President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen started our first March meeting with a thank you to the club for being patient during our "teething" problems with the new sound system, and also thanked President-elect Chris Perret for all his work to help resolve the sound problems.
Karen also thanked Margie for the business cards and bookmarks that are on the table, to help promote Rotary and our Centennial.
President Karen is also looking for additional help at co-ordinating the program on the evening of our Centennial Celebration, June 8th.  If you can assist in working on that committee please contact her.
Rotary Fun Fact:
  • This week set of Rotary Fun facts revolve around the Rotary Music Festival, which is now in it's 63rd year .  This year there will be 900 separate entrants, doing over 1400 performances.  The festival gives out over 225 awards, valued at over $20,000.  Rotarians and friends of the Festival do over 1380 hours of volunteer time, during the Festival.
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
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 Karen a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
  • Club Centennial Photograph:  Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • Centennial Celebration:  Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
Music Festival Information:
  • Rotary Music Festival:  March 4-18.  There will be lots of opportunities for volunteer work over those two weeks.
  • Rosebowl Competition, Friday March 16, 2018:  Medicine Hat College Theatre, 7:00 pm -  competitive performances and reception to follow.
  • Stars of the Festival, Sunday March 18, 2018:  Medicine Hat College Theatre, 7:00 pm - presentation of awards and special performances
  • Club Evening Meeting - Rosebowl Winner April 16, 2018:  An evening of celebration of the Rosebowl winner and the end of this year's festival.  At the Medicine Hat College Cafeteria.
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • District Global Grant Workshop - March 24, 2018 – District is hosting a Global Grants workshop in Calgary.
  • District 5360 Convention: May 4 – 6, 2018:   Register on District website.  Early bird registration has been extended to February 15th.  The Club will provide support to Rotarians interested in attending the District Convention.
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto:  This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned Rotarians to become immersed in the world of Rotary. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Safety City Presentation - Tom Carney
The Rotary Club welcomed Tom Carney to our meeting today, to speak about Safety City.  They work toward improving community safety and injury presentation by education and awareness.  Their primary focus has been through schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 6.  They are a charitable, not for profit organization incorporated in 1981.
He spoke about a number of their programs, "Arrive Alive", "Home Safe Home" and "Trick or Treat", to name just a few.  They aim to be in front of approximately 15,000 students each year.  Last year they did somewhat less, about 430 presentations to about 11,700 students.
He spoke about their "Car Seat Clinics", which move from the Crestwood Car Wash to the Health Unit, and are on every Wednesday.
They are also part of a number of other programs, such as Day Camps, Babysitting Courses and Home Alone Courses.
A great presentation, lots of information.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Tom Carney, Safety City.
  • Joe Hrankowski, friend of Rotary.
  • Dave Panabaker        March 7.
  • Brenda Bauman         March 10.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Dawn Barr           14 years     March 5, 2004
  • Jack Snedden     29 years     March 6, 1989
  • Don Reid             26 years     March 9, 1992
  • Adolf Seiler          37 years     March 9, 1981
  • John John            15 years     March 10, 2003
  • Teresa Schile        4 years      March 10, 2014
  • Bruce Shepard      4 years      March 10, 2014
Weekly Draws:  
  • Karen Blewett was the lucky winner of the weekly draw, collecting a box of lemon shortbread cookies donated by Dick Bide.
  • Leslie Jerry was NOT in attendance, and therefore did not win a free meal.
Club 500:
  • No draws today, next draw is the second meeting of March.
Make Ups:
  • Herman Wahl had a makeup while away on holidays in the Bahamas.
Family of Rotary:
  • Adolf reported that Brenda Bauman continues to make slow, steady improvement in her road to recovery.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker gave everyone a heads up that the next Rotary bingo has been moved to "after" the Festival, on Wednesday evening March 21st.  An email is coming out later this week.
  • Dave Panabaker also reminded everyone that the club Centennial photograph will take place as the meeting program on May 7th.  A copy of the digital image will be available to any member for free, and if you would like a copy of the photo printed on gator-board, Dave will be taking orders at a cost of $20.  Any framing is left to the discretion of the individual Rotarian.
  • Chris Perret did a minute on the new sound system, both the good and bad related to it and received some feedback about performance and value.  More changes and experimentation will be done over the next few months.
  • Chris Perret also provided an update on the recent email on the "Rotary apparel store".  Please use the following link to order apparel 
  • Chris also mentioned the current "on line" survey being conducted by City of Medicine Hat related to Cannabis.  Please take a few minutes to make your feelings known on this issue
  • Margie Booyens invited all Rotarians to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the CORE Hot Meal program, the first Wed of every month.
  • Margie also reminded Rotarians of the "Raising the Curtain" event, promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity that will happen over the next month.  This series of 40 events is being promoted by City of Medicine Hat, and the schedule is here.
  • Dawn Barr provided an update on the MH High School Interact club's recent project, which will be a three year room renovation/decorating project at the MH Hospital.  The students are coming up with theme ideas for the room at this week's meeting.
  • Don Davis, Chair of the Music Festival required 4 more volunteers for the information desk at the College, and obtained them.
  • Allan O-Byrne had a list of award sponsors for whom the Festival is missing contact informationr. If anyone has news or information on these five individuals or families, please contact Allan or Don Davis.
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      Dot Nichol Memorial Award
      Lindsay Bonogofski
      Mac Nichol Memorial Award
      Lindsay Bonogofski
      Nora Harder Award
      Nora Harder
      Tracy Herter Award
      Tracy Herter
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    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Reclassification Talk Chris
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 19, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 21, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
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    Apr 02, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr 09, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rosebowl Performance - Evening Meeting
    Apr 16, 2018
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Reclassification Talk
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr 23, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 26, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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