President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen was replaced at the podium today by the co-Presidents of the MH High School Interact club, Jaslin Ghotra and Kara Gilbert, who ran the meeting on behalf of the Interact club.
President Karen did reminded everyone to watch for the "Making a Difference" newspaper articles which began today.
Karen also announced that our Board of Directors is complete for 2018 - 2019, Shane Snedden has agreed to take on the Directorship of Youth and Vocation and Heather Bach will take on the role of Director of Club Service.  Best wishes to all the new executive and we appreciate your service to the club.
Rotary Fun Fact:
Within the Rotary family, there are 250,000 Interact students around the world, in 11,000 clubs and 120 countries.  The first Interact club was formed at Melbourne High School in 1962.
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:
  • It was a pleasure to have District Governor Rick Istead at the meeting today, and he got the opportunity and privilege to induct as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat, the long time student advisor of the Interact club, VP Sue Withers.  Thanks for all your work on behalf of youth in the community, and especially for the more than a decade of service to the Interact students.  Welcome to the club, Sue!
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • PETS, SETS and TETS training - June 2, 2018:  In Medicine Hat, Part 3 of the PETS training will take place.
  • 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:
Presentation on the Interact Club
Co-Presidents of Interact, Kara Gilbert and Jaslin Ghotra spoke about the fundraising efforts at the high school this year and about their projects.
The club has been quite active, participating in two bake sales during Parent-Teacher interviews in Oct and Mar, as well as Purple Pinkie project to raise money for Polioplus.  They also worked on a "Fall into Winter" fundraising event and are currently setting up "Nickle and Dime" wars, as their last fundraiser of the year.
They spoke about completing their international project last year, with the Rotaract club of Esteli, Nicaragua.  They raised $2,000 last year to replace the home of a well known Nicaraguan artist, Don Alberto Gutierrez.  Through the work of the volunteers in Nicaragua, and a local Rotarian who teaches in Esteli, the home was completed last spring.  They were justifiably proud of the impact they had on her life.
On April 25, 2018 the Rotary Interact students and their advisors met with Cassie Hider, Major Gifts Coordinator at the Health Foundation to present a check for $1,000 to begin their support for the decoration of a room on the new pediatrics ward at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.  This is the first of a series of three contributions to have the room done in a beach atmosphere.
The club is participating in the Community Foundation's  Youth in Philanthropy program, by helping decide on and then donate $2,000 from the CFSEA to a worthy charity.  They will also be volunteering at the hospital.  Several students also spoke about Adventures in Citizenship and the RYLA camp.
A wonderful program, and a great evening...thanks to all the students for the tour, the meal and the event.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • All the Rotary partners
  • Members of the Medicine Hat High School Interact club.
  • Sue Withers, Student Advisor.
  • former Youth Exchange student, Supinya (Teddy) Wannachotphawet, from Thailand
  • Cathie Catalano       May 14th
  • Ray Kemp                May 16th.
  • Doug Fleming           May 19th.
  • Ian McLaughlin         May 20th.
  • Ted Cowtan               May 25th.
  • Ron Learmont           May 25th.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Leslie Jerry             17 years            May  14, 2001.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw was NOT won today, # 17 Mike Christie was not present.
  • Raffle draw was won by Doug Fleming, who won a Medicine Hat High T-shirt and a scarf. 
Club 500:
  • No draws this week because of our remote meeting, both May draws will be done on May 28th.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • Dawn Barr ran into Brenda Bauman while she was on an outing, and she will be undergoing stem cell replacement therapy in Sept.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Minute People:
  • Former exchange student Teddy spoke about the impact her exchange in 2013 - 2014 had on her, and prompted her to go into medicine in Thailand.  She remembers all the warmth, kindness and love she experienced in her exchange and related several examples her work with deaf students and patients at the clinic where she has been able to give back.  She described her Rotary exchange year as the beginning of her "life" for people.
  • DG Rick Istead was happy to hear that the students enjoyed their Adventures in Citizenship trip, and advised that a new "adventure" has joined the series.  Titled "Adventures in Human Rights", and centered on the new Human Rights museum in Winnipeg, it may offer a different experience for students in years to come.
    Upcoming Events
    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