The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was delighted to welcome District Governor Mary Turner to our meeting today.  With the use of ZOOM technology, the DG is able to make second visits to most clubs and the meeting tools have changed the way that the role can be accomplished.  Although it would be great to meet in person, we understand that everyone needs to work at being safe.  It has been almost a year since Covid turned our world upside down and limited social gatherings, service projects and fund raising plans.
DG Mary was very happy to reconnect with everyone.  She promoted the theme for her District Conference "Navigating a New World", now happening virtually on May 1st.  The registration links are available at the end of the Newsletter or on the District 5360 website.  There are great speakers planned to address "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion", a Youth Panel, and current Mental Wellness issues.
DG Mary and President Mark spoke about the accomplishments of the club during this time, the adoption of new technology and the introduction of new events.  President Mark mentioned the Project Freewheel, and the introduction of the Rotary Ribfest on the weekend after the August long weekend. Also mentioned were the switch of the Rotary Music Festival to a "virtual" platform for the 66th year of the event, and the participation in several international projects with clubs from across the country.
Mary urged the club to imagine what we might look like when we finally get back together in person.  It's likely that technology will play a part in that as well.  We should review what we want for a "perfect" Rotary club, and this is an opportunity to start some things fresh and brand new.  She recommended an article from the recent Rotarian magazine, entitled "Lower the Temperature", about making a positive change in clubs and community.
Mary was thanked by President Mark for taking the time to visit with us and we all look forward to attending the conference.