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District Governor pins three new members at First Anniversary Celebration 

District Governor Brenda Halloran joined reps from the four local clubs to help celebrate the first anniversary of the city's newest Rotary Club.  As part of the celebrations, three new Rotarians were welcomed as new members.
 
Guests enjoyed birthday cake and cupcakes and a buffet dinner.
 
Halloran recognized the role of Rotarians as we "Create Hope in the World" which is the international theme for 2023-2024.  Rotarians are "People of Action" and Halloran encouraged the club's newest members to help make a difference by getting engaged and participating actively in club, District and international projects.
 
Nathan Bullock, Marisa Willms and Harmail Basi received their Rotary pins, which are recognized around the world and which gives them access to a global network of 46,000 clubs in 200 countries.  Welcome Nathan, Marisa and Harmail!
 
Thank you also to our sponsor club Rotary Club of Cambridge Preston Hespeler and Past President Todd Lyons, Rotary Cambridge North President Dean Fitzgerald, Assistant District Governor Sean Carragher and Lorraine Carragher and Rotary Cambridge Sunrise Co-Presidents Jen and Keith Clarke for helping us celebrate our first year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
District Governor pins three new members at First Anniversary Celebration Scott Hebert 2024-02-27 05:00:00Z 0 #anniversary,#rotary7080,#rotarycambridgesunset

Happy 1st Anniversary -- Rotary Cambridge Sunset 

 
 
Our club celebrated our first birthday today.  Chartered only one year ago, we will be celebrating our first year with a visit from our District Governor Brenda Halloran on Tuesday, February 27 at the Galt Country Club.
 
 
This year's theme "Create Hope in the \World" inspires us to help create a better life for others in our community and to help promote a better world for those we serve. 
 
As we celebrate our 1st birthday, Rotary International is celebrating its 119th birthday.    Now that's a lot of candles!
 
Happy 1st Anniversary -- Rotary Cambridge Sunset Scott Hebert 2024-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Literacy affects one in four Waterloo Region adults

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.
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Rotarians help cook nutritious meals at The Bridges

 
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. 
 
Rotarians help cook nutritious meals at The Bridges Scott Hebert 2024-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange students  share stories of home and home away from home

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 Exchange students share stories of home and home away from home Scott Hebert 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians volunteer at Langs Holiday Dinner  

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!
 
 
Rotarians volunteer at Langs Holiday Dinner Scott Hebert 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Christmas  Chez Alice & Milton

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).
!
 
 
Celebrating Christmas Chez Alice & Milton Scott Hebert 2023-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary celebrates World Polio Day

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.
 
 
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day Scott Hebert 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting Cambridge Food Bank

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.

 

Supporting Cambridge Food Bank Scott Hebert 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Langs changes lives

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.
Langs changes lives Scott Hebert 2023-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians raise funds for the Food Bank on Canada Day 

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.
 
 
Rotarians raise funds for the Food Bank on Canada Day Scott Hebert 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Joan Fisk shares passion of United Way and community impact

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).

Joan Fisk shares passion of United Way and community impact Scott Hebert 2023-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

KidsAbility Superhero Day -- celebrating local courage 

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!
KidsAbility Superhero Day -- celebrating local courage  Scott Hebert 2023-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Charter Night  officially launches Rotary Cambridge Sunset

 
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.
 
Charter Night officially launches Rotary Cambridge Sunset Scott Hebert 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Cambridge Sunset President attends PETS Training

 
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.  
 
Rotary Cambridge Sunset President attends PETS Training Scott Hebert 2023-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

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’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

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.” 

 

Rotary at the Start of the United Nations 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
History of Women in Rotary 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

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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