President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Margie Booyens began this business meeting with a series of photos of the startup meeting for the Medicine Hat High School Interact club.  It was standing room only, and great to see the interest in the club within the school.
President Margie also showed a photo of our "Brown Bag Lunch Ladies", a group of Rotary partners and friends who are meeting once a month to help the Food Bank prepare the lunch for kids within the School District.  A very worthwhile endeavour and a great chance to socialize and volunteer all at the same time. Please contact Bernice Chesley, if you would like to be involved.
Margie also reminded those present, that our regular club meeting of Monday October 7, 2019 will take place at the Medicine Hat College.  Arrangements are just being completed, with a talk scheduled by the new College President, Kevin Shufflebotham.  Registration is now open, so please use the invitation that arrived in your email box during the meeting, we need an accurate headcount for the catering staff.  Hopefully there will be an opportunity for a tour and a good question and answer session.
Lastly President Margie challenged all of us to read the October Rotarian magazine very carefully, particularly the advertisement on page 5 which speaks to "taking your club in a new direction" and the need for club flexibility to be ready for the future. the October issue of Rotary Canada talks about keeping the passion in your club alive.  We all need "a sense of belonging, a sense of making a difference and a sense of connection" to enable members to find their Rotary passion and continue to serve.
Margie would also like to include in future business meetings, an opportunity for feedback from the Board on what transpired at the board meeting that month, including an opportunity for members to ask questions of the Board.  The purpose would be to promote open communication between the Board and members.
Membership Committee:
Watch this space for any membership information.
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:
  • Saturday October 19th is the annual District Grant Qualification webinar. Remote attendance by club members is mandatory for access to District Grants.  Register for the webinar now, through the District Newsletter or the District website.
  • 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
  • Nov 7 will be a fundraiser for polio in Calgary featuring Jennifer Jones, Past VP - RI.  Watch for event in the District Newsletter.
  • 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
Clubrunner training
Heather Bach, Director of Club Service and Dave Panabaker gave the club some training on Clubrunner, the software program that District 5360 requires every club to use as part of our link to Rotary International.
Heather began by giving general instructions about how to log in, the location of the club website and several features for all Rotarains to know, including how to update their own profile for changes of address (home or email) as well as updates to other parts of their profile.
Dave explained the "Events" module, which we use to recruit bingo teams, establish working groups for projects and get headcounts for special meetings, such as the upcoming MH College meeting or the visit to the MH Sunrise Rotary club on Tuesday Oct 15.
Hopefully some good learning went on, please contact any of the publicity team (Karen Blewett, Doug Fleming, Heather Bach or Dave Panabaker) if you have any questions or problems with the software.
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • None today, as this was a business meeting
  • Stan Sakamoto  September 30.
  • None this week.
Weekly Draws:  
  • The attendance draw this week was BIRTHDAY BOY, Stan Sakamoto, who was present and won a free meal
  • The club draw this week was some Newfoundland "Screech Coffee", donated by Dale Stein, and won by John John.
Club 500:
  • No draws until the second meeting in October.
Make Ups:
Club Secretary Doug Fleming noted
  • Dave Panabaker in his role as AG attended the Swift Current Club last week with the DG.
  • There were 9 "Friends of Rotary" who attended the Food Bank, Brown Bag lunch program last Thursday.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth and Anne Carrier attended the MH High School Interact club meeting.
Family of Rotary:
  • Please advise Adolf Seiler if there is anything to be shared with the club..
Minute People: 
  • POST MEETING MINUTE:  The annual Community Spirit Awards will be presented on Thursday evening, Oct 3rd at the Esplanade Theater.  This year longtime Music Festival volunteers Gord and Sherry Nott will be honored.  It would be great to see some Rotarians present to congratulate them.
  • For those that missed the "minute" by Les Scholly, PP of the MH Sunrise Club a couple of weeks ago, Sunrise is currently doing a fundraiser with coffee packaged especially for them by the Roastery downtown.  The coffee cost is $9.00 for a half pound (ground) or $17.00 for one pound (whole bean).  Orders can be paid for when the coffee is delivered.  They order when a "batch" is spoken for, which is 15 lbs of coffee and it takes between 1 - 2 weeks for Mad Hatters to complete the roasting and packaging.  Please contact Les at if you would like to place an order and support their work.
  • Mike Christie was singled out for his bright orange shirt, to mark the reconciliation issue with survivors of the aboriginal residential school system.
  • Allan O'Byrne, President of the Rotary Music Festival Society Board reminded all club members that the AGM for the Society will be Monday October 28, immediately after a shortened Rotary Club meeting.  There are several positions on the Music Festival Society Board that will need filling for 2019 - 2020, please contact Allan if you would like a chance to serve on this board.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth did a minute about the Medicine Hat High School Interact club.  Lots of great energy and enthusiasm for the club this year.  She was very happy to announce that the "Rotary Room" at the MH hospital, which has been a multi-year project of Interact, has been approved and the dedication of the room will be scheduled for November.The new executive will be provided next week.
  • Sandy Mackay reminded the club that World Polio Day is Thursday Oct 24, and he is looking for help in running an "End Polio" event that evening.  It is likely that MH HIgh Interact kids will do a "purple pinkie" promotion again, to raise funds for the End Polio campaign.
  • President Margie, on behalf of Past President Chris Perret requested that any questions or issues that should be addressed regarding the proposed Rotary Centennial Park in Dunmore, be emailed to Chris prior to the discussion on the financial motion on Oct 21.  That way, the presentation can be sure to cover those questions and properly explain the idea.  Chris's email is in the roster.
  • Terry Cooper took a couple of minutes to speak about next week's meeting at the Medicine Hat College.  He spoke about the Conservatory of Music and Dance, which started in 1968 and has been operating for over 50 years.  He spoke about the need to achieve cost recovery in all programs related to the college and how difficult this will be for the Conservatory.  He spoke about the Academy program, that works within the conservatory for the top, elite students and the role of the Symphonic Society in providing opportunities for the instructors and students.  The Conservatory is now run by the Department of Continuing Studies.
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    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
    Oct 02, 2019
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 05, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Kevin Shufflebotham (Off-Site: MHC)
    Medicine Hat College
    Oct 07, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Stat Holiday: NO MEETING
    Oct 14, 2019
    Attendance at MH Sunrise meeting
    Chinook Village
    Oct 15, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 20, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Classification Talk: Neil Mardian
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 21, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Fireside Chat: New Members & Board
    Cypress Club
    Oct 22, 2019
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    World Polio Day (Event @ Library)
    Medicine Hat Public Library
    Oct 24, 2019
    4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary at Work: Brown Bag Lunch
    Oct 25, 2019
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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