President's Information
President's Remarks:
This week, our acting President was Club Treasurer Gail Halderman who took the podium to run the meeting.  It's been a lot of fun having a variety of Rotarians get the experience of running a meeting, it should certainly build up some empathy for the President.  Gail welcomed everyone, including the many guests who were invited to the meeting to our regular noon meeting.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • On April 1 Folium Bioscience will be the presenter next week, to talk about the cannaboid industry and their planned 170,000 sq ft processing and manufacturing facility.
    • On April 8, Mayor Ted Clugston will be the speaker, to give a short "state of the City" update.
    • Gail reminded everyone of the Club Strategic Planning update, on Saturday April 6 from 9 am to 2 pm, location TBD.
  • 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:
President Chris Perret did a short  reminder that Strategic Planning Questionnaire has been emailed out to members, asking for feedback on strategic priorities and fundraising.  For those that might have missed it, a second copy was sent out on Monday and on Tuesday an invitation to the event.  The location will be determined by the number of people responding to the invitation.  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:
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at
Aurora Sun - The "Grass City"
The Rotary Club welcomed Bernard McGillivray, General Manager of the new Aurora Sun plant being constructed in the Box Springs Business Park.  The facility is a huge building, in excess of one and a half million sq ft and when it is fully operational in the second quarter of 2020, will produce approximately 150,000 kg of medical quality marijuana every year.  Bernard shared that weight of product was approximately three and a half million "joints".  He talked about the business environment, which is a transition from a "black market" product to a legal one.
Bernard spoke about the scope and extent of Aurora, it is positioning itself to be a worldwide force in the cannabis business, and is  focusing on Product R&D to help legitimize the value of their products in the medical marketplace.  The estimated worldwide size of that market is in excess of $70B, so worth going after.  He spoke about the timelines for this plant, with approximately 400 local jobs and touched on the difference between hemp and cannabis.
He answered a number of audience questions and was thanked for his informative talk by Gail Halderman.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • There were too many guests at the meeting today to catch all the names.
    • Lisa DesRoches, a potential club member awaiting induction.
    • Bernard McGillivray, General Manager of the Aurora Sun facility and our guest speaker today.
    • Great to see former member of the club Deb Best back for a meeting.
    • Many business acquaintances and community members, thanks to all.
  • Terry Cooper       March 25.
  • Dominique Hirsch         2 years         March 27, 2017.
  • Dawn Barr                  15 years         March 29, 2004. 
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Gerry Nadeau who was in attendance to win a free meal. 
  • The club draw was won by Ken Zollner who took home a box of Hawaiian shortbread cookies, donated by Dick Bide.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week.
Make Ups:
  • None announced.
Family of Rotary:
  • Both Herman Wahl  and Terry Partis were back at the meeting today, and it was great to see them returning to full health. 
Minute People: 
  • Dave Panabaker was looking for Rotarians interested in a Saturday visit to Swift Current to attend their annual "Lobsterfest"  Actually either steak or lobster is available at $75/ticket, and it is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Swift Current.  If anyone is interested in paying a friendship visit and taking part in the fun please contact Dave prior to Wed March 27.
  • Dave also mentioned that nominations for the 2019 Community Spirit Awards are now open, several of the Rotarians in our club (most recently Stan Sakamoto in 2017) have been honored for their community spirit.  If anyone knows someone who should be nominated, or would like to help with the nomination group, please contact President-elect Margie Booyens or Dave Panabaker.  For more information, consult the City of Medicine Hat website and search for "2019 Community Spirit Awards"
  • Dave Stalwick gave the members in attendance a heads-up that we have two upcoming bingos, one on Sunday afternoon, March 31 and one on Thursday April 4.  They are so close together because of trades to avoid conflicts with the music festival.  Registration emails have gone out for the first bingo, the second email was sent on Monday morning.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded Rotarians that the District Board meeting is scheduled for Medicine Hat, on Friday April 26th, everyone and anyone is invited to attend.
  • Sandy Mackay advised that the Rotary Friendship exchange group from New Zealand will be here from July 3 - 5, and the itinerary is being planned.  Anyone interested in helping out with hosting, driving or accompanying the visitors please contact Sandy.
  • Dave Panabaker also advised that District 5360 was supporting a Shelterbox initiative after the recent Tropical Cyclone Idai devastated the East Coast of Africa, with millions of people displaced and many hundreds of people missing or reported dead.  ShelterBox is Rotary's Partner in Disaster Relief, and are already responding to the incredible need in the Region. Please use the following "link" or see Dave for a paper form for donation if you choose to make one.
    Upcoming Events
    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
    Strategic Planning update
    Apr 06, 2019
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 28, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Evening Meeting - Celebration of Rose Bowl Winner
    Apr 29, 2019
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    May 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 03, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President