Happenings in Rotary
We welcomed the new Plant Manager, Brad Apking and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Jody McGill.
 
 
Methanex took over the plant-site in Medicine Hat in 1992, so they will celebrate 30 years in the community this summer.  The plant originally was constructed by Alberta Gas Chemicals and opened in 1972, so a 50 year anniversary is also in the calendar for this year.
 
Brad has been with Methanex for 9 years, and transferred to  Medicine Hat in June of last year.  He spent a little time speaking to the change in climate and lifestyle from his previous posting in Louisiana.  Methanex is a Canadian company, headquartered in Vancouver.  They have 1,500 employee's worldwide and make approx. 13% of the worlds methanol supply.
Brad recommended the company website, www.methanex.com , to everyone for much more information.  He spoke about the uses of the product and some of the challenges of the Medicine Hat location.  He mentioned that they have had 6 years of operation without a lost time injury and work diligently on Emergency Management.  They also have been awarded several safe operation and safe shipping awards.
 
Brad and Jody invited everyone to the plant site in the Fall of 2022, for the annual "Connecting with Community" day.
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Medicine Hat's new Mayor, Linnsie Clark, to our meeting today.  She spoke about her first 50 days in office and her experience so far in the role.
 
Mayor Linnsie was welcomed by President Terry Partis and introduced by Membership Director Mike Christie.
 
 
Linnsie was born in Oyen, and grew up on a ranch south of Medicine Hat.  She attended the University of Lethbridge for her undergraduate degree and obtained her law degree at the University of Victoria.  She worked for 10 years in Vancouver with the hospital union, and returned to Medicine Hat as a solicitor for the City in 2017.  She expressed her passion for the community and for a healthy, vibrant population.
 
She spoke about the difficult times that the community has endured during the COVID period, particularly the economy and the mental health of both the community at large and individuals.
 
She appreciates the Rotary principles, and our motto of "Service above Self" and she hopes to make a difference during her time as Mayor.  She mentioned the challenges that face members of the community, housing, mental health and substance abuse.  She spoke about the budgeting challenges and upcoming Strategic Planning that this Council will do together.  She sees exceptional talents in the Council, and is hoping to lead them towards a bright future.
 
Many questions were asked and answered and President Terry expressed his appreciation for the Mayor's attendance and her willingness to speak to us.
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Bisrat Sime, the Country Coordinator for Canadian Humanitarian in Ethiopia, as well as Deb Northcott who with spouse and Rotarian Dick run this charity.  Bisrat has been with Canadian Humanitarian since 2010 and with other NGO's prior to that since 1996.
Bisrat spent some time detailing the program in the area of Addis Ababa, as well as several centers in the south of the country. He spoke about the need for care, for vocational and educational training and support for high education that they have been able to provide.
 
They are involved with over 1600 children in 7 different centers.  He gave several great examples of success stories with graduates, who have gone on to professional careers and have broken the cycle of poverty.  He spoke about the difficulty of operating with COVID restrictions over the past year, involving home study, phone comsultation and scheduled visits to promote social distancing.  He also spoke about the political instability, which has resulted in an ongoing war in the north part of the country which is very troubling.
He finished his talk by thanking all those present for their support over the past years, which has been vital and essential to their success.  He is confident and hopeful that Rotarians will continue to support the organization and their work.
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
As of Sept 20, 2021 our club is meeting online through the end of January 2022. As we progress through the Public Health Emergency we will modify as required.
Club Contact Info
Rotary Club of Medicine Hat
PO Box 1058
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 7H1
 
mhrotary@gmail.com