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So Many Superheros!

By | Fun with Rotary, KidsAbility

Rotary Classic Superhero Run 2018 in Support of KidsAbility!

Jeff Matyas, Batman, Gerry Menezes, Paul Goetz stand on guard for the Superhero Run!

Batman with CNR President Mike Jennings

Even the Cape Crusader needs stress release!

Batman poses with Elliott & Miles our KidsAbility ambassadors for 2018

Holy licensing conflict Batman; DC and Marvel’s Spiderman and Captain America pose for our protection!

KidsAbility fundraiser brings in over $36K!

By | Fun with Rotary

The Rotary Clubs of Cambridge were pleased to present KidsAbility with a cheque for the proceeds of this year’s Super Hero Run. The three clubs raised over $36,000 at the event held at the end of May. The presentation included from left to right: Lisa Talbot, Executive Director (KidsAbility Foundation), Melissa Kuntz (mom), Kaiden (KidsAbility Ambassador), Mike Jennings (President of Cambridge North Rotary Club), Kristen Danson (Chair of the Super Hero Run), Jim McPherson (President of Preston-Hespeler Rotary Club), Kathi Dick (District Governor Rotary 7080). Absent: Mike Laurie (President of Cambridge Sunrise Rotary Club)

Melissa Kuntz, the mother of Kaiden, this year’s KidsAbility Ambassador gave a moving talk about the powerful impact that KidsAbility has on their lives and how the funds raised by Rotary make the critical programs provided by KidsAbility possible.

Welcome Dean Fitzgerald

By | Fun with Rotary, Members

Dean Fitzgerald is proud to be joining Cambridge North Rotary (CNR).

It is the right time to join, as his three girls are getting older and attending day care or grade school, and so time does exist to devote to the great activities and causes supported by CNR. Dean has been married for more than 10 years and resides in Cambridge.

Dean was born in Kitchener and attended university in Waterloo, Windsor, and New York State. He has taught courses at five universities, most recently at Cornell in New York. He is now an Ecologist at Premier Environmental, an environmental consulting company in Cambridge.

Dean helps with environmental permits for land developments, solar arrays, contaminated site clean-ups, roads and bridges, and also Species At Risk. He has completed studies across North America and South America. At CNR, Dean looks forward to helping out on different activities but is very keen to promote environmental stewardship and tree planting activities planned for 2018 and beyond.

A Rose Between Two Thorns

By | Fun with Rotary

District Governor Kathi Dick (seated front row centre) paid a visit to our club on Wednesday September 13th to bring greetings and updates from Rotary International.

She was introduced by Assistant District Governor Rita Westbrook, and accompanied by her partner Timothy Whitehead (seated to her left) and greeted by Cambridge North Rotary Club president Mike Jennings (seated to her right).

“It was great to have Kathi back amongst our club” noted Mike Jennings “as she is such a dynamic person and dedicated Rotarian. We’re very proud of her.”

New members are always welcome to check out the club on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at noon at Galt Country Club. Bring a friend and make new ones!

I’m An Overwhelmed President

By | Fun with Rotary

In early June, I was privileged to attend the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been a Rotarian since the mid ‘90’s yet I had never gone to an RI Convention before. In a word, it was OVERWHELMING!

When you first arrive, you’re struck by the diversity and energy of the international attendees, many of them in traditional clothes and all sporting enthusiastic smiles.  After several escalator rides, you enter the “House of Friendship” which is essentially the trade show for Rotarians.  From products to Rotary logoed clothing to Rotary Action Groups (RAG) displays, it takes over 3 hours to really see everything!

I was impressed and inspired by the line-up of General Session speakers introduced to us each day by John Cena, the WWE wrestler and Polio champion. They included Ashton Kutcher (actor and founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children) on human trafficking, Jack Nicklaus (greatest golfer of all time) who is a Polo Plus ambassador and founded multiple children’s hospitals with his wife Barbara.

But what overwhelmed me the most, was all the international dignitaries who took their turn on stage announcing their government’s pledges, towards the eradication of polio. Our proud Canadian contingency cheered when The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Ministry of International Development took to the stage to pledge $100 million dollars.  The session ended with Bill Gates (on behalf of the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation) pledge to match 2 to 1 the total pledges raised. This brought Rotary’s total 3 year commitment to a staggering $1.2 billion dollars to finally eradicate polio around the globe! Together we can get it done!

Now as we kick off July by celebrating Canada’s 150 th Birthday, I’m reminded of just how wonderful a country we are and how giving our citizens can be. Today, I’m officially the President of the Rotary Club of Cambridge North. I’m proud not just of being a Canadian but of being a Rotarian. This year our club will raise close to $100,000 towards the eradication of polio, water & sanitation projects in Africa and buying wheel chairs for invalids in the Caribbean areas hit hard by poverty and natural disasters.

Our club achieved this by partnering to host local events like August’s Rotary Ribfest and September’s Golf Tournament. We also partner internationally with other clubs around the word to achieve matching grants from the Rotary Foundation celebrating its Centennial this year. Full circle, I’m still overwhelmed by how our club achieves so much more from relationships started with a simple conversation with fellow Rotarians at the Rotary International Conference and I’m eager to lead our small but mighty club to reach new heights.

Please come and have lunch with our club on the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month at Galt Country Club.

All are welcome!

District Governor Elect, Kathi Dick

By | Fun with Rotary

Cambridge North Rotary’s very own club member, Kathi Dick, is also our District Governor Elect, and will take up the District Governor position for the 2017-2018 year.  Kathi is seen here giving the wrap-up speech for the Presidents-Elect Training at BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto this past week-end.


Welcome Lodovico Sinchetto

By | Members

Cambridge North Rotary inducted into membership Lodovico Sinchetto.  Welcome to our newest member!  In the picture below (from left to right) is President-Elect Michael Jennings, Sponsor Ken Denholm, Lodovico Sinchetto and President Sean Carragher.


Supporting Haiti

By | International

The Foundation for International Development Assistance productive cooperatives HAITI (“FIDA”) is a fully registered Canadian charitable organization, operating since 1984, which carries out its activities in Haiti through productive cooperatives Haiti (pcH). A staff of 30 Haitian agronomists, technicians and educators provide resources to rural communities who are motivated to advance themselves economically by forming a productive agricultural co-operative. FIDA/pcH currently partners with 25 co-operatives, representing over 7,000 members throughout Haiti.

The $2000.00 contribution today from Rotary Club of Cambridge North will support water and agricultural revitalization to cooperatives devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Betsy Wall, attended our meeting last Wednesday to update the club.

November 19, 2019

You are Invited to a Special Rotary Open House

The Rotary Club of Cambridge North would like to invite you to attend a very special Rotary Open House on Wednesday December 4th at noon at the Galt Country Club. You…

Golf Classic
October 1, 2019

The 27th Annual Rotary Golf Classic Was a Success!

On September 9th, 2019 the Rotary Club of Cambridge North held their 27th Annual Golf Tournament at Galt Country Club in Cambridge. The 84 golfers were treated to a delicious lunch…

Fun with Rotary
September 20, 2019

President Laureen Attending the Rotary Zone Conference in Niagara Falls

President Laureen is currently attending the Rotary Zone Conference in Niagara Falls. She has been working with other Rotarians in sharing stories, ideas and projects. It has been an amazing…


By | Fun with Rotary, International
Club member, Larry Olney (centre), was honoured today for his personal and financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, it taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into its priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.


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