President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen started the meeting at 12:15 pm, with a number of Rotary minutes and had everyone try to remember to sing the "new" words to our National Anthem, recently approved by the Senate.
The theme for this month in Rotary is "World Understanding Month", appropriate for our work around the world. 
Rotary Fun Fact:
This weeks Rotary "Fun Fact" is that since 2009, our club has been involved with 5 International Projects, which have involved total expenditures of almost $500,000.  With fund matching both at the District and Government levels, our donations have grown to make up a number of great projects.
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
Rotary Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Karen a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
  • Journey of Reconciliation - Several Rotary District Governors will be attending the upcoming "Journey of Reconciliation" workshop at the Medicine Hat College, Feb 14 -17.  The workshop is free to all, being sponsored by the Miywasin Centre, MH College and Rotary.  It is hoped that this workshop will develop a shared understanding of past issues and provide opportunities for working together in the future.
  • Rotary Music Festival:  March 4-18.  There will be lots of opportunities for volunteer work over those two weeks.
  • Sunrise Rotary Club:  March 10, is sponsoring a "Medicine Hat March Madness - Wheelchair Basketball Edition".  See the poster below.
  • Board Leadership Workshop - March 3, at the MH College.  A great day of training and discussion for anyone involved in a voluntary organization or society.  If you are interested in attending please consult the website at;
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • District Global Grant Workshop - March 24, 2018 – District is hosting a Global Grants workshop in Calgary.
  • District 5360 Convention: May 4 – 6, 2018:   Register on District website.  Early bird registration has been extended to February 15th.  The Club will provide support to Rotarians interested in attending the District Convention.
  • Centennial Celebration:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto:  This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned Rotarians to become immersed in the world of Rotary. 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:
  • February 19 - NO MEETING (Family Day)
  • If you have any future program ideas, please e-mail Heather at
Lyle Johnson - Emmanuel Foundation
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Lyle Johnson, Executive Director of the Emmanuel Foundation for International Community Development (and Ted Cowtan's brother in law) to our meeting today.  Lyle has been the ED of the Foundation since 2007, and prior to that served as a pastor for 27 years at several Northern Alberta churches.
Lyle was a Rotarian of the 100 Mile House Rotary club, where he served in a number of capacities, including Youth Service and Youth Exchange.  He is currently the President of the Sherwood Park Rotary Club for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.
The Emmanuel Foundation believes in serving through effective partnerships, much as Rotary tries to do in our international service.  The Foundation began as a way of re-purposing decommissioned playgrounds from Alberta communities and using them in the developing world.  Since they began in 2003, they have installed some 85 playgrounds in 23 countries around the world.  The Emmanuel Foundation has operated the international shipping arm of Rotary District 5370 (HAWS - Humanitarian Aid Warehouse Society) since 2010.  They serve Alberta Rotary Clubs, Medicinal Mission Agencies, Churches, Charitable Societies and Foundations in their international projects, by supplying and shipping humanitarian goods, which support sustainable community transformation.
EF currently have over 25,000 square feet of inventory available to support international service and development projects.  Since 2010, EF has sent over 110 - 40 ft Containers to international destinations.
Great work and great to know this service exists in Alberta for some of our International Projects.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Lyle Johnson, guest speaker, accompanied by his wife Addi.
  • Sylvia Cowtan, spouse of Rotarian Ted Cowtan.
  • Krista Lawson, Classic Valuations, a guest of Chris Perret.
  • Whitney Ogle, a member "in waiting".
  • Sabrinna Prince, Miywasin Friendship Centre, a guest of Whitney Ogle.
  • Gerry Nadeau       February 13.
  • Bruce Shepard      February 17.
  • Don Davis              February 23.
  • Lavar Payne          February 23.
  • Jonathan Usher     February 25.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Mike Hertz            February 24, 1997       21 years
  • Gregg Martin        February 25, 1991       27 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Bruce Shepard was the winner of the weekly draw, collecting an Australian T-shirt donated by President Karen.
  • Glen Presley was in attendance, and won a free lunch.
Club 500:
  • Two draws today, due to the Family Day holiday next weekend.
    • $1,500 was won by Desmond Bowman, on a ticket sold by Glen Presley.
    •    $500 was won by  Mark Sorenson, on a ticket sold by himself.
Make Ups:
  • President Karen, Dave Panabaker and Doug Fleming attended a meeting of the City's Development & Infrastructure Committee, regarding Roadway renaming possibilities.
Family of Rotary:
  • President Karen was happy to announce that she spoke briefly to Doug Bauman, and Brenda has been released from the hospital and is starting the long road to recovery at home. No visitors at this time, but good news none the less!!
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker was looking for a number of volunteers to work a Rotary Bingo on Sunday afternoon, Feb 18th from 11:45 - 4:00 pm.  More are still needed.
  • Also, Dave Panabaker advised that the block of 48 tickets for Cirque du Soleil on Thursday evening May 24th.  are available.  He handed out a few at the meeting, the balance are available by contacting him.
  • Dawn Barr reminded everyone that our planned tour of Medicine Hat High School has been rescheduled, but we are still having a happy hour on Monday Feb 12th, from 5 - 7 pm.
  • Sandy Mackay, Whitney Ogle and Sabrina Prince all spoke about the upcoming Journey to Reconciliation conference at the MH College this week.  All Rotarians are invited, especially to the Survivors banquet due to our sponsorship.  Please consult Whitney or the program on the MH College website.
  • Milan is looking for about 6 to 8 members or partners to help organize award winners for the Stars of the Festival evening on March 18. If you can help out, please contact Milan.
  • Don Davis, the Chair of the Rotary Music Festival encouraged all Rotarians to try to attend the Rosebowl competition, on Friday March 16th.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth did a couple of minute update on the activities of the MH High School Interact club, the completion of their project in Nicaragua with the Rotaract Club of Estelli and their upcoming tour of the new wing of the MH Hospital.  Great report and sounds like they have years of great work ahead of them.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary Bingo - afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 18, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    NO MEETING RE: Family Day
    Feb 19, 2018
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Feb 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Safety City
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 05, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Canadian Humanitarian
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 14, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Reclassification Talk Chris
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 19, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    NO MEETING RE: Easter Monday
    Apr 02, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President