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Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7H1
 
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Happenings in Rotary
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed Chris Christie to the meeting today, to provide an update on the activities of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta.  Chris began by congratulating the club on our Centennial, this year is the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation.  Chris started in February of this year, and made a point to mention that the previous ED Mike is no relation, but she now has him on speed dial to try to catch up to all the intricacy's of the job.  It has been a long process.
 
 
Chris mentioned that over the course of those 25 years, over $5 million has been given out to deserving projects and charities.  The CFSEA now has over $12M under management in the endowment, and employs a professional manager for the funds.  She was very happy to report that they achieve an administrative cost of 1.5%, which is superior to many charitable organizations.
 
She spoke about the rebuilding of the office staff over the summer and the work that has gone on to put out Vital Signs 2017.  She believes, given the work involved that it will not be an annual publication in the future.  She advised that they are working on giving advisory groups in both Brooks and Oyen, to help direct local funds in the best way.  She also spoke about making grants both responsive and impactful.
 
A good crowd was on hand to ask a few questions, and Chris was thanked for her work by President Karen.
 
 
One of the activities that new Rotarians are asked to perform is to give a short presentation to the club about themselves, introducing all of us to their family, their career and the activities in their lives that have brought them to Rotary.  This week we were all pleased to learn more about Jillian Koch, a new Rotarian in the last year, who is currently an Accountant and Partner with JMH & Co. in Medicine Hat.  Interestingly, accounting was not her first career choice, in fact she was certain that she was going into Library Science.
 
 
She grew up as a reader and lover of books.  She still is!  She was born and raised in Medicine Hat, her father was in construction and her mother an English instructor at the MH College.  As a teenager she worked in a number of libraries in the local area.  However when she went to university in Calgary, she got a degree in archeology and spent a little time working in the field.  However she soon learned this wasn't the right career for her and went back to school, eventually obtaining a degree in accounting.
 
She has now spent 9 years with JMH and in the company of her Wheaten Terrier, enjoys reading, cataloging and yoga in her new home.
 
She has enjoyed the opportunities of Rotary, has been active in our Gala committee last year and worked on the International Service committee.  She is the incoming treasurer of the Rotary Music Festival Society and looking forward to that challenge.   A number of questions were asked and answered and we all enjoyed Jillian's talk.  Again, welcome to the Rotary family.
 
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