Happenings in Rotary
The Medicine Hat Rotary Club has an annual tradition, to spend an evening meeting near the end of the school year, with our Medicine Hat High School Interact club.  This Monday evening we were able to do just that, and. as always were impressed and proud of the work that has been going on all year at the school.
 
This years club has been led by co-Presidents, Jenna Schubert and Lydia Snider, as well as Vice President Sterling Clark.  The club has 20 active members and meets every Thursday at lunch.  They have participated in a number of great fundraising and learning projects this year, including Bake Sales, a poppy campaign for Remembrance Day, a 'fill a sock" promotion for those in need in the community and "Pi-day" (which involved teachers getting "pie in the face",  a huge success as a fundraiser).  Their earnings through the year were donated to the Mustard Seed.
 
The club also participated in the "Youth in Philanthropy" program organized by the Connunity Foundation of SE Alberta.  This was their 10th year in this program, and after consideration of a number of different charities, their funds were divided between Prairie Gleaners and the Alzheimer's Society. 
 
We all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the high school culinary students, it was very tasty.
President-elect Mike Christie assisted the students with the silent auction that they ran for this event, and they raised over $800.00 for their next projects.
 
We all had a great time, really enjoyed the visit and the enthusiasm and energy of the Interact students.  Well done!
The Rotary Club welcomed Francis Barnes to our meeting today.  Frances was introduced by Dave Panabaker.  Frances is a long time educator in the local school system and recently was the Chair of the Community Foundation of South Eastern Alberta.  She is now working as an executive coach, and trying to spend a little more time on the golf course.
Francis was with us today, to introduce us to a project that the CFSEA is taking on, a recognition program for 7 individuals over 70 years old.  The criteria specify that the achievements must have been made after the nominee has reached the age of 70.  Francis provided examples from a recent gala celebration in Calgary.
Frances asked the members of the Rotary club to first; spread the word, second; gather nominations (Aug 26 is the deadline), and third; to attend the Gala Event, on Thursday October 10, 2024 at Medalta.
 
More information can be obtained at https://cfsea.ca/top-7-70 .  This is not a fundraiser for the CFSEA, it is intended to recognize these outstanding individuals in the community.  Dan Kammerer from our club is a member of the CFSEA Board and is available to answer questions if you contact him.
 
Frances was thanked by President Bruce Shepard, with our Rotary coffee mug.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome to our meeting today, Kerstan Price, who is currently the Administrative Executive for the RYPEN camp.  Kerstan was introduced by Margie Booyens and has been involved with RYPEN since 2005, when she attended as a participant.  After that "life changing" experience she has returned as a leader and now helps organize the camps on a yearly basis.
The RYPEN camp (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) is held annual at the Lomond Bible Camp on the Little Bow Traverse reservoir.  Camp leaders are normally past participants.  Participants are not necessarily the top students or those who naturally excel, but those who have overcome adversity and can use an opportunity experience their own strength.  Many participants will move on to our Rotary Youth programs such as RAYEC or YEX.
 
The group has an amazing leadership team, and employ professionals in certain positions for social work, counselling and nursing.  Rotary clubs can support this with sponsorships, transport of students and leaders.
Many clubs across District 5360 (Including ours) sponsor participants.  The current cost is $600 per student.
 
The next RYPEN camp is May 3 - 6, 2024 and more information is available at http://www.rypen5360.org
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Medicine Hat

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 11:45 a.m.
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Canada
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has returned to meeting in person. Our first meeting of every month is a ZOOM business meeting. Check the club calendar, which is usually up to date for our meeting locations and program.
Club Contact Info
Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 7H1
 
mhrotary@gmail.com