President's Message
President's Remarks:
Past President Karen Blewett welcomed everyone to our meeting, and advised that she was handling the meeting today in the absence of President Chris Perret.
PP Karen reminded everyone that next week's meeting is in Saamis Rotary Park, to celebrate the kickoff of stampede.  Please respond to the invitation that is out by email, members of Saamis and Sunrise will be joining us for lunch and bring chairs and umbrella's (or at least a cowboy hat).
Rotary Fun Fact:
  • Past President Karen noted that with recent edits, our club has contributed to a total of 144 community projects, and that list keeps growing every year. 
Membership Update:
  • No updates this week.
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 Chris a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • RI Conference for 2019 is in Hamburg Germany and our 2019 District Convention, May 3 thru 5, will be in Olds, AB.
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at
2018 Rotary Youth Entrepreneurship Camp
The Rotary Club enjoyed a talk by Sean Blewett, who is the General Manager of Community Futures - Entre Corp, and has a senior organizational role in the Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, which has operated at Eagles Nest Ranch for over 20 years.  Sean spoke about the recent partnership of AYEC and Rotary District 5360, which will add this camp as one of the sponsored youth programs in this District and change the name slightly to Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
Sean introduced Ethraim Blair, who was a youth camper in 2017 and he spoke about the activities and valuable outcomes of attending the camp.
 The program begins every year with training for the Youth Leaders, who are previous campers and they will begin a week of training on August 8th at the Medicine Hat College.  Then approximately 60 campers, from all over Alberta arrive for the camp from August 12 - 18.  August 18th is an important day, it's called "business day" and its when the teams of young entrepreneurs are able to sell their products.  The public is welcome on the 18th, please bring "cash" and the sales go from 11 am - 1 pm.  Sean described it as the only summer camp where you can leave with money....Ethraim's team made over $100 in profits on their mugs and coasters last year.
The camp has a big impact on the post secondary performance of these students, those who take leadership roles in their communities or come back from camp and start a business.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Sean Blewett, Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary club.
  • Ethraim Blair, past participant in Rotary Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
  • Elizabeth and Mark Blair, parents of Ethraim.
  • Jillian Koch        July 19
Club Anniversaries:
  • Bernie Scott          July 16, 2001    17 years
  • Don Davis             July 18, 2011      7 years 
  • Dave Maclean       July 18, 1977     41 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was #66 Ken Zollner, who was present and won a free meal.
  • Ron Learmont won the ticket draw for a selection of tea.
Club 500:
  • Due to a technical glitch, Past President Karen didn't have the combination to the lock, both Club 500 draws will take place at the end of the month.
Make Ups:
  • None announced today.
Family of Rotary:
  • A card was circulated around to welcome Maggie Rose Bowman, daughter of Rotarian Sarah Bowman who was born on July 3.  Both Mom and Maggie are home and doing well.
Minute People: 
  • Jillian Koch reminded the club about next Monday's meeting, in Samiss Rotary Park.  Bring an umbrella for shade and please respond to the invitation so the catering can be done appropriately.
  • Dave Panabaker announced  the next BINGO for Friday evening July 20th needed a few more volunteers, and he got enough.
  • Dave also did a straw pole for a trip to the Rosebud Theatre in September, on a Saturday as a social activity.
  • Al Garden announced that golf was at the MHGCC, with a supper in the clubhouse after.
  • Al is looking for someone to replace him as the Monday afternoon golf organizer.  Please see Al, if you'd like to help out.
  • Dick Bide updated those present on the dinner club., sign up sheets are now available for the 2018 - 2019 edition of the dinner club.  It is a wonderful way of incorporating partners into our Rotary family and always a lot of fun.
  • Dick Bide remembered to advise the club that they have a tree full of "pie cherries" at Bides, please feel free to stop by and pick a container or more.
  • Sean Blewett also announced that he had Sunrise Rotary Stampede Raffle Tickets for their $15,000 prize with him, for sale after the meeting.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jul 20, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Stampede kickoff in the Park
    Saamis Rotary Park
    Jul 23, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jul 30, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    NO MEETING - Stat Holiday
    Aug 06, 2018
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Aug 09, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Aug 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Sep 12, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 06, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President