President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Chris Perret welcomed everyone to the first official Rotary meeting of 2019.  President Chris stressed the need to get Club 500 tickets in now, the first draw will be next week and we need to make sure all the tickets are accounted for.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • Wednesday January 16, is the next board meeting.  From 7:30 - 9:00 pm at the Cypress Club.
    • Monday January 21, is a club business meeting.  Some discussion on membership process and the Clubrunner "app" are scheduled.
  • 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 Executive Training (formerly PETS), on Saturday February 2nd, in Medicine Hat.
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB.
  • 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.  A date for that session will be announced in January.
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:
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at
BBB - Top 10 Scams Presentation
The Rotary Club welcomed Ron Riemann, an accredited Business Service Consultant with the Better Business Bureau (serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay).  Ron took some time to explain the origins, funding and purpose of BBB.  The BBB was created in 1912 and now has a total of 113 Bureau's across North America.
He took some time to speak about the Mission and Values of BBB, which is NOT a gov't agency, gets NO funding from any level of gov't, is NOT a "for profit" business or a regulatory agency.  They are really in the knowledge and education business, for consumers and service providers.  Much more information is available on their website at 
He outlined the Top 10 Scams of 2017, spoke about how technology is changing the nature of scams and cons, and that law enforcement is likely not to get involved.  He spoke about the $95 Million dollars lost to scammers in 2017 just in Canada, and that they tend to prey specifically on teens and seniors.
The top three scams were
  1. Online purchases
  2. Wire Fraud/Spearphishing
  3. Online Dating scams
A great presentation from an authority in the field.  His parting advise, "if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!"  Beware.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Ron Riemann, BBB serving S Alberta and East Kootenay, guest speaker
  • Sieg Kappler              Jan 1
  • Krista Lawson            Jan 8
  • Jan Stalwick              Jan 9
  • Dick Northcott          Jan 13
  • Roger Roy               Jan 19
  • none this week
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Lavar Payne, who was NOT in attendance at the meeting today and  did not win a free meal. 
  • Glen Presley won the ticket draw for a bag of beer. 
Club 500:
  • Tickets for the 2019 Draw are still being collected, so there will be two draws next week for January.  If you have any outstanding tickets, please contact President Chris or Allan O'Byrne.
Make Ups:
  • No make-ups this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • No report this week. 
Minute People: 
  • Dave Panabaker requested volunteers for the next bingo, on Friday evening Jan 18th.  He got a few, but more are needed and an email request will go out this afternoon.
  • AG Dave also reminded Rotarians about the Saturday Feb 2, Rotary Leadership training day as well as the upcoming District Conference, May 3 - 5 in Olds, AB.  Registration for both is available on the District website.
  • Don Davis reminded Rotarians that there are 7 weeks, less a day until the next Rotary Music Festival.  There are a number of awards that need support and those provide an advertising opportunity for sponsors.  Please contact Don if you have any leads.
  • John John announced that the annual email for Door Monitors went out on Sunday evening, the signup is a "shared" Google document...please sign up for a few shifts to support the festival.
  • John also has a cashier position and several chip runner positions available for the upcoming casino, on Feb 4 - 5.  Please see him if you have those days available.
    Upcoming Events
    Community Presentation - Better Business Bureau
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jan 14, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jan 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 04, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    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
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President