President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen Blewett welcomed everyone to our "picture taking day", she commented about the great turnout and how nice everyone looked.
President Karen reminded everyone to watch for the "Making a Difference" newspaper articles which begin next Monday.  As well, she presented a number of new promotional banners that update the Rotary brand and incorporate significant color to our meetings and events where they will be shown off.
Rotary Fun Fact:
No time for a fun fact today, with the 100th anniversary picture.
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
Rotary Club 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.
  • Centennial Celebration:  Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge.
Rotary Presentations:
  • During the recent District Conference, there were two awards given out that are great cause for celebration.
First, District Governor Rick Istead was happy to present PDG Sandy Mackay with the Rotary International "Service above Self" award, a significant recognition of the "time, talent and treasure" that Sandy and Jane Mackay have put into Rotary.  The award is only given to a maximum of 150 Rotarians each year around the world and only one in any District.  A well deserved recognition and a "big surprise" for Rotarian Sandy.
Second, President-elect Chris Perret accepted the Mel Cunningham award, which is given to a club in District 5360 which best promotes Rotary in their community.  The application was based on the extensive media coverage given to the recent Music Festival through most avenues of conventional and social media.
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • 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.
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Darin Clisby, our photographer.
  • Ken Feser, the new Chief Librarian at the Medicine Hat Public Library
  • former Youth Exchange student, Supinya (Teddy) Wannachotphawet, from Thailand
  • Chris Perret       May 11th
Club Anniversaries:
  • Brian Rothwell         19 years            May  10, 1999.
  • Ian McLaughlin        26 years            May   11,1992.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw was NOT won today, Gregg Martin was not present.
  • Raffle draw was won by Doug Fleming, who won Mexican coffee. 
Club 500:
  • No draws now until next week.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • Nothing new to report.
Minute People:
  • Theresa Eisenbarth gave a quick update on the Adventures in Citizenship students who returned from Ottawa on Wednesday, they had an amazing time and hopefully will visit the club soon to tell us about their experience.
  • She also reminded everyone to register for the evening meeting with the Interact students at Medicine Hat High School.  That meeting will be Monday evening, May 14, and will start with school tours at about 4:30, a dinner in the new cafeteria at around 5:30 and presentations by the Interact students.  DG Rick Istead is intending to be present.
  • Dave Panabaker presented Sarah Bowman with a Foundation Certificate recognizing her signup with "Rotary Direct", the automatic contribution program from the Rotary Foundation.  Thanks for your support of our Foundation, Sarah.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded Rotarians if you want a photo printed on gatorboard, they will cost $20, please sign up with Dave.
  • Dave also advised Rotarians that as an incentive to signup for DISCON 2019, the brewers at Olds College have created 5360 Lager.  An email is coming out about this soon.
    Upcoming Events
    Interact - Evening Meeting
    Medicine Hat High School
    May 14, 2018
    4:27 PM – 7:00 PM
    Victoria Day - No meeting
    May 21, 2018
    May 24 - Rotary at Cirque du Soleil - Crystal
    Canalta Center
    May 24, 2018
    7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    May 28, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 02, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Medicine Hat Centennial Celebration
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jun 08, 2018
    6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    No Meeting in lieu
    Jun 11, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 17, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting/Executive Change Over
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jun 18, 2018
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President