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President's Information
President's Remarks:

Director of Community Service, Mark Sorenson took the podium today to run the meeting.  President Chris is away for a month working on economic development opportunities with Canadian Humanitarian, so a few of our executive will give the lectern a try!
 
 
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • Acting President Mark reminded everyone that the Music Festival begins on March 3, please take your name tags with you to do door monitoring.  Its great to identify as Rotary members at the Festival
    • Mark also reminded everyone of the Club Strategic Planning update, on Saturday April 6 from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Chris a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB. DG Dan is proposing a different and exciting district conference, so members are encouraged to register.  So far it looks like 5 members are planning to attend.
  • Rotary International Conference in Hamburg Germany in June 2019
Club Strategic Planning:
Just as a reminder, a short Strategic Planning Questionnaire has been emailed out to members, asking for feedback on strategic priorities and fundraising.  The results of this survey will be part of the strategic planning session in the New Year. The date for that session is April 6, the first Saturday in April.
 
Please complete the Strategic Planning Questionnaire and either bring it to the next meeting or email it back to Chris.  This is an opportunity for all members to express their opinion and to have their voices heard.
 
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at: www.medicinehatrotary.com
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at jkoch@jmhca.com
Stories
New Generations Service Exchange
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.
 
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • There were no guests at the meeting today.
Birthdays: 
  • Don Davis               February 23
  • Lavar Payne           February 23
  • Jason Hertz            February 27
  • Margie Booyens     February 29
Anniversaries:
  • Chris Perret                February 24, 2009         10 years.
  • Don Reid                    March 1, 1992                27 years.
  • Stan Sakamoto           March 1, 1984               35 years.
  • Adolf Seiler                 March 1, 1981               38 years. (in our club)
  • Jack Snedden             March 1, 1989               30 years. 
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was # 13  Wayne Chesley who was in attendance to win a free meal. 
  • The club draw was won (eventually) by Linda Rossler who took move some flavoured rum balls.
Club 500:
  • A $500 draw was made today and won by Erica Meyer, on a ticket sold by Shann Snedden.
Make Ups:
  • Dick Bide had three makeups at the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise.
  • Dave Panabaker attended the Medicine Hat Saamis club on Thursday evening.
Family of Rotary:
  • Dave Stalwick was very proud to show off a couple of photos of the latest future Rotarian in our club, his granddaughter Cecelia Lynn Cairns.  Mom and babe are doing well  and Dave also thanked those Rotarians at the bingo he was suppose to work, when this event occurred for filling in for him.
 
  • Rotarians were saddened to hear that with the families recent move to Calgary, Rotarian Brenda Bauman has resigned from the club effective March 1.  Everyone wishes her the best with recovery from her recent illness and a future closer to her family in Calgary.  We really appreciate her efforts with the Music Festival and her active participation in the club.
  • The Rotary Club also wishes Rotarian Lavar Payne well in his recovery from hip surgery and his convalescence at home.
Minute People: 
  • Dave Stalwick thanked those that have responded and he has a complete bingo team for Wednesday evening.
  • Don Reid reminded Rotarians to bring in the Rotary magazine, as he distributes it to offices and high schools.
  • Joe Chacko reminded Rotarians that there are still opportunities to work as door monitors and on the information desks for the Music Festival.  A sign up sheet is available at the back of the room and will be circulated again this week.
  • Milan Vujovic reminded Rotarians to come to the Rosebowl and Stars of the Festival, and also bring your neighbors, supporters and advertisers.
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    Upcoming Events
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 27, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
     
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 31, 2019
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
     
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
     
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 28, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
     
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    May 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
     
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