Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson welcomed everyone to the meeting today, again we are all enjoying the beautiful spring weather.  Mark congratulated all the participants and organizers of the Rotary Music Festival. It was really thanks to many, but specifically Delynne, the Executive Director who did a marvelous job, just short of a "miracle" to put on any kind of Festival.  He also thanked Milan, as the President of the Music Festival Society for leading that team this year, and to Mike Christie for doing a great job as MC.
President Mark also made a request for two new organizers for our Rotary casino's.  We have leaned on Ian and John for quite a while and they would like to be relieved of that duty.  If you are interested in taking on this role, which involves a little organizing work about every 16 - 18 months, and recruitment of workers, please contact President Mark or any member of the Board.
There were 35 Rotarians joining us at the meeting today, it was great to see everyone.
Glen Presley did the final update on the Club 1000 draw. The draw was done at the intermission of Stars of the Festival, on Sunday evening and the club did a great job selling tickets in a tough COVID environment.  At the end, a total of 758 tickets were sold, and after prizes and expenses a total of approximately $26,000 was raised for the Music Festival.  Thanks to everyone who sold tickets and many who purchased.  The 2021 winners were;
1st Prize - $7,500, ticket no 362 - Jill Foster-Wright sold by Adolf S.
2nd Prize - $2,500, ticket no 020 - Cindy Sorenson sold by Mark S.
3rd Prize -  $500, ticket no 247 - Janice Bide sold by Dick B.
4th Prize -  $500, ticket no 706 - Brian Widmer sold by Neil M.
5th Prize -  $500, ticket no 181 - Ange Harty sold by Melanie H.
6th Prize -  $500, ticket no 802 - Michael Weigel sold by Ted C.
7th Prize -   $100, ticket no 494 - Liesl Ross sold Dieter B.
8th Prize -   $100, ticket no 628 - Dave Maclean sold by Dave.
9th Prize -   $100, ticket no 330 - Don Owens sold by Mike C.
10th Prize -  $100, ticket no 408 - Sharon Allan sold by Peter M.
11th Prize -  $100, ticket no 218 - Debra Best sold by Ken Z.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A new club laptop is in our future, the current one will not provide the service required to stream our meetings.
  • If our hybrid meetings continue in the future, a few more meeting helpers will be required to help run cameras and sound.  We are all learning as we go along here, but these type of meetings are manpower intensive.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • If you are interested in helping this working membership team, please contact Mike Christie.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please collect club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and the funds generated help to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the Newsletter and we'll include it.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • Our next "ZOOM" meeting will be Monday, Monday March 29th at noon, it will be a presentation on the upcoming Rotary year with PE Terry Partis.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are still present in the community. Our meetings will be virtual until at least Monday April 12th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The Rotary International convention for 2021, originally scheduled in Taiwan will now be held VIRTUALLY as well.  Watch for updates on registration and programs.

Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Update on International Service
Terry Cooper, Director of International Service took the "stage" and did a presentation on the activities of the committee over the past year, as well as proposed the participation in a new project.  He began his presentation by speaking about the need to recruit new members of the committee over the past year, with changes in club membership.  He also spoke about some reorganizing of the committee records that has taken place, they now have a "Dropbox" site where records and information are stored and can be shared with the club,
He spoke about getting the group active again, about some updates on the "Make 'em Smile" project in Sri Lanka and provided a review about a couple of other projects that were proposed.  He also mentioned the Tenderfoot "Self Help" School kitchen and cafeteria project in the Kangemi slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.  Kitt Brand will provide a update on that project when she receives one.
Terry finished his update with the opportunity to participate in a unique project, "3D Limbs - Columbo, Sri Lanka".  The project came to the committee’s attention in February when they were following up on the Make Them Smile Dental Project with the Rotary Club of Capital City Columbo Sri Lanka.  The committee had a Zoom call with Paul Cahill of the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial and Sri Lanka club members Stephnie Rodrigo and Supem de Silva. The  Committee decided to pursue this project given it was cost effective ($2000 US from club’s 2021-22 budget), and we would partner with 3 Calgary clubs and an Ontario club, and looked like a promising project that would have an immediate impact on children in the area,
The project involves providing the necessary seed money (scanners, software, printers, and training of local technicians) to set up the production artificial limbs below knee using 3D printers. The target audience would be youth under 23 from impoverished regions in Sri Lanka, and the technology allows for a better fit and alignment with the knee socket which needs adjustment every 6 months due to leg growth.
Based on a motion from Terry, seconded by Dave Panabaker, the club agreed to make allowance for this project in our 21-22 budget.  That motion was approved unanimously and we will all watch this project with interest.
Meeting News
  • No visitors at the meeting today.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker promoted the next Rotary Learning webinar will take place on Wednesday March 24, at 7:00 pm and will be about "Protecting the Environment".  Registration is available on the District website ( and ties in nicely with Rotary International's new 7th area of focus, the Environment. 
  • Dave also mentioned that everyone had received an invitation to participate in "ROTARY 101", which is both an introduction and a refresher for all things Rotary.  It has application to new or prospective members, Board and Executive, and established Rotarians.  There will definitely be something for everyone.  Register on the District website at 
  • Milan Vujovic, who was President of the Music Festival Board and Chair of the Society spoke about the "virtual" Festival.  He made specific mention of Delynne, who was recognized as a "Hatter that matters" for her work on the Festival.  It was a monstrously large task and quite unprecedented for our organization.  Delynne and Lori were specifically recognized at the Stars of the Festival for their hard work this year, and were able to do what Calgary and Edmonton were unable to do, which was put on any Festival.  Over 600 performances were done over the two weeks and more than 150 kids took part.  It was great to be able to watch the Rosebowl and the Stars "virtually" and the streaming on Facebook and YouTube worked well.  We send our congradulations to Josie Hoffarth, in the piano discipline for her win, and to Lucas Semrau for his worthy runner up finish.
  • If you have photos or a story to include in the Weekly News, please submit it to Dave P and we'll try to publish it.
Birthdays: March.
  • Terry Cooper              March 25.
Club Anniversaries:  March.
  • Dawn Barr             17 years         March 29, 2004.
  • None recorded.
  • Jim White is doing better and would welcome phone calls from Rotarians.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Meeting Virtually until at least April 12, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Club Board meeting
Mar 16, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Presentation on Possible International project
Medicine Hat Lodge
Mar 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Mar 24, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Presentation of 2021-2022 Theme Incoming RI Prez
Mar 29, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 03, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Easter Monday Holiday - No Meeting
Apr 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Update on Music Festival Society bylaw changes
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Martin Parnell (Zoom)
Apr 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 21, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Business Meeting - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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