Happenings in Rotary
The Rotary Club welcomed Doug Macdonald, Chair of the District 5360 "Protecting Vulnerable People" Committee.  Doug's presentation today was about the revised District Policy for protection of vulnerable people, and expansion of the Youth Protection Policy adopted by the District in 2014.
Doug has decades of experience with organizations that deal with vulnerable people, he just finished over 20 years with Scouts Canada.
 
He spoke about the reasons to adopted a new policy, those being
  • It's the law!
  • It's both Rotary International and District 5360 policy.
  • It's the right thing to do.
The policy is really designed to prevent harm, and when harm is suspected or reported, having a procedure to follow that will stand up to legal scrutiny.
 
The District Policy, and the job description for a Club Safety Officer (CSO), were circulated early last week.  The next step is to build an incident response team and both adopt the policy at the club level and assign someone to the role of CSO.  Training and certification of all volunteers needs to follow.  That training needs to be repeated every 3 years, to ensure it becomes part of our routine.
 
A number of questions were asked and answered, and Doug was thanked by President Mark.
 
The club welcomed Danielle Skogen, the Program Development Director for Canadian Humanitarian and a member of the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary club.  Danielle started her presentation by expressing thanks for the opportunity to update us all and apologies from Rotarian Dick Northcott, who was trapped in Fort MacMurray by the weather and couldn't attend. Danielle has been in the International Development business for 9  years, although only this past year with Canadian Humanitarian.  Canadian Humanitarian is a local organized, international non-profit, with operations in Ethiopia, Malawi and Guatemala.
 
 
Canadian Humanitarian aims to break the cycle of poverty by starting with children, their education, nutrition and care.  They use an Educational Support Center model, to deal with many aspects of the children in their programs.
 
 
Danielle spoke about their "child centered program, support that improves the individual sucess of each child.
 
 
Canadian Humanitarian is having a virtual fundraiser, on Friday November 20th.  They would really appreciate the support of Rotarians, so please either donate, check out the silent auction items or buy tickets at the website above.  Danielle explained some of the COVID challenges and answered a few questions.  She was thanked for her great work and excellent presentation by Acting President Terry.
The Rotary Club enjoyed updates and feedback on three area's of activity in the world of Rotary.
 
First, PDG Sandy Mackay spoke briefly about the World Polio Day event last week, and some of the history around polio and Rotary work to eradicate the disease.  He was grateful that a number of Rotarians took this opportunity to make a donation to the End Polio campaign and provided some thanks to those who helped organize the publicity around the event.
 
Sandy also spoke about Rotary Peace Fellowships, in particular a specific young man from Calgary who has taken his passion for service to the field with the Red Cross. The article can be found at this link https://www.uu.se/en/news-media/news/article/?id=15436&typ=artikel&lang=en 
 
 
Next, Rotarian Roger Roy spoke about the situation in Nayarit, Mexico, through a letter from Club Rotario Bahía de Jaltemba La Peñita, who he attends when he is able to escape winter to the Pacific coast of Mexico. The letter talks about the impact of the COVID infections, and the resulting economic shutdowns in their community.  Our club had sent them a donation from our club members in the summer, which amounted to 36,700 pesos which is being used for hot meals, medical supplies and food care packages.  The letter highlights some of the challenges they face and the current dire situation without their normal seasonal tourist trade.  The letter is signed: 
In closing, we again thank our Rotarian friends at Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
for your generous donation and support.
 
 
SERVICE ABOVE SELF!
 
 
Isidro Israel Hinojosa Guzmán
Presidente 2020-2021
Club Rotario Bahía de Jaltemba – La Peñita #81838/ D-4140
 
 
 
Thirdly, PP Margie Booyens announced that our three new club members, who were challenged to look at the community and determine a need they could support with a donation of $1,000 will be doing a presentation at our "in-person" club meeting on Monday November 30.  It should be an exciting meeting and an interesting discussion, try not to miss it.
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Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Canada
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Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 7H1
 
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