Taste Waikato — the cookbook that is good enough to eat — was conceived as a fund-raiser for Rotary Cambridge and is proving to be a great success. Taste Waikato has received rave reviews and to date has raised over $39,000 for local charities.
Taste Waikato — a smorgasbord of gourmet delights —
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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.
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In Nov 2018 Rotary Cambridge published our 27th edition of the very popular Cambridge Community Directory. The cover this year depicts the Taste Waikato cookbook- another Rotary project. Press here for more details
CAMBRIDGE FINDIT 2018 John Tarbutt 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0


A ShelterBox Fundraising Dinner ShelterBox is a cutting-edge charity that hand-delivers emergency relief aid.

Our signature ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits contain all the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities, by providing shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict.

On Thursday 29th November, at 6.45 for 7.00pm the Novotel Hotel in Hamilton will host a beautiful candlelit fundraising "Shine for ShelterBox" dinner.The guest speaker will be ReliefAid CEO Mike Seawright, who will talk about his organisations partnership with ShelterBox, and his work in armed conflict zones around the world. ShelterBox Response Team members will also talk about their recent deployments to Kenya and the Philippines.Shine for ShelterBox is a wonderful campaign that will raise money to support those in urgent need in disaster zones around the world. This season it’s all about people coming together to brighten lives and help spread a little light to others when they most need it the most. As you dine, you will be raising money to provide light and emergency shelter for families in great need.Tickets are $75pp, which includes a buffet dinner with dessert, tea/coffee, and a donation to ShelterBox. For bookings, please contact your local Rotary club or Telephone 021-328-084 for further details.Individuals or Rotary clubs can also support the Shine for ShelterBox campaign by getting together with their friends and family and hosting their own fundraising candlelit supper. To find out more and to request a fundraising kit, please visit the ShelterBox website, which can be found at; www.shelterbox.org.nz/shine


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Welcome to Rotary Cambridge


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.
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Posted by Bev Maul-Rogers
The Rotary Cambridge Charity Dinner and Auction was held on Friday 15 June at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre.  Guests enjoyed a great night of food and wine, a great speaker and lively auction. 
Sam Johnson, the guest speaker, was 
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Sam Johnson

Exclusive Gold Elite Speaker
... farmboy turned disaster-recovery guru.
Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson is one of New Zealand’s most inspiring young citizens. His relentless energy to mobilise people around ideas has a magic ability in building movements that matter! Farm boy turned social entrepreneur, Sam’s work is on the leading edge of using the collective to overcome the bureaucratic – shifting our belief system about what is possible when teams, organisations and communities authentically connect and build empathy. 

Sam became a household name in New Zealand when he started what has become New Zealand’s largest volunteer movement – the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army. The movement has 3000 tertiary members and most recently 29,000 primary school members across 976 schools. What started as a small social media page after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes has been mirrored across the globe as a movement for impact, not an organisation for ego. 

Awarded Young New Zealander of Year for his leadership, Communicator of the Year for his honest media commentary and a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award to remind him never to rest on success; in Sam’s world, there is no moment worth missing out on.
Sam’s latest venture, WeVisit, takes the Student Volunteer Army to the next level by connecting younger and older people to share value – hoping to change everything we currently understand about ‘care’ and ‘helping.’ 

Sam is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list, a member of the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership board, Westpac Sustainability Advisory Board and current Secretary of the International Association for Volunteer Effort.
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3 lessons I learned as a Rotary club president

By Quentin Wodon, past president of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA 

Every year, 35,000 new presidents pick up the reins to guide their Rotary clubs. Having recently completed a year as president myself, I thought it would be beneficial to share three lessons I learned from the experience.

1. Prioritize

Unless you are a member of a large club, it is probably best to focus your club’s energy on only one main goal each year, as opposed to pursuing many different goals. A year goes by quickly. Trying to achieve too many goals may mean not achieving any of them very well.

Our top priority was to rebuild our membership. After many years of decline, we started the year officially with 18 members. Practically, we had at best 15, because two told us they were relocating over the summer and another had to be terminated. Of those 15, only about half were fully engaged. Thanks to a few initiatives I’ve spelled out in a free e-book, and a bit of luck, we ended up with 40 members. In some areas, we did well with our objective. In others, we still have a long way to go. But what helped is we had one main strategic objective.

2. Invest in your local community

Many clubs are involved in both local and international service projects. I work in international development, so it is important to me that Rotary implements projects in developing countries. However, it is also clear to me that what sustains most clubs is local service, not international projects. International projects often involve only a few dedicated members, while local projects are likely to involve many members and attract people who are more likely to be member prospects.

3. Serve your members

Sometimes, there is a bit of a debate among Rotary as to whether we are a membership organization or a service organization. It seems to me Rotary is by nature a membership organization first. Without a strong membership, Rotarians can’t achieve as much in their service work.

Clubs needs to respond to the needs and preferences of their members. This may mean a stronger focus on service in some clubs. But it may mean in other clubs something else, like attracting great speakers. Clubs do need to engage in service work. This is an imperative, and I would not remain a Rotarian if this were not the case. My own priority in Rotary is to engage in service work.

But not all Rotarians have the same priorities, and priorities can change depending on the stage of one’s own life. There are multiple ways to contribute, and all should be celebrated. Diversity is a strength Rotary clubs can embrace.

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Posted by Bill Robinson on Aug 10, 2017
This is the list of Marshalls for the Cambridge Half Marathon  please check for your name and advise Bill Robinson if you are unable to attend, or would like to change your role
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Books certainly haven't replaced E-readers if Rotary Cambridge's Bookarama is any indication.
This year's Rotary Cambridge's Bookarama was held at the Cambridge Town Hall 10 – 14 May 2017, and there was huge interest with many buyers turning up on day 1.  Throughout the year, books have poured in to Achievement House for sorting and the selection this year was the best ever. 
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Rotary Cambridge is delighted with the use the Fitness Park is getting. Opened last year, 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.


A group of women in Cambridge have started sewing! Sewing for the Days for Girls organisation!
What is Days for Girls? Days for Girls is an international non profit organisation trying to create a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls living in poverty throughout the world.
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Maungatautari visit

Posted by John Bullick on Mar 09, 2016


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Rotary Turns 111

This February Rotary celebrated the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting! For more than a century, Rotary members have been committed to serving others by taking action to improve communities locally and around the world.
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

For more information, visit www.rotary.org

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Posted by Dennis Finn
Think about being part of the team going to conference. This year conference is in Napier on the 6-8 May and from what I have read, it  appears to be well planned with good speakers and the usual fun.
If we leap in and register by the 29th February we receive the early bird registration costs and save a few $$$$!!!
If you have registered, or are interested in going, then e-mail me or you can let me know next Thursday at Rotary and we will discuss plans from there. Once I know numbers I will try and get a block booking so we can stay as a group at the same motel/ hotel
It would be great if we had a good team attending.
027 281 4113
PS – also, if you are going please let me know you thoughts as to how we MIGHT win the prize for the best themed club at the Saturday night function- the theme is ”red”
29th is tomorrow!!!! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE Dennis Finn 2016-02-19 11:00:00Z 0

LAST WEEK- RYLA applications close 28 February

Posted by Bill Robinson
​RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).
I’m looking for suitable candidates to attend this week. It is from 17th till 22nd April.
Awardees could be your employee , a friend's sibling or a Rotarian's son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter or just someone you know. They will be aged between 20 and 26 years old. You should be looking for someone that would make a future leader, not one that needs pointing in the right direction. Nominations to district committee close at end of February so we need to act now. The cost to the Awardee is $100 so they take ownership of the course (in past Rotary sponsors have paid this). The club pays $650 also.
Contact me for a form, or you could venture into the District webpage!!
Bill Robinson
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Rotary Fellowships

Posted on Jan 31, 2016
Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends from around the world.
Fellowship activities vary widely. Members come together around hobbies or interests such as cricket or jazz, or vocations such as writing or medicine. Some groups are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects. View a list of Rotary Fellowships.
You can also contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory. Or search our discussion groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with similar interests.
Chances are if you have a strong interest in something, there are others in the Rotary family who share it. Forming a fellowship starts with finding members for your group. Here’s how you can start:
  • Join a discussion group or start a new one. It's a great way to share your interest with other members.
  • Use Rotary’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote your idea.
  • Ask your district Rotary Fellowships chair for assistance. Reach out to district Rotary Fellowships chairs in other countries to build membership. Ask for contact information at rotaryfellowships@rotary.org.
Be sure you meet the criteria for a fellowship and apply for official recognition. See the Rotary Fellowships Handbook for details.
Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email them to learn more.
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River Cruise

Posted on Jan 31, 2016
For those who are going on the Waikato River cruise, you travel to Hamilton Gardens and enter at Gate 1 which is the main gate with the big carpark down by the Pavillion.  If you look across the carpark you will see a large notice - Waikato River Cruises - and you just walk down that track which is a couple of minutes walk.  Everybody is to be there by 6pm at the latest. 
If you wish to gather outside Cooney's office in Dick Street and carpool, my suggestion is that you be there at 5.15pm and leave no later than say 5.25pm. 
Drinks are available on board for purchase and canapes will be served throughout the evening.  The expected return time is 7.30pm. 
Hope you have an enjoyable cruise. Dennis.
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Cambridge Rotary in support of Alzheimer's New Zealand present the 24 Hour Cycle Challenge hosted at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, NZ.
12 - 13 March 2016 will mark the first year this event has been run and for the first year the Alzheimer's New Zealand has been chosen as the charity of choice for teams and individuals to support by competing in this one of a kind event.
want to know more, or register? PRESS HERE
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POLIOPLUS - Movie Premiere

The Rotary Clubs of Matamata and Cambridge were treated to a pre-release viewing of  Steven Spielberg's and Tom Hank's thriller, Bridge of Spies,  the day before the movie was released to the public. 
The Rotary Foundation and 20th Century Fox  have teamed up to do special POLIO PLUS worldwide screenings to celebrate the movie's release in cinemas the next day. The screenings were preceded by a message from Bill Gates who has worked closely with Rotary in its efforts to eradicate Polio.
Michelle Tanner from the District Rotary Foundation organised the event. The support was such that two of the theatres at the Tivoli Theatre in Cambridge were needed. 
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A Million Dollar Project

Posted by David Cooney
Rotary  Cambridge has given back over $1,000,000.00 to the local community from funds raised through its community directory project.
The Cambridge Community Directory now known as ‘Cambridgefindit’ was first published in 1990 as a bi-annual publication but due to popular demand very quickly became an annual publication.
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Posted by Bob Teal
Cambridge Rotary’s “Bookarama” continues, after approximately 15 years, to enjoy strong support from the local community, who donate books all year round to be sold in a very busy week at the end of September each year in the iconic Cambridge Town Hall.
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