President's Message
President's Remarks
President Karen Blewett welcomed everyone to the last meeting of September, which is also the end of the first quarter of this Rotary year.  Time flies when you're having fun!!
Membership Notice
  • No new member proposals this week.
Rotary Information:

President Karen's "Fun Rotary Fact" related to the recent District Membership Survey.

  • 49% of the club members answered the survey, well above the District average.
  • 89% of our club members believe we are financially responsible.
  • 90% of our members believe in the importance of local impact.
Rotary Presentations:
  • Director of Membership, Bruce Shepard addressed the club about the challenges facing the club regarding membership.  He advised that in reviewing our performance over the past few years, our club needs to add 2 members for everyone we lose, in order to keep up with the natural decline in membership that occurs in business.  He challenged all club members to bring 2 friends to a Rotary meeting over the next year.  He spoke about the new membership committee, a great blend of new Rotarians and experienced members.  He also spoke about the great marketing information contained in the District Survey.
  • President Karen spoke to the club about the recent District survey, provided some "teaser" information on the results and advised that the results would be reviewed in more detail at the next Rotary Business meeting, which is scheduled for Monday October 30th.  those results, in addition to our own strategic planning work and the club engagement work going on as part of the Centennial will provide great information on the direction to head in the next century of the club.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • District Grants Qualification Seminar – Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 2:00pm.
  • District Governor Rick Istead will be visiting the club on Monday Nov 6, 2017, a meeting with the board at 10:00 am is scheduled.
  • In case you want to note it on your calendar, the 2018 District Conference will be May 4 - 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary.
  • NEW DATE FOR CENTENNIAL Celebration:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Bruce Shepard had his son Kirk in attendance as a guest.
  • Milan Vujovic hosted Bisrat Sime of Canadian Humanitarian as a guest.  Bisrat is Canadian Humanitarian's "in country" representative for their work in Ethiopia. 
  • Stan Sakamoto       Sept 30th.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Dieter Brand - Sept 26th,1994 - 23 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Heather Bach won a bottle of Brown Vodka in the club draw.
  • Sandy Mackay won a free lunch in the attendance draw.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week.
Make Ups:
  • None announced. 
Family of Rotary:
  • It was great to see Teresa Schile back at the club, after her hip replacement surgery last month.
  • Former Rotarian, Bob Mutschler is back in Medicine Hat and continuing to undergo testing.
 Minute People:
  • Brenda Bauman, did a minute on the upcoming Rotary Music Festival Society AGM, planned for Monday Oct 23.  Brenda announced that this is her last year as President of the Society and she is looking for a Rotary Club member to step up and take over for her.  She's been President for 7 years, through all of the transition from a club event to a separate charitable society.  A new candidate would have this entire festival year to shadow Brenda in her role, and that would be great training for the incoming individual.  If the Music Festival is one of your passions, please consider putting your name forward to Brenda prior to the AGM.
  • Don Reid reminded all Rotarians that he distributes the Rotary magazine to schools, college, and medical offices.  Please bring your old magazines in and drop them off at the front desk.
  • POST MEETING NOTE - Rotary has an evening bingo on Monday Oct 2, an invitation to participate is being sent out this evening.
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    Upcoming Events
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 25, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 02, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    **No Meeting Thanksgiving
    Oct 09, 2017
    Community Foundation
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 16, 2017
    12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 21, 2017
    11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 30, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    District Governor
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 06, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Nov 19, 2017
    11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 27, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 01, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President