Bridging cultures, building communities

Regional initiatives

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Our club has initiated various successful projects supporting children from underprivileged backgrounds who are living in the Netherlands. Two reoccuring events in our Rotary year are Breaking the Ice, which gives children from different backgrounds living in 't Gooi region a morning of skating fun, and the Pony Event, where children spend an afternoon at the stables to tame and care for ponies and enjoy pony and wagon rides.

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From our chairman

Cindy Paardenkooper, chairman RCHI

Make Rotary YOUR Rotary.

In the year 2019-2020 it is my privilege to serve our club by being our club’s president.

Established as an international club in 2015, we are still a very young club and together we represent a very diverse group of people. With 23 members we have 12 women, 11 men and 9 different cultures. Most of us are re-pats but we also have expats and love-pats. Our club wants to be a group of friends where you can feel at home while being away from your family and friends.

Our motto is: bridging cultures, building communities.

Our club theme for this year is make Rotary YOUR Rotary. As our club provides a nice place to ‘land’, Rotary has so much more to offer. Looking outside your normal boundaries and seeking for possibilities to work together internationally is something that our club supports. At the same time as a club we are working on different kinds of projects that are inspiring as well. Our projects are aiming to make newcomers feel at home as quickly as possible in Hilversum and het Gooi. We stimulate them to learn Dutch and interact with Dutch women by funding the Nieuwe Jurk at Versa Huizen. Since the beginning of our club we have been organizing skating and pony events where children of newcomers can mix with children of the international school Hilversum while their parents can get to know each other better. We are also very strong in quick to organize and hands on projects like organizing "Appeltaartconcerten" or collecting clothes for asylum seekers.

Locally our focus is on integration of newcomers and making Hilversum and het Gooi a nice place to live. Internationally we focus on good health conditions and empowering women.

As most of our members are still working and/or have a children we meet every two weeks 7:30 pm at de Jonge Haan in Hilversum. As we all have little time to spare, we have decided to become a project based club. This means that we are not working in committees very strictly but you can start or join projects that fit our club and your availability. Besides the possibility to participate in projects we offer an interesting programme with external and internal speakers and, if possible, company visits. We also like to participate in activities organized by other Rotary clubs in Hilversum or our district. Next year we will be celebrating our first Lustrum. We are always looking forward to meeting new people. If you are interested in becoming a member of our club or when you have other questions please contact our secretary Hans Scholtes at hilversum.international.rotary@gmail.com.


Cindy Paardenkooper, chairman RCHI

People with a Passion

This Rotary year we are presenting the series "People with a Passion", a series of speakers that visit our club to tell about their exceptional initiatives and inspiring stories.  In 2018 we had the pleasure of welcoming Lukas Grosfeld of Wakulimarket, Mark Schneiders of the KIT-SDG House and Bert Bruns of Bridges2Beyond to our club evenings.

Our 2019 got off to a very musical start with a concert at de Nieuwe Jurk in Huizen, with musicians from another wonderful cause, Stichting Appeltaartconcerten.   In initiating these sorts of events our club hopes to continue to support our local community as well as organizations that are focused on contributing to our society in a very positive way.

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