President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Margie began the meeting with a reminder that November is Rotary Foundation month, and later this month Sandy Mackay will be giving a presentation on the Rotary Foundation.  It promises to be informative for all Rotarians (it is OUR charity, so you'll want to know how and what it is doing).
President Margie also reminded everyone that locally, in addition to Remembrance Day next Monday, this month is "Family Violence Prevention" month, and she is hoping that a New Generations Service Exchange participant may be placed with our local shelter.
Margie also thanked Lisa, Kitt and Dieter for their work on Random Act of Kindness Day (Nov 1), everyone who participated enjoyed the experience.
Margie then noted the victory of the South African Springbok's, much to Mike Christie's dismay, over England in the Rugby World Cup.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
An email, with a new member proposal, is circulating within the club from Heather Bach.  Any comments should be forwarded to her as soon as possible.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • See the club calendar adjacent or the club website.
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring club draw 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 Club. District and International Events:
  • Club Leadership Training will be in the Crowfoot Room, MH College on Saturday, March 21, to all Rotarians.
  • 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
Presentation by Chief Andy McGrogan
The Rotary Club was delighted that Police Chief Andy McGrogan made it to the meeting today and spoke about some of the success's and challenges facing both the Police Service and the Medicine Hat Community at large.  Chief McGrogan was introduced by Rotarian Bruce Shepard,  and welcomed to the meeting.
Chief McGrogan began his career with the Medicine Hat Police Service in November of 1980, and has a wide variety of roles from patrolman up to the position of Chief, to which he was appointed in November of 2008.  He has also been very active in the community, with a role for 6 years on the board of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter and as the Alberta representative on the Canadian Chief of Police Council.
Andy spoke of the organization he is in charge of, 113 Police officers and a total staff of 150 including the civilians.  He wanted to express his thanks to the community at large, for the general support that his officers receive in their daily duties, and the funding received through City Council.
Chief McGrogan spoke about the changes that have occurred in Policing through his career, and about several important issues.  The first was the legalization of Cannabis, which he termed a "non-event" so far although he did mention that technology to prove impairment is still not readily available.   He also mentioned with the introduction of "edibles" in the next year, there may be more issues coming forward.
He spoke about the opioid crisis, and about the bigger issue facing the community from methamphetamine.  "Meth" is highly addictive and introduces a great deal of social disruption to the community in general.  It has a cumulative effect on all the social services, from police to emergency response personnel to the social service community. 
Andy answered a number of questions and was thanked by President Margie Booyens.
Meeting News
    Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
    • Police Chief Andy McGrogan, our guest speaker.
    • Elaine Behiel, a guest of Lisa DesRoches.
    • Shalla Shaharyar, a prospective Rotarian.
    • Nicole, a guest of Shalla
    • Johanne Booyens, spouse of Margie.  
    • Dave Stalwick          Nov 8.
    • Allan O'Byrne          24 years     November 1, 1995  (missed last week)
    • Karen Blewett         13 years      November 6, 2006
    • Doug Fleming          36 years     November 7, 1983
    • Jason Hertz              4 years      November 9, 2015.
    Weekly Draws:  
    • The club attendance draw was Doug Thorson, who wasn't present and didn't win a free meal.
    • The club gift draw was won by guest Elaine Behiel.
    Club 500:
    • No draws this week.
    • none reported today.
    Family of Rotary:
    • It was reported that Joan Sauve is recovering from her fall and visitors are welcome.
    • Former member Don Reid sends his best to the club.
    Minute People: 
    • Kitt and Dieter Brand are hosting an Hors d'oeuvre evening, on Saturday Nov 23.  An invitation to all club members will be coming out soon.
    • Theresa Eisenbarth gave a short update on the MH HIgh School Interact club, who have been busy this fall.  She thanked Anne Carrier for filling in for her while she was away, and mentioned that the club has 12 new members this fall.  They made $331 at their recent bake sale and $250 for "End Polio Now", with their Purple Pinkie campaign.  Two students are helping at the Hot Meal program on Wed and the Interact kids will be working on the "Operation Christmas Child"  this fall.
    • Milan Vujovic reminded the club that Rotarian Dick Northcott's fundraiser for Canadian Humanitarian "Beyond Belief - 2019" will take place at Medalta Potteries, on Saturday November 15th, cocktails at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.  Please see Milan for tickets, which are $100/person.
    • Adolf Seiler announced that our annual support of the Salvation Army "Christmas Kettle" program will be Saturday Nov 30th, and we'll be ringing the bells at 7 different locations.  He has 2 spots for volunteers available, all are the 4 pm - 6 pm time slot.
    • Margie Booyens wanted to point out that new member Rod Dal Collo will be doing his classification talk at his employers office, Stringham LLP on Friday Nov 22nd at 4 pm.
    Club Information
    Medicine Hat
    We meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    1051 Ross Glen Drive SE
    Medicine Hat, AB  T1B 3T8
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    Upcoming Events
    Rotary at Work: Hot Meal Program
    Salvation Army Resource Centre
    Nov 06, 2019
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Stat Holiday: NO MEETING
    Nov 11, 2019
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Nov 11, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Foundation
    Nov 18, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Classification Talk: Rod Dal Callo (offsite - Stri
    Nov 22, 2019
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 25, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Community Foundation
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 02, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 05, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 23, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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