Meeting Information
President Bruce Shepard started our monthly business meeting on ZOOM at 12:05 pm, and began with a welcome to all the members who were online this morning.  He advised that the Board had met on Tuesday Jan 30th, and although the meeting was a small group, there was a good deal of information discussed.
Bruce reminded everyone that the "Why Rotary?" event is scheduled for April 24th, and has a budgeted attendance of 100 people.  Any additional attendance, which is most welcome, would help turn the membership event into a fundraiser, so participation is truly encouraged.
Bruce also mentioned that all three of the other local clubs (Saamis, Sunrise and Ignite (satellite club of Sunrise) will be contacted about participation and tickets for the event ($30.00/person) will be available soon.
Doug Fleming, Club Secretary mentioned that he is in the process of updating the printed roster, and will be sending out the current club roster to everyone to print.  It has been about 4 years since we had one printed, so a small print run will be considered.
Dave Stalwick, Club Service mentioned that he will be doing a presentation at the club meeting on Monday February 26th,  regarding our meeting venue with potential new meeting spots to "test drive" in the coming months.  After each site has been visited, a club meeting will be used to discuss the locations and determine "if" we relocate.
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
  • NEW DEVELOPMENT! Have a look on ClubRunner in the Committee section. You should find your name on one of the committee member lists, as per your choice(s). If not, please contact President Bruce
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 last held in Calgary in 1996. It’s going to be back 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.
Other District news
  • The annual District 5360 AGM will be held on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Our club is normally officially represented by the President-elect and another member of the executive, but any Rotarian may attend.  It is a ZOOM meeting, so no travel required.  Watch the WN for a link to sign up.
  • The 2024 District Conference website has now gone live for registration, early bird discounts apply until February 29, 2024.  Register online at . The 2024 District Conference will be in Drumheller on May 4 and 5.  Because of the 2025 RI Convention in Calgary, there will be no local conference in 2025 and the next District Conference will be May 2026 in Red Deer.
  • Margie Booyens advised that the District DE&I committee has developed a club manual, to ensure we are inclusive.  Copies will be coming out to Club Presidents in the near future.
  • Margie advised that the host Rotary Convention committee, chaired by DG Christina Hassan, is looking for a club liaison officer with each club in the District, to be the conduit for information and volunteers.  If you are interested in taking on this role for our club please see President Bruce Shepard.
  • Margie also advised that we might want to consider putting in a budget item in the 2024-2025 club budget for the RI convention in Calgary.  Obviously more to come on that as we prepare next years budget.
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.
Meeting News
GUESTS: The meeting was attended by 16 club members, through ZOOM as is our business meeting custom.
CLUB DRAW: No draw today, back next week at the MH Lodge.
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: None mentioned .
    • Bruce Shepard              Feb 17
    • Don Davis                    Feb 23
    • Margie Booyens           Feb 29 (Leap year baby!)
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Gregg Martin                  33 years      Feb 01, 1991.
    • Marg Mazerolle              32 years      Feb 01, 1992
    Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for February 2024:
    • Mike Christie
    Members are reminded that the "Secret 3K Walk for Women and Children" will be held on the Sunrise Rotary Trail on International Women's Day, Friday March 8 at 5pm. This is the third annual walk in support of the District initiative. Last year 15 of us did the walk on a freezing cold day but we are hoping for a much nicer day this year and thus more people. Drinks and treats will be provided at the finish. It shouldn't take more than 30-35 minutes to do the walk and people can decide to just do part of the route.
    It is a fundraiser for the cause but Sunrise members are really looking at it as a way for the clubs to come together.
    Meet in the Cultural Centre parking lot to begin the walk at 5pm.  Please plan to join in.
    Members are reminded that an important upcoming meeting is a presentation by Gerry Darichuk, to our club on February 12th regarding an aid program within Ukraine.  If you are interested in reading "ahead", please see this article on the District website.
    The next Bingo session is in the evening of Sunday 18 February - Family Day long weekend.
    Members are asked to step up as volunteers for the information desk and for door monitoring.
    Margie Booyens reported that a new Business Card has been designed by this committee, for our Club. A pack of them has been picked up from Boylan Imaging last week. These cards will assist members by providing all club contact details which can be put in the hands of people who are interesting in possibly joining our Club and the Rotary family.
    Dave Panabaker advised that we have reached the 30% of sold tickets for our raffle, so prizes and costs are covered.  The money is now all going to the Music Festival. 
    Tickets may be purchased by credit card at our ZEFFY site, .  If you have some tickets sold, and perhaps some checks that you would like cashed, feel free to put those together and bring those to Dave, Glen or Doug.  We are happy to do those deposits, so purchasers checks are not sitting around too long. 
    Club members are reminded that our Club 1000 raffle is the principal activity to raise funds for the Rotary Music Festival, and our goal is to raise $36,000 for the 2024 Festival.
    Members were asked to step up and sell the raffle tickets usually sold by Adolf and Roger, who are no longer members. Dave Panabaker has sent out an email to all members, in this regard.
    Family of Rotary
    • No news to report
    • Please keep a Board Member informed about members health changes, so that information can be provided to the club through the Weekly News.
    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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    Upcoming Events
    Presentation opportunity for Ukraine aid
    MH Lodge
    Feb. 12, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - evening
    Top Hat bingo
    Feb. 18, 2024
    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    No Meeting - Family Day Holiday
    Feb. 19, 2024
    Update on Music Festival
    MH Lodge
    Feb. 26, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2024 Rotary Music Festival
    Various locations
    Mar. 03, 2024 – Mar. 17, 2024
    Business Meeting - ZOOM
    Mar. 04, 2024
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar. 07, 2024
    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Tour at YMCA
    Mar. 11, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2024 Los Amigos presentation
    MH Lodge
    Mar. 18, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Visit to Redcliff Youth Centre
    Main St
    Mar. 25, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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