Happenings in Rotary
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat is proud to participate in 2021 Rotary Rib-Fest again this year.  A big "THANK YOU" to Murray Chev Cadillac for allowing the use of their property again this year.
 
The dates have recently been confirmed as Friday August 6, 2021 (starting at 11:00 am) and running through to Sunday August 8, 2021 (finishing at about 7:00 pm).  It does take "serve" to a completely different place, but based on last year's wonderful ribs, they will "change lives"...so come on out and enjoy.
The annual tradition of a visit from the District Governor continued at Rotary today, as our newly installed DG Martin Parnell, of the Rotary Club of Cochrane, joined us by ZOOM.  Martin was introduced by Assistant Governor Dan Kammerer, who was "pitch hitting" for AG Keith Walker.
AG Dan introduced Martin Parnell, a long term Rotarian from the RC of Cochrane, married to Sue, with 3 children and the 3 "best" grandchildren.  Martin left the mining industry after 25 years, but he certainly didn't "retire".  He has had a long term personal project in terms of a "Quest for Kids", and has run a number of overseas marathons, completed a 250 marathon in one year task and has raised over $1.3 Million dollars for the organization "Right To Play".
 
Martin is an author, with his latest book coming out this year, and has been a long service Rotarian.
 
Martin began his talk with a land acknowledgement for District 5360, and spoke about the transition from a "virtual" world to the "new normal", which might not look quite like the normal we left 18 months ago.  He stressed that we need to be flexible and adaptable in Rotary, especially this year as we move back to "in person" meetings.
Martin talked about an African proverb, " if you want to go fast, go alone...and if you want to go far, go together".  He liked that image, because as Rotarians when we are together we can go a long way.
 
Martin spoke about his focus on the Strategic Plan of the District, the "Family of Rotary" and his three special initatives.  He mentioned "Move for Polio", and reminded everyone that donations to the campaign are matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He spoke about Wed March 2, 2022 which will be Rotary Day of Service, with an emphasis on empowering and supporting girls and women.  His third special promotion was the 2022 District Conference, a one day event in Cochrane on Saturday May 14, 2022.  They are hoping for 400 participants, and the charity partner that day will be Shelterbox.
 
He asked some questions of the club and answered a few questions from the group.  We look forward to an exciting year Martin, thanks for visit!!
President of the Music Festival Society, Milan Vujovic took the podium today and operated a Special General Meeting of the Rotary Music Festival Society.  The purpose of the meeting was to approve a set of updated and revised Society bylaws, which would open up membership in the Society to the general public.
After calling the meeting to order, Milan provided some background to the changes and there were a few comments and questions answered from the Project Team members.  After those were complete, on a motion made by Don Davis and seconded by Dave Panabaker, the revised bylaws were approved unanimously.  Anne Carrier, as the recording secretary for the Society, took attendance and confirmed that significantly more than a minimum quorum were present to approve this historic change.
 
The work continues, as new membership applications for the society were available at the meeting and the existing Society Board will begin recruiting interested parties from the music community.
Thanks were given to the Project team and to the existing Music Festival Society Board, for all the hard work that went into this project.  There is more work to do, but this was a significant step forward.
 
 
Upcoming Events
Medicine Hat

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Canada
Meeting in-person commencing again July 12,2021
Club Contact Info
Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 7H1
 
mhrotary@gmail.com