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 Dec 03, 2018
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • A number of spouses of Rotarians were welcomed to the meeting, thanks for coming out Jennifer, Vicki, Fran and Diane.
  • None this week.
  • Jim White, has been an honorary Rotarian for 4 years on December 8, 2014.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Don Davis who was in attendance at the meeting today and won a free meal. 
  • Teresa Schile won the ticket draw for a set of beer mugs.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week.
  • Tickets for the 2019 Draw are now available for sale in support of the 2019 Music Festival.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club passes on its condolences to the family and friends of Joe Leask, a former member of our club who passed away on Monday Nov 26th.
  • Adolf also wanted Rotarians to keep Doug Thorson in their thoughts, as he recovers from surgery in Houston TX.
  • All Rotarians wish Sarah Koch, partner Brock and especially Maggie Rose, strength and love as they deal with their daughters recent diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis.  Sarah advised that she is helping organize the annual CF fundraiser locally and tickets can be obtained from the following link.
Minute People: 
  • Sandy Mackay invited everyone to the annual Medicine Hat Concert Band Christmas concert on Saturday Dec 15, 2018 at the Esplanade.
    Meeting News 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