Happenings in Rotary
Club Secretary Doug Fleming provided the club with a thorough and entertaining "reclassification" talk.  As this club has a number of very experienced Rotarians, the club Board would like to re-introduce more junior members to our senior folks with these 'historical" talks.  Doug started his talk by advising that he goes by his middle name, his actual first name is John.
Doug has been married to Joan for 54 years, and they have two children, Wendy and Chris.  They also have three granddaughters; the middle one's name is "Charlie" after her grandfathers (who were both members of this club!!)
 
Doug has had a varied career in surveying, regional municipal planning and consulting.  He joined the Rotary Club in Nov 1983, at the encouragement of Sandy Mackay and spent 16 years in the club until he moved to Hanna for 6 years.  He rejoined the club when he retired in 2005.  He served as Club President in 2011-2012 and since then has had the role of Club Secretary, a position he said might be "for life".
 
He spoke passionately about Rotary Youth programs, specifically the RYPEN program that he participated in and how the Rotary Music Festival was an important project to him personally because of his family's involvement.  He also talked about the Rotary Foundation, how it has become one of his charities of choice, for their great work promoting the eradication of polio.
 
Doug answered a couple of questions and was then thanked by President Melanie.
 
Other Rotarians will be asked to do similar talks, throughout this Rotary year.
We enjoyed the EARLY morning of Friday September 2nd, 2022 which presented a great opportunity for Rotary to provide service in the community & have some fun doing it. A total of 9 Rotarians & 3 Friends of Rotary volunteered 36 hours to feed 450+ people breakfast. Many of those who participated would volunteer to do more of these kinds of projects. No or limited costs and gets our name out there.
 
Certainly a lot of fun, a few photos to show off our cooking skills
The Rotary Club enjoyed a presentation by Odeta Doroftei, the Marketplace Programs coordinator for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) servicing Southern Alberta and East Kootenay.
 
The BBB is a non-profit organization funded by accredited businesses to offer services that foster trust in the marketplace.  It was originally established in 1912, and there are now 112 BBB organizations across North America.  The BBB has a Vision that "an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other".
 
Odeta provided an overview of the history of the BBB, of some of the challenges facing the marketplace at this time and several of the most dangerous scams that are lurking out there.  She started by saying that "Being a victim of a scam is not your fault, and not to be ashamed if this happens to you".  It is incredibly important to report such problems, to keep others from being future victims.
 
She specifically pointed out in "How to spot a scam"
 
  • Time Constraints (it has to happen right now)
  • Limited Availability (of this specific good or service)
  • Emotional Factor (it will play on your feelings)
These are designed to keep you off balance and not thinking clearly.
 
The presentation ended abruptly, as she was finishing up, due to a failure of our laptop.  Unfortunately no Q&A period was possible.
 
 
Upcoming Events
Medicine Hat

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 11:45 AM
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, face-to-face meetings as of Monday March 21. A ZOOM link will still be available for those who are cautious, ill or are away on vacation.
Club Contact Info
Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 7H1
 
mhrotary@gmail.com