Humans yearn for a sense of belonging and that is something missing in todays modern life. The Cambridge Club was designed to deliver that sense, creating a lifestyle where adults will re-discover the age-old tradition of breaking bread and having meaningful conversations with friends… where kids can run-around and play in an open field unencumbered by the pressures of organized sports… where families can be together and build familial bonds… and where an individual can work-out and focus on their health and well being in a nonjudgmental environment.
Belonging also means respecting all members as unique individuals… showing no prejudice to age, race, color, disability or ability. The Cambridge Club is a truly inclusive club. The term inclusion captures, in one word, an all-embracing societal ideology. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about one’s abilities… one’s gifts… and how to share them. It’s being welcomed and embraced as a member who belongs.
By definition, The Cambridge Club is a social club offering a lifestyle choice to those families, couples, individuals, and businesses who embrace the ideologies of belonging and inclusion, and who share a common interest in connecting… socializing… having fun… and fostering life-long friendships. The Club is open year round and offers resort like amenities supported by first-class service… all in a modern, contemporary environment.
A truly unique, breakthrough place to belong!
Past. The Cambridge Club is located on the former grounds of the Strathmore Bath & Tennis Club. Built by Levitt & Sons in the early 60’s, the company's designs and building practices revolutionized the home building industry and altered America's landscape with massive suburban communities. William Levitt, one of the sons, is considered the father of modern America suburbia. So one could say, The Cambridge Club is deeply rooted in the history and culture of suburban community living and the social interactions that resulted from its design.
Present. The Strathmore Bath & Tennis Club was purchased by Frank & Tammy Ward in July 2008. Tammy Ward’s parents, the McTaggarts’, were founding members, and the Wards’, along with their two children, became members in the mid-nineties. It was during this time that the initial seed for the Club was planted.
Following the purchase, it took four years to refine the concept, demolish the old site, finalize construction drawings, Township approvals and General Contractor bidding. Construction started in May of 2012 but unfortunately the Ward’s had to terminate the builder’s contract in December of 2014. It took another twelve months for the architects and engineers to work out a plan to remediate the damages. Remedial work began in January of 2016 and took two years to complete.
Ten years in the making, it’s their hope The Cambridge Club will carry on Strathmore’s legacy as a community centerpiece, creating lasting memories for generations to come.
Future. The Cambridge Club has been approved for three phases. Phase One is the initial offering. Phase Two will house a 5,000sf kids and teens area that will offer a variety of specialized programming. This expansion will also include another 5,000sf of event space. Phase Three will house indoor aquatics, expanded health and wellness areas and a full-service spa.
Our first responsibility is to our members. We must respect all members as unique individuals… showing no prejudice to age, race, color, disability, ability, worth, religious, political or sexual preference. Everything we do must be of high quality backed by impeccable service. Every decision we make must be made with our members’ best interests in mind. We must provide a clean and safe environment where members can meet, socialize and build new, life-long friendships. We must offer a variety of membership plans to satisfy any age group or budget. We also must offer creative activities and programs to keep members engaged and up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies, however, we must never lose sight of life’s simple pleasures of socializing, playing and having fun! Members must be able to make suggestions or complaints. We must be responsive to both and be prepared to make related improvements as long as they align with our social contract and benefit the members at large. Pricing must be fair and relevant to surrounding, competitive market offerings and any member dues increase over time must be nominal.
Our second responsibility is to our staff. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit and they must have a sense of security in their jobs. Compensation must be fair and adequate and working conditions clean, orderly and safe. We must be mindful of the ways to help our employees fulfill their family responsibilities. Employees must also feel free to make suggestions and complaints. There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified. We must provide competent management, and their actions must be just and ethical.
Our third responsibility is to our neighbors, local communities and our country. We must be good citizens, support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvement and volunteer work. We must support those who protect us including police, fire fighters, EMTs and the military who serve and protect our great nation. We must share with those less fortunate than us. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use and respect our neighbor’s properties and privacy. We must also protect the environment and our use of natural resources whenever and wherever we can.
Our fourth responsibility is to our operating company. We must be able to make a reasonable profit to plan for future phases, experiment with new innovative programs and purchase new equipment as needed. We also must create a reserve to provide for adverse times. We must constantly strive to reduce our costs in order to maintain reasonable prices.
The Cambridge Club is not for everyone, but for those willing to build a Club from the ground up… to those yearning for a sense of belonging, and to those who align with the above principles and ideologies, The Cambridge Club offers a unique alternative to what’s out there! And… if we can be true to our vision, principles and social contract; the members, the staff, the community and owners should all realize a fair return on their investment… and have a blast while doing it!
– Frank, Tammy, Dylan & Jessie Ward