Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 07, 2019
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Kevin Shufflebotham, President of Medicine Hat College.
  • Terry Chapman, Provost and Vice President, Academic for MH College.
  • Cathy Crockford, Director of Continuing Studies.
  • Shalla Shahayar, a Rotarian in waiting.
  • a number of Rotary partners were also present at the lunch.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth        October 7.
  • Karen Blewett                October 13.
  • Dominique Hirsch          October 13.
  • Doug Thorson                October 13.
  • Joe Chacko                    October 20.
  • Anne Carrier            6 years     October 7, 2013.
Weekly Draws:  
  • No draws this week.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week.
Make Ups:
Club Secretary Doug Fleming noted
  • 7 Rotarians worked at the CORE hot meal program this past week.
  • 9 Rotarians worked a bingo on Saturday October 5th.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club sends it's best wishes to Joan Sauve, who is recovered from a fall.  We send her our thoughts and prayers as she gets better.
Minute People: 
  • Allan O'Byrne, President of the Rotary Music Festival Society Board reminded all club members that the AGM for the Society will be Monday October 28, immediately after a shortened Rotary Club meeting.  There are several positions on the Music Festival Society Board that will need filling for 2019 - 2020, please contact Allan if you would like a chance to serve on this board.
  • Sandy Mackay reminded the club that World Polio Day is Thursday Oct 24, and he is looking for help in running an "End Polio" event that evening.  It is likely that MH HIgh Interact kids will do a "purple pinkie" promotion again, to raise funds for the End Polio campaign.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded everyone that there is no meeting next week, with the Thanksgiving holiday, and if you plan to visit the MH Sunrise club on Tuesday AM, please register on line so they have an accurate headcount for the room setup and Chinook Village staff.
  • Dave also advised that the bingo on Saturday had a profit of $930.18 and Dick Bide won the guess pot.  Thanks to all the volunteers!
    Meeting News Dave Panabaker 2019-10-07 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 07, 2019
    The Rotary Club was delighted to move their meeting today, to the Courtyard Room at the Medicine Hat College and enjoy a presentation about the direction and strategic plan updates that have been taking place under the guidance of the new Medicine Hat College President, Kevin Shufflebotham.  Kevin was introduced by "Acting President" Gail Halderman, who presented Kevin as the 10th, and youngest, President to hold this role at the Medicine Hat College.
    Kevin is new to the College but not new to the area.  Both he and his wife Corrine are from this region, and he "loves being at the college".  He emphasized that they are focused on the mandate of the college, to "be the best you can be" and also focused on "the students".  The reality is that MH College is all about the students, which currently has approx 3,350 enrolled in various programs.
    The college has been going through a Strategic Planning process, to envision the next 10 years at the institution.  He intends to be here to "see through" the changes that the adoption of that plan will bring.  He reviewed the "SWOT" analysis done as part of that process, the Strength's, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats to this institution and engaged the Rotarians present in discussion of several of those points.
    Kevin encouraged those present to take the questionaire at to "Think, Discuss and Engage" about the future needs in the region and where the programs of the Medicine Hat College can at add to the value chain.  He spoke about the need to "refocus" their programs for the next 10 years and he spent some time comparing the situation here to SAIT or Olds College.
    Kevin was thanked by Rotarian Terry Cooper ( a former VP Academic at MHC) and presented with a token of the club's appreciation.  He answered a number of questions and directed other questions to some of the senior college staff who were present.
    A great lunch meeting, and we wish Kevin and the college staff every success in the future.
    Medicine Hat College update Dave Panabaker 2019-10-07 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Sep 23, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Dr Jason Vaz to the podium.  Jason was a performer in the Rotary Music Festival from 1990 to 2005.  He began competing at age 3, and was twice runner up in the Rosebowl competition. After graduation from high school he started to focus on dancing and ended up pursuing dance professionally with Citie Ballet (Edmonton), Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen Canada and several other companies.
    He has subsequently pursued an undergraduate  Biomedical Science degree at the University of Calgary, and completed his MD at the University of Alberta.
    He is completed his final year of Anesthesia Residency at the U of A and did a year long fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
    His words said it best, " I owe so much of my current success to my formative years in the Rotary Music Festival.  I believe all those years of practicing endlessly, balancing multiple activities and dealing with performance pressure, set the foundation for me to be able to pursue music, dance and medicine. "  "Looking back, I am so grateful to the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat for their continual support of the Music Festival.  I really believe that studying music opens countless doors and that my childhood in Medicine Hat would not have been the same had I not been involved in music".
    Dr Vaz spoke about the lifelong friendships he maintains with fellow performs and the self confidence he still feels to this day.
    The whole club wishes Jason well, as he takes up his new position at the Children's Hospital in Saskatoon, in their Anesthesiology department.
    Music Festival Impact - Jason Vaz Dave Panabaker 2019-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Sep 23, 2019
    DG Christine Rendell and PDG Sandy Mackay were pleased to present Malcolm Sissons with an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship on behalf of the Medicine Hat Rotary Club.
    Sandy Mackay advised that this is the second recognition of Malcolm made by this club, the first going back to 1976, when then DG Leo Lewis recognized Malcolm for his work in the community and with a Post Graduate Fellowship in Grenobal, France.  Malcolm spoke about being newly married and spending a year in France.
    The presentation touched on many Heritage and Historical topics within the community which Malcolm has been active in.  Malcolm is well known in the community for his weekly historical article in the Medicine Hat News and being a "go to" authority on historical places and buildings within the local area.
    Malcolm's work and community spirit will be recognized later this year with an Alberta Award of Excellence.
    All the members of the club congratulate him on his achievements and thank him for his service to the community.
    Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship - Malcolm Sissons Dave Panabaker 2019-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Sep 23, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed Christine Rendell, District Governor for 2019 - 2020 to the meeting today.
    DG Christine was introduced by local AG Dave Panabaker, and told us about her experience with Rotary starting with induction in 1999.  She has now been a member of the Calgary East club for 20 years, and she and her husband Brian have been partners in the Rotary journey.  She joined while she worked for ATB Financial, as an opportunity to give back to the community and network through the business community. She has been President of the Calgary East club and a member of the District 5360 Board. 
    She is working this year under a motto of "Connect, Communicate and Collaborate".  She has been part of the Calgary East "Police Reading in School" program, mentoring youth and building homes in Mexico.  She believes the time is exactly right for Rotary, for growing it with our increasing diverse community and she read the new "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement".  There is room for everyone in Rotary.
    Rotary's Strategic Plan has four pillars
    1. Increase our impact.
    2. Expand our Reach.
    3. Enhance Participation and Engagement.
    4. Increase our Ability to Adapt.
    DG Christine thanked everyone for all they do for Rotary, and provided a summary of upcoming events and activities in the District.
    Christine was thanked by President Margie, and given a Rotary "Half-full" cup to commemorate her visit.
    Official Visit of the District Governor Dave Panabaker 2019-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Sep 16, 2019
    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.
    SERnina presentation by Danielle Skogen 2019-09-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Sep 09, 2019
    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.
    Presentation by Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Dave Panabaker 2019-09-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Aug 19, 2019
    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 
    Short Term Youth Exchange Dave Panabaker 2019-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Aug 12, 2019
    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome two members of last years Interact Club, Azin Dolatabadi and Rhea Nayak, to the meeting today.  The girls were introduced by Theresa Eisenbarth, who is the club representative to the Medicine Hat High School club.  Both girls attended this years edition of "Adventures in Citizenship", in Ottawa.  They began their presentation by speaking about the travel and meeting their host families.  The event was attended by over 220 students from all across the country, for three days of education and fun learning about may aspects of government, and some of the things that make Canada great.
    They visited the Canadian War Museum, got a tour of the west block of Parliament, meeting both the Speaker of the House and the Privy Clerk.
    They witnessed an emotional citizenship ceremony and toured the Shaw center learning about the challenges of the indigenous peoples and trying some traditional foods.
    Both girls are headed to university, attempting degrees in science.  We wish both the girls well in their future endeavors and thank them for their community service through Interact and their great presentation.  The girls were presented with Rotary mugs by President Margie Booyens.
    Adventures in Citizenship Dave Panabaker 2019-08-12 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 29, 2019
    In a special presentation today, Past President Chris Perret announced that Herman Wahl was being made an Honorary Member of the club.
    Herman joined the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat in 1962, and took the Rotary charge to heart, participating in club projects and activities for 57 years.  He demonstrated the qualities of head and heart that epitomize being a Rotarian and has been an inspiration to many in the club.  Herman was introduced to the club by Bill Sellhorn ( Anne Carrier's father) and was given the classification "flower farmer" to fit with his greenhouse industry business.
    In 2019, Herman's health has been a challenge and he needed to reconsider active membership and took a leave of absence.  The Membership Committee and the Rotary Board did not want to end over 57 years of dedicated service and fellowship and therefore converted his membership to honorary.  What that hopefully means is all the fun and less of the work.  We also hope to see Herman and Fran at future Rotary events and we all thank Herman for his many years of service to Rotary and the Community.
    Honorary Club Membership - Herman Wahl Dave Panabaker 2019-07-29 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 22, 2019
    The Rotary Club celebrated the start of this years Stampede Week with our annual picnic in the park.  Rotary Park was one of the major activities of the Rotary Club in the last century, and the site of the old pool has been preserved as a beautiful urban park and greenspace.
    It was a special pleasure this year to welcome this years District 5360 Governor, Christine Rendell and her husband Brian Carnahan.  Christine is a native of Bishop's Falls, Nfld and had a long career at ATB prior to retiring in 2006.  She and Brian have two sons and one 3 year old granddaughter.
    Christine spoke very briefly, and shouted above the traffic noise from Maple Ave, about her love of Rotary, some of her past experience and her general views on this year.  She will be returning in September to a regular club meeting for a more formal presentation of this years theme and some Rotary International updates.
    Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal, catered by Skinny's Smokehouse and organized by Jillian Koch (many thanks for a great job Jillian!!).  Also congratulations to the winners of the "dress up for stampede" contest, both Anne Carrier and Stan Sakamoto took home door prizes.
    Rotary in the Park with the District Governor Dave Panabaker 2019-07-22 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 15, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Katarina Braess, our visiting New Generations Service Exchange student to the podium, who provided a summary of herself and of her community.
    She began her presentation by thanking everyone for providing her with this opportunity, she is having a wonderful time and learning a great deal about her chosen profession.
    Katarina began by speaking about her hometown, Regensburg which is in Southwestern Germany in Bavaria.  She believes that Bavaria has the most distinctly German culture of any of the area's of Germany.  The City means "Castle at the Rain" and has a population of 150,000.   It has history dating back to the Roman Empire, and the medieval inner city is a UNESCO world heritage site. She is sponsored for her exchange by Rotary Millenium Regensburg. 
    Katarina is almost 19, has graduated from high school and is taking a gap year before entering university.  Her high school was founded in 1505 and her description of high school sounds like a lot more school and a lot less sports than in North America.  She also described her previous participation in the Short Term Exchange program and their family had a Long Term Exchange student from Brazil stay with them.
    In her gap year she has taken a French language course in Paris, spent time in Morocco doing social service work and has done legal internships in Regensburg and Munich.  Definitely not an idle year, that's for sure.  She will be returning home in late August, with intentions to attend university close to home.
    We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
    Presentation by Katarina - New Generations Service Exchange Dave Panabaker 2019-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 08, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed fellow Rotarians from District 9930, which takes up the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.  This was the second half of a Friendship Exchange that saw a number of District 5360 Rotarians in New Zealand last year.
    The visitors were treated to a tour of City Hall, where they met Mayor Clugston, and also enjoyed a visit to Medalta.
    On Friday evening, a special club meeting was held and Michael Nightingale and Carl Tookey from the New Zealand group presented a great slideshow on District 9930 and the flora/fauna of New Zealand.  A great time was had by everyone and we wish the group well in their further travels over the next 10 days.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Dave Panabaker 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 08, 2019
    Club Treasurer Gail Halderman presented the 2019 - 2020 Budget for approval by the club.
    The meeting had two components, as the first half was related to Gails presentation and the second PP Chris Perret spoke about issues with our Club 500 draw, and the need to think carefully about our fundraising activities and how we can work together with the Music Festival Society to improve our ability to fundraise.
    A number of questions and suggestions were put forward by Rotarians on both topics and the budget was ultimately approved.  A copy of the budget can be found under "Club Documents" in Clubrunner.
    2019 - 2020 Club Budget Dave Panabaker 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 08, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Katarina to the meeting and our club on Canada Day.  There was a welcome party at Skinny's Smokehouse, which was attended by host families and other Rotarians.  Great food and wonderful to see so many folks out to introduce themselves and visit with our first New Generations Service Exchange student
    Katarina was also put to work at the Salvation Army Hot Meal program on Wednesday evening.
    Introduction of Katerina Braess, NGSE student Dave Panabaker 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 24, 2019
    The annual Executive changeover was completed at the meeting, with the installation of Margie Booyens as President, and the induction of the 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors.
    PP Karen Blewett, who has been working on our Strategic Plan update, spent some time speaking about the "experiment" we are undertaking with this board, developing revised member roles and creating several "at large" Directorships, to allow us to be more flexible and nimble.
    We all wish the Board success and the changes will be reviewed in December at the AGM.
    Induction of 2019 - 2020 Rotary Executive Dave Panabaker 2019-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 24, 2019
    It's a great privilege of Past President's to induct new members to the club, and today PP Mike Christie read the induction for Rod Dal Collo.  Rod is a former Rotarian, with previous service at both Calgary Olympic and the Hinton Rotary Clubs, but has been away from Rotary for a few years.  Rod is a native of Redcliff, and has returned to this area in his profession as a lawyer with Stringam LLP.
    Rod's sponsor was PP Dave Panabaker, who told the club a little about Rod and who worked with Rod's father at the City of Medicine Hat Gas Utility.  President Chris Perret presented Rod with his member pin and the certificate of membership
    We all welcome Rod to the club and look forward to his contribution to the club and to the community.
    Welcome to New Member - Rod Dal Collo Dave Panabaker 2019-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 19, 2019
    PDG Sandy Mackay was pleased to present two Rotarians with recognition of contributions to the Rotary Foundation, with Paul Harris Fellowships.
    First, because the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat is a 100% PHF club, Sandy presented Lisa DesRouches with her first PHF, as a new member and for her enthusiastic participation in the club since joining this year.  Great work and thank you.
    Sandy then presented Honorary Rotarian Sieg Kappler with a Paul Harris pin with 5 sapphires, to recognize his continuing contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  We all benefit from these contributions with funds returned through the District and Global grant programs that allow Rotary to "do good" in the world.  Thanks Sieg!
    Presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships Dave Panabaker 2019-06-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 10, 2019
    Marg Mazerolle took the podium and presented the work of a small committee which has been tasked with selecting community members for Honorary Paul Harris Fellowships.  This form of Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is an honorary recognition by Rotary as a way to say "thank you" to an individual for their contributions to improving the quality of the life in the community.
    The committee recommended two names, which were voted on by the members present and approved unanimously.
    Because this award is done confidentially, the two individuals will now be approached and arrangements made to make the presentations.  Thanks to the committee for their work, they have come up with two worthy recipients.  Names to be announce once confirmed.
    Honorary Paul Harris Fellowships Dave Panabaker 2019-06-10 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 10, 2019
    The club is always thrilled to welcome a new member to the Family of Rotary, so Past President Doug Fleming and sponsor Mark Sorenson were pleased to induct Neil Mardian into the club, and present him with the pin and membership certificate of a Rotarian.
    Neil is a co-worker of Mark's at TD Canada Trust in their financial planning group.
    We welcome Neil to the club, and look forward to helping him contribute to the life and vibrancy of this community and the world.
    Induction of Neil Mardian Dave Panabaker 2019-06-10 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 10, 2019
    The club was very proud to welcome Michael Clark, this years winner of the Rotary District 5550 scholarship in honor of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.
    The purpose of the Rotary District 5550 scholarship is to honor the Humboldt Broncos who lost their lives or were injured in the April 2018 bus accident, and to recognize a Humboldt Broncos player who shows caring for others and demonstrates an attitude of "Service above Self".In order to be eligible for the award, three criteria are in place.
    1. A player must be playing with the Humboldt Broncos in his final year of junior eligibility.
    2. A player must demonstrate a commitment to his academic pursuits with a Grade 12 average above 70% or have completed a minimum of 2 post-secondary courses.
    3. A player must have contributed a significant number of volunteer hours in the community while playing for the Humboldt Broncos.
    Michael was born in Medicine Hat in August of 1998, and soon moved to Newfoundland where the majority of his family are from. He has a life long love of hockey, playing on a frozen pond in Terrenceville, NFLD when he was just walking and has been at a rink one way or the other for most of his 20 years.
    Michael spoke about winning the award, his community involvement and the lessons this hard year has taught him.
    All of us wish him the absolute best, as he pursues a degree in Finance at the University of Lethbridge beginning in the fall.  He is a worthy recipient of the scholarship and we are sure he'll do great things in the future.
    Humboldt Strong - D5550 Scholarship winner Dave Panabaker 2019-06-10 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 03, 2019
    The meeting of the club was spent discussing a key strategic decision for the club go forward, that of our key focus areas.
    The club is in the midst of a number of discussions about sustainability and modernization, and for the short term future it is advisable to establish some "Pillars of the Club", which will help define the club both internally and within the community.
    Chris Perret, Karen Blewett and Heather Bach led a discussion of those pillars.
    A questionnaire is going out to all club members this week and the intention is to integrate whatever pillars are approved more intentionally into the work of the Rotary Club.
    Strategic Discussion - Pillars of the Club Dave Panabaker 2019-06-03 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on May 29, 2019
    The May 27th Rotary meeting was an evening meeting held at Medicine Hat High School with the MHHS Interact Club.  25 Rotarians; 7 Spouses/Partners; 8 Interact Students and 6 guests were in attendance. The Interact students ran the meeting with some help from President Chris and Sergeant-at-Arms Adolf.
    The meeting was opened by Interact Co-Presidents Azin and Michael. Following the singing of O'Canada lead by vocalist Miranda and Noah on piano, a lovely supper was served by the cafeteria staff.  Following supper, Presidents Azin and Michael then explained the proceeding for the evening.  They highlighted the silent auction items and reminded those present to buy raffle tickets for the 10 table succulent plant centre pieces which were made and donated by President Azin's mother.
    Azim and Sergeant at Arms Adolf then went around putting the touch on all Rotarians in attendance. The proceeds when to the Interact Club's hospital project so no one objected too much to being fined.
    Interact members Azin, Iqmat and Micheal then presented a Power Point overview of the Hat High Interact Club. The Club has 18 active members and have been raising funds through bake sales and various other activities. They then presented an impressive list of the Club's projects and activities.
    • Renovating a room in the Pediatric Ward at the hospital (Main project for the past 2 years.)
    • Helping our Club serve Hot Meals at the Salvation Army.
    • Purple Pinkies for Polio.
    • Bake Sales.
    • Canada Day PopCorn Concession.
    Two members of the Interact Club attended RYLA as participants while one went as a Junior Leader. Two Club members also went to Ottawa for the Adventures in Citizenship program. 
    The Interact Club received funds from the Community Foundation's 'Youth in Philanthropy', to donate to organizations of their choice. They decided to donate funds to Saamis Immigration ($1500) and The  Medicine Hat Health Foundation ($1500).  Cheques were then presented to representative from these organizations.
    Following the cheque presentations, the Interactors showed a short video on their Pediatric room project and the formal part of the meeting came to a conclusion as the winners of the silent auction were announce. Members in attendance then had an opportunity to mix and mingle with these active and enthusiastic Interactor before heading home.
    During the evening, a number of comments were made to the effect that these Interactors are the future of Rotary and judging from the actions of these students, the future looks bright.
    Interact Meeting Doug Fleming 2019-05-29 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 29, 2019
    On Monday evening, April 25th, The Rotary Club was very happy to welcome the Lorentzen family to our evening meeting, and hear an amazing performance by the 2019 Winner of the Rotary Rosebowl, Laec Lorentzen.  Laec played two pieces on the cello and was accompanied by Con Shandro.
    Laec was introduced by the 2019 Chairman of the Festival Committee, Milan Vujovic who did a review of the Festival history and talked about recent events.  Laec performed Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and by the modern composer Martinu, "Variations on a Theme of Rossini by Paganini".
    The room was pretty full for the performance and we all wish Laec the best at Provincials.
    2019 Rosebowl Evening Dave Panabaker 2019-04-29 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 08, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed honorary member, Mayor Ted Clugston to the meeting today and enjoyed a quick review of the State of the City.  Mayor Ted is in his second term as Mayor and has now been on City Council for over 10 years.  He started by introducing the current council, and by talking about making Medicine Hat a municipal environment where people want to "Live/Work/Play".  Mayor Ted spoke about the transition from huge capital projects, such as the river flood berms and the Canalta Center to seeing those projects augmented with Private Developments that complement that work.
    Ted spoke about the development of large scale commercial in the City's SE quadrant and the massive new industries such as HUT8, Aurora and Folium.  He also spoke about the "patient" money being invested by the private sector, who see it as a good time to build for a future which is much brighter.
    He talked about the Financially Fit program, which adjusted City revenues for the loss of the large Energy Dividend, and touched on a number of other timely issues.
    He was asked about Supervised Consumption site, about Utility Bill charges and for an update on the Energy Division exploration program.  Certainly it could have gone on a long time, but Ted had to run to take part in the announcement on a Ronald MacDonald house adjacent to the hospital (a blessing for families dealing with illness).  He was thanked by President Chris for a great talk.
    TED talk, by Mayor Ted Clugston Dave Panabaker 2019-04-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 01, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Ryan Jackson, General Manager of the new Folium Bioscience plant currently under development in Medicine Hat.  Ryan has spent the last four years at the helm of Invest Medicine Hat and been very successful at diversifying the local economy with new industries and many new jobs.  Folium Bioscience was created in 2013, and headquartered in Colorado Springs.
    They are the largest vertically integrated producer, manufacturer and distributor of hemp derived phytocannabinoids in the USA.  They intend to supply their unique 0.0% THC phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil to 32 countries, to diverse industries including the supplement, cosmetic, personal care and animal heath industries.
    They employ in excess of 200 people, and will add approximately 200 jobs with the startup of the Medicine Hat facility.  "Not all hemp is created equal" is their slogan and they will be working to develop markets in South America from the local plant.  They will be building a 100,00 sq ft extraction/purification plant and a 70,000 sq foot finished goods facility.
    Several questions were asked and answered, the audience learned a lot and Ryan was thanked by Mark.
    Folium Bioscience Presentation Dave Panabaker 2019-04-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Mar 25, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Bernard McGillivray, General Manager of the new Aurora Sun plant being constructed in the Box Springs Business Park.  The facility is a huge building, in excess of one and a half million sq ft and when it is fully operational in the second quarter of 2020, will produce approximately 150,000 kg of medical quality marijuana every year.  Bernard shared that weight of product was approximately three and a half million "joints".  He talked about the business environment, which is a transition from a "black market" product to a legal one.
    Bernard spoke about the scope and extent of Aurora, it is positioning itself to be a worldwide force in the cannabis business, and is  focusing on Product R&D to help legitimize the value of their products in the medical marketplace.  The estimated worldwide size of that market is in excess of $70B, so worth going after.  He spoke about the timelines for this plant, with approximately 400 local jobs and touched on the difference between hemp and cannabis.
    He answered a number of audience questions and was thanked for his informative talk by Gail Halderman.
    Aurora Sun - The "Grass City" Dave Panabaker 2019-03-25 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Mar 18, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Celina Symmonds, Executive Director of the MH Food Bank to our meeting today.  Celina is well known in the community as a former member of City Council, a current member of the Public School Board and her work at the Food Bank.
    Celina began her talk by reviewing some of the history of the Food Bank, which started in 1982 as a method of enuring food security for those who were hard hit by the economic downturn occurring at that time.  They were not expected to last many years, but are still an unfortunately thriving part of our social security net.  The organization has a "Food First" Plan, and have been working with families to provide about 12 weeks of education, to help impress on them the importance of making food a priority.  This has been remarkable successful, with many of the program graduates moving beyond needing the Food Bank, and helping lift them out of poverty.
    This work has led the organization to propose a Community Food & Wellness Center, with access to a meal with friends, a teaching kitchen for food safety and serving.  As well, the facility would provide contact access for other social service groups, including medical and dental care, as well as contact with organizations like Phoenix Safe house for those driven to the food bank by domestic violence.  Celina played an impactful video of the food bank in action.  She also provided some facts and figures on this proposed 35,000 sq ft building, at a cost of $8.5 Million.  Currently MHSD # 76 has come on board as a major partner and she spoke about opportunities for service clubs to provide facilities or help access grants.
    A number of questions were asked and answered, and she was thanked by Wayne Chesley with a token of our appreciation.
    Food Bank, Caring and Sharing Dave Panabaker 2019-03-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Mar 04, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed County Reeve Dan Hamilton to the meeting today.  Dan spoke about the large rural municipality which surrounds Medicine Hat and Redcliff and talked about a number of the upcoming projects in the county.
    First, Dan spoke about the great enthusiasm that Cypress County has for the construction of the walking trail connecting the City trail network to the Desert Blume development.  They are thrilled that Rotary is a part of that project and look forward to its start as soon as the frost is out of the ground in July or Aug......(editors note - hopefully not that long).  The other major recreation project is a new boat launch being constructed at the Sandy Point park on the South Saskatchewan River.
    Also important is the creation of a signalized intersection in Dunmore, at the intersection near the High School.  Construction is expected on this work over the summer.
    Dan spoke about a number of other projects, probably none more vital to life in the county that water.  The county leadership are developing a water strategy for all of Cypress County.  As well, the support for an equestrian center in Dunmore, and an ice surface at the high school are high priorities.
    Dan also spoke about a number of interesting green energy projects in Cypress County, including the 91,000 panel solar PV facility at Suffield.  With state of the art solar panels, manufactured in South Korea this facility will be an interesting test of large scale solar power production.  Dan answered a number of questions and was thanked by PP Karen for attending the club meeting today.
    Cypress County update Dave Panabaker 2019-03-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Feb 25, 2019
    President Elect Margie Booyens was the speaker today.  Margie is helping District 5360 enter a new portion of youth service with the New Generations Service Exchange program.    The program is being led by noted Calgary Rotarian Christina Assan, and provides an opportunity for youth professionals, either during their post secondary education or their initial years as a professional, to experience a cultural and learning exchange.
    The New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) program is a short term International Exchange program, the objective of which is to create goodwill and international understanding. In addition to vocational experience and cultural immersion there will be the opportunity to take part in international voluntary service opportunities.
    Two youth adults have taken part already, one from Italy in engineering in Calgary and one from German who is a geologist and was in Drumheller, AB.
    The program is very inexpensive for Rotary, the applicant is responsible for most costs and there is no youth certification required.  It is intended to help build interest and appreciation for Rotary in the next generation of adults who could be Rotarians.  Margie talked about opportunities and next steps and got several suggestions from the club.
    New Generations Service Exchange Dave Panabaker 2019-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
    Tracey Jangula of the Medicine Hat Recovery Centre was the speaker on Monday and was introduced by Heather Bach. Tracey, an addictions counsellor and  manager with the centre started her talk by reporting that this spring, the centre will be celebrating its 3rd year of operation in Medicine Hat. Tracey advised the need for such a facility was identified a number of years ago, but it took time to find a suitable site and come up with the facility design. Tracey reported the facility on Kipling street was designed to serve the needs of their program.
    The Medicine Hat Recovery Centre operates 24 hours a day, with an  interdisciplinary teams of professionals.  The facility houses two programs. First there are 18 beds for the Detox Stabilization Program, where clients spent from 3 to 14 days at the centre going through a program to medically manage withdrawal symptoms from the withdrawal of alcohol and other substances. The second are 12 beds for  the Intensive Addiction Treatment Program where patients can spend 4 to 6 weeks in a recovery program. 
    In addition to the in-house support, the centre provides Outreach support, in the form of a social worker and Addictions Counsellor for people who have left the facility. Tracey advised that the centre operates on a "Reduction of Care Model" and have had good support from the Medical Community.  When asked if she though the program was a success, Tracey replied that she felt it was very successful, not only helping people with their addictions, but also with other aspects of their lives.  She went on to say that people with addictions often suffer from other mental and physical issues and the program has been successful in helping some connect with family, friends and other services in the community, all of which which can go along way to reduce addictions.
    Tracey then held a question and answer session which generated more interesting discussion and information. Our guest was then thanked by Sergeant at Arms Don Davis who presented Tracey with a Rotary Mug. 
    Medicine Hat Recovery Centre Doug Fleming 2019-02-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker
    President Chris Perret presented a short introduction to Clubrunner, the software program that Rotary in this District (and many others) use to run their administration, their websites and provide event planning and attendance management.  As well as the PC based program, a new addition to the options available is the clubrunner "app", which is available for download on most major smartphone platforms.
    Clubrunner has a "public" face, as well as a confidential side that is available only to Rotary members.
    Chris went through the login information, and if any member of the club is having trouble with that, please contact Doug Fleming who can provide your login name and password.
    President Chris showed the members present the public club documents, as well as the location of the private paperwork, such as member lists, Board agendas and minutes and other Rotary documentation.  He also spent some time showing members the advantages of using the Clubrunner app, which provides contact information for all members.
    Clubrunner has a great number of valuable features, today highlighted just a few and more will be explained in the near future.  As displayed at the meeting the "Club Hub" button at the top of the website, now contains President Chris's presentation and the information on downloading the app.
    Introduction to Clubrunner Dave Panabaker 2019-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jan 14, 2019
    The Rotary Club welcomed Ron Riemann, an accredited Business Service Consultant with the Better Business Bureau (serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay).  Ron took some time to explain the origins, funding and purpose of BBB.  The BBB was created in 1912 and now has a total of 113 Bureau's across North America.
    He took some time to speak about the Mission and Values of BBB, which is NOT a gov't agency, gets NO funding from any level of gov't, is NOT a "for profit" business or a regulatory agency.  They are really in the knowledge and education business, for consumers and service providers.  Much more information is available on their website at 
    He outlined the Top 10 Scams of 2017, spoke about how technology is changing the nature of scams and cons, and that law enforcement is likely not to get involved.  He spoke about the $95 Million dollars lost to scammers in 2017 just in Canada, and that they tend to prey specifically on teens and seniors.
    The top three scams were
    1. Online purchases
    2. Wire Fraud/Spearphishing
    3. Online Dating scams
    A great presentation from an authority in the field.  His parting advise, "if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!"  Beware.
    BBB - Top 10 Scams Presentation Dave Panabaker 2019-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 10, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed Peggy Revell, Community Education Coordinator for the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society to the meeting today.  Peggy is a former reporter for the Medicine Hat News, and has recently taken on the role with the MHWSS to help support their out-reach and support programs for victims of family violence in this community and surrounding area.
    Peggy reviewed the definition of family violence, which is "violence or abuse of power within a relationship where there's trust, dependency and family".   There was a good size crowd at the meeting today, which filled the room and was nice to see so close to the Christmas season.
    She spoke about familiar programs, such as Phoenix Safe House and the 24/7 help line (1-800-661-7949).  She also talked about the "Housing First" initiative, Musasa Second Stage Housing and their outreach programs.  A wonderful presentation, a lot of information and a number of subsequent questions asked and answered.  Great presentation about an unfortunately necessary service in the community.
    Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society presentation Dave Panabaker 2018-12-10 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 03, 2018
    The Rotary Club took on a challenge to supply 150 Christmas stockings to the seniors at Masterpiece - Southlands.  Led by Heather Bach, the club purchased a number of fun things and at our meeting on Dec 3rd, did an assembly line of "stocking stuffing", to prepare the gifts for delivery later in the week.
    Sometimes this group can be forgotten at the Christmas season, so hopefully this will brighten many spirits.  Great work all!
    Christmas Stockings for Seniors Dave Panabaker 2018-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 19, 2018
    Past District Governor, Sandy Mackay gave a comprehensive and informative presentation to the club on the Rotary Foundation.  The foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary, which has a mission to "do good in the world".  The Foundation was created in 1917, by the 6th Rotary International President, Arch Klumph, with the "profit" from the convention that year.  The Rotary Club of Kansas provided him with $26.50.  Today the Foundation administers an endowment of over $3 Billion US dollars and provides in excess of $100 Million dollars every year in grants.
    PDG Sandy went through a number of important Objects of Rotary and how they relate to the Foundation, the Foundations "areas of focus" and some of the efforts to promote peace in the world, including Peace Scholarships, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Polio-plus and the Global Grant process.
    A great presentation, several questions were addressed and Sandy encouraged all Rotarians to check out the Foundation, through . Please sign up and if you wish contribute.  It is the Foundation that we are all a part of, as Rotarians and the funds come back to Rotarians for the decisions on what/where to support.
    Rotary Foundation Presentation Dave Panabaker 2018-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 05, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed James Smith, Board chair of Prairie Gleaners to the meeting.
    James spoke about the history of Prairie Gleaners, about their particular inspiration, a passage in James 6:12 which said "Let nothing go to waste", and that approximately 45% of the fruits and vegetables grown around the world go to waste.  He showed some slides of the carrots, tomatoes, beans, lentils and cabbage that they collect with the truck donated by the Rotary Clubs of Medicine Hat.
    He spoke about their immediate needs, the use of volunteers to prepare about tons of vegetables, to dehydrate the produce and package it for shipment around the world.  They reduce the size of the product by a factor of five and the weight by a factor of eight, without losing the nutrition value.
    A great presentation about a wonderful ongoing project to capture lost product for the benefit of everyone.
    Presentation on Prairie Gleaners Dave Panabaker 2018-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 23, 2018
    On Wednesday October 17, PDG Sandy Mackay attended the Medicine Hat High School Interact club and presented a slideshow on polio, on the disease itself because all of the students are too young to remember polio as a feared disease, on the Rotary program to end polio around the world and an update on the status of that endeavor.
    The presentation was well received and the suggestion was made that Sandy's talk be delivered to the club at some point in the future.
    The Medicine Hat High School Interact students will be holding a "Purple Pinkie's" fundraiser for End Polio starting on Wednesday October 24, in the common room from 11:45 am to 12:20 pm
    Please come out one of these three noon hours, and support both the Interact students and the Rotary End Polio campaign.
    End Polio Presentation to Interact club Dave Panabaker 2018-10-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 22, 2018
    The main program for this Monday's Rotary meeting was a meeting of the "Rotary Club of Medicine Hat Music Festival Society", the separate, charitable society that is operated by the Rotary Club.
    Rotarian Allan O'Byrne was President of the Music Festival Society this year and presented the reports, and matters for votes by Rotarians.
    Rotarian Don Davis was Chairman of the  2018 Music Festival, and will be succeeded this year by Milan Vujovic.  
    Special thanks were made to Don Davis, for his role in Festival operations the last 5 years and to Cathie Catalano, who has had to resign from the society for health reasons.  The club appreciates the great work of these and all the Rotarians who volunteer to manage and operate the Festival.
    Rotary Music Festival Society - AGM Dave Panabaker 2018-10-22 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 15, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was delighted to recognize the professional and philanthropic achievements of Bill Yuill, with the presentation of an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship.
    Past President Karen Blewett provided a short history of the Paul Harris Fellowship and some "fun facts" about Paul Harris himself.
    Bill's work at the local YMCA, his involvement in the local hospital Foundation and Cancer Center and his support of the Medalta arts community are all activities that Rotarians admire.  His many decades of philanthropic work in the community as a whole is a wonderful legacy. We all congratulate Bill on his many years of service.  The PHF was presented to Bill by President Chris Perret and AG Dave Panabaker.
    Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship presentation to Bill Yuill Dave Panabaker 2018-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
    Gary Busch, Medicine Hat FSS Team Supervisor provided the Medicine Hat Rotary Club with and educational presentation.  NAV Canada is a private company incorporated under the Not-for- profit Corporate Act.  It was purchased from the federal government in 1996 for 1.5 billion dollars. They support 12 million aircraft movements annually and manage 18 million square kilometers of airspace. They are regulated by federal government on safety performance. 
    • They employee 4,800 across Canada
    • Support 40,000 plus customers
    • Have invested  2 Billion in new technology since 1996
    • They will invest 500 Million over the next 3 years into new technology
    Not to mention the environmental impact they are making.  It was a great presentation Thank you Gary!
    NAV Canada in the Global Air Navigation System Heather Bach 2018-10-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 01, 2018
    Many of the club members will remember Katie Caparini, who was an outbound student to Austria about 3 years ago.  This year, the Saamis Rotary Club has an outbound student, who is Katie's sister Maddy.  Maddy was one of the co-presidents of the MH High School Interact program last year and will spend this school year in Trebic, Czech Republic.
    She has been gradually learning Czech and will be sending regular monthly updates which will be passed along to our club.  Attached are several photos of Maddy, with her host Mom, at the orientation and with the other Canadians in her area.
    Here Facebook persona and email address are in the note that went out to the club, please "friend" her if you want to watch her adventures.  She is not doing a blog.
    We wish her all the best in this life changing experience.
    Update on YEX outbound from Saamis Rotary Club Dave Panabaker 2018-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Oct 01, 2018
    Most of the 25 students, our MH High School teacher liaison Sue Withers, and Rotarians Theresa Eisenbarth and Anne Carrier (photo credit to Anne) met last Thursday and there was much enthusiasm in the room.  Two of the students are set up to assist Rotarians at the Hot Meal program and the Interact students will hold a bake sale on Oct 16 and 17.
    Rotarian Sandy Mackay will be speaking to the students on Oct 18 about Rotary International and the polio eradication efforts.
    The students will be holding a "purple pinkies" fundraiser on Oct 24, World Polio Day.
    Interact meeting - Sept 27 Dave Panabaker 2018-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Sep 24, 2018
    Theresa Eisenbarth, the Rotary Club liaison with the Medicine Hat High School Interact Club provided an update on the club for 2018 - 2019 with the start of the school year behind us and with some time for the students to begin the organization process.  Theresa and Anne Carrier have been helping get the club organized this year, and they have 15 - 16 diverse and enthusiastic members this year.
    Currently the selection of Executive is taking place and they have a couple of fundraisers already planned.
    • They are running a 3 day bake sale, to coincide with Parent-Teacher interviews.  The dates are October 17th and 18th. Donations of baked goods from Rotarians would be appreciated.
    • On Wed Oct 24, they will be fundraising specifically for World Polio Day by doing a "Purple Pinky" promotion.  All Rotarians are invited to stop by and participate.
    They are also hard at work on their Hospital room project.  They had raised $1,241 in 2017-18 and then were the recipients of a $2,000 grant from CFSEA.  So, some painting and window stenciling has taken place and they are working on curtains and furniture at this point.  It is room # 50 on the Pediatrics Ward, and they hope to have a nautical theme for the room.
    Update on MH High Interact Club Dave Panabaker 2018-09-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Heather Bach on Sep 10, 2018
    Ken Feser started his presentation with a quick story about his connection to Rotary.  In 1982 he was selected to be part of a Rotary Exchange to Brazil.  He found the experience to be very impactful to his life's direction and he raised the question " How do you measure impact"
    Three key benefits of Public Libraries:
    • Children entering school are ready to read - thanks to Libraries
    • People are able to gather information and assistance they need to take care of business
    • The Community has a gathering place where connections and resources can be shared
    The Medicine Hat Public Library
    • Completed the renovation of the theatre this year 
    • Saw 50% increase in program attendance over the last two years
    • Since 2014, the Library funding has NOT kept pace with inflation (CPI)
    Ken left us with three thanks
    • Thank you for Rotary for supporting the Library
    • Thank you Rotary for your impact on our community
    • Thank you Rotary for allowing Ken to travel to Brazil
    Brenda Lea is a Director of the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank in charge of Fundraising.  She shared with us her vision for their up coming event called "And All that Jazz"
    • September 29th, 2018
    • 6:30pm
    • Cypress Center
    • Tickets can be purchased online
    • The theme is 1920's
    • You should go!
    Celina Symmonds the Executive Director told us what this event is raising money for.  She told us Food Banks don't work for solving the problem but were created to support emergency food hampers.  The Food Bank has a bigger vision.  A Community Food and Wellness Center can support the whole community and the whole person.  Learn to cook classes, doctors, dentists, Food hampers and them reach their goal. 
    Club Business:
    • Chris is going to open the Rotary store again for clothing sales.  Watch for the link coming to email box
    • Motion by Ken Zollner Seconded by   Motion Carried
      • Rotary club of Medicine Hat makes an application to Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commision for a license to run the club 500 Raffle for 2018-2019
    Notice of Motion regarding the Rotary Trail project
    President Chris will provide a full presentation at the next Rotary meeting explaining all the details regard the change in the Trail project.
    He will also be sharing some back ground information to your email boxes soon.. 
    Chief Librarian Ken Feser Heather Bach 2018-09-10 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Aug 20, 2018
    Club President Chris Perret and Treasurer Gail Halderman provided an overview of the Club's financial picture and announced the fees for this Rotary year.  For 2018 - 2019 the fees will remain the same at $230/person.  The presentation stressed the "avenues of service" for Rotary, and showed the cash flow of the club over the next few years.
    There were a number of questions addressed to both Gail and Chris;
    • Dave Panabaker asked about the figures related to the Music Festival and the annual output from the Community Foundation endowment.
    • Dave Stalwick asked about the cost of the Rotary Centennial trails project, and whether the approval level of the Board ($1,000) had changed.
    • Jay Chesley asked about the presentation, and had questions about the actual budget presentation.
    • Wayne Chesley asked questions about the presentation as well.
    As part of the debate, President Chris noted that a copy of the detailed budget, broken down by the Directorships of the club would be available on the club website.
    After some debate, a motion was made by Gail Halderman, seconded by Roger Roy to approve the 2018 - 2019 Budget, and to set the annual fees at $230.  That motion was passed by a majority of the Rotarians present.
    2018 - 2019 Budget approval Dave Panabaker 2018-08-20 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Aug 13, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed Kristen Price, one of the Adult Leaders of the RYPEN camp held every fall under the sponsorship of Rotary.
    Kristen has been involved in RYPEN for 15 years, as a participant, youth leader and now as an adult volunteer.  RYPEN (which stands for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) takes place at the South Alberta Bible Camp (SABC) near Lomond on Sept 20 - 23.  RYPEN focuses on students who wouldn't normally get an opportunity for this type of training, those students who are marginal or "on the edge"
    It builds character and teamwork through a holistic - whole person approach and uses a lot of team based positive reinforcement.
    Kristen spoke specifically about the "letting go" ceremony, and how it helps kids move forward by dealing with a past issue in a positive way.
    Please encourage school counselors and teachers, to enroll kids during the back to school period, it can certainly change lives.
    Update on September 2018 RYPEN camp Dave Panabaker 2018-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 16, 2018
    The Rotary Club enjoyed a talk by Sean Blewett, who is the General Manager of Community Futures - Entre Corp, and has a senior organizational role in the Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, which has operated at Eagles Nest Ranch for over 20 years.  Sean spoke about the recent partnership of AYEC and Rotary District 5360, which will add this camp as one of the sponsored youth programs in this District and change the name slightly to Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
    Sean introduced Ethraim Blair, who was a youth camper in 2017 and he spoke about the activities and valuable outcomes of attending the camp.
     The program begins every year with training for the Youth Leaders, who are previous campers and they will begin a week of training on August 8th at the Medicine Hat College.  Then approximately 60 campers, from all over Alberta arrive for the camp from August 12 - 18.  August 18th is an important day, it's called "business day" and its when the teams of young entrepreneurs are able to sell their products.  The public is welcome on the 18th, please bring "cash" and the sales go from 11 am - 1 pm.  Sean described it as the only summer camp where you can leave with money....Ethraim's team made over $100 in profits on their mugs and coasters last year.
    The camp has a big impact on the post secondary performance of these students, those who take leadership roles in their communities or come back from camp and start a business.
    2018 Rotary Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Dave Panabaker 2018-07-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 18, 2018
    Because President-elect Chris Perret will be at the RI Convention in Toronto next week, and then on vacation in early July, the club held our annual Executive Changeover meeting today.  President Karen thanked all the Board members for their support through this busy year, thanked those were stepping down and welcomed two new members who will begin serving in the next year.
    The charge to the President and the Board was read by AG Dave Panabaker and the club thanks everyone who takes on an executive position for the club!
    The 2018 - 2019 Executive are President Chris Perret, Past-President Karen Blewett, President-elect Margie Booyens.  Doug Fleming will stay on as Secretary and Gail Halderman will continue as Treasurer.
    The Directors for 2018 - 2019 are Teresa Schile - International Service, Glen Presley - Ways and Means, Shann Snedden - Youth and Vocation, Bruce Shepard - Membership, Mark Sorenson - Community Service and Heather Bach - Club Service.  Thanks to all of you for serving.
    Executive Changeover - 2018 Dave Panabaker 2018-06-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jun 04, 2018
    It is always a privilege to induct new members into the club, and this week that privilege belonged to Past President Doug Fleming.
    With the assistance of President Karen Blewett, he inducted Krista Lawson, Classic Valuations into our club.  Her sponsor is President-elect Chris Perret and he was present to say a few words about Krista and to welcome her into the world of Rotary.
    We look forward to getting to know Krista as time goes on and welcome her contributions to the club and the community.
    New member Induction - Krista Lawson Dave Panabaker 2018-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 28, 2018
    President-elect Chris Perret spoke about the activities of Rotary Week and some of the other upcoming Rotary events.
    - The Rotary "tent", which was set up at the back of the hall will be used at our Canada Day cake cutting, to showcase Rotary.
    - In addition, new table covers, a podium cover and a collapsible background have been purchased, to upgrade the Rotary brand at our meetings and our events.
    - Chris also indicated that he will be working after the Centennial Celebration to re-open the online store for Rotary branded clothing, in case anyone didn't get an order placed.
    - New flags have been ordered for the Rotary week flag flying at City Hall.
    - Chris also spoke about the Rotary Float for the Stampede Parade this year.  Because of the Centennial he would like it to be special, and anyone interested in helping out should contact him.  He is trying to recruit volunteers from all three clubs, to make it a collaborative effort.
    - He would also like to see Rotarians out doing "random acts of kindness or service" during Rotary week.
    Centennial promotion and Events Dave Panabaker 2018-05-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 14, 2018
    Co-Presidents of Interact, Kara Gilbert and Jaslin Ghotra spoke about the fundraising efforts at the high school this year and about their projects.
    The club has been quite active, participating in two bake sales during Parent-Teacher interviews in Oct and Mar, as well as Purple Pinkie project to raise money for Polioplus.  They also worked on a "Fall into Winter" fundraising event and are currently setting up "Nickle and Dime" wars, as their last fundraiser of the year.
    They spoke about completing their international project last year, with the Rotaract club of Esteli, Nicaragua.  They raised $2,000 last year to replace the home of a well known Nicaraguan artist, Don Alberto Gutierrez.  Through the work of the volunteers in Nicaragua, and a local Rotarian who teaches in Esteli, the home was completed last spring.  They were justifiably proud of the impact they had on her life.
    On April 25, 2018 the Rotary Interact students and their advisors met with Cassie Hider, Major Gifts Coordinator at the Health Foundation to present a check for $1,000 to begin their support for the decoration of a room on the new pediatrics ward at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.  This is the first of a series of three contributions to have the room done in a beach atmosphere.
    The club is participating in the Community Foundation's  Youth in Philanthropy program, by helping decide on and then donate $2,000 from the CFSEA to a worthy charity.  They will also be volunteering at the hospital.  Several students also spoke about Adventures in Citizenship and the RYLA camp.
    A wonderful program, and a great evening...thanks to all the students for the tour, the meal and the event.
    Presentation on the Interact Club Dave Panabaker 2018-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 23, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed our 2018 Rosebowl winner, Soren Lorentzen to our meeting today.  He is a 15 year old, Grade 10 student at Crescent Heights High School and performed on the viola for us this evening.  He was accompanied by Ms Elaine Dobek-Shandro on piano.  A wonderfully gifted performer, he did an amazing job and we wish him well at the Provincials and in the years to come.
    2018 Rosebowl Winner performance Dave Panabaker 2018-04-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 16, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed Carla Ruegg, a participant in the Rotary Youth Exchange program who is being hosted by the local Saamis Rotary Club.
    Carla is from Schupfheim, Switzerland, a canton in the Entlebuch region in central Switzerland.  She comes from a family of five, both her mother and father are involved in the education system and she has two older sisters, one still in high school and one in university.  She spoke about the differences in the education system, in the way sports programs were delivered and how many students decide on whether to pursue university after Middle school (grades 7 - 9).
    She explained a little about the system of government in Switzerland , with 3 principal regions and 26 cantons.  The age of majority in Switzerland is 18, after which everyone can vote for representatives in the National and State Councils.  She also spoke about things that the Swiss were known for; cheese, chocolate, army knives and watches.  She misses the extensive Swiss railway system.
    Carla speaks four languages including German, French and English.
    A number of questions were asked and Carla provided great responses.  A great visit and we wish both Carla and Maddy well.
    Presentation by Youth Exchange student Dave Panabaker 2018-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 09, 2018
    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Sharon Hayward, CEO of the Downtown YMCA.
    Sharon began her talk by thanking the club for our involvement in a community project - with the Life Saving Society, in having a life jacket loaner station at the YMCA.  The Rotary Club has a long history of involvement in swimming and water safety in the community and the Y's proximity to the river made this effort a natural fit.
    Sharon also spoke about their annual Strong Kids campaign, which is the Y's main fundraising activity.  The YMCA believes that physical activity is essential for everyone, for their health and to reach their athletic potential.  The campaign allowed the Y in 2017 to assist 363 children with memberships, and send 71 kids to camp.  As well, it provided almost $40,000 in community donations to other charities for fundraising activities.  In total approx. 8% of the total membership received financial assistance.
    She also spent some time talking about other Y programs, such as Get Active and Living Fit.
    A very well prepared and informative talk.
    YMCA - Strong Kids Presidentation Dave Panabaker 2018-04-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Mar 12, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was very happy to welcome Richard (Dick) Northcott, who spoke about Canadian Humanitarian, a charitable organization run by himself and his spouse Deborah.  It is an education support program, working in Ethiopia and Malawi.  They operate what was described as a "child centered network", everything done surrounds the child with opportunities.
    They currently have 10 ongoing projects, with approximately 50 - 70 children in each project.
    In closing, Dick mentioned that "in one generation - everything changes", and that change for the better should happen in this country driven by it's young people.
    Canadian Humanitarian - Dick Northcott Dave Panabaker 2018-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Mar 05, 2018
    The Rotary Club welcomed Tom Carney to our meeting today, to speak about Safety City.  They work toward improving community safety and injury presentation by education and awareness.  Their primary focus has been through schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 6.  They are a charitable, not for profit organization incorporated in 1981.
    Safety City Presentation - Tom Carney Dave Panabaker 2018-03-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Feb 26, 2018
    Rotarian Joe Chacko took the podium to encourage all members of the Rotary club to attend the Rosebowl competition on Friday evening, March 16th at the MH College Theater, beginning at 7 pm.   After the winner of that competition is announced, it has been traditional that the club entertain the winner of this competition, at an evening meeting to hear a performance and celebrate the completed Music Festival.
    That event is scheduled for Monday evening, April 16th, at the MH College cafeteria, for dinner and a special performance.  Please mark it on your calendar!
    Program for the Evening Rosebowl Celebration - Joe Chacko Dave Panabaker 2018-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Feb 26, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was pleased to welcome Whitney Ogle to the family of Rotary today.  We look forward to Whitney's participation in our projects and learning much from her about aboriginal issues within our community and our country.  She was inducted by a Past President of our club, Dawn Barr and welcomed by her sponsor, Sandy Mackay, Club President Karen Blewett and Membership Director Bruce Shepard. 
    Induction of Whitney Ogle Dave Panabaker 2018-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Feb 12, 2018
    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Lyle Johnson, Executive Director of the Emmanuel Foundation for International Community Development (and Ted Cowtan's brother in law) to our meeting today.  Lyle has been the Executive Director of the Foundation since 2007, and prior to that served as a pastor for 27 years at several Northern Alberta churches.

    Lyle Johnson - Emmanuel Foundation Dave Panabaker 2018-02-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Feb 05, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was delighted to welcome Connelly Sherwick, a local agent for Wood Gundy, who has been a volunteer with Kidsport - Medicine Hat for the past 14 years. 
    Kidsport Medicine Hat Dave Panabaker 2018-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Jan 29, 2018
    Monday's meeting was a Club Business meeting aimed at informing the membership of some of the activities happening in the Club.
    Club Service
    First of all, Margie Booyens, Club Service Director gave a presentation of the Structure of the Club Service Portfolio by outlining the various committees under her portfolio. There are a total of 13 committees under the categories of House, Club Information and Special Events Committees. Under the House Committee are the Sergeant-at Arms, Meeting Set-up and Guest Book, Welcoming, Music committees. Under Club Information are Website, Club Bulletin and Social Media, Program, Magazines, Club History and Public Relations committees. Under Special Events fall Dinner Club, Interclub Visitist, Rural-Urban Tour and Parade Float committees.
    Margie then went on to discuss some of the Positive development that these committees have accomplished this year. Which include, creation of a functioning PR Committee, reintroduction of a Rotary Float in the Stampede parade as well as establishing or updated guidelines for the Program Committees, Speakers and Front Desk. 
    Finally Margie outlined some of activities which are in the planning stages and will hopeful come to fruition in the future. 
    In closing, Margie issued an appeal to all members to review the roster and consider joining a committee or subcommittee to help lighten the load and get things do in the Club.
      Centennial Update
    Centennial Photo - Dave Panabaker gave an update on some of our Centennial projects. First of all, Dave advised that a Centennial Club Photo will be taken on Monday May 7th. Please mark that date on your calendar and make every effort to attend.  The question was raised if missing members couldn't be 'Photo-shopped in',  and the answer was yes it is technically possible but only for a few and it will require some preplanning. 
    Centennial Trail Project - Dave then went on to update the Club on the progress of the Centennial Trail Map & Marker project by reviewing the progress to date with the City's Parks Department. The Club has committed $125,000 of our funds plus $100,000 from a Community Enhancement (CEFP) grant and $7,500 from a District Grant toward the project and is reviewing the City agreement. The City recently adopted a sign standard policy and depending on prices may have some impact on the number of maps & marker we can install. Using the City's consultant's cost estimates ($10,000 to $16,500)  the Club should be able to install 6 Trail maps, 6 Markers and 6 Interpretive signs. The final number of each is still under review and we will be looking at which combination of maps, marker or signs will give the Club the best exposure.
    Below are samples of what is being proposed. (Left to Right - Trail Maps, Interpretive Signs & Trail Markers)
    January Business Meeting Doug Fleming 2018-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jan 15, 2018
    The club was very happy to welcome the "new" Executive Director of the Medalta Clay District, Aaron Nelson.  Medalta is a "World Class cultural destination with a heart of clay", and strives to do four things well:
    • Creativity
    • Learning
    • Community
    • Heritage
    Medalta Pottery Update Dave Panabaker 2018-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jan 08, 2018
    As an important part of our recent Strategic Plan, and to provide help in our recruiting activities for Membership, and as part of our Centennial Celebration the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat initiated a Rotary Impact Assessment last year.  The intention was to provide statistics, feedback, testimonials and collaboration for the activities of the club.
    Update on Rotary Impact Assessment Dave Panabaker 2018-01-08 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 18, 2017
    A number of Rotarians missed our last meeting of 2017 for the very best reason, they were out "doing good in the world".  Specifically they were delivering the Christmas stockings that the club members prepared two weeks ago, to the residents of the Cypress View Foundation (Teeoda Lodge).
    Almost 200 stockings were delivered at noon on Monday, and it looks like it was a wonderful time.  Thanks to Heather Bach, Adolf Seiler, Joan Sauve and Terry Cooper for brightening the day of the residents.
    Christmas visit to Cypress View Foundation Dave Panabaker 2017-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 18, 2017
    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Ms Theresa Hardiker, President of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund Board of Directors as our guest speaker today.
    Theresa described this year as their most needy year to date.  This is the 31st year of the Santa Claus fund, and their client families increased by almost 25% this year, to a total of 498 families assisted by this organization alone.  Theresa estimated that between the Salvation Army, the Phoenix Safe House, and their fund, almost 100 families received assistance in the community this year.
    Theresa reviewed the assessment and qualification process, and spoke about the attempts to avoid duplication in the process.  The Santa Claus fund provided over $46,000 in food vouchers  and the families could shop in the warehouse, to tailor the  gifts to the age, sex and interest of the children.  Most of the local grocery stores honor the vouchers.
    Theresa also shared a testimonial from one of their clients, which reinforced the need and appreciation of the service.  She also spoke in general terms to the future, with the new THRIVE program and how these individual funds will work in the future.
    Great work by Theresa and her volunteers and as a group we are grateful for their efforts.
    Santa Claus Fund presentation Dave Panabaker 2017-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 04, 2017
    After the main portion of the meeting, the club got together and stuffed approx 220 Christmas stockings.  The stockings will be delivered to Cypress View Foundation (Teeoda Lodge) at lunchtime on Monday December 18, as well as at a future date to the St Joseph's home and Carmel hospice.  A great job of organizing the donations by Heather Bach, as well as President Karen and a number of other Rotarians who contributed product and cash to the activity.
    Christmas Meeting Dave Panabaker 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Dec 04, 2017
    In the past month, several great things have happened with the Medicine Hat High School Interact club, and it's nice to share them with the Rotary Club.
    At the City Council meeting on Monday November 20th, the Interact club was presented with the YMCA Peacemaker of the Year award.  After the presentation they were introduced at the Council meeting.  A wonderful evening to celebrate the work of the Interact students, their student advisor Sue Withers and their Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth.
    Rotary Advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, Interact students Grace, Azin and Jaslin
    A number of Rotarians were presented to witness the award and celebrate.
    Also, the Interact students were invited to present at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary club meeting of November 29.  Accompanied by their faculty advisor, Sue Withers and Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, they spoke about the club, some of their objectives for this school year and their recent project in Nicaragua.
    Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, Interact students Bella, Azin and Jaslin, Faculty advisor Sue Withers and Sunrise President Les Scholly.
    Interact Club News Dave Panabaker 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 27, 2017
    It is the intention of this year's Board, to hold a regular business meeting (closed to guests) on the last Monday of each month.  In that way, Rotary business can be discussed in a regular schedule and any items needing the Boards attention can be dealt with quickly at the Board meeting the next month.
    1. The Rotary Impact Assessment is being moving along toward a January presentation to the club.  Jace Anderson is looking for contact information for past Youth Exchange Students and anyone with information please contact Bruce Shepard, Doug Fleming or Karen Blewett.
    2. President Karen will be on holidays "down under" for the December 11th and December 18th meeting.  President-elect Chris Perret will handle both those meetings in her absence.  It was also noted that both the December 25th meeting and the January 1st meetings fall squarely on the holiday, so both are cancelled.
    3. President-elect Chris Perret came to the podium to discuss the notice of motion which was due for a vote today.  In order to consolidate all RC of MH material in one location, the Board has proposed that "Based on an maximum estimated expenditure of $6,000, proposed to purchase a Sea-Can, to be installed in available space at the rear of the Top Hat Bingo Hall, be used to store all the clubs material".  
      • The location would allow accessibility at all times.
      • Sea-Can's by their nature are almost air tight, and should keep out weather and vermin.
      • A nominal fee is going to be charged by the Bingo Society for use of the space, and this opportunity may be offered to other members of the Society.
      • Shelving and containers may be needed to properly store the material.  As well, the possibility of a used container exists.
              Based on the information presented, Chris Perret moved and Terry Brekko seconded the motion.  It was approved unanimously.
    Business Meeting - November 27 Dave Panabaker 2017-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Nov 20, 2017
    Monday's speaker was Karen Danielson, the newly hired Executive Director of Thrive. Karen explained that Thrive is a strategy put together for Medicine Hat and the surrounding region to help put an end to poverty.  Karen advised 1 in 10 people live below the poverty line. This became evident after events like the last flood. With the assistance of research done by  Medicine Hat College students, a number of local community agencies and groups joined together to try to deal with this issue. Thrive's Vision is: "By 2030, Medicine Hat Will End Poverty In All Its Forms and Ensure Well Being For All."
    Karen then went on to outline Thrive's very ambitious task by outlining the organization's Founding Principle, which include the following: Equal rights for all; Person centered and community driven solutions; Ending poverty will take a collective effort and Ending poverty will take some innovation. Karen then discussed a number of Thrive's Key Actions and Priorities before moving on to the group's Moving Ahead plans, which includes; Setting up Thrive; Connecting the community partners; Securing implementation funding and Driving Year 1 Implementation Actions. Karen suggested "it's not just about surviving, it's about thriving."
    More information about Thrive and its plans can be found on their website:
    Karen then answered a few questions, before being thanked by President Karen, who presented our speaker with a Rotary Mug.
    Thrive Doug Fleming 2017-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 13, 2017
    PDG Sandy Mackay spoke about Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, and the charity to which all Rotarians belong.  The Rotary Foundation was started by the 6th President of Rotary, Arch Klumpf, who donated the net proceeds of his international convention in 1917, the sum of $26.50 to "Do Good in the World".  Through a century of prudent investment, generous donations from Rotarians and careful management of costs, the Rotary Foundation has now distributed over $3B, for projects in every corner of the world.
    All Rotarians know that the eradication of Polio, is the primary job of Rotary International, and we are down to 12 cases worldwide this year.  So from a modest beginning in 1985, we are "this close" to eliminating that disease from the planet. PDG Sandy spoke about Rotary's hope that all Rotarians would donated $100 each year, to ensure that the work of the Foundation goes on.  Our club has been very generous in donations to the Foundation, and lucky to have 3 members of the Arch Klumpf Society as members.
    Sandy emphasized his point about doing good in the world, a little at a time, by showing a video presentation of our clubs participation in a 4H project in India approx 10 years ago.  The video can be seen at . This project is one that our club is very proud of and continues to be a model for International projects with the Foundation.
    Sandy spoke of his wish to use that model to work more closely with our own First Nations communities, to build some understand and rapport with them.
    Sandy completed his talk by encouraging all Rotarians to consider the Rotary Foundation as their charity of choice, to the extent that they each can on an individual basis and thanked all of the club for their support over the last century.  A number of questions were asked and answered, and Sandy was thanked by President Karen.
    Rotary Foundation presentation - Sandy Mackay Dave Panabaker 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Nov 06, 2017
    District Governor Rick Istead was in attendance for his annual club visit and was introduced by Assistant Governor Dave Panabaker. DG Rick started his speech by stating Rotary is the oldest and largest service club in the world and has been Making a Difference in the World for 112 years. He also congratulated our Club for being around since 1918 and looked forward to helping us celebrate our 100th Anniversary in June 2018. DG Rick highlighted some of Rotary's achievements, in particular our fight to end polio through our Polio Plus campaign. In 1985 when Rotary set out to eradicate polio there were 350,00 case of polio in the world, today there are 12 cases in 2 countries and we are "that close" to ending this terrible disease. Rick related a story that when the idea of eradicating polio was first proposed, people said it couldn't be done.  His comment was never tell a Rotarian it can't be done.
    DG Rick when on to discuss of some of the initiatives being undertaken at the district level. Last year district conducted a Member Survey which was completed by 40% of the district membership. Feedback from this survey was very valuable and the District Executive are working on strategies and actions to  address issues raised. He also reiterated that District Committees are there to serve the local clubs. Rick then touched on the issue of membership and pointed out the fact that Rotary's biggest problem is not recruiting members rather retaining them. RI and District are working on strategies to allow more flexibility in clubs to keep members engaged and appreciated.  
    Rick then turned to a discussion of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). First of all, he thank our club for being a District 5360 leader in supporting the  Rotary Foundation.  He encouraged more Rotarian to make TRF their charity of choice 'To Do Good in the World'.  In 2016, The Rotary Foundation was rated the #1 Foundation in the world and for the past 8 years has received a Top 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator. 97% of money donated to TRF goes to Rotary projects, with 50% going to Global Grants and the other 50% coming back to our District to be allocated through a variety of District Grants. 
    In closing DG Rick thank Rotarians for donating their Time, Treasure and Talent to Doing Good in the World. He then suggested we consider registering for the District Conference in Calgary in May and the International Conference in Toronto in June. Apparently the RI Conference in Toronto is closest it will be until 2025 when it will be held in Calgary.
    President Karen thanked DG Rick by presenting him with one of our Medalta coffee mugs.
    District Governor Visit Doug Fleming 2017-11-06 07:00:00Z 0