July 2020
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Thursdays 5.30pm for 6pm start
Sir Don Rowlands Centre at Mighty River Domain
601 Maungatautari Road
Karapiro, Waikato 3494
New Zealand
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At a well attended club changeover at the Don Rowlands Event Centre, outgoing president Robyn Crickett handed the presidential chain to Bev Maul- Rogers. Despite the club's activities and fundraising being severely curtailed by COVID, Robyn outlined and extensive list of the club's achievements for the year. She also took the opportunity to present past president Andrew Bateman a Paul Harris Award for his ongoing service to the club and the community. Robyn thanked the club members and her board for their efforts and support throughout the year.
Incoming president Bev Maul- Rogers outlined some of her experience in rotary, including Rotary Youth Exchange and the year when husband Keith was District Governor in 2007-8. Bev spoke of some of the challenges ahead for the coming year and wanting to make the rotary brand to be more visible and raising Rotary's public image. She asked all to come along for the journey – be engaged, energised and – enjoy. Before closing Bev introduced the Directors and officers for the 2020-2021 year.
Incoming District Governor Grant Spackman spoke of his background and gave a brief outline of this year's programme which he intends to expand on during his many club visits. After dinner, the club's resident band, The Bruised Brothers, played with their usual enthusiasm and gusto as the dance floor filled up. 
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 to 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 and an extremely useful cookbook for friends either here or overseas. The book offers easy, innovative recipes created and photographed by food professional Jan Bilton.
Rotary Cambridge is back up and running. While in person meetings through lockdown were cancelled  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. the last two meetings of the Rotary 2019-20 yer will be "in-person" meetings at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre at Lake Karapiro.
 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 Garden Festival has been deferred to 2021
  • 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  
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 the next festival.

Rotary Cambridge has now made the decision to cancel the 2020 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival due to the consequences of Coronavirus and the lockdown. 

We will be planning the 2021 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival later this year, and we have a tentaive date of Sunday November 21st 2020 and we look forward to seeing you then.

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.
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.


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.