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Welcome to Rotary Cambridge
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Resthaven Community Centre
The Views on Vogel
4 Vogel St
Cambridge, Waikato  3434
New Zealand
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Next Meeting 3rd October

Next Meeting - Thursday 3rd OctoberHome Kitchen 

Topic: Home Kitchen - Helping former refugees through catering opportunities
Venue:     Resthaven Community Centre
Time:      5:30pm for 6:00pm start


Club Meeting 26th September 2019



Greg Thornton, the Principal of Cambridge High School, opened his address by referring to their strategic plan.  Their core purpose is to “develop young people who can navigate competently through their secondary school learning into life beyond school”. The vision is “Our students will have a sense of purpose and direction; they will understand who they are and where they are going”.
Greg said the school is performing well academically.  He also stressed the importance of the extra-curricular activities sport and arts and culture.  They are trying to get as many students into sport, playing an instrument or being in a cultural group.
The Ministry expects the school to keep growing and it will have the capacity for 2500 students.  The population growth is putting pressure on facilities.  Nine repurposed classrooms have arrived on site and are being fitted out.  There are plans to convert two blocks
from single storey to two storeys. The school currently has 1600 students and many students feel a disconnection.  To address this and to improve the sense of well-being, they are ramping up the house structure.  There will be vertical form classes with years 9-13 in the one form class.
The gym was developed as a public partnership and is used by the community extensively with groups using it every evening.
The school recognises the importance of awareness of our bicultural heritage and to understand Maori culture.
During questions members commented that they had seen Greg going to work on his skateboard.
In response to one request he spoke a bit about himself.  He mentioned that his father and grandfather were both principals.  This initially drove him away from the idea of working in education.  He also spoke about his journey through a series of schools starting teaching at Rangitoto College through a number of other schools and his last post was in Hong Kong.


Robyn Crickett mentioned it was Mental Health Awareness Week and said it was good to reflect on it and think about our recent address on Rural Support.
A small group of members met with Peter Parr and his son and daughter during the afternoon and presented Peter with his certificate as an honorary member.  He enjoyed the time reminiscing.
Ken Leatham spoke about the firewood project and said that about 20 people, including 3 from Business After 5, had a fantastic day last weekend.  He estimated about 23 cubic metres of macrocarpa wood was cut which we will be wanting to sell.  We will probably have another day or two of working bees on the project.
Greg Gascoigne spoke about World Polio Day on October 24.  He is organising a fundraiser via the screening of the Australian movie, “Riding like a girl”, about the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup.  The screening may be on the Wednesday if it can be arranged to provide a little more space before the long weekend.  There will also be a display about polio in the window of PaperPlus.  Please contact Greg if you can provide any appropriate photos so we can show why we vaccinate.
Robyn reminded us of our Te Puia trip the following week on October 31.  Please let Don Wilson or Robyn know if you want to come now and didn’t respond to the survey.  We need to finalise our numbers.
Bill Macmillan had a fall recently and is in hospital.  He seems to be recovering well.
Members were encouraged to vote in the local body elections.
Roger Gordon spoke about the PR Committee’s media project.  They are planning a monthly spot in the Cambridge News.  This will be similar to the quarter page done by the Cambridge Tree Trust.  Rotary will have full control of the editorial content.  Contact Roger if you have ideas for potential sponsors.  The monthly sponsor will have a banner on the page and it will cost them $199.
In his Magic Moment, Andy Newman commented on the small numbers of young people who have voted in local body elections.  He has been trying to get young people he is involved with to engage, take an interest and vote.

Firewood Project

We delivered the first load of wood to a customer on Friday using Ken Leatham’s trailer thanks to Ray, Bish & Ken helping. We now need to pick up and deliver the second load to the same customer. Ken is happy to organise this but needs 2 helpers to load & 2 to deliver (this can be the same people or 4 different people). Can members please give Ken a call to volunteer their help for this weekend (Ken will work out day, time & details with you)?   Phone Ken on 021 277 1614
Taste Waikato Update
Taste Waikato — Cambridge Rotary’s Cookbook — raised over $33,000 during the 2108/19 financial year. Thanks to all those involved in helping make it such a success. The funds were distributed to various community projects.
During the year the Taste Waikato team has been busy selling at different venues such as the Rotary Conference in March; Feast Waikato in April; bookstores for Mother’s Day; the airport bookstore; Waikato Food Show; Southwell School: and Cambridge High School. At present, St Peter’s is fundraising for an upcoming overseas trip. And Ian Grant has offered to sell at the Home Show this week.
One of the sponsors Miel Meyer of Meyer cheese has been selling the book at the Fieldays ($600 raised — he gives it all to Rotary). Miel believes the book is a great advertisement for the Waikato.
Paper Plus in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Taupo and Matamata have placed regular orders. However, this does involve checking every month or two to ensure they have sufficient stock.
After the elections, the present mayor of Matamata, Jan Barnes, is going to assist sales by raising money for a local hospital.
We are taking a stand at garden number one at Rotary Cambridge’s Garden Festival in November and at the December Tamahere Christmas market.
We are also planning stories for the media to publicise the book more widely in the Waikato. Even foodies in Hamilton do not know about the book.
There are still 2000 books to sell. Remember, every sale is 100 per cent profit which goes to the community. With Christmas looming we hope that you will all continue to help sales by either buying for friends, business colleagues or staff, or encouraging companies to buy for their staff or clients.
Jan Bilton




Please take note of the Duty Roster and be in good time for your duties.

NOTE The Duty "Magic Moment" is: A short comment referencing something in our community, or within Rotary which you find inspiring, encouraging or adding to the joy and pleasure of life. It should be an uplifting story that takes no more than two minutes to deliver. Ideally it will be something from the last week or so, something others may not yet have heard about.
If you are unable to attend on the date you are rostered, please swap or arrange a substitute.
Here is a link to the duty responsibilities  
 Please Text Apologies and extras including names and the related date to 021 0267 8742 (or phone) or email  BY MIDDAY ON Wednesday 
Do not press reply from this bulletin email to send apologies or extras
3 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
31 Oct
Ian Roger
Colin Davis
Peter Fisher
Richard Johnstone
Te Puia vist
Bill MacMillan
Denis White
Don Harris
LesleyAnne Thomas
Bob Teal
Doug Lang
Bruce Hancock
Elaine Ruis
David Smith
Ian Rogers
Gordon Calder
David Blewden
Carey Church
Gavin Levesque
John Tarbutt
Mark Hanlon
Gordon Calder
Brian Palmer
Di Hopwood
Ted Mason
Roger Hill
Jono Gibson
Jeremy Irwin
Keith Rogers
David Smith
Bronwen Byers
Silvio Ribeiro
Jan Bilton
Dennis Finn
John Bishop
Kim Prichard
Laurie Graham
Richard Seabrook
Roger Gordon
IT Equipment
Silvio Ribeiro
Kim Prichard

Weekly Duties

A new description of the weekly duties has been published.  You can see the full description on ClubRunner using this link to the duties


Bar Duty
5-5.15pm  in time to set up before regular meeting.
Set up bar - sell drinks - clear up afterwards.
Set up table in kitchen of Resthaven Community Room.
Stock fridge in kitchen using supplies in equipment room from black cupboard and spare Rotary fridge.
Serve at bar before meeting from 5.30pm (if members can wait that long!)
Serve members after business sessions and before meal.
Place empty bottles in recycling bins in kitchen.
Bottle tops into rubbish bins in kitchen.
Return unused and part used bottles to fridge and float to cupboard and lock.
The treasurer will collect proceeds of sale and leave float for next time.
Drinks and float in cupboard in equipment room.
Glassware from kitchen in drawers, shelves and fridge..
Locking up:
Equipment people coordinate with President to lock building.
Oct 03, 2019
Helping former refugees through catering opportunities
Oct 10, 2019
Defibrillator demonstration - all welcome
Oct 17, 2019
The Archilles Foundation
Oct 24, 2019
Rotary World Polio Day
Oct 31, 2019
Te Puia
Nov 07, 2019
High Performance Athletes
Nov 14, 2019
Garden Festival Training
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Upcoming Events
Club meeting - formal
Oct 03, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club meeting - informal
Oct 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Pink Ribbon Street Appeal
Oct 11, 2019 – Oct 12, 2019
Club meeting - formal
Oct 17, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club visit
Oct 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
World Polio Day - Club meeting Informal
Oct 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club meeting - formal
Nov 07, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club meeting - informal
Nov 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival
Nov 24, 2019
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