Meeting Information
Remarks of the President
Incoming President Melanie Harty extended a warm welcome to those in attendance, in person and via Zoom.
After expressing appreciation to the Lodge for the quality of the meal, Melanie extended a special welcome to the guests, including guest speaker, Amanda VanderMolen, who spoke on the topic of ‘The car industry and the impact of COVID’ (see under STORIES).
Wayne Chesley introduced Amanda, who is the General Manager and Partner at Medicine Hat Toyota.
Amanda has been in the car business for 20 years, starting at reception at Lethbridge Toyota in 2002 and working her way up the ranks, through different positions and obtaining a qualification in Business Administration in the process.
Amanda is married to Danilo Moran and they have two children.
Sandy MacKay expressed the pleasure it gave him, to award a third Paul Harris Fellowship to Melanie Harty.
On the request of Milan Vujovic, a video was recorded of the meeting saying Happy Birthday (25th) to Baptiste Langlet, a past Rotary Youth Exchange student who spent a year in Medicine Hat, living with Milan and Almira.
Reminder of the current fundraiser for the Saamis Club
Saamis Club Fundraiser for Air Cadets
Members are encouraged to buy raffle tickets for the prize of a kayak package.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings.  We are all learning to adapt to this new reality.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • Would you like to join the membership team? Check out a meeting and see how exciting it is!  The committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact Mike Christie to join in.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities and Meetings:  
  • Saturday            May 14th 2022        - District conference in Cochrane - or volunteer at Prairie Gleaners
  • Monday                 May 16th 2022           - Regular noon meeting with Klinton Nesmo as our guest to talk about RYPEN
  • Monday                 May 23rd 2022          - No meeting on Victoria Day         
  • Monday              May 30th 2022        - Evening meeting at MHHS sponsored by the Interact Club, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday            June 4th 2022         - Mavericks Dugout Deck
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • The forthcoming District 5360 Conference is a "single day" event in Cochrane, on Saturday, May 14, 2022.  Attendance will be possible by ZOOM as well.  Register at 
  • RI International Convention - Houston, June 4 - 8, 2022.  Much more information is on the website 
Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Committee is: Jillian Koch (, Dave Panabaker ( and Margie Booyens ( If you have ideas for future programs, please contact them).
The impact of Covid on the car industry
Amanda VanderMolen gave a very informative talk on how COVID has impacted the car industry, with particular reference to Toyota dealerships.
Since 2020, it has been a journey of ongoing hurdles and road blocks, an obvious one being the shortage of vehicles.
A chip shortage has evolved into a material shortage, including leather, plastic and the raw materials to make microchips and batteries.
Shipping delays and natural disasters have had major negative impacts, as has the war in Ukraine, rising interest rates, inflation and major staffing shortages with logistics companies.
“Keeping frustrated staff motivated and supporting them with realistic positivity, while communicating with customers that we are doing everything in our power to help” has been a major challenge.
Elaborating on the shortage of vehicles, Amanda said that “Of everything we have coming in, 95% of it is sold, and the other 5% ends up selling within hours”.
While Canadian car sales are down, Toyota is still the #1 manufacturer for retail sales, year to date.
Amanda spoke about the increase of vehicle exporters and how Toyota is dealing with that.
The shortages and logistics issues are not just limited to new vehicles. Parts departments are also impacted.
Amanda ended her presentation by saying that the car industry has changed forever; that she thinks the shortage situation will get worse before it gets better; and that she is grateful to work for a manufacturer like Toyota, “who is always pushing to make improvements and continues to make great products and remain realistic – only sourcing material by ethical means”.
After her presentation, Amanda very ably fielded a number of interesting questions.
Meeting News
  • Guest speaker, Amanda VanderMolen; and Margie's husband, Johan Booyens
Club Draw:
  • Doug Fleming won the draw for the SECOND week in a row!
  • Dave Panabaker thanked the team of eight who managed the Bingo session on 8 May. There were only 57 players, but a profit of $315.45 was made. The pot was won by Dale Stein
Anne Carrier       May   5.
Doug Fleming     May 19.
Ian McLaughlin   May 20.
Ted Cowtan         May 25.
Dawn Barr           May 31.
Rotary Anniversaries: .
Ian McLaughlin         30 years     May  1, 1992.
Dick Northcott           22 years     May  1, 2000.
Susan Withers            4 years     May 14, 2018.
Dan Kammerer          18 years    May 19, 2004.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for May:
  • Don Davis
Minute People:
  • Anne Carrier brought laughter to the meeting by conduction an 'auction' for the water bottles left behind in the Bingo hall by two members!
  • Dale Stein reminded members about the Monday golf league. He will secure tee times for every Monday, after a regular meeting, and all are welcome to participate.
  • Dan Kammerer reminded all of the Prairie Gleaners hands-on volunteering opportunity, coming up on Saturday 14 May 2022. Sign-up is essential.
  • Margie Booyens announced that Team Freewheel would be having a first Zoom meeting of the year on Thursday 12 May at 2pm and invited anyone interesting in getting involved in this worthwhile project to contact her.
  • Still on the subject of the Bike Project, Terry Cooper asked all to get the word out, that bikes are needed to meet the current requests of different organizations
  • Clubrunner is also doing a wide range of "Changeover Training, in May 2022.  Watch for an email, or check out the website and register for some courses. 
Upcoming Social Events:
  • Saturday May 14: Hands-on opportunity to serve – at Prairie Gleaners. Four hours, partners welcome; Dan Kammerer organizing the event.
  • Monday May 30: Rotary and Interact meeting at MH High School, starting at 5:00 pm.
  • Sat 4 June: Mavericks Game: Dugout deck seating reserved for Rotarians. 25 tickets available at $35 (which will buy a beverage and a burger). The game starts at 7pm.
Family of Rotary:
Please keep Adolf Seiler informed about members so that information can be passed on to all in the Weekly News.
  • No new news today.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has returned to meeting in person, face-to-face meetings as of Monday March 21. A ZOOM link will still be available for those who are cautious, ill or are away on vacation.
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Volunteer at Prairie Gleaners
Prairie Gleaners Society
May 14, 2022
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
District Conference and RYPEN updates
MH Lodge
May 16, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Golf after Rotary
Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club
May 16, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
NO MEETING - Victoria Day
May 23, 2022
Joint Interact - Rotary Club Meeting
MH High School
May 30, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Maverick's Dugout Deck social
Athletic Park
Jun 04, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
2022-2023 Club Budget discussion
MH Lodge
Jun 06, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 11, 2022
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Classification Talk - Reagan Weeks
MH Lodge
Jun 13, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Lisa Kowalchuk, MH Chamber of Commerce
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jun 20, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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