrassed to be seen because he knew this photo was going to be in the Scribe.....
We will let you decide.....
Anyway KEN, from ALL OF US get well real soon and we look forward to you being back on deck at Rotary as soon as possible.......
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SCRIBE Editors Report for the Last Two Weeks

OK so while our illustrious President Greg hs been off overseas to Timor Leste we have not had any reports for the scribe so I have put together some photos to give you a look back at the last two weeks.
So first of all we had a talk about the fact that the Berwick Rotary club are launching a Satellite Club and we were given a very interesting quick talk.
Then we had the wonderful students who represented us at MUNA and came 2nd Overall and actually won the best dressed component.  There talk to us was very interesting and clearly showed we had definitely selected two very clever and thoughtful young people to represent us.
Just so you all know there was no JOKER's Wild that week.
Then the following week we had our two young gentlemen who we assisted in doing the Kokoda Trail trek as part of the Harold Bould Memorial Trust, and they were also very impressive young men.
We were also made to suffer through Story Time with Sir Begg and everyone was very impressed, but what else would you expect of Sir Begg......
Oh and this last week we did have a Joker's Wild and to say that everyone was happy that Michael did not find the Joker would be an understatement......
So that is what has gone on over the last two weeks.
Hopw we see you all at the Change Over Night tomorrow....
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MUNA Press Release

Sixty-five high school students from 23 schools and sponsored by 24 Rotary Clubs from the district gathered at Phillip Island over the weekend of 18th-20th May for the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). They travelled from as far as Gippsland, East Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
In delegations representing their country of choice and dressed in the national costume of that country, they debated global issues in the area of peace and security, human rights, refugees and the environment. Many Rotarians, teachers and parents visited during the day and witnessed the debates in progress.
The weekend was officially opened by Dr John Steward who worked as Manager of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding for World Vision in the challenging environment of Rwanda. He recruited a group of Rwandans who made crucial, long-term contributions to the processes of healing and change after the genocide.
 Saturday night a number of Rotarians, teachers and parents joined the delegates for a formal dinner. Mr Gary Newton from Polio Australia spoke about growing up as a polio sufferer, the work of Rotary International and the Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation work to eradicate polio and how he turned negative situations in his life into positive ones.
After the finish of debating, District Governor Don Ripper presented certificates of participation to each delegate. He also presented awards to the winning delegations.
This year’s winners were:
 Best overall Winner: Max Walton Briggs & Yebin Yang representing China from Berwick Grammar & St Margaret’s School and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick. They will now travel to Canberra in August to represent the district at the National MUNA to be held at the old Parliament House.
2nd Place went to Oliver Ward and Sabrina Ward representing Myanmar also from Berwick Grammar and St Margaret’s sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pakenham.
The Peace Trophy which is awarded to the delegation that is assessed to have made the greatest contribution to the weekend and the promotion of world peace was presented to the USA delegation represented by Lucaya Rich and Brooke Sekulitch from Flinders Christian College Tyabb Campus and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sommerville Tyabb.
The Most Popular Delegation was won by North Korea represented by Oscar Harry & Ellie Pearce from Newhaven College and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Phillip Island San Remo. This award is voted for by the delegations themselves.
Best Costume award was also won by the Myanmar Delegation.
The first MUNA was held in Canada and introduced to Australia in 1980 in NSW and since then it has been conducted in most districts in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
MUNA is hosted by the Rotary Club of Traralgon with assistance from Rotarians from various clubs on behalf of District 9820.
If you would like more information about District9820 MUNA please visit the MUNA website @ or contact P.P. John Caruana by email, or phone 0417 394854.
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President's Report 15th June

President Greg’s report June 15 th
Well it’s arrived, my last weekly Presidents report.
Firstly, I must thank my Board for supporting me though out the year. Secondly I would
also like to thank all our members, who have also always supported me during the year.

Our last meeting started with Hayden from the Golf Club, giving us an update on the progress
being made with the redevelopment of the Golf course.

This was followed with the induction of our newest member David Martin. David has recently
moved here from Geelong and is a minister at the New Life Church in Officer. His classification:
will be Minister of Religion.
Finally we were given the latest news from our Council from Brett Owen who said 6000 people
are moving into our shire everyday!
Oh and of course the Joker's Wild did not go off again, so the jackpot grows....
I am off tomorrow to Dili at Timor-Leste to visit our project at Balibo! An adventure I am really
looking forward to.
See you in two weeks at our changeover.
Yours in Rotary
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No Report From Last Weeks Club Service

OK, so there was no report submitted for last weeks Club Service Meeting so the editor has gone off reservation and produced his only little report.
OK, so we had a Sergeant's session and of course our little DYNAMO SAM, was up to his old tricks of hiding behind the rostrum whilst hitting everyone with fines.
And of course there were plenty of fines and who better to go around and make sure the fines were paid but our enforcer Terry.
And then of course there was the old Jokers Wild which saw our illustrious Secretary have his ticket drawn and to everyone's enjoyment he did not draw the Joker, so the money jackpots and the members remain happy.
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PB Ronald Trust

So it is P.B. Ronald Trust Time again so please  check out below.....
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President's Report 3rd June 

President Greg’s report June 3 rd

Did you know:-
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made (1905)
by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few
lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization, Movement and
Service work in action". Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their
publications and letterheads.

In 1922, (The year my mother and Erica’s father were born) it was decided that all Rotary clubs
should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. So, the present gear wheel,
with 24 teeth and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association". The gear
teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the
inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership
via the classification system. Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path
of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community,
vocations and businesses that our members represent.

A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not
work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the
keyway was added to signify the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". The keyway in the
center of the hub is of great significance, because it represents the individual Rotarian member,
who is the key factor in every club. Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage
with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do
their work.

At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the
official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors. The four blue
bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design
which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.

Last Tuesday’s Trivia night was well attended with 6 teams trying for the first prize.
Congratulations to the winning team Geoff Janssen, Marta, Warren, Terry, Alwyn and Peter van

Oh and let's not forget the team that came last, no names no embarrassment.
You can check out the photo albums for more pictures from the night, just click on the link 
Our Community dance was well attended with about 110 attending. Thank you to everybody
who made this a great night.

Next Tuesday is our Club Service meeting. Bring along your ideas to move our club forward.
See you next Tuesday,
Yours in Rotary,
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Up Coming Nights of Interest

The first night we want to bring to you attention is when our MUNA Delegation will be presenting to our Club on June 19th. In the recent MUNA event the team of Oliver Ward and Sabrina Ward representing Myanmar also from Berwick Grammar and St Margaret’s who were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pakenham and they placed 2nd. The Best Costume award was also won by the Myanmar Delegation.
The second night we want to bring to your attention is the 26th of June and we will have Mehdi Ahmadi and Jared Copey, they are the two students who won the Harold Bould Memorial Award, to walk the Kokoda Trek, which they did last June 2017. They will do a presentation on their experience of the walk.
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Golf Day 2018

Rotary Club of Pakenham Inc.
17th Annual Golf Day Friday 25th May 2018.
What a difference two weeks can make!  Our scheduled day on 11th May was forecast for bad weather so a decision was made early to reschedule to 25th May.   That was a good move, the 11th was cold, wet and windy and the 25th was perfect for golf.  No wind not even a breeze, bright sunshine and a pleasant 16 degrees.
We had 48 players who all enjoyed the day.  What could have been a complete disaster turned into a very successful event.   After play all enjoyed a bbq, which was followed by presentation of prizes to the winner.
Our auction was once again very successful with some lively bidding and good results.  We have some items left over which we will sell privately. 
Once again our sponsors supported us with outstanding generosity, which is greatly appreciated.  I extend my grateful thanks to all who assisted on the day, Tim Ahern, Grant Austen, Graeme Begg, George Blenkhorn, Sam Biondo, Lyn and Noel Bunce, Barry Morris, Peter Rowlands, and Terry Williams.
The sponsors make it profitable, the players make it fun and the helpers make it happen.  Thanks to all.
Golf Day Chairman PP Ken Rook
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Rotary Foundation


The following message is courtesy of our Foundation Chair George Blenkhorn

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Whether you are a club president, a district governor, or a Rotary committee chair, we all spend May and June busily preparing for the upcoming transition in July. Soon, another Rotary year will come to a close. But it’s not an ending. In so many ways, it’s just the beginning.

There is only so much we can do in the 365 days we’re given. Our Foundation was founded a century ago and exists today because we Rotarians have a long-term vision — our commitment to end polio and our dedication to sustainable global grants projects are two examples. While we may not see the result of a Rotary project during a given Rotary year, the seeds we plant today will be harvested as rich fruit in the years to come.

This year, we are on target to achieve our goal of raising $360 million, thanks to the generous support of you and so many of your fellow Rotarians and friends. Just think for a moment — of that money, how much will become drops of polio vaccine next year, and whose lives will those drops save? How much of it will be used to fund literacy initiatives? How many people’s lives will be transformed by a global grant water project in two, four, or 10 years?

The Rotary Foundation’s impact grows with each passing year, and so does its reputation. This year, for the 10th consecutive year, Charity Navigator — the leading independent charity evaluator in the U.S. — gave the Foundation a four-star rating. Our Foundation ranks among the top 1 percent of charities it evaluates.

The Rotary Foundation remains on a strong footing, and it will continue to grow and prosper, because we Rotarians work together so well, annually handing off leadership to our trusted friends. As I pass the torch to Past RI President Ron D. Burton, who will bring his unique talents and leadership to the position of trustee chair in July, I know that our future is in good hands.

Rotary leaders also regularly pass the torch to the next generation, which is eager for the chance to serve. Today, more than 200,000 Rotaractors are dedicated to making a difference on the issues that matter to our world and their communities. Show them how The Rotary Foundation can help them achieve their dreams of Doing Good in the World.

I encourage you to invite the Rotaractors you know to get involved with The Rotary Foundation by applying for a scholarship or peace fellowship, partnering with a Rotary club on a global grant project, joining a Rotary club while they are still members of Rotaract, or giving a gift to support Rotary’s humanitarian work around the world. By taking the action of engaging younger professionals today, we are preparing Rotary’s future leaders to leave their own legacy.

Our Rotary Foundation brought so much good into this world in its first century. And with your support, it will continue to do so well into the future. If you haven’t made a contribution yet this Rotary year, I hope you will consider doing so today. And as you go forth, continue to support the Foundation and let others know about its work. You may never hear it with your own ears, but somewhere, future generations will thank you for it.

Paul A. Netzel
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2017-18

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Sikh Temple Foundation Day

George Blenkhorn received the invitation below for the foundation day at the Sikh Temple in Officer and thought it should be shared with all our Rotary Members.
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President's Report 27th May

President’s Report May 27 th
Hello Rotarians and Partners.
This week we ended with a very successful Golf Day. Thank you, Ken and everyone who helped on Friday
to make this a truly great event. See Ken’s report in this issue.

On Friday also, Ian Wake had arranged with Geoff Double to remove an Oak tree from Tipping House
Pakenham. Ian had planted this tree about 10 years ago and it was now a nuisance. Geoff Janssen and
John Antonie and myself were there assisting.  Everything was going well until John tripped on a branch
that was being pulled by Geoff and fell dislocating his finger. I spent the rest of the afternoon with John
at Casey Hospital Emergency Centre. Thank goodness they were able to correct his finger he was able
to join Linda at the Golf Club for dinner.  Ian rang me during the afternoon and informed me they had
completed the tree and were heading home. Another community service project successfully completed.

Last Tuesday’s meeting we had Luke Williams and David Young from the Bless Collective Food Van
informed us about their community program providing meals and friendship for those in need in our
local community. For more information see their web site

The Jokers wild prize pool is still increasing with Tim Ahern missing the elusive Joker again last week.

Rotary Club of Berwick is setting up a new satellite club that will be a more flexible model of their
current club. The club will meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon and work at 2-3 local projects
(which they hope to assist Pakenham with some of our major projects).
They are planning to visit our club in the near future to give us a 5 min talk about the new club.

Next Tuesday is our Partners night. Looking forward to seeing you all then
Yours in Rotary,
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Not all old and out of date

Some people seem to think that Rotarians are all old and out of date and not up with the modern things well it is not true.
They might be old but they certainly can keep up with modern trends.
And here is proof.
YES, this is Ian Wake at our recent Board Meeting and no he did not bring along printed copies of the minutes etc, he just
brought along his iPad and said I can work from this so do not need paper copies of everything.
Now that is was you call keeping up with the modern trends and being up with the times.
WELL DONE WAKEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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President's Report 20th May

Hello Rotarians and Partners.
It’s Sunday night and I have left it a bit late again in writing this report.
I have just come home from a hectic day out, stopping briefly to see how the Debutant Ball information night went. I arrived just in time, to
open the front door and let the attendees out, who were followed by a few Rotarians saying that they had just finished! It was great to hear
that everyone else arrived on time and had had a successful night.

Geoff also informed me that we have sufficient numbers to run another successful Debutant Ball again this
year, with some cost savings which will be passed on to the participants.

At our Tuesday meeting last week, we had a superb night with three diverse topics being covered.
Firstly we had Catalina Novoa , whose mother is a member of the Rotary Club of Tunja and will be the
assistant Governor next year in District 4281 in Colombia, give a 5 minute power point presentation about
Colombia. She showed us what a beautiful country Colombia is, while dismissing the myth about
Columbia’s drug regime. Catalina also gave us a beautifully woven handmade shoulder bag as a gift and we
exchanged club banners. Catalina is living in Melbourne and studying English at Kaplan International
Collage until June of this year.

Secondly we had Linda Austen and Paul Arnold from Millhaven Lodge give a power point presentation,
about the history of Millhaven Lodge and the plans they have for the future direction of Millhaven. They
also gave us an insight into the huge amount of money and commitment that came from the dedicated
staff and volunteers. This dedication helped to provide the high quality of care they afforded their

Lastly we met our DGE Janne Speirs who made a quick visit to our club to present PE Goran with a gift as
she is unable to attend our Change Over later this year. Janne also spoke about some exciting events that
our District is planning next year.
See you at our next meeting.
Yours in Rotary,
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Rotary Club of Pakenham
2018 Deb Ball 
Want to read the Deb Ball Information then click here stories/2018-deb-ball-rules
OK, so you want to register to attend one of our 2018 DEB BALLS, so all you need to do is decide which Deb Ball Night you wish to attend and then click on the link below that night's details and you will be taken to our Online Registration Process.
So which night do you want to do your Debut on as you have a choice of two different nights:
The first night will be Friday the 24th of August 2018 and to register for that night you need to click on the link immediately below
Or if you wish to register for our second night which is Saturday the 25th of August 2018 you need to click on the link immediately below
Once you have completed your registration you can add names of guests who will be attending on the night and pay for them up to two weeks prior to the Deb Night.
And for Information re the Photography for the two night's see below.
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President's Report 11th May


President’s Report Fri May 11th.


Hi to All Rotarians and Partners.

This week there is not much new news to pass on. The cold weather has started a bit too early as I was supposed to be participating at our Golf Day now. Ken had the foresight and made the right decision to post pone our Golf Day to May 25th.  Hopefully the Antarctic blast will have moved on by then and the weather improves.   

At our last meeting John Antonie gave an informative insight into his past. With limited time available he was only able to give us a snap shot of the entire diverse and interesting path he has had to get to where he is now.  John also reinforced to us all the reason we are all in Rotary, where we all strive, “to make a difference” in our community and beyond.


Our esteemed Secretary missed the Joker so the odds are improving all the time.



Grant talked with enthusiasm about Rotary’s Institute training sessions being held at the moment and recommended that everyone should, if at all possible, attend future sessions.

Ian informed us that he has plenty of the Bowel Cancer Kits and has them in some local Pharmacist.  Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers, along with lung, breast and prostate cancer. It is very common and affects 1 in 19 males, and 1 in 28 females. It is mostly seen in persons aged 40 years and over, and after 50 years the incidence increases sharply. Get in touch with Ian, and get your kit now.

Ian informed me that our community dance was a success again, but numbers were down a little.


Reading our 9820 District New Letter, the lead story is about The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House. There will be 13 extra rooms built in its stage three expansion, following the announcement of $900,00 in federal funding. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement at the house recently describing the facility as "the house that love built".

Another article of interest was the celebratory launch of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong. This was formed with the amalgamation of the Rotary clubs of Dandenong (the third oldest club in District 9820 ) and the Rotary Club of Dandenong South East. The Dandenong Club is one of a very few that had Paul Harris at the first meeting to discuss forming a Rotary Club.

You can read more about all this and much more by going to our Districts web page.


Our next meeting we will have DGE Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs attending. (Not in official capacity, but just to became acquainted with our members and partners.)  Our guest speakers are Linda Austen & Paul Arnold from Millhaven Lodge. This makes it a special meeting so please invites your Partners and friends to attend.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Yours in Rotary,


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Hi There Everyone,
OK, so this week there was no report from our President Elect giving us a run down on last week's Club Service meeting or any submission from our President but two things that we did cover were the presentation of a Youth Achievement Award to Evie Rook for her fantastic effort in raising over $4,000 in the World's Greatest Shave, as seen below.
Also a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Teague Rook for all his effort in preparing our Promotional Pamphlet and our Note Pads.  Teague worked deligently to produce what can only be described as a great product which should truly help us promote our Club.
As to the Joker's Wild well Goran was selected again but to the happiness of the whole group he did not find the Joker.
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Rotary Vocational Excellence Award

A Rotary Vocational Excellence Award was presented to Ricky McHugh at the Pakenham Golf Club Presentation Night.
Course Superintendant, Ricky started as an apprentice in 1988.  He leads a small dedicated team that  maintains the course in magnificent condition.
During the summer Rick starts watering at 9:00pm and returns to the course every hour until 3:00am to move hoses.  He then starts with the team at 7:00am the next day.
A very worthy recipient of the award and he and the golf club were very appreciative of the recognition.
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President's Report April 29th


Hello to Everybody.

It’s Sunday morning and I have just made a cup of coffee and am trying to work out what I am to write about this week before I attend a family commitment. Today also District Conference is being held at Berwick. We all look forward to being informed about all the new initiatives being generated and discussed at next Tuesday service meeting.


Tom Vernham spoke at last week’s meeting about his survival from abuse.  He was a very emotional and moving speaker with many questions being raised. The message I took home was ‘be a Survivor not a Victim’.


Once again we went through the Joker's Wild segment and to the happiness of everyone else Sam was unable to find the Joker, so the jackpot grows even larger.




The Gun fire breakfast went as planned. A big thank you to Terry and every-one that supported this important event, demonstrating first hand how Rotary is supporting our community. It must have gone well as we received an invitation from the Pakenham R.S.L to an evening with Michael C Madden, author of The Victoria Cross Australia Remembers. (More information about this is below.)

Members please note. If you would like to be more involved with in the running of our club, or take on a more active roll, please talk to Goran or myself.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at our next Service meeting.


Yours in Rotary,


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Bowel Scan Program

Lets not forget that it is that time of year again when you should be seriously considering the Bowel Scan Program.
Ian Wake is once again running the program and so if you would like to obtain a kit so you can undertake the Bowel Scan Program please make contact with Ian as he can either supply you with a kit or at least let you know where you can obtain one.
This is something that we all should be considering, so if you have any questions then get in touch with Ian Wake and hopefully he can provide you with the information you need.
Remember it is your health and well being that is at stake here so why not simply join the Bowel Scan Program and make sure you are OK.
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President's Report 22nd April

President’s Report 21-04-2018.

Last week we had the most amazing speakers demonstrate to us that the youth of Pakenham, have so   much to offer. Cr Michael Shilling Cardinia Youth Support Program and Kurt Caddy a Cardinia Youth Councillor showed us how some of our youth are making, Pakenham and Cardinia Shire a better place. They outlined many of the programs and support agencies in the Shire particularly the facility “My Place”.  



The Joker is still safely in the pack with Ken missing out on a Double Act by winning twice.


Last week Ian, Alan and I met Lachlan from Dulux Paints at Millhaven Lodge, where we placed a plaque acknowledging Dulux Paints support for Rotary’s painting project at Millhaven.


Thank you Allan and John A. for setting up and running the “Together We Can” BBQ at the community hall last Monday,  and also thank you Roger, for representing Pakenham Rotary Club by picking up desks for DIK.


I would like to thank everyone in advance who is volunteering to helping with the ANZAC Dawn Service breakfast. This is one of our signature events, where we show how proficient we are in preparing egg and bacon rolls for everyone attending the dawn service.

Well, my Rotary Down Under magazine is still in its wrapper, so I am now going to read about International Women’s Day and other interesting stuff.

Yours in Rotary,

Greg Peck

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South East Food Feast

The Rotary Club of Berwick and Nossal High School have combined to create a new event, the South East Feast. Rotary's share of this event will be directed to Mental Health First Aid. We would love to see you, your friends and family there. Read on if you would like to know more otherwise please disregard this email.
The South East Feast is a major annual celebration of multicultural food, music and fun.  It is a family-friendly community event to be hosted by the Rotary Club of Berwick and Nossal High School.  It is to be held from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 21st April 2018 at Nossal High School (behind Federation University, Clyde Road, Berwick)
Interspersed among the food trucks and stalls presenting authentic cuisine from the many different cultural groups that make up our thriving community will be locally produced gourmet products, craft beers and wines from the South East and Gippsland Gourmet Regions to try and to buy.
Plenty of tables and seating will be available for people to enjoy a central stage which will play host to a succession of musical performances. There will be interactive activities, buskers, cultural exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and amusements to entertain both young and old.  Children will also be entertained by a petting zoo, face painting and amusement rides.  A highlight of the day will be the lunchtime performance by a Chinese Dragon.

The entry fee is $5 per adult/child over 12 or $10 for a family.  Grand Ridge Brewery, one of our major sponsors, is providing a major $2,000 gate prize.
The event is a fundraiser for the school and the Rotary Club of Berwick.  Rotary’s share of the proceeds will be directed to Mental Health First Aid. 
Event information and the latest updates are available via the SE Feast websiteFacebook, and Instagram .

We hope to see you there.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Berwick and Nossal High School South East Feast Committee.
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