Meeting Information
The annual Changeover meeting is always a great time.  It began today with President Bruce Shepard opening the meeting and spending a little time thanking the Board, and the club for the privilege of being the President for 2023-2024.
After Bruce spoke, he called up Past-President Melanie Harty who read the charge to both our new President Mike Christie, and those members of the Executive and the Board who were present.
Mike Christie took the podium, and being a man of very few words, gave a short introduction to his year and we'll definitely hear more later.
The club acknowledged Bruce's service and looks forward to Mike's second term as President this upcoming Rotary year.
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' (committee leads) and please also work in other areas of club activity, as you are able.
  • Please 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 Mike.
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 June 21 - 25, 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 (
  • PDG Sandy McKay has volunteered to be the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat's representative on the RI Host Committee. Many more volunteers are needed and will be welcomed. 
  • Registration for the 2025 Rotary International Convention is open - 
Other District news
  • Rotarians in the District received a request from Marlene Doherty to keep Polio Plus in mind for donations to Rotary International.  The eradication of polio is a long term promise of Rotarians worldwide, and you can donate at
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.
Annual Executive Changeover
Our annual changeover meeting began with President Bruce Shepard giving his final report to the club and his last "whack of the gavel".  Bruce expressed his deep appreciation to the club for the honour and privilege it has been to lead the organization this year.
Bruce took a few minutes and spoke about the re-development of the Strategic Plan that occurred this year, and how it had a number of goals.  Bruce spoke about the hard work to try and achieve all those goals that has gone on through the entire year, highlighted by the wonderful "Why Rotary" event in April.  Membership is a key issue to the club and to Rotary in general, so the success of this event was crucial for the club.
Bruce spoke about the Team Freewheel work led by Terry Cooper, the Publicity team led by Kitt Brand and all the other activities that go on during the year.
At the conclusion of Bruce's "story", he called up Past President Melanie Harty who performed the induction of the new President, the new Executive and Directors for 2024-2025.
First President for 2024-2025 Mike Christie was sworn in and then the Board were read the induction document.  We all look forward to a vibrant and exciting year with this team.
The gavel of the club, was passed from now Past President Bruce to President Mike, to general applause.  President-elect Milan Vujovic was paying close attention, he will go through this ceremony next year.
President Mike then took the podium, and his first job was to present Bruce Shepard with our traditional recognition for service at the Club President, fittingly a gavel.  The club thanks Bruce for a great year and his service to the membership.
President Mike then gave a short talk, he promised not a "massive speech" at least to begin his year as President.  He spoke of some "tweaking" of the Strategic Plan after one year of experience.  He is very much going to stress "fun and fellowship",  which will begin with the evening meeting with partners for the District Governor's visit on July 8th.
We look forward to a great year, thanks to everyone who works to make the club successful.
Meeting News
GUESTS: There were no guests at our meeting today
CLUB DRAW: Dale Stein was the lucky winner of a couple of very old Rotary glasses!
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: None were mentioned.
    • Jillian Koch          July 19th.
    • Marg Mazerolle.   July 24th.
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Dave Maclean         47 years      July   1, 1977.
    • Sandy Mackay         47 years      July  1, 1977.
    • Jim White                 45 years.     July  1, 1979.
    • Margie Booyens         8 years      July  4, 2016.
    • Glen Presley              9 years      July 27, 2015.
    • Kitt Brand                  15 years     July 29, 2009.
    • Terry Cooper
    Minute Reminders:
    The next bingo is on Saturday July 6, in the evening.  A couple more workers for the floor are required, thanks to those who have volunteered already.
    District Governor's visit:
    Mike Christie reminded everyone that we will need a head count for the District Governor's visit on Monday evening, July 8th.  The Club has reserved the Grandstand Room at the Stampede Grounds for this special event, which hopefully will include partners and a number of Rotarians to be inducted. The meeting will begin around 5:30 pm with a cash bar and dinner will be available around 6:15 pm.
    Please respond to the invitation that is out, or get in touch with Mike Christie or Dave Panabaker, who are organize the evening.
    Hotdog BBQ at Ken Sauer School
    Anne Carrier expressed thanks to the seven members who will prepare and BBQ hotdogs, with condiments, at a track meet at Ken Sauer School, on Tuesday 25 June.   POST MEETING PHOTOS - Those who volunteered and attended had a great time.
    New Generations Service Exchange Host Families required:
    Margie Booyens advised that the District has an NGSE participant coming to Medicine Hat.  It will either be a young lady from Italy or one of two from Brazil. Interviews are to be conducted and a selection made. Our local Public School district, as well as Prairie Rose School District, have agreed to allow the selected participant into schools, to learn about the Alberta education system, from the middle of September to the end of November.  If you are interested in having the participant in your home, please contact Margie. Many thanks to those who have already come forward: the McLaughlans, the Carriers, Peter Mueller & Gwen Dirk, and Dan Kammerer & Cheryl Shabatura. Just one or two more host family are needed to host for two weeks, on dates that suit,  somewhere between mid-September and 30 November!
    Members were also informed that the 40th anniversary of the designation of the Saamis Archaeology site would be held on Wednesday 10 July. There will be displays and tours of five Saamis Coulee sites. A lovely celebration for families to attend.
    Family of Rotary
    • The whole club wishes Johan Booyens well, as he is treated for congestive heart failure at the MH Hospital.  He is still in ICU but Margie advises that they are hoping he will be moved into a ward in the next few days and hopefully he can spend the long weekend at home.  Our best wishes to both of them.
    • Former Rotarian Adolf Seiler sent greetings to the club this week.  He is enjoying the island and wanted to pass along a photo of a project by the local Parksville Rotary Club.  He also visited with former club member John Molden, who now calls the west coast home.
    • Please keep a Board Member informed about members health and/or any other 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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    Cooking at Ken Sauer School
    Ken Sauer School
    Jun. 25, 2024
    10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    NO MEETING - Canada Day Holiday
    Jul. 01, 2024
    Rotary Bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jul. 06, 2024
    4:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Golf before Rotary
    Connaught Golf Club
    Jul. 08, 2024
    1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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    Grandstand Ballroom, Stampede Grounds
    Jul. 08, 2024
    5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Club Business Meeting
    Jul. 15, 2024
    Rotary in the Park
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    Jul. 22, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary Bingo
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    Jul. 22, 2024
    4:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Club Meeting
    Jul. 29, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    NO MEETING - Civic Holiday
    Aug. 05, 2024
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