President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen began the meeting with a number of reminders, which are found in this Newsletter.  Its going to be a busy few weeks, with the Music Festival slated to start this upcoming Sunday, as well as a number of other Rotary and educational opportunities available in the community.
Rotary Fun Fact:
  • One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary "4-Way Test".  It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932.  The 4-Way Test, a 24 word code of ethics was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways.
  • "Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
Rotary Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Karen a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
  • Rotary Music Festival:  March 4-18.  There will be lots of opportunities for volunteer work over those two weeks.
  • Sunrise Rotary Club:  March 10, is sponsoring a "Medicine Hat March Madness - Wheelchair Basketball Edition".  See the poster below.
  • Board Leadership Workshop - March 3, at the MH College.  A great day of training and discussion for anyone involved in a voluntary organization or society.  If you are interested in attending please consult the website at;
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • District Global Grant Workshop - March 24, 2018 – District is hosting a Global Grants workshop in Calgary.
  • District 5360 Convention: May 4 – 6, 2018:   Register on District website.  Early bird registration has been extended to February 15th.  The Club will provide support to Rotarians interested in attending the District Convention.
  • Centennial Celebration:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto:  This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned Rotarians to become immersed in the world of Rotary. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
Program for the Evening Rosebowl Celebration - Joe Chacko
Rotarian Joe Chacko took the podium to encourage all members of the Rotary club to attend the Rosebowl competition on Friday evening, March 16th at the MH College Theater, beginning at 7 pm.   After the winner of that competition is announced, it has been traditional that the club entertain the winner of this competition, at an evening meeting to hear a performance and celebrate the completed Music Festival.
That event is scheduled for Monday evening, May 16th, at the MH College cafeteria, for dinner and a special performance.  Please mark it on your calendar!
The Rotary Club and Music Festival Society Boards have worked together and developed an evening at our primary venue for the Rotary Music Festival.  The intention is to have a great evening social event, and then celebrate the winner of the Rosebowl competition with a performance for the club.  The volunteers at the Music Festival will be invited to join the club that evening, as a recognition of their work and a thank you for their service.
The event is scheduled for Monday evening, May 16, 2018, at the MH College cafeteria.  One of Joe's points related to cost, and that other venues had been considered but given the costs of our previous location (the Black Box Theatre at the Esplanade) the per person cost gets really high.  In order to cover the meal and venue expenses at the College, the charge will be $30/person on that evening.  Please mark it on your calendar.
Induction of Whitney Ogle
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was pleased to welcome Whitney Ogle to the family of Rotary today.  We look forward to Whitney's participation in our projects and learning much from her about aboriginal issues within our community and our country.  She was inducted by a Past President of our club, Dawn Barr and welcomed by her sponsor, Sandy Mackay, Club President Karen Blewett and Membership Director Bruce Shepard. 
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Joe Hrankowski, a visiting friend of the club.
  • Drew Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat was a guest today.
  • Whitney Ogle, who will be inducted into the club today!
  • Garth Vallely        February 26.
  • Jason Hertz         February 27.
  • Margie Booyens  February 29.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Mike Christie    March 4, 2002       16 years
  • Dave Stalwick       March 4, 2002       16 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Dave Panabaker was the lucky winner of the weekly draw, collecting a Blipper blanket handmade by Dawn Barr.
  • Milan Vujovic was in attendance, and because he didn't buy a meal, he only won the right to be "happy".
Club 500:
  • No draws today, next draw is the second meeting of March.
Make Ups:
  • The nine members of the bingo team who worked on Sunday afternoon, Feb 18th.
  • Ray Kemp attended the RC of Palm Springs Sunup meetings 6 times on holidays this winter.
  • Dick Bide attended two meetings of the RC of Kona Sunrise while on holiday.
Family of Rotary:
  • No news to report today.
Minute People:
  • Whitney Ogle thanked everyone who publicized, supported, attended or otherwise supported the recent Journey of Reconciliation at the Medicine Hat College.  The conference was an amazing success, and hopefully will lead to constructive dialogue, cooperation and more conferences in the future.
  • Dawn Barr announced that former Rotarian Richard Kowalchuk's son, Benjamin has applied for the short term exchange program and his first choice of destination is Japan.
  • Dawn also announced that applications for RYLA, to be held May 10 - 13 at Camp Chestermere are now open, and suggests for students to attend would be welcome.
  • Dave Panabaker thanked all the Rotarians who worked the bingo on Sunday February 18, and those who offered to, and was "happy" to win the guess pot. The bingo made $372 toward the shared pool.
  • John John asked anyone who has spare time during the Festival, to please review the schedule of volunteers needed for Door Monitoring and Information Desk.  There are several spots to fill through the Festival.
    Upcoming Events
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    Mar 05, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Canadian Humanitarian
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Reclassification Talk Chris
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 19, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 21, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    NO MEETING RE: Easter Monday
    Apr 02, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr 09, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rosebowl Performance - Evening Meeting
    Apr 16, 2018
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Reclassification Talk
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    Apr 23, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
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