Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson started our meeting promptly today, there was lots on the agenda. He welcomed our guests and thought that our speakers topic on membership was very appropriate as we go into PE Terry Partis year.  Mark also reminded everyone that there is "NO MEETING" next week with the Victoria Day holiday, and the meeting on May 31st is an evening event, our annual visit with the Medicine Hat High School Interact students.
There were 32 Rotarians at our meeting today, as well as our guest speaker, PDG Neil Berg.  We were also very happy to welcome Honorary Rotarian, and our Interact Club Faculty advisor Sue Withers to the meeting.  Sue was also joined by three student members of the Interact Club.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A new club laptop is in our future, the current one will not provide the service required to stream our meetings.
  • If our hybrid meetings continue in the future, a few more meeting helpers will be required to help run cameras and sound.  We are all learning as we go along here, but these type of meetings are manpower intensive.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • If you are interested in helping this working membership team, please contact Mike Christie.
Rotary Club Information:
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • The next meeting is an evening meeting, Monday, May 31st - at 7:00 pm, our annual Interact Club get together.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are still present in the community. Our meetings will be virtual until at least Monday June 28th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The Rotary International convention for 2021, originally scheduled in Taiwan will now be held VIRTUALLY as well.  Watch for updates on registration and programs.
Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Membership Presentation - PDG Neil Berg
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed back Past District Governor (PDG) Neil Berg from the Rotary Club of Red Deer East.  Neil was the District Governor in 2016-2017 and has been President of his club twice. Neil has assumed many roles within his club and within the District, and he is currently the District Membership Chair. He is still actively working in wealth management for RBC and feels his retirement is "a long way into the future".
Neil is a man who claims he has no original thoughts, but he has come across many great idea's for attraction and retention in Rotary, and loves to speak about them.
The first key point he wanted to make was clearly identified in the Rotary International, and District survey's over the past five years.  The "onboarding" process for a new member is critical to keeping them engaged and interested through the two most vulnerable periods of membership, the six month interval and the two year interval.  Clearly identifying a new Rotarians passions and trying to support them are key, as well as mentoring them through the bizarre number of acronyms and abbreviations that make up Rotary.
He spoke at length about "Vibrant Clubs", how they both share a common purpose, have diversity of opinion and thought, and a meeting has a certain "buzz" about it.  He spoke about being accountable, as individuals and as a club to make our strategy's work and report on them.
He finished with some tactics around being successful and how being "welcoming", having engaging and relevant guest speakers and working on picking potentially good Rotarians, worrying about "fit vs fill" was important.
Neil took a few questions and was thanked by our club membership chair, Mike Christie
Meeting News
  • PDG Neil Berg, our guest speaker and the District Membership Chair.
  • Honorary Rotarian Sue Withers, VP of Medicine Hat High School and students Angela, Ezekiel and Manchil from the MH High Interact Club.
Club Draw:
  • No draw this week, but we are working on a "garage sale" for stuff that is gathering dust in the Storage Room.  A list will be published soon.
Minute People:
  • The Rotary Club got a very nice thank you note from the winner of the 2021 Rosebowl, Josie Hoffarth.
  • Shalla Shaharyar updated the group on the interviews with new residents, in conjunction with the 2020 President's program that she is working on.  A number of interviews completed and hopefully more to report by the end of the summer
  • Anne Carrier mentioned that Dr. Bill Taylor, who has been a long time supporter of the Rotary Music Festival, is looking for four "missing" Stars of the Festival programs.  He is missing the programs for 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997.  If anyone has spare copies that they would be prepared to part with he'd love to have them.  If you can help, please contact Anne Carrier, or Stan Sakamoto.
  • Edward Lipin provided a quick review of the recent 8 week "virtual" NGSE visit by Julian to the District.  A wrap up meeting is planned for the end of the week, and they are always looking for new participants.
  • Bruce Shepard promoted the upcoming Archeological Society meeting on Wed evening, regarding the Saamis Teepee site.  Contact him for the log in details.
  • Dave Panabaker promoted a few of the Rotary Learning opportunities that are occurring this month.
    • May 19 from 7 pm to 8 pm, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presentation.  Register on the District website. 
    • May 29/June 2 - 3 hour Club Leadership Training #3 - Select the one that works on the District website.
  • Just a reminder that the District 5360 AGM will be June 7th, a "virtual" House of Friendship will take place on June 9th and DG Mary will host a Year-end Celebration on June 16th.  Lots going on in the last two months of this Rotary year, so watch for the opportunity to sign up and participate.
  • Gail Halderman announced that 2021 Rotary Rib-Fest has a date, the weekend of Aug 13 - 15.  Everything is not confirmed with the "ribbers" at this point, but we are proceeding to plan as so we can secure sponsors and organize advertising.
  • Our friends at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club are having another e-bike raffle this spring.  Please support their efforts in Rotary by getting a ticket or two.
  • If you have photos or a story to include in the Weekly News, please submit it to Dave P and we'll try to publish it.
Birthdays: May
  • Doug Fleming         May 19.
  • Ian McLaughlin       May 20.
  • Ted Cowtan             May 25.
  • Dawn Barr               May 31.
Club Anniversaries:  May.
  • Dan Kammerer          17 years        May 19, 2004.
  • None recorded.
  • No report.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Meeting Virtually until at least June 28, 2021
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Venue Map
Upcoming Events
NO MEETING - Victoria Day Holiday
May 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Interact Presentation (Evening meeting @ 7:00 pm)
May 31, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Business Meeting (changed from May 31st)
Jun 07, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 12, 2021
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Lisa Kowalchuk - Chamber of Commerce
Jun 14, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Josie Hoffart (Rose Bowl winner) - Evening meeting
Jun 21, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 27, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
New Executive Induction - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jun 28, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: District Governor Martin Parnell
Jul 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
TENTATIVE DATES - 2021 Rotary Ribfest
Murray Chev Cadillac
Aug 13, 2021 12:00 PM –
Aug 15, 2021 6:00 PM
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