Meeting Information
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat met by ZOOM this morning, for our last business meeting of this Rotary year.  President Bruce kicked off the meeting promptly at noon, and we got down to discussions about the club.
Bruce led off the meeting with a discussion about "makeups" and "attendance credit".  Club Secretary Doug Fleming keeps track of those items that are sent to him, but we don't seem to have a consistent policy on what we keep track of, who needs to send it in, or what we are going to do with it once we have it.  Definitely more discussion needed on this topic, likely into the year of PE Mike Christie.
Club Service Director, David Stalwick, advised that he had two updates to provide.  The first was that he will be the "featured" program next week, as we discuss the change of venue for club meetings and how our recent test sessions went at other places.  If you are interested in that item, please attend or tune in next week.  David is also working on Club Service participation, ensuring that all items are covered as we start the next Rotary year.
Community Service Director, Terry Cooper, advised that Team Freewheel is now very close to having 500 bikes in the community, including almost 240 with Saamis Immigration.  Great work by the team, and something for discussion as the budget work approaches.
Terry also mentioned that Rotary had been approached to help fund a playground in Desert Blume, and this would be a significant expense.  More discussion is going on about this, as well as several small requests for support.
International Service Co-Director Kitt Brand spoke about a micro financing organization which is being examined by the committee for use by our club.  KIVA is widely used in Rotary to provide micro loans to those in the developing work.
The website is easy to use, and Kitt says it is fun to follow the progress of individuals.  Check it out at 
PE Mike Christie didn't have much to add to all this, and there were a number of Directors absent, so the discussion was finished for the time being.  It was noted by Mike that he and Gail had not had a chance to work on the 24-25 Budget yet, so that discussion needs to happen in the next little while.
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 June 21 - 26, 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 (
  • 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.
  • Registration for the 2025 Rotary International Convention will be open on when the 2024 Convention opens in Singapore.  Early bird pricing is available until May 31.
Other District news
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
GUESTS: There were no guests at today's business meeting
CLUB DRAW: No draw today, as the meeting was ZOOM.
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: May 30th bingo team was noted.
    • Mike Christie      June 7th.
    • Alain Guerard     June 8th.
    • Terry Brekko       June 9th.
    • Sandy Mackay    June 15th.
    • David Maclean   June 26th.
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Mark Sorenson    26 years.   Jun   1,1998.
    • Gwen Dirk              3 years.  Jun 28, 2021.
    • Melanie Harty       14 years.  Jun 30, 2010.
    • Anne Carrier
    Minute Reminders:
    Dave Panabaker reported that the May 30th bingo was fun, the club earned $213.75 toward the pool profit and we served 63 players,  The winner of the guess pot was Dick Bide.  The next bingo is Sunday afternoon, June 16th in the afternoon.
    Two of our previous Rosebowl winners, as well as friends and accompanists will be performing at St Barnabas Church on Wednesday June 12th, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Come out and support some of our outstanding youth musical talent.
    The winner of the 2024 Rosebowl, Sterling Clark, will be performing for the Rotary Club and guests in the Recital Hall, Cultural Center at 7:00 pm on Thursday June 6.  Please consider this a partners event, and an opportunity to invite interested parties to see one of our Music Festival alumni perform.
    NGSE Participant accommodations required:
    Margie Booyens advised that the District has an NGSE participant coming to Medicine Hat.  Edward is 21, and from German, taking a degree in education.  He has been accepted in our local school district to learn about the Alberta system from the middle of September to the end of November.  If you are interested in having him in your house, please contact Margie.
    Family of Rotary
    • 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
    Rosebowl winners performance to Rotary Club
    Medicine Hat College, Cultural Center - Recital Hall
    Jun. 06, 2024
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Club Meeting - Venue Decision
    MH Lodge
    Jun. 10, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Golf after Rotary
    Connaught Golf Club
    Jun. 10, 2024
    1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun. 16, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Club Meeting
    MH Lodge
    Jun. 17, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    End of the Rotary Year - Changeover meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jun. 24, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    NO MEETING - Canada Day Holiday
    Jul. 01, 2024
    Annual District Governor visit
    MH Lodge
    Jul. 08, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Club Business Meeting
    Jul. 15, 2024
    Rotary in the Park
    Rotary Park
    Jul. 22, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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