Meeting Information
Unfortunately, today our President couldn't be with us, as the Rotary Club went out into the community and spent the noon hour learning about the evolution of the Food Bank into a Community resource, now known as the Root Cellar.
A great visit, the story is below.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings.  We are all learning to adapt to this new reality.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • Would you like to join the membership team? Check out a meeting of this team and see how exciting it is!  The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact Mike Christie to join in.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities and Meetings:
  • Saturday November 19th - Afternoon Bingo
  • Monday November 21st - Joint meeting with Saamis Rotary to hear a presentation from Emily Akoth, with the Rise to Shine Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya.
  • Monday November 21st - AFTER THE MEETING, photo opportunity at Rotary Centennial Park in Dunmore.
  • Thursday November 24th - Check presentation ceremony at Prairie Gleaners, 11:30 AM.
  • Monday November 28th - A joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
  • Monday December 19th - Christmas lunch - members and partners - at The Medicine Hat Lodge
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Next District Conference: Lethbridge: May 5th and 6th, 2023.
 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.
Root Cellar - Medicine Hat
Members of the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat went out into the community this lunch hour, for a tour of the Root Cellar and an education on the programs that are being run from that facility.  The Club was very lucky to have the Root Cellar Executive Director, Melissa Mullis as our tour guide and instructor.
Melissa began by explaining that the name change was really part of a branding effort, to avoid limiting the public perception of the facility and the work that they do.  She spoke about getting to the "root" of the problem of food security, and that a root cellar always had something for everyone.  Alberta has the highest food bank use in the country, and they have seen their client numbers skyrocket from between 50 - 100 calls per day to over 300.  They have added outreach and social workers to their intake process and as resources for clients.
We were given a tour of the building, which of course was at one time the main City of Medicine Hat Fire Hall.  They are creating a social enterprise, to run a cafe in the "Co-op" Community Cafe and will be inviting everyone to use the space.  The idea is to remove some of the stigma attached to the facility.  Melissa spoke about their Food Rescue Program, the Food First Culinary Experience, the School Brown Bag lunch and other family support services.
The Root Cellar has also been a conduit for our Team Freewheel folks to get bikes to families who need them.  More information can be obtained by checking out their website at
A marvellous tour and an amazing group of community focused volunteers and staff.  Thank you so much for the education and your hard work!
Meeting News
  • A number of Rotary partners joined us for our noon hour visit today.
Club Draw:
  • No draw, due to our visit outside the MH Lodgel.
  • None mentioned.
  • Dave Stalwick             Nov 08
  • Brent Secondiak         Nov 19
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Sigfried Kappler            36 years      Nov 1 
  • Doug Fleming               39 years      Nov 7
  • Milan Vujovic                15 years      Nov 26
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for November:
  • Dave Panabaker
PLEASE NOTE - WE NEED ROSE RUNNERS FOR DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY.  If you can help, please contact Dawn Barr.
Rotary Bingo: 19 November
This is a Saturday afternoon bingo, two more floor workers are needed for this event.  Please contact Dave Stalwick, if you can spare a few hours on Saturday.
Dunmore signage photo: 21 November
Mike Christie (Director of Community Service) invites all to head to Dunmore Park on Monday 21 November 2022, after the noon meeting, to be included in a photo of the newly installed signage in Dunmore Rotary Park.
Prairie Gleaners District Grant check presentation: 24 November
Both the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat and Saamis Rotary Club have selected Prairie Gleaners as their projects for 2022-2023.  Both clubs will be presenting their checks at 11:15 - 11:30.  A great photo opportunity, and after that perhaps an opportunity to tour our Team Freewheel bicycle repair facility on Spencer St SE.
Christmas Kettles: 17 December
24 Rotarians are needed to raise funds for the Salvation Army on Saturday 17 December. The shared signup sheet is located at  Please consider doing a shift for this worthy cause.
Christmas Partners Lunch: 19 December (noon)
The Rotary Club members and a partner are invited to a special Christmas lunch celebration, at noon on Monday December 19th.  A Christmas buffet will be laid on, and cost will be $30.00/person.  Invitations, to obtain a needed head count will be going out soon.
Meeting Room Setup
Due to his physical injury, John John will need assistance setting up the room on a go forward basis.  Ian McLaughlin is helping through November, however more volunteers are needed.  The time commitment is about an hour before the meeting, starting at 11:00 am and about a half hour after the meeting, usually ending around 1:30 pm.  If you are willing to help, please contact John or Dave.
Canadian Humanitarian Gala
The annual Canadian Humanitarian fundraising gala will take place on Friday evening, Nov 18 at Medalta Potteries.  It will feature "dueling pianos" which was a big hit last time.  Registration can be done on their website,
2023 Club 1000 update
Our new Club 1000 tickets for the 2023 raffle have been packaged, distributed and/or are available for pickup (call Glen Presley).  Please work hard to sell these tickets in support of the Rotary Music Festival.  Our tickets can be purchased online at
Family of Rotary:
  • Nothing to report this week.
Please keep Adolf informed about members health 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, face-to-face meetings as of Monday March 21. A ZOOM link will still be available for those who are cautious, ill or are away on vacation.
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Nov 19, 2022
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Kenya visit - Emily Bakhita Akoth
MH Lodge
Nov 21, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting with Rotary Club of Zenica
Medicine Hat Lodge
Nov 28, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Dec 01, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Business Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Dec 05, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting
Dec 12, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Christmas Social
Medicine Hat Lodge
Dec 19, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Dec 19, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Christmas Break - NO MEETING
Dec 26, 2022
New Years Break - NO MEETING
Jan 02, 2023
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Med Hat Rotary Music Festival
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