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Happenings in Rotary
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed Danielle Skogen ( a new member of MH Sunrise Rotary) to the club meeting and the podium today, to speak about her experiences in Guatemala.  Danielle is the founder of an NGO in Guatemala named SERnina (which means "to be a girl" in Spanish).
Danielle grew up in Medicine Hat from the age of 5, and graduated from high school here in town.  A teacher by trade, Danielle has always believed that education and empowerment are the keys to ending poverty.  She picked up stakes at age 23 and moved to Guatemala.  Danielle met many resilient, brave and hopeful young girls in the countryside, and took action to help them reach their full potential.  Alongside REALgirl Empowerment Program, Danielle co-founded SERnina to provide leadership, self-esteem and empowerment workshops to at-risk girls and women.  It has reached thousands of girls and is growing every year.
Danielle has moved back to Medicine Hat and is now launching a life coaching practice to support local women and girls and help them become the best version of themselves.
The Rotary Club welcomed Lisa Kowalchuk to the meeting today.  Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Chamber for slightly over 10 years, and has been a significant force in the Chambers amazing performance at the Provincial and Federal levels.  The local chamber has been recognized as the Alberta "Chamber of the Year" 3 times in the last 10 years, most recently in 2018.  The Chamber of Commerce has been around since 1900 and has had to adapt to grow and prosper in this changing society.  there are 870 members of the MH Chamber, and over 25,000 in chambers across the province.
Lisa mentioned that one of her current Board members is Rotarian Sara Koch, who was in the audience and she acknowledged the contributions of a number of Rotary members to the success of the Chamber over the years.  She talked about the goals of the Chamber, some of the challenges of a small chamber and a number (and it was a significant number) of accomplishments over the past year.  Lisa spoke about the makeup of the chamber and how that has shifted over the past 10 years.  As well, they want to be a credible advisor, to their members and to governments at all levels.  That means their approach has to be balanced and to the benefit of the entire community.
Lisa answered several questions from the audience and was presented with a Rotary "Medalta" half-full coffee mug by Mike Christie.  Lisa's presentation in "pdf" form is available on the club website under club documents and presentations.
It was a pleasure to welcome our current Short Term Youth Exchange participants, Karli Mardian from Medicine Hat and Bennedetta Minello from Italy to the meeting today.  Bennedetta is on the reciprocal portion of the exchange, after her family entertained Karli in Italy earlier this summer.
The girls were introduced by Rotarian Neil Mardian, and provided photographs of both halves of the exchange.  Karli spend 3 weeks in Italy and Bennedetta has one week remaining on her three week visit.  The girls have had a wonderful time, and everything has gone swimmingly (lots of water sports photos).  
Information about Youth Exchange can be found on the District Youth Exchange website http://www.yex5360.org 
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