President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen Blewett welcomed everyone to the last meeting of November, and it less than one month until Christmas holidays.  President Karen also thanked everyone who attended Bob Mutschler's funeral on Saturday, it was great to see such a strong Rotarian turnout.  She also thanked everyone who participated in the social evening at JR Junkies, to experience the world of virtual reality.
Rotary Fun Fact:
As part of her tradition, President Karen reveal another interesting historic fact about our Club. This week, Karen reported a story from the January 1947 edition of The Rotarian Magazine, which recognized the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat for a handshake meeting between the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat and the Rotary Club of Havre, Montana.  Apparently reciprocal visits between the clubs were common at that time, and both clubs were credited with lobbying for improvements in the roadway that connected the two communities. At the time it was a simple dirt trail, and is now, of course, Highway 41.
Membership Update:
  • No new member proposals this week.
Rotary Information:
  • Karen advised the Centennial History and Rotary Impact study are progressing well. We are at the stage where we can start adding photos. If you have photos of Rotary activities, past & present, please email them to Margie Booyens.
  • Karen also announced that new Club Rosters for 2017-2018 were now available at the reception desk.
Rotary Presentations:
  • No presentations this week.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • The November Rotary Board meeting will be held Tuesday November 28th at 7:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room.
  • Salvation Army Christmas Kettles - December 2. (See Adolf Seiler if you've forgotten your time slot)
  • Rotary Happy Hour - December 6, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Paradise Valley Golf Clubhouse.
  • 2018 District Conference will be May 4 - 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary.
  • DATE FOR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • RI Convention - Toronto, June 23 - 27, 2018. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
  • Christmas Lunch  - December 4. Watch for more information about our Christmas Stocking Project.
  • If you have any future program ideas, please e-mail Heather at
Business Meeting - November 27
It is the intention of this year's Board, to hold a regular business meeting (closed to guests) on the last Monday of each month.  In that way, Rotary business can be discussed in a regular schedule and any items needing the Boards attention can be dealt with quickly at the Board meeting the next month.
  1. The Rotary Impact Assessment is being moving along toward a January presentation to the club.  Jace Anderson is looking for contact information for past Youth Exchange Students and anyone with information please contact Bruce Shepard, Doug Fleming or Karen Blewett.
  2. President Karen will be on holidays "down under" for the December 11th and December 18th meeting.  President-elect Chris Perret will handle both those meetings in her absence.  It was also noted that both the December 25th meeting and the January 1st meetings fall squarely on the holiday, so both are cancelled.
  3. President-elect Chris Perret came to the podium to discuss the notice of motion which was due for a vote today.  In order to consolidate all RC of MH material in one location, the Board has proposed that "Based on an maximum estimated expenditure of $6,000, proposed to purchase a Sea-Can, to be installed in available space at the rear of the Top Hat Bingo Hall, be used to store all the clubs material".  
    • The location would allow accessibility at all times.
    • Sea-Can's by their nature are almost air tight, and should keep out weather and vermin.
    • A nominal fee is going to be charged by the Bingo Society for use of the space, and this opportunity may be offered to other members of the Society.
    • Shelving and containers may be needed to properly store the material.  As well, the possibility of a used container exists.
          Based on the information presented, Chris Perret moved and Terry Brekko seconded the motion.  It was approved unanimously.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Honorary Rotarian Jim White was present at the meeting today.
  • None this week.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Allan O'Byrne               November 27, 1995      22 years.      
  • Theresa Eisenbarth     December 3, 2013          4 years.
  • Doug Thorson              December 3, 2013          4 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Joe Chacko was the winner of the weekly draw. Joe took home a Rotary tie donated by Sandy Mackay.
  • Doug Thorson was not in attendance to win a free lunch in the attendance draw.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week, the last two draws are set for December.
Make Ups:
  • Adolf Seiler was at the Saamis Rotary meeting on Thursday evening.
Family of Rotary:
  • Garth Vallely is up for visitors at his seniors care facility.
Minute People:
  • Wayne Chesley did a minute to correct some misinformation about Jay's recent voluntary position with the Toyota Dealers Advertising Association.  He is still the local Toyota dealer, and is still living in Medicine Hat.  His new volunteer work will require a fair bit of travel, but there is no change at Park City.
  • Gregg Martin is leading a bingo team on Friday evening ( 5 pm - 10 pm).  He acquired several workers, but an email will go out for additional floor workers.
  • Dawn Barr spoke about the Rotary Happy Hour, 5 pm - 8 pm at the Paradise Valley Clubhouse.
  • Dawn Barr advised the MHHS Interact students will be holding a Bake Sale Fundraiser Dec 12 to 14. The students are looking for donations of baking. 
  • Chris Perret spoke about the sale of Club 500 tickets which are underway. If you don't have your tickets, contact Chris, Allan or Glen. Chris advised he has a list of about 50 people who need to be contacted. If you can help out, please contact Chris.This is a major fundraiser for the Music Festival, so please sell your tickets as soon as possible.
  • Chris also mentioned that with the decision on the Sea-Can, a moving work party will be organized for later in Dec. 
Christmas Project:
Heather Bach provided an update on this years Christmas project, a 'hands-on' project at our Christmas Party. First of all, our Christmas Party will be a noon luncheon on December 4, partners are most welcome, and where we will be putting together Christmas stocking for people in the local Hospice & Nursing Homes. A group of shoppers will be required likely on Friday December 1, and Heather is looking for a few Rotarians to come to the meeting early on Dec 4, to help layout the items for the stockings.  The stockings will be delivered to Cypress View Lodge (Teeoda Lodge) on Thursday December 18th.  A group of Rotarians will be asked to go and hand out the stockings.
Heather has provided a list of items members can bring. The club is also accepting cash donation to purchase items. The following is a list of items required for the Christmas Stockings: Mini Hand Lotion, Lip Balm, Cross Word or Word Find with pencil, Chocolate, Tic Tacs, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Mouth Wash, Small Teddy Bear. 
    Upcoming Events
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 27, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 01, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Christmas Giving Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 04, 2017
    11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Rotary Happy Hour
    Paradise Valley Golf Club
    Dec 06, 2017
    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 18, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 18, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    ** No Meeting - Christmas
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 25, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jan 29, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President
    Russell Hampton