History of Charles Hicks Medal Worn by the current President Elect
Charles McKay 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 McKay Hicks Award to be presented to a student from each grade 6 at the Pakenham Consolidate School. The students receive a certificate and a prize 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 grade 6 students. 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 and the Awards are presented each year at the School’s Grade 6 Graduation ceremony. This year the opportunity to take part in the program has been offered to all Primary Schools in Cardinia, Officer and Pakenham, and most schools have taken up the offer. It was decided by the members of the Rotary Club for the current President Elect to wear the Charles Hicks Medal at all Rotary Club meetings Pictures below :