President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Margie Booyens began the meeting with a bit of a review of the last two week's activities.  She and club secretary Doug Fleming met last week to enter the club goals in "My Rotary".      These goals are being discussed and approved by the club board at the August meeting, and will again be shown to the club at our month end business meeting.
She wanted to impress on the club the strong alignment of our goals - membership and community service - with the goals of RI and District 5360.  Particularly see the August issue of "The Rotarian" magazine.
Margie stayed on the topic of membership to indicate the following three items of note.
  • Mike Christie has taken on the role of chair of the membership committee.
  • The membership of the club will be the principle topic of our August business meeting.
  • and regarding membership retention, the Rotarian magazine in August also had the following notation. Members of Rotary Clubs need 3 things to remain as members.
    • to feel like they belong
    • to feel like they have a voice
    • to feel like they can make a difference.
Margie also thanked everyone who showed up for the potluck supper on Saturday at the Police Point Park Interpretive Center.  It was a "feast" and everyone enjoyed the presentation by Corlaine Gardner.  We have an opportunity to support their "StoryWalk" program.  This idea will be discussed at a future business meeting.
Rotary Presentations:
None this week
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • Monday       August 19, 2019 - Police Chief Andy McGrogan (send advance questions to Jillian)
    • Wednesday August 21, 2019 - Club Board meeting, 7:30 pm at the Cypress Club.
    • Monday       August 26, 2019 - Business meeting (goals, meeting costs and membership)
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send President Margie a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Rotary Waterton-Glacier Peace Park celebration, Sept 13 - 15 in Waterton.
  • Dieter Brand has planned the next Fireside Chat will be on Oct 22nd at the Cypress Club.
  • World Polio Day is Oct 24 - a day to celebrate the eradication of polio effort, and the work of Rotary
  • Next District 5360 convention May 1 - 3, 2020 in Calgary.
  • Next Rotary International Convention, June 6 - 10, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
  • Our Program coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Adventures in Citizenship
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome two members of last years Interact Club, Azin Dolatabadi and Rhea Nayak, to the meeting today.  The girls were introduced by Theresa Eisenbarth, who is the club representative to the Medicine Hat High School club.  Both girls attended this years edition of "Adventures in Citizenship", in Ottawa.  They began their presentation by speaking about the travel and meeting their host families.  The event was attended by over 220 students from all across the country, for three days of education and fun learning about may aspects of government, and some of the things that make Canada great.
They visited the Canadian War Museum, got a tour of the west block of Parliament, meeting both the Speaker of the House and the Privy Clerk.
They witnessed an emotional citizenship ceremony and toured the Shaw center learning about the challenges of the indigenous peoples and trying some traditional foods.
Both girls are headed to university, attempting degrees in science.  We wish both the girls well in their future endeavors and thank them for their community service through Interact and their great presentation.  The girls were presented with Rotary mugs by President Margie Booyens.
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Jeremiah Benoit, a guest of the club.
  • Deb Panabaker, spouse of Rotarian Dave
  • Azin Dolatabad, MHHS Interact and our speaker today.
  • Rhea Nayak, MHHS Interact and our speaker today.
  • none this week.
  • Lavar Payne     7 years   August 13,2012
Weekly Draws:  
  • The attendance draw this week was Kitt Brand, who has NOT present to win a free meal
  • The club draw this week was provided by Wayne Chesley and was won by Ray Kemp.  Wayne explained how he negotiated "really hard", and got the chocolate for 90% off.
Club 500:
  • The $1,500 draw for July was won by Dr Chris Keim, on a ticket sold by Dawn Barr.
  • The    $500 draw for August was won by Frank Havell, on a ticket sold by Doug Fleming.
Make Ups:
  • None reported.
Family of Rotary:
  • Nothing to report.
Minute People: 
  • Dave Panabaker thanked the "excellent" bingo team from Saturday afternoon a week ago, who balanced perfectly and had a profit of $10.  The guess pot was won by Terry Cooper.
  • Adolf Seiler mentioned a card is going around for Don Reid, who will not be renewing his membership this year and we wanted to acknowledge his service and that the club will miss him.
  • President Margie mentioned that our NGSE student has been in Lethbridge the last week and is heading to Calgary for one more week before her two month exchange is up.  We wish her all the best.
  • Terry Cooper asked the club to think about questions for the new MH College President, Kevin Shufflebothem who will be our guest speaker on Oct 2.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth did a quick update on the MHHS Interact project in Room 50 (the Rotary room) in the pediatric ward.  They are close to finalizing a design and they hope to have the work complete by the 3rd week in September.
  • President Margie also wanted the club to keep in mind, Tuesday September 3rd, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Ken Feser will give his classification talk at the Medicine Hat Public Library.  It will started with coffee and a snack, and then Ken will talk about his career and the library programs. Sounds like a great program, don't miss it.
  • Along those same lines, President Margie mentioned that Dan Kammerer will do his classification talk at Prairie Gleaners, on Saturday September 14 from 9:45 to 11:15 am.  A great opportunity to see the facility, which has been spoken of at the club, and hear about another new club members passion.
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    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Aug 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Chief of Police Andy McGrogan
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Aug 19, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Board Meeting
    Cypress Club
    Aug 21, 2019
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Aug 26, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    STAT Holiday - No Meeting
    Sep 02, 2019
    Classification Talk - Ken Feser (TUESDAY)
    Medicine Hat Public Library
    Sep 03, 2019
    3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Chamber of Commerce
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 09, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Sep 11, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Fellowship: Classification Talk: Rod Dal Collo
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 16, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Guest speaker: Community Foundation
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 23, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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