Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson gave a quick welcome to all who were present.  Today's meeting was a discussion about the evolution of the Rotary Music Festival Society, and given the material and the likelihood of lots of questions, we got right into it.
President Mark also reminded everyone that he made a request for two new organizers for our Rotary casino's.  We have leaned on Ian and John for quite a while and they would like to be relieved of that duty.  If you are interested in taking on this role, which involves a little organizing work about every 16 - 18 months, and recruitment of workers, please contact President Mark or any member of the Board.
There were 30 Rotarians joining us at the meeting today, it was great to see everyone.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A new club laptop is in our future, the current one will not provide the service required to stream our meetings.
  • If our hybrid meetings continue in the future, a few more meeting helpers will be required to help run cameras and sound.  We are all learning as we go along here, but these type of meetings are manpower intensive.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • If you are interested in helping this working membership team, please contact Mike Christie.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please collect club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and the funds generated help to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the Newsletter and we'll include it.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • The next meeting is Monday, Monday April 19th - a talk by DGE Martin Parnell.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are still present in the community. Our meetings will be virtual until at least MondayJune 28th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The Rotary International convention for 2021, originally scheduled in Taiwan will now be held VIRTUALLY as well.  Watch for updates on registration and programs.

Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Evolution of the Music Festival Society
The project team working on updating the bylaws of the Rotary Music Festival Society and creating a Support Agreement between the Society and the Rotary Club for the next five years presented their work to the members of the Rotary Club.  The team consists of Anne Carrier, Mike Christie, Wayne Chesley and Dave Panabaker.
The team worked on the following Principles in it's work on the Festival Society.
  • All members of the Rotary Club want the Festival to be “successful and sustainable” as we make changes.
  • The Rotary Club wants to remain the Primary sponsor of the Festival and retaining the naming rights.
  • Rotarians wants to be involved - as Members of the Society, fundraisers, volunteers and sponsors.
During Strategic Planning workshops wth the Rotary Club in 2017 and 2018, as well as Planning Workshops for the Music Festival in 2019, it was clear that an evolution of the Music Festival, to be a publicly run, open society which would be responsible for the Festival was the goal of the club.  Some of this was due of course to the declining number of Rotarians in the club and the difficulty of staffing two operational groups.
Highlights of the Support Agreement
• A five year financial commitment, which the new Society can “bank” on and work their budget around.
• A commitment to discuss future funding prior to the expiry of this agreement.
• A commitment by the Rotary Music Festival Society to retain the name, in exchange for the financial commitment.
• A commitment by the Rotary Music Festival Society to a quality Festival, in keeping with past practice.
• A seat “reserved” for a Rotarian, nominated by the Club, to sit on the Music Festival Society Board, to work as a liaison with us as principal sponsor.
After significant discussion and a number of questions being asked, the following motion was called.
Moved by Dave Panabaker and seconded by Mike Christie; "Do the members of the Rotary Club support the proposal, of opening the Rotary Music Festival Society membership to the public, and with continued financial support from the Rotary Club, the movement of the operation of the Festival to this new public group?"
The motion was approved by the members present and will form the basis of the signing of the support agreement and revisions to the Music Festival Society bylaws.
Meeting News
  • No visitors at the meeting today.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • Dave P reported that the "livestream" feeds from Facebook and Youtube had great viewing.  The Rosebowl was viewed over 1450 times and Stars of the Festival was viewed over 4,000 times.
  • The Rotary Club has received several nice thank you notes from participants in this year's Music Festival.  A couple have been copied below.
  • Dave P also reported on a couple of Rotary learning opportunities.  On Wednesday April 14th, four teams of students from Ambrose University will be presenting their vision for the future of Rotary's membership and marketing efforts.  This is a two hour webinar, beginning at 5 pm.  Please register to take part at  
  • Also there is a webinar on Wednesday April 21st, about the Rotary Learning Center.  Again, register in advance to take part at 
  • Our friends at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club are having another e-bike raffle this spring.  Please support their efforts in Rotary by getting a ticket or two.
  • If you have photos or a story to include in the Weekly News, please submit it to Dave P and we'll try to publish it.
Birthdays: April.
  • Shalla Shaharyar   April 28.
Club Anniversaries:  April.
  • Lisa DesRoches       2 years            April 15, 2019.
  • Ray Kemp               13 years           April 15, 2008.
  • None recorded.
  • The club sends best wishes to Sharon Zollner as she recovers from recent surgery.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Meeting Virtually until at least June 28, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Update on Music Festival Society bylaw changes
Apr 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Martin Parnell (Zoom)
Apr 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 21, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Business Meeting
Apr 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Martha Munz Gue:Presentation on Adopt a Pond
May 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
May 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Club Meeting
May 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ZOOM Meeting
May 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
NO MEETING - Victoria Day Holiday
May 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting
May 31, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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