The Rotary Club of Cambridge North held their 26th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday September 11, 2018.
Weather was perfect for a fun day of golf followed by a delicious steak dinner at the Galt Country Club. Thank you to the many companies that supported our event with donation of prizes and silent auction items.
Lunch was provided by Larry and Anita Olney featuring A&W Burgers.
The Kinder Law office provided the putting contest prize. Also a big thank you to our major Sponsor Graham Mathews Accounting and RBC Dominion Securities – Ken Denholm, who have repeatedly stepped up to support the efforts of our club.
Thanks also to the many hole sponsors listed below for their generous support.
Cambridge Insurance Brokers
Grand Valley Construction Assoc.
Moffat and Powell
The tournament was a tremendous success raising in excess of $13,000 for local charities this year.
On Saturday June 23rd at the Toronto Yacht Club on Toronto Island the District 7080 Change Over took place as part of the Rotary International Conference.
Cambridge North Members Jeff Matyas with partner Tim Tanz and Pip and Dave Mitten, on their way to the yacht club.
CNR Club President receives Rotary Foundation Sustaining Club banners for our ongoing donations; presented by District Governor Kathi Dick and MC Timothy Whitehead.
President Mike at the RI Conference entrance!
Dean and Carmela Fitzgerald.
Wrap Up BBQ 2018 at Don Daggett's House!
The Daggett estate is a beautiful setting for a Bar-B-Q! Fine weather, great food and cheerful people combined to make for a memorable evening.
Forty attended. Contributions of appetisers, salads and desserts flowed-in. Lindsay Mitten and Mike Jennings cooked steak and chicken. Don Daggett baked potatoes. Larry Olney provided our social lubricant. Kelly Thomas created a Paul Harris slide show, which Dave Mitten narrated.
President Mike spoke and recognized:
- Laureen Van Groningen was chosen Rotarian of the Year.
- Dave Thomas received a Paul Harris Fellow.
- Outgoing board members Al Fox, Paul Witmer and Stan Jones received thank you gifts from President Mike
- Kathi Dick received a plaque in recognition of her almost completed year as 7080 District Governor. Kathi is the first Cambridge North Rotarian to serve as District Governor and a fine job she did (with a little help from Timothy).
Fortunately, we are in for another year of excellent leadership from Mike Jennings, who has done and will continue to do I’m sure, a first-class job as President. Laureen Van Groningen follows Mike as President beginning July 2019.
Kathi Dick was recognized for her year as District 7080 Governor.
Laureen Van Groningen is presented with the Rotarian of the Year Award by President Mike
Club treasurer Dave Thomas is honoured with his first Paul Harris Fellowship!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.