May 2021
Upcoming Events
Welcome to Rotary Cambridge

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Staff Room Cambridge High School
25 Swayne Rd
Cambridge, Waikato 3434
New Zealand
Thursdays 5.30pm for 6pm start
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Charitable Trust
Annual Community Grants
The Rotary Club of Cambridge is about to distribute funds to community groups in the Cambridge area.
Groups that provide a benefit to the community and need financial assistance are invited to make applications which will close Friday 21 May at 4 pm.
Grant application forms are available from HERE
Or Bev Heron, phone 027 280 5009 or 823 2365 or email
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 benefitted from the proceeds. Organiser Carey Church, says feedback was really positive and with some great suggestions and ideas for the next festival. 2021 will be bigger and better.

Rotary Cambridge cancelled the 2020 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival due to the consequences of COVID 19 and the lockdowns. 

We are now planning the 2021 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival featuring up to 11 of our beautiful Cambridge gardens.

Save the date: 21 November 2021
Rotary: A strong supporter of our local community.
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Thanks to huge community support and a host of willing volunteers 2020 Bookarama was the most successful in recent years.
2021 is going to be better still.
Last year there were some surprises, perhaps because of the lockdowns we sold more gardening and cook books than usual! Some customers asking if we had cook books for children. We also sold more vinyl (the in-thing) and CDs (surprising given many people’s move to music streaming services).
With many fundraising activities halted or delayed by the pandemic this was a great result and funds  raised will be going back into our community to support local charities.
We have started collecting and sorting books for 2021.
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 E-Waste Recycling 
Rotary Cambridge has launched a new service for the Waipa community, to collect E-Waste, and dispose /recycle electrical items in an environmentally responsible manner. Items that are in working order, or can be repaired, are recycled or repurposed. E-Waste includes any equipment or product that operates on electricity or a battery. We are currently collecting E-Waste items up to the size of a microwave oven. 
Collections are held every 3rd Sunday- 9- 11am out the front of Cambridge High School in Swayne Rd
Sad Facts:
  • 80% of all New Zealand E-Waste ends up in landfills, and is not recycled.
  • The average New Zealander disposes of nearly 30kg of E-Waste per year.
  • A community the size of Cambridge generates up to 20-Tonnes of battery waste per year.  
  • E-Waste contributes approx. 40% of Lead and 70% of Heavy Metals found in landfills.  
Rotary Cambridge is back up and running. While in person meetings through both lockdowns were cancelled  owing to COVID-19, members met online each Thursday night. Using the ZOOM app, members used their various devices, laptops and computers enjoying this novel way of meeting.
Weekly Thursday 5.30pm meetings are again "in-person" meetings at the Cambridge High School Staffroom.
 Due to COVID-19, the Board of Rotary Cambridge were forced to make some decisions regarding upcoming projects. 
  • Bookarama – was postponed from June 2020 but will now be Nov 11-15th. Books are again being accepted at Achievement House in Wilson St,  9am- 3pm Mon- Fri until early November
  • The Garden Festival has been deferred to 2021
  • The normal grants' round has been postponed.
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. 
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
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.