Welcome to the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunset

 
Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Rotary Cambridge Sunset members share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.  Join us at our meetings to learn more.
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Chris Prosser, Executive Director of The Literacy Group shared the mission of the The Literacy Group -- to guide and empower people in Waterloo Region by building skills and unlocking potential and change their lives one word, one number, and one click at a time.
 
 
 
(L to R) - Co-President Anne Tinker, Dr. Milton Wybenga, Chris Prosser (The Literacy Group Executive Director) and Co-President Prakash Venkataraman present a certificate of appreciation and gift.
 
Two groups of Rotarians helped roll up their sleeves and prepare dinners for individuals attending The Cambridge Shelter Corporation (which operates The Bridges) in Galt.  The agency's mission is to provide safe shelter, and to offer programs and services in support of the hopes and needs of people dealing with life issues. 
 
Economic and Community Development is one of Rotary's seven areas of focus -- recognizing that around the globe, nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day.  Reducing poverty and food insecurity is part of this goal. 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange students Yasmine Frischnecht (from Switzerland) and Jonas Senez-Lajeune (from France) shared stories of their lives at home and their experiences as Rotary Youth Exchange students.
 
Rotary Exchange students spend one year living in another country, usually with three or four host families. They learn a new way of living, experience different foods, study different subjects, enjoy a new culture and maybe even learn a new language. In addition learn a great deal about themselves and gain confidence and self sufficiency.  
 
They are ambassadors of their country, and have the opportunity to teach people they meet about their home, culture, and ideas.
 
 
Rotary Cambridge Sunset members volunteered at Langs Community Health Centre, which hosted their annual Community Holiday Dinner on December 13 for 250 active volunteers, program participants and patients.
 
The dinner included a full turkey dinner, crafts and activities for the kids, connections with community members and a visit from Santa!
 
 
We had a great Christmas celebration at the Wybenga home with Alice & Milton hosting our Rotary family.  We enjoyed delicious homemade chili, baked beans and fresh rolls and a variety of our favourite foods.
 
To end the night we enjoyed platters of our favourite Christmas desserts.
 
Thank you to our great hostess & host (and wine sommelier).
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One Day. One Focus -- Ending Polio

World Polio Day is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight to end polio, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end polio for good.

Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunset and clubs from across Rotary District 7080 held End Polio Now sessions across the district.  World Polio Day was celebrated locally in the City of Cambridge at the Cambridge Centre.
 
 

It could happen to any one of us . . . food insecurity . . .   "the condition of not having access to sufficient food or food of adequate quality to meet one's basic needs.  It sounds like it shouldn't happen in a G7 country like Canada,  but with higher interest rates impacting mortgages and car loans, and the cost of food rising, it's hard for many people to make ends meet. 

As a local service club, Rotary Cambridge Sunset wanted to hear firsthand from Cambridge Food Bank Executive Director Dianne McLeod and invited her to join us at our meeting.

She shared that a recent 2022 Hunger Report showed that even people who are employed full time, as the primary income in a household, make up 8.5 per cent of food bank users.  A further 10.8 per cent are employed part time.

 

Thanks to Darcy Edwards and David Cooke of Langs (Community. Health and Wellness.) for visiting with members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunset.
 
Your presentation to our members covered a lot of details about what you do across the Region of Waterloo and your achievements over the last four decades are absolutely phenomenal.
 
Thank you for taking genuine care of our community with compassion.
 
 
 
 
(L to R) - Elaine Habicher, Prakash Venkataraman, David Cooke and Darcy Edwards.
Rotarians from the newest Cambridge Rotary club helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of our city at the Canada Day Parade through the streets of Preston Town Centre.
 
We collected donations for the Cambridge Food Bank.  On the first day of a new Rotary year, it was great to participate in a community service project.
 
 
Joan Fisk, CEO of United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) was the first official guest speaker after our club chartered.
 
We selected her as a community builder, and connector.  She is someone with a passion for making our communities better.  As CEO of United Way
 
She joined us at the Galt Country Club on June 27th, 2023.
 

Joan is a leader with experience in both the private sector and community.  She and her family have very deep roots in the region. Joan chaired the board of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and was head of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce. For 17 years she served as President and CEO of Tiger Brand Knitting in Cambridge.

Joan is a long-time resident of Cambridge, and a charismatic leader who is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for people in the region.

United Way has over 75 years of history in our region, and is known for tackling the most difficult community issues that face citizens.  We appreciated you joining us and sharing your wisdom and passion for United Way -- a great local charity and change making agency.

 

(L to R)  Scott Hebert (Rotarian and former UWWRC board member, Joan Fisk (CEO, United Way Waterloo Region Communities) and Prakash Venkataraman (Co-President, Rotary Cambridge Sunset).

Every hero has a superpower. And everyone can be a hero for KidsAbility on Superhero Day.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunset participated in KidsAbility Superhero Day celebrations.   It was great to see many Rotarians, and families from the Region of Waterloo help with a celebration of local courage and raise funds to help program participants.
 
Rotary was the founded of the original Rotary Children's Centre which was renamed KidsAbility.  It is a longstanding charity that Rotary supports for the good work they do to help children who need assistance.

Every donation supports the most immediate therapy needs of kids, youth, and their families throughout Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington. 94% of the fundraising target of $125,000.00, achieved!
 


(L to R) Pradosh Prakash, Prakash Venkataraman and Naeem Awan helped as part of the fun and fund-raising group.  Thank you!
 
On May 9, 2023 a group of 100 Rotarians including District Governor Sandhya Maini, District Governor Elect Brenda Halloran, PDG Rudy Habesch and DGN Sohail Naseer joined the 20 charter members of our district's newest club to officially celebrate its start.
 
Rotary International President (and Canadian) Jennifer Jones offered her best wishes in a letter to the club --
 
"Allow me to congratulate you on chartering the new Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunset.
 
We join Rotary because we love people and love spending time together.  Through your commitment to Rotary, you express your belief in Rotary values, the importance of friendship and your commitment to Service Above Self.
 
As our vision statement says:  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change -- across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
Thank you for being an active Rotary leader, and for being a part of the Rotary family.  Your community helps demonstrate how we Imagine Rotary.
 
We heard an inspirational presentation from our DG Sandhya before she presented the Charter document and pinned our members -- a total of 20 charter members and one additional member who joined since the official charter date.

We appreciated our sponsor club (Rotary Club of Cambridge Preston Hespeler and their President Todd Lyons) and the members of our local clubs (Rotary Cambridge North and Rotary Cambridge Sunrise) for joining in celebrating with us.
 
It was an evening to remember.
 
Thank you to Pradosh Prakash for saving some of our Charter Celebration to YouTube https://youtu.be/dvAjijRoEA0?si=51qMY3nOrP3XfZB3  
 
 
 
 
For additional photos - please check the story - part 2.
 

Rotarians from across District 7080 joined together at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington to celebrate our year together and share stories of our success. 

This conference theme was a one day interactive event with time for fellowship, inspiration from dynamic speakers from our district and lots of fun as we learned about how we can use the power of our voices to share our Rotary stories.

 

 

 
Presidents elect from across District 7080 attended the President Elect Training Seminar 1 (PETS) on February 4, 2023.
 
PETS is a mandatory, two-day, interactive training seminar for incoming Club Presidents.
 
Part 1 topics include a detailed review of Your Role, Responsibilities and Challenges as Club President and information about Building Your Team, Supports Available, and Goal Setting. 
 
It was a great opportunity to meet Presidents Elect from across our district and to build connections and inspire leadership teams in each club cluster.  
 

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 

 

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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