Meeting Information
Monday 13 November 2023
Still not 100% recovered from a nasty cold, President Bruce was nevertheless at the helm of our in-person meeting again this week, held at the Medicine Hat Lodge.
President Bruce opened the meeting with a warm welcome to all, and shared information about:
- the Club’s Event Planning group – an online meeting had been held, taking the planning up a rachet or two;
- the Marketing/Communication committee – the first Medicine Hat News Rotary column will focus on the Cenotaph and is being finalized for publication next week; and
- the all Rotary-in-Medicine-Hat Christmas dinner will be held on Sunday 3 December 2023, from 16:30, at the Desert Blume Golf Club, $30 p/p, turkey dinner. Invitations will be sent out to the members of all four clubs in the city but PLEASE LET PRESIDENT BRUCE KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO BE THERE.
Guest speaker Rotarian Heather Bach, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Health Foundation, was welcomed by President Bruce and introduced by Margie Booyens.
Heather gave an interesting PowerPoint-assisted talk on the Medicine Hat Health Foundation, covering, inter alia, who they are, what they do, their volunteers, how much they’ve raised for local healthcare, and the greatest current needs of the Foundation (see more in the STORY section of this newsletter).
President Bruce thanked Heather and presented her with a Rotary half empty/half full mug.
As mentioned in last week's Weekly News, this is Rotary Foundation Month, and our charity (as Rotarians the Rotary Foundation belongs to us) has once again gotten Charity Navigator's best rate, now in excess of 10 years in a row.  Something very much to be proud of.  If you are thinking about a 2023 contribution, now would be a good time.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings. Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Committee Membership Update:
  • Please continue to assist your 'team captains' and please also work in other areas of club activity, as you are able.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone, text or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.

Rotary District 5360 and Rotary International News

  • The RI Convention was held in Calgary in 1996. It’s going to be in Calgary again in 2025
  • DG Kurt Kowalchuk (email dated June 19) is calling for committee members, in particular but not exclusively, for the Sponsorship & Revenue committee, and the House of Friendship committee
  • If you are interested in volunteering, contact Host Organizing Committee secretary, Luanne Whitmarsh (
  • DG Kurt writes that this convention is going to be done in a way that will be transformational for Rotary in our District and he sets out many ways in which this may be achieved.
  • This Rotary Years conference will be held in Drumheller, on May 4th - 5th, 2024.
  • The conference website is not yet active, but will be added here once it is functioning for registration.

DISTRICT 5360 LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP                   

Tuesday 28 November, from 7-9pm via Zoom.
Sharpen up your thinking about leadership and meet Randy Smith, our District Governor Nominee.
 Ideas for Future Programs
  • The Rotary Club's Program Committee members are Jillian Koch (, Dave Panabaker ( and Margie Booyens (
  • If you have ideas for future programs, please contact them.
An update on the Medicine Hat Health Foundation by dynamic Executive Director
Executive Director Heather Bach was our guest speaker today. She presented interesting and up-to-date information about the Medicine Hat Health Foundation.
Heather started her presentation by thanking the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat for the $12,000 given to the Foundation, by the Club, for local healthcare, over the past 25 years.
A bit of interesting history shared by Heather, is that the Medicine Hat General hospital was built by volunteers in 1889 – and was the first hospital west of Winnipeg. Our Regional Hospital was built in 1958, with expansions in 1986 and 2017. The Medicine Hat Foundation was founded in 1996.
A Board of 13 Trustees heads up the Foundation, which is a registered charitable organization that raises funds to support, improve and equip local healthcare providers and facilities.
The Core Funds of the Foundation are: Men’s Health; Women’s Health; Children’s Health, Senior’s Health, Addictions & Mental Health; and Greatest needs. All donations received remain in the community.
Guiding the operation and services of the Foundation are five key values: Community, Transparency, Compassion, Integrity and Philanthropy.
ED Heather has four coordinators heading up: Major Gifts; Program/Volunteer; Donor Relations; and Strategic Giving.
Evidence of the difference made by the Health Foundation in Medicine Hat is that since its establishment in June 1996, the Foundation has invested over $20.1 million in local health care.
Most readers will have noticed or even popped into the Gift Shop on the ground level of our Regional Hospital. This shop, operated by volunteers, raised a staggering $11,409.89 over the past 12 months.
In addition to putting in time at the Gift Shop, there are many ways in which one can volunteer for the Health Foundation, including newspaper delivery to inpatient units, taking the shop’s gift cart around the hospital to bed bound patients and staff; assisting in the Foundation’s office and assisting with various campaigns.
Heather made special mention of the specialized space in the hospital that the Foundation has set up for children, where they can access support in moments of crisis. This paediatric mental health room was officially opened in April 2023.
The Foundation has been able to purchase vital equipment over the past year, including vaccine refrigerators, a Fabian ventilator for Neonatal Intensive care unit, MRI-safe monitoring equipment, therapeutic burn sleeves, Sonosite Ultrasound for the high-risk maternal clinic, and a fluid management system for surgical suites.
Heather ended her presentation with a list of the Foundation’s greatest current needs. These include funds for: the expansion and renovation of the gift shop, a Hana surgical bed, and special beds for the mental health unit.
Thank you, Heather, for the significant impact you, your staff, Board and volunteers are making in the health sector of Medicine Hat. May the Foundation continue to have all the community support needed – “Together, We Can”!

Meeting News
Guests: It was great having Heather back in our midst! Heather was previously a member of our Club. She is currently a member of Ignite, the satellite club of the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat Sunrise. Heather was the only guest at this meeting, attended by 23 in person and three via Zoom.
​​​​Club Draw:
  • A box of fruit delectables, kindly donated by Jim Staniford (Rotary Club of Everett, Washington state) was won by Terry Brekko who summarily opened the box and passed it around the tables for all to taste and enjoy. These candies, made from peaches and apricots grown in the north west of the United States, are evidently highly sought after. Thanks again, Jim!
  • Please remember to contribute items for the weekly draw as the stock cupboard is running VERY low!
  • None announced
  • Dave Stalwick                Nov   8.
  • Brent Secondiak             Nov 19.
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Sieg Kappler              37 years         Nov 1, 1986.
  • Doug Fleming            40 years         Nov 7, 1983.
  • Milan Vujovic              16 years        Nov 26, 2007.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for November 2023:
  • Sandy Mackay
Minutes: new information and a few reminders
FUNDRAISING: NEXT BINGO: Dave Stalwick is leading the next Bingo team and needs one more floor worker for the session on Friday 17 November. Please step up if you can!
COMMUNITY SERVICE: SAAMIS IMMIGRATION: Margie Booyens again invited members to join President Bruce, Terry Cooper and herself at Saamis Immigration offices on Thursday 16 November at 10:00. The 35 ‘health bags’ will be given to Saamis clients – male immigrants who are taking English classes - in lieu of International Men’s Day, “Healthy Men, Healthy World”.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: CHRISTMAS KETTLES FOR SALVATION ARMY: Anne Carrier intimated that the roster for kettle ringing at Walmart on Saturday 2 December has been filled. All is well.
President Bruce and Terry Cooper (chair, International and Community Service) will hand over cheques to the Downtown YMCA (for life jackets) and the Redcliff Youth Centre (for a freezer and dishwasher) on Monday 20 November.
Following on from Dave Panabaker’s minute last Monday, Dave Stalwick showed members the gifts donated to our Club by visiting Rotarian Jim Staniford (Rotary Club of Everett), including a box of fruit candies (used for Club Draw gift today) and a ‘happy dollars’ $100 note.
CLUB 1000 RAFFLE TICKETS: Members are reminded that our Club 1000 raffle is the principal activity to raise funds for the Rotary Music Festival. May we all get out and sell tickets!
TECH SUPPORT AND COVERAGE FOR SGT-AT-ARMS:  Mike Christie, the club's President-elect, is looking for additional folks to support our technical setup for in-person meetings.  The more people who know how to set up the equipment the better off the club is.  Mike will also need someone to take over the leadership of the SGT-at-Arms program for each meeting.  The Presidents duty is to "pay fines", not hand them out.....
Family of Rotary
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Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has returned to meeting in person. Our first meeting of every month is a ZOOM business meeting. Check the club calendar, which is usually up to date for our meeting locations and program.
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Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Nov 17, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
MH Archeological Society
MH Lodge
Nov 20, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:18 PM
Presentation on Saamis Immigration Society
Medicine Hat Lodge
Nov 27, 2023
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Dec 03, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Business Meeting
Dec 04, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Cycling without Age
Medicine Hat Lodge
Dec 11, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Christmas Lunch
Medicine Hat Lodge
Dec 18, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Dec 18, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
No Meeting - Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2023
No Meeting - New Years Day
Jan 01, 2024
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