Meeting Information
President Bruce Shepard welcomed everyone to the Boardroom at Ralph's Steakhouse and Bar, and our first experimental meeting at this location.  Hopefully everyone who ordered a meal enjoyed it and he got down to business...which is important at a "business" meeting
The business talks began with Kitt Brand, who reviewed the work of the International Service Committee and the projects that are going on this spring.  Particularly noteworthy were the collaboration of various clubs and organizations on medical equipment for the Ukraine.  She indicated that 9 clubs and a total of 15 groups were now involved.
Kitt indicated that a display was planned for District Conference on May 4 and 5, and she pointed out the help of Alain Guerard, who is working on the logistics of moving containers.
Kitt also mentioned that she is working on a couple of presentations for the room at the Why Rotary event and would like photos that anyone has of International or Community Service projects sent to her.  She will do up some picture frames to show off the projects.
Margie Booyens, reviewed the work of the Community Service Committee, who were meeting directly following this business meeting to review a number of issues.  Margie advised that the Rotary Club has arranged to support a Saamis Immigration "English Learners" group who are going to visit the Police Point interpretive centre on Wed May 29th.  More information in the next few meetings.
Peter Mueller advised that the Membership/Retention/Youth committee are meeting by ZOOM on Thursday April 11 at 7:00 pm, he is encouraging all members to attend.
Dave Stalwick, Director of Club Service spoke about the lunch location and some of the upcoming discussions about our venue and location.
Doug Fleming, Club Secretary announced that "with regret", the Board accepted the resignation of Rotarian Don Davis.  We are sad to see him leave the club, and we hope that he continues to support the Music Festival.
Gail Halderman gave a brief update on the club's financials, and advised of a potential fundraising event that he had been approached on.  A private organization needs a group of people to run a bar for a company event, and Gail will be investigating all the logistics this week. It is unfortunately the same weekend as District Conference, but those not attending may be able to earn some extra funds.
Melanie Harty, Past President was thrilled to announce that Milan Vujovic has agreed to step into the role of President-elect for the 2024-25 Rotary year, with the club presidency in the year to follow.  
Mike Christie, President-elect spoke about the upcoming "Why Rotary" event.  If you have not indicated if you are attending or support this event, it's time to let Mike know.  Numbers are being counted for catering.  Both the Saamis and Sunrise clubs will be speaking as well and will have Rotarians in attendance.
"Why Rotary" is a pitch for new members, and although it will be a high class event, will run as a form of Rotary meeting, to highlight the areas of focus and special projects of the club(s).
The club meeting of April 22 will be devoted to preparation for the event, and the meeting of April 29 will be an opportunity for reflection and learning from the evening.
Check your calendars, April 24th is not that far away.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings. Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Committee Membership Update:
  • Please continue to assist your 'team captains' and please also work in other areas of club activity, as you are able.
  • NEW DEVELOPMENT! Please have a look on ClubRunner in the Committee section. You should find your name on one of the committee member lists, as per your choice(s). If not, please contact President Bruce.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone, text or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.

Rotary District 5360 and Rotary International News

  • The RI Convention was last held in Calgary in 1996. It’s going to be back in Calgary again in 2025.
  • DG Kurt Kowalchuk (email dated June 19) is calling for committee members, in particular but not exclusively, for the Sponsorship & Revenue committee, and the House of Friendship committee
  • If you are interested in volunteering, contact Host Organizing Committee secretary, Luanne Whitmarsh (
  • DG Kurt writes that this convention is going to be done in a way that will be transformational for Rotary in our District
  • PDG Sandy McKay has volunteered to be the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat's representative on the RI Host Committee.
Other District news
  • The annual District 5360 AGM will be held on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Our club is normally officially represented by the President-elect and another member of the executive, but any Rotarian may attend.  It is a ZOOM meeting, so no travel required.  Watch the WN for a link to sign up.
  • The 2024 District Conference. HAVE YOU REGISTERED?? Register online at . The 2024 District Conference will be in Drumheller on May 4 and 5.  Because of the 2025 RI Convention in Calgary, there will likely be no local conference in 2025 and the next District Conference will be May 2026 in Red Deer.
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.
Meeting News
CLUB DRAW: Glen Presley was the lucky winner of some coconut patties.
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: None mentioned .
    • Glen Presley            April 3
    • Sarah Koch              April 4
    • Bernie Scott             April 9
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Dick Bide                      53 years     April 11, 1971
    • Terry Brekko                 35 years     April 01, 1989
    • Joe Hrankowski            24 years     April 03, 2000
    • Dave Panabaker           20 years    April 01, 2004
    • Don Davis                     13 years    April 01, 2011
    Peter Mueller
    WHY ROTARY? EVENT: Wednesday April 24, from 6:30pm
    A reminder: Mike Christie is asking for volunteers to decorate the Stampede Grounds Ballroom. Interact members and selected Rotary Music Festival participants will be in attendance, as would members of the other Rotary Clubs in town. There will be a cash bar. Coffee and liqueur are included in the $30 pp ticket. The event will be run like a typical Rotary Club meeting. The Events Committee has found a few sponsors, but donations for door prizes are needed.
    Please let Mike know how many guests you will be bringing. 
    Dave Panabaker advised that the most recent bingo, on Saturday evening March 30th was attended by 111 players and earned a pool profit of $1,748.25.  The pool guess pot was won by Gregg Martin.
    The next bingo is Monday evening, April 15th and a complete team has volunteered.  Thanks to everyone who has stepped forward.
    Dave Panabaker advised that we are scheduled for the MH College, Room S102 on May 6 and May 13.  Arrangements to this "test site" for meetings are in the works.
    Also, Dave asked everyone to put aside the evening of Thursday June 6th.  The winner of the 2024 Rosebowl, Sterling Clark, will be performing for the Rotary Club and guests at the Recital Hall, Cultural Center at 7:00 pm.  Please consider this a partners event, and an opportunity to invite interested parties to see one of our Music Festival alumni perform.  A reception at the Cultural Center is planned for after the performance.
    A reminder about the upcoming celebration of Jim Marshall’s 85th birthday and his wonderful art works. A reception will be held in the Yuill Gallery at Medalta Potteries on 10 April at 7pm, as the birthday celebration.  The exhibit is open from March 2 to April 27. Please come out and take in this fabulous display of a lifetime of work by this renown Medicine Hat artist, and a long time Saamis Rotarian.
    Anne Carrier advised that Team Freewheel gave out a total of 19 bikes on Thursday 4 April 2024, to families with Saamis Immigration.  Although the recipients were very grateful, there was quite a bit of confusion at the site, and definitely more Rotarians are needed to help with the project.
    Family of Rotary
    • No mention of anyone today.
    • Please keep a Board Member informed about members health and/or any other 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. Our first meeting of every month is a ZOOM business meeting. Check the club calendar, which is usually up to date for our meeting locations and program.
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    Upcoming Events
    Membership. Retention and Youth Committee
    Apr. 11, 2024
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Presentation about RYPEN
    Ralph's Steakhouse (backroom)
    Apr. 15, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - evening
    Top Hat bingo
    Apr. 15, 2024
    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Preparation meeting - bring a friend event
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr. 22, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Why Rotary?
    Grandstand Ballroom
    Apr. 24, 2024
    6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Membership Event - Debrief
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr. 29, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2024 District Conference
    May 03, 2024 – May 05, 2024
    Business Meeting - ZOOM available
    Courtyard Room - MH College
    May 06, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    May 11, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Regular Club meeting
    Courtyard Room, MH College
    May 13, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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