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Meetings cancelled due to COVID-19 until June 30
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4 Vogel St
Cambridge, Waikato 3434
New Zealand
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Regretably, the Cambridge Rotary Charitable Trust will not be calling for grant applications this financial year.
 
Because of the current covid-19 situation and lockdown in NZ, Rotary Cambridge have not be able to run two of our major fund-raising projects. Consequently, the funds normally raised from these projects are not available for distribution to the Cambridge Community.
This year, to date, we have distributed approximately $30,000 to Cambridge Lifeskills and Rural Support, the two main beneficiaries from the Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival held in November 2019, to various Youth Projects and further funding is committed to Achievement House.
 
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Board are very sorry that, at this time, when we know many people are or will be in need, we are not able to help financially.
 
Stay safe, Stay well.
Help Rotary. Help your community. Rotary Cambridge has published a popular cookbook —Taste Waikato — featuring simple but innovative recipes — all stylishly photographed — showcasing the food of the region. Also featured are light hearted stories of local food producers. All money from sales goes to helping people in our local community.
 
Taste Waikato is a great present for Mother’s Day and an extremely useful cookbook for friends either here or overseas.
 
Buy Taste Waikato ($35) online at www.rotarycambridge.nz./tastewaikato before 30 May 2020 and be into win a fabulous gourmet food hamper worth over $100. Books will be posted during the current lockdown.
 
Rotary Cambridge is back up and running. While in person meetings are cancelled until 30 June owing to COVID-19, members have been meeting online each Thursday night. Using the ZOOM app, members are using their various devices, laptops and computers enjoying this novel way of meeting. If you are interested in joined next Thursday's online meeting, contact Bill Robinson and he will send you a link.
 
 Due to COVID-19, the Board of Rotary Cambridge made some decisions regarding upcoming projects. 
  • The Race to Raise Funds project has been postponed with a review of the project and possible future date to be decided in July 2020.
  • Bookarama – postponed with review of the project and possible future date to be carried out in June 2020. This means the club will not be accepting or sorting books in the meantime.
  • The pilot of the Materials recovery project has also been cancelled.
  • The normal grant's round has been postponed.
Rotary Cambridge's Bookarama 2020 has been postponed due to COVID19. A decision will be made in coming months as to if and when it will be held this year. 
 
Because of the postponement, Rotary Cambridge is not collecting or sorting books and will advise when collecting books will recommence.

While a difficult decision to make, it is necessary and appropriate given the current climate we are operating in.  Rotary Cambridge have a had a great  
The 'Race to Raise Funds’ charity race night scheduled for Thursday 23 April has been postponed due to COVID-19.
 
A decision will be made in coming months as to if and when it will be held this year. This is a biennial fixture, and this year Rotary Cambridge was to be raising funds with Cambridge Community House, Life Skills, Days for Girls, and the Cambridge Cricket Assoc.
 
Always a fun night out at the Cambridge Harness races, intermingled with  full bar service, buffet meal, betting facilities, a superb view of the track and the opportunity to put in bids on both the Silent and Live auctions. The evening wasexpected to raise around 20k for participating groups. For further information contact Gordon Calder 
Two Rotarians were recently honoured for "exemplifying the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation" were presented with Paul Harris Fellow Awards. Ian Rogers and Bev Heron were surprised but delighted when President Robyn Crickett made the presentation. 
 
Ian has been a member of the club for 33 years. He was a member of Lions for 25 years prior to that. Robyn Crickett said "Ian is a great sounding board, having spent many years as a leader and advisor in the Education sector. He has also been heavily involved with Waikato Bowls."
 
"Bev is never shy to step forward assisting
With eleven amazing gardens, at least 1200 tickets sold, generous sponsorship and great weather, the 2019 festival was a blooming success. Community groups and charities from the Cambridge area will benefit from the proceeds. Organiser Carey Church, says feedback was really positive and with some great suggestions and ideas for next year, 2020 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival will be bigger and brighter with some innovative changes. Mark it in your calendar now: Sunday November 22, 2020. For more information go to www.cgf.nz
 
This is a project centred upon collecting and recycling metals based products so they are diverted away from landfills. It is a new service which Rotary will be providing for our local community and follows extensive research over more than a year. The project is fully endorsed by the Waipa District Council.Our initial focus will be upon collecting e-waste (products which operate using electricity or batteries) up to the size
During 2018, Days for Girls Cambridge are meeting on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1pm at the Cambridge Bridge Club and also at 7pm on the first Thursday evening of the month, at the same venue. We bring our own sewing machines and sew there. Some members 
Rotary Cambridge is delighted with the use the Fitness Park is getting. Opened in 2016, the equipment is being used throughout the day. Designed for all ages and levels of fitness, the park in Thornton Road is proving to be the success that project coordinator Robyn Crickett had hoped it would be.
Each year, Rotary Cambridge organises and supports an interschool speech contest for students aged 8-12 years. The event hosts contestants from 10 or more local schools, who are judged on a 3-5 minute speech on a topic of their choice. All the Cambridge district schools support the annual event, as they see the value in giving students exposure to public speaking, and a chance to develop the associated skills and confidence.
Rotary Cambridge is proud to have been involved with this worthwhile event for a number of years, and to help contribute to the learning experiences of our district’s young people.
Achievement House offers part-time employment, volunteer and community participation opportunities to people with a disability.  Rotary Cambridge once again this year organised a Xmas party for Achievement House, and a great time was had by all, including our club members who attended.  This is now a regular event, having
 
Rotary Cambridge has reluctantly decidedto stop publishing the annual CambridgeFindit  community directory. First published in 1992, the directory has raised more than $1.25 million dollars that has been distributed to various community groups and organisations.

SO WHY JOIN  ROTARY?

BeinRIhomepageg a member of a Rotary Club is not only a good way to get to know more people in your neighbourhood— it's also a great way to get involved in your community. Through community service and other means, Rotarians help promote peace and understanding throughout the world.  Our members are our most important asset- the force that allows Rotary to carry out its many humanitarian efforts and achieve its mission. There are 1.2 million members worldwide.
 
We are neighbours, community members, and global citizens uniting for the common good.
 
With new enthusiastic members we can accomplish even more.
Rotary Cambridge currently have about 55 members and our weekly meetings are held every Thursday evening. The meeting format is very welcoming with either a social time over a drink followed by a meal and an interesting speaker or, every alternate week we have a relaxed less structured meeting with snack food.