Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 26, 2017
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The new executive and officers of the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat were inducted on Monday July 26, 2017.
 
First it was an opportunity to thank Uwe Krickhahn, who stepped into the void left by the passing of Ernie Benesch and helped move the club forward.  This was his second term as President, separated by 25 years of perfect attendance, and he's seen a lot of changes in the Rotary world over that time.  He took a minute to thank his Board and several Rotarians for their contributions during this past year.  He singled out Sandy Mackay for his donation of Paul Harris points, to make the club a 100% PHF club.  He also pointed out the financial contributions of several and the weekly contribution of Herman Wahl to the meeting, with birthday and anniversary roses.
 
On behalf of the Board and the Club, Secretary Doug Fleming presented him with a token of our appreciation.
 
 
AG and Past President Dave Panabaker then performed the induction of the Board and Officers for 2017 - 2018.  Our new President is Karen Blewett, and the President-elect is Chris Perret.  A round of applause for both Uwe's efforts and for the new board was given, and special executive pins were given out by Secretary Doug Fleming.
 
 
President Karen then did a short presentation about some of the focus area's that she sees going forward this Rotary year.  She introduced the theme for the year, "Making a Difference" and also spoke about an upcoming Rotary International led advertising campaign about Rotarians as "People of Action".
 
She spoke about the recent District survey, the work done previously by the club on our Strategic Plan and how there seems to be reasonable alignment.  She spoke about meeting changes that she sees coming in this year to modernize the meetings and ensure timely completion of each noon meeting.  She also sees a more consistent schedule of programs, based on 1 community presentation, 1 business meeting,  1 Rotary information and 1 social/fellowship meeting each month.
 
 
Best wishes to President Karen and the whole board for 2017-2018.
 
Executive Changeover - 2017 Dave Panabaker 2017-06-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 19, 2017
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Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Anke Krickhahn, guest of Uwe
  • Sean Blewett, guest of Karen and a member of Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Deb Panabaker, guest of Deb
  • Diane Halderman, guest of Gale
  • Brock Galecki, guest of Sarah Bowman
Attendance Draw
  •  Don Reid was drawn for a free meal, and he was in attendance to claim his prize.
Birthdays: 
  • Dave Maclean                       June  26th
Anniversaries:
  • Margie Booyens          1 year          July 4th
  • Dick Bide                    32 years       July 8th
  • Gerry Nadeau            33 years        July 9th       
Weekly Draw:  
  • Glen Presley was drawn for a bottle of wine, donated by Dick Bide and Heather Bach walked away with a flower arrangement.
Club 500:
  • No draws now until July.
Make Ups:
  • None specified .
Family of Rotary:
  • Daryl Duncan (one of the Rotarians from Calgary North with our Sri Lankan visitors last week, suffered the loss of his mother, who lived in Maple Creek last Tuesday evening.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker also announced there will be a club social at the Medicine Hat Mavericks ball game on July 7th. The cost is $20 and will include a VIP Ticket, food and a drink.
  • Ken Zollner did a late minute on Canada Day participation.
  • Adolf Seiler (on behalf of the Brian Robinson and the Saamis Rotary Club) is looking for an extra host family for a Rotary Youth Exchange student who will be in Medicine Hat for the 2017 - -2018 season.  The student is Carla Ruegg, Schopfheim, Switzerland who is being sent by the Rotary Club of Entlebuch.  Please contact Adolf or Brian if you are interested in hosting this student for a few months.
    Club Meeting News Dave Panabaker 2017-06-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 19, 2017
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat enjoyed a social evening, and a presentation by the Team Leader of the Friendship Exchange Team, Gihan Panditaratne.  The group of five Sri Lankan's from various area's of the island nation will spend two weeks in District 5360, as part of this reciprocal visit to a journey several years ago by a number of Alberta Rotarians.
     
    Gihan did a wonderful presentation about Sri Lanka, and District 3220 (Sri Lanka and Maldives).  Rotary started in this area in 1929, and there are now 72 Rotary Clubs and nearly 2,100 Rotarians in this District.  He started by saying that they have a warm culture, and warm temperature, with a great deal more humidity than SE Alberta.  There are 20 million citizens in Sri Lanka, about 5 times the Alberta population, and they occupy a space 1/10 the size of Alberta, so their population density is 50 times that of Alberta.
     
     
    A club banner exchange was done and we were treated to the singing of the national anthem of Sri Lanka.  From Left to Right are our guests, Melroy Peiris, Darshika Ratnayake, Stephnie Rodrigo, Rotary Club of Medicine Hat President Uwe Krickhahn, RFE Team Leader Gihan Panditaratne and Ryan Dunuwille.
     
    Gihan spoke about the climate, the history and wildlife of Sri Lanka.  They have three major animal species who are noteworthy, elephants, leopards and blue whales.  Gihan spoke about the recent discovery of blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka, which has created a significant tourist attraction to view them.
     
    Following Gihan's presentation, Stephnie Rodrigo spoke about a recent project of their District, a Global Grant project in conjunction with six clubs from India.  The bus is a mobile clinic, taken to rural areas and providing artificial limb creation and fitting, vision and diabetes screening as well as other forms of medical care.  It was a great project, which seemed to be supported by a large number of clubs, including the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial which gave one of the first donations.
     
     
    The Rotary Friendship team also took in several other sites, including the Cypress Hills, the Murray Lake Hutterite Colony, the Etzikom Pioneer Museum and Medalta Potteries.
     
     
    They also met with the Mayor of Medicine Hat, our own Ted Clugston.
     
     
     
    A very successful few days, lots of miles traveled and lots of prairie country seen.  Thanks to our friends from Calgary North (Gerry and Daryl) for being the tour guides and our visitors who came a very long way to spend time with us.  Also much thanks to Teresa Schile, John John, Bruce Shepard, Adolf Seiler, Ted Clugston and the host families for participating.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange - Sri Lanka Dave Panabaker 2017-06-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Jun 14, 2017
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    Monday's speaker was Major Hugh Atwell, Chief of Staff at Canadian Forces Base Suffield. Major Atwell started his speech by suggesting that although not specifically mention in the latest 2017 Defense Policy, the base is optimistic that improvements and increased spending will occur at Suffield.  Major Atwell reported the mission for CFB Suffield is to provide a world class facility to support:
    • DRES - Defense Research Establishment Suffield
    • Military Training - BATUS - British Army Training  Unit Suffield 
    • Oil & Gas Activities
    • Grazing 
    • Protect Environmental & Archeological sites.
     
    Major Atwell explained the Suffield Range is the largest  Military Base in Canada covering an area of approximately 2,700 sq km.   In fact, the next 3 largest bases in Canada would all fit within the Suffield range.  He advised that the base has a positive economic impact on the region as it contributes close to $8.6 million per year. The Suffield Range provides opportunities for training that are not found in many locations. 
     
    Major Atwell expanded on some of the roles the military plays at Suffield. First of all, they support DRES - Defense Research Establishment Suffield which undertake important research to mitigate risk to military and civilian personnel by conducting research into chemical & biological warfare and research into the use of unmanned vehicle. Research conducted at Suffield has played important roles throughout the world. 
     
    The prime task for the military is to support the Suffield range. The British Government leases the range which is the largest military training facility in the Commonwealth to conduct military training exercises such as live firing exercises for up to 50 tanks and other military hardware. CFB Suffield is also used for joint training by NATO and other Foreign Allied  armies. The range allows the armies to test of new techniques and technologies.
     
    Not all the Suffield range is used for military training. Portions of the range are set aside for grazing (3,500 cow/calf pairs); oil & gas facilities (12,00 wells) and the preservation of Ecological (River Valley) and Archeological sites (Medicine Wheels & Teepee Rings).  To protect the environment, maintain safety and prevent conflict, satellite images and ground crews are employed to review the range. There prime objective is to maintain the overall health of the range and minimize barren ground. 
     
    As if that isn't enough, they are also involved in Elk Management. In 1997 - 221 elk were introduced to the range.  Over the years, the numbers has grown to around 5,300 animals. Major Atwell advised there are differing views on the impact of the elk on the range and surrounding area and also how  the herds should be culled. Major Atwell advised that these decisions are made by Environment & Parks Departments rather than the military.
     
    Major Atwell answered a few questions and was thank by President Uwe who paraphrased Winston Churchill when he thank the Canadian Military by saying "never has so much been done with so little".  

     
     
    Major Hugh Atwell Doug Fleming 2017-06-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by David Stalwick on Jun 05, 2017
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    President Uwe introduced Jay and asked for him to come forward for his classification talk.
     
    Jay introduced himself as an auto dealer, now being the owner of Park City Toyota. Jay is married to Tracy and they have one daughter Elizabeth.
     
     
    Jay started his talk with the aid of some power point pictures and slides.. His early days were spent in Pincher Creek playing a lot of hockey and with video games. He had many family pictures including one of his Dad (Wayne) when he had more hair and one of his graduating class along with many friends. He graduated grade 12 in Pincher Creek and was class valedictorian.  Jay talked about his two sisters and had some pictures of the family.
     
    In 1985 he went to Calgary and attended the University of Calgary and received his degree in Commerce with marketing as his major. After University he did get into the auto business but in Calgary with Shaw GMC and stayed with them for 10 years.
     
    One of the pictures from his high school years included a girlfriend named Tracy and right next to her was another Tracy who is now his wife. Jay had know Tracy all through school but lost touch with her after he went to University. He went back to Pincher Creek for his 10 year reunion and there he meet up with the Tracy who would become his wife 2 years later. Both had taken their university in Calgary but Tracy has a degree in nursing.
     
    Jay and his family moved to Medicine  Hat and joined his Dad at Park City Toyota in 2007 and took over the dealership from his Dad in 2011. He very proud of the dealership which now employs 24  individuals of which 50% are female, an enviable thing to have and not many dealerships can say the same. He believes that putting customers first, then having good staff leads to better sales and profitability. Jay then talked about his industry and the shift for cars to electric, hydrogen, self driving etc. He also talked about the new technology for safety such as lane assist, bird's eye view, auto braking and many more upcoming options.
     
    Jay is very busy as he serves on many boards including the Medicine Hat Dealers Association, Dealer technology Committee, Prairie Toyota Dealers Advertising Ass. as well as a new start up company.
     
    He talked about how insidious some companies like Google can be or will be in the future giving several examples.
    Some questions where asked and discussed.
    This was a wonderful presentation and we are very lucky to have Jay as a member of our club. 
    Classification Talk - Jay Chesley David Stalwick 2017-06-05 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 29, 2017
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat enjoyed our annual evening meeting with the students from Medicine Hat High School.  It's always a great evening to get to know each other and led by this year's President Anjali Mishra we learned a lot about what the group has been up to.
     
     
    First, each student was introduced and spoke a little about their experience in Interact.  Then Anjali talked about the student advisors, Sue Withers and Deb Rawlings who are an inspiration to the kids and to their Rotary advisor, Theresa Eisenbarth who attended many of their meetings this past year.  Anjali spoke about the Mac & Cheese Drive, where over 400 boxes of KD were brought in for the food bank, the regular bake sales at Parent Teacher interviews and their experience both running the Remembrance Day service at the school and laying a wreath on Nov 11.
     
     
    They also had a "Fall into Christmas" event, with hot chocolate and cookies, as well as used Candy Cane O-grams to raise funds and then held their annual Nickel and Dime war, again to raise funds for their project.  They are contributing this spring, in support of the Rotaract Club of Esteli to build a new home for Don Alberto Gutieriez, an artist in Nicaraugua.  The Interact club modeled the small hut he lives in at the school, but building a similar structure out of cardboard.  A very clever tool to engage the students in bettering this man's life.
     
    They will be doing a few more volunteer events next year, including the Salvation Army hot meal program and working at Prairie Gleaners.  Anjali thanked Rotary for providing support to their club and helping produce active, engaged citizens (even if only 12 at a time).
     
     
    Meeting with MH High Interact Students Dave Panabaker 2017-05-29 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 15, 2017
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    The Rotary Club was very happy to welcome Dr Mike Gillespie, the Vice President - Academic for Medicine Hat College to the meeting today.  Dr Gillespie was introduced by Linda Rossler and provided a well received talk about the Academic Plan being developed for Medicine Hat College.  He started by giving a brief biography and then describing the plan as a "Strategic Roadmap" to outline the vision and priorities of the executive of the College.
     
    The plan is in the early stages of construction, and a survey has been done of stakeholders, including students, faculty, supporters and external stakeholders.  The responses and analysis of the results are ongoing and hopefully will be completed over the summer.  This will allow the focus of the plan to drafted.
     
    Mike's talk was well received, he answered a number of questions about activities at the college, the impact of foreign students and provided feedback on his impression of some of the skills and shortcomings of the newest post secondary students.  A great talk, thank you. 
    Presentation by Dr. Mike Gillespie, VP Academic MHC Dave Panabaker 2017-05-15 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Stalwick on May 08, 2017
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    President Uwe introduced Margie for her classification talk.
     
     
    Margie started by showing us one of the best flowers of South Africa. Margie told us about her parents and 2 brothers. Her Father was a Rotarian in South Africa a DG and also a Paul Harris award holder.
    Margie was born and raised in Cape Town and then on a small farm with grape vines and small animals. Completed her school at a girls school and then off to The University of Port Elizabeth majoring in Psychology. She did get married to her first husband in 1974 and was married for 6 years. She then spent 4 months in the USA and then 4 months in England.
    Then back to South Africa in 1980 as a social worker and back to school to get her masters degree.
    Then she met Johan and they were married in 1988 and she became a stepmother to 3 children. She went back to school and earned her PHD.
    One of her highpoints was getting to meet and talk to Queen Elizabeth II.
    She loved her beautiful city of Cape Town. She spent 12 years as a professor at the University of Cape Town and a lecturer in the Department of Social Development. She had many wonderful pictures of Cape Town.
    Margie and Johan immigrated to Canada on Feb 9 2016 to be close to their son who is a doctor and lives in Medicine Hat.
    She loves her new home  and has a special Thank you  to all Rotarians for membership and friendship.
    Many question were asked and answered.  Welcome to Rotary, Margie!
     
     
    Classification talk - Margie Booyens Dave Stalwick 2017-05-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 01, 2017
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    Courtesy of our Photographer, Petara Panabaker, a few shots of the evenings activities.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Thanks to everyone who organized, sponsored, supported and attended the event.  It was a great time!!
    A few Centennial Celebration photos Dave Panabaker 2017-05-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 24, 2017
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was pleased to welcome several representatives of the Health Quality Council of Alberta.
     
     
    Andrew Neuner, Chief Executive Office spoke about the role of HQCA, an organization that very few of us know much about.  They are a provincial agency that pursues opportunities to improve patient safety and health service quality for Albertans.  He spoke about the groups role, which includes working collaboratively with healthcare providers and partners, to drive improvement to both the cost and quality of delivered services.  Andrew spoke about the "fact" that Albertans pay more per capita for healthcare than any other province in Canada, but on an outcomes basis rate only average or less than average in the value of that service.  This isn't sustainable, and they attempt to provide factual information from surveys and other learning methods to ensure future Albertans will experience an improvement in the level of care.
     
    Their website is http://www.hqca.ca and their work, and our current statistics can be viewed there.  A number of pieces of literature were left for the club members.
     
    Certainly a popular subject of conversation, Andrew answered a number of questions from members of the audience.
    Health Quality Council of Alberta presentation Dave Panabaker 2017-04-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 20, 2016
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed David Carter to our meeting today.  David was introduced, in a way that a man who needs no introduction should be introduced by Adolf Seiler.  David spoke about his early history in the community, with his father being a Rector of St Barnabas church and his attendance at Alexandra High School.  By show of hands, he had company in that school.
     
     
    He also spoke at some length as a "Thank You" to the Rotary club, for what we do in the community and what is accomplished by all the service organizations.
     
     
    He spoke about his early writing, including grade school where he was encouraged by Miss Cobb, as well as while a Chaplain at the U of C, where W O Mitchell also had a hand in his writing career.
     
    He spoke about his work as an MLA for downtown Calgary which lasted two terms, and then his two terms as Speaker of the Legislature.  He always was a "no nonsense" guy, and believes far too much liberty is taken with the democratic process within the legislature.  He spoke about the lack of knowledge by party leaders and the process in general, of the "rules" of order.  He also spoke candidly about the section of the book related to abuse at the hands of church officials, a chapter he was scared to put in but may in the end have the greatest impact.
     
    Many questions were asked at the conclusion and David was thanked by President Uwe.
     
     
     
     
     
    Presentation by David Carter Dave Panabaker 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Theresa Eisenbarth on Nov 15, 2016
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    Interact Students from Medicine Hat High School are planning their Christmas Fundraiser.

     
    INTERACT Students Plan for Christmas Fundraiser Theresa Eisenbarth 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Nov 06, 2016
    Kitt Brand spoke at Monday's meeting about the Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park.  Kitt started her talk by giving a brief history of how the park was started by the Rotary Club of Cardston who hosted a meeting of 100 Rotarians from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana in July 1931. The group met with the goal to establish the first permanent International Peace Park because Rotarian had seen the horrors of the Great War and realized the world was heading for another conflict. This group of Rotarians managed to accomplish the unbelievable feat of convincing the Canadian and US governments to pass the legislation to establish Waterton - Glacier  as the first International Peace Park in three months. Since that time, the park has hosted annual Hands Across the Border Assemblies and ceremonies, alternating between Waterton and East Glacier. To date, there are now 138 International Peace Parks throughout the world.
     
    As part of 2016's 84th Hands Across the Border Assembly, an intensive International workshop was held. Delegates from 10 nations (Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, South America, Canada and the United States) around the world attended to promote transborder conservation, environment and  international peace parks. In addition, Rotary Youth Exchange students participated. The workshop also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the US National Parks Service. As a result of this workshop 17 projects were identified and started. 
     
    In closing, Kitt reminded us of the importance of these Peace Parks as they help us to remember, Rotarians promote peace. She also put in a plug to encourage more members to attend these ceremonies held every year in September. If you have never attended one of these assemblies, the Hands Across the Border ceremonies is a very powerful event that helps you appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country like Canada.
    Peace Park Doug Fleming 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Brenda Bauman, President of the Rotary Music Festival Society provided the Club with a brief overview of the music festival. Brenda advised that planning for this years festival is underway. Last year, there were 1412 participants in the various disciplines of piano, strings, voice, choirs, speech arts, guitar, bands and instrumentals. Last year, $20,000 in awards were handout to participants. 
     
    Brenda advised  festival is always looking for new or innovative ways to conduct events. Last year the Band Festival was moved back to the schools wit the adjudicators moving from school to school rather than the bands traveling. The band teacher like this arrangement and find it better for the students. Brenda also advised that in guitar, they opened up more classes with less classical music to encourage more participation. In fact, one school has 25 guitars and their class participated in the festival helping to increase the numbers in guitar. Similarly, as part of Dr. Roy Wilson's estate, money was donated to RiverHeights School to purchase 25 mini violins. It is hoped that these students will take part of the festival in years to come.
     
    As you can image, it takes a lot of work to host this festival. Brenda reported 55 ladies run the various venture during the two week period. In addition, about 40 members of the Club and friends of Rotary help man the venue doors and information desk.
     
    Brenda reported that participants in our festival who went on to the Provincial and National festivals did well.
     
    This year's music festival runs from March 5th to 19th with the Rose Bowl competition on Friday March 17th and the Stars of the Festival evening on March 19th.
     
    In closing, Brenda thanked the Rotary Club for its continued support through fund raising efforts and volunteering at the festival.
    Music Festival Update Doug Fleming 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Oct 30, 2016
    President Elect Karen Blewett presented the Club with a brief overview of the Strategic Plan. We are very fortunate, that Karen was able to undertake the majority of the work complying this plan, because preparing such plans is one the task that Karen does in her day job. Karen advised that the plan would be brought back to the Club on November 28th for a more detailed review.
     
    The Strategic Plan process started on November 7, 2015 when 27 Rotarians met to discuss what Rotary meant to them and what was important to the Club. On January 18, 36 members had a chance to review what had been put together from the initial meeting. Then on April 18, the proposed Action Plan was commented on by 54 member. Finally on October 31, Karen presented a brief overview of the plan to date. Karen also pointed out this plan has been reviewed several time by the Board who feel the plan is ready to proceed to the next stages.
     
    After the overview, Karen discussed points under the topics of Commitment to the Plan; Club Involvement; Our Strategic Plan; Our Accomplishments; Year in Review and finally Next Steps. During her talk, Karen talked about things the Club is doing well, things we wish to change and additional things we could be doing. The Strategic Plan is meant to guide our Club for the next 3 to 5 years, but will hopefully be reviewed and modified each year to keep it relevant. 
     
    After a brief discuss, Sandy MacKay thank Karen for a job well done and encouraged all member to review the plan and be prepared to participate in the next discussion on November 28th.
    Strategic Plan Update Doug Fleming 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0