Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson welcomed everyone to the meeting today.   He welcomed the presence of the Toastmasters as guests, and was looking forward to learning about the partnership between Toastmasters and Rotary for leadership training, presentation skills and service in the community.
Dave Panabaker did the update on sale of the tickets for Club 1000, the Festival is still "on", although a virtual Festival will be a first for all of us.  This raffle is our principle fundraising for the Music Festival. (as of  February 1st, we have 531 paid tickets in the draw barrel, and $26,550 in the bank).  Glen Presley, Doug Fleming and Dave Panabaker all have extra tickets, if someone runs short.  As well, if you have a number of sold tickets, please had them in to any of the three Rotarians on the committee and we'll get them counted.
As well, a list of previous purchasers who may not have been contacted will be sent out this upcoming week.  Any Rotarian who knows these potential ticket sales is welcome to contact them, hopefully they will still be willing and just haven't been approached yet.
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.
  • This month's Rotary learning webinar, on Wednesday February 17th at 7:00pm is entitled Rotary Membership Recruitment and Retention.  If you are available, it's a timely topic of interest to all.  Please register in advance at
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please collect club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and the funds generated help to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the Newsletter and we'll include it.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • Our next "ZOOM" meeting will be Monday, February 8th at noon, it will be a the classification talk of new member Brent Secondiak.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are rising in the community. Our meetings will be virtual until at least Monday March 8th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting, but don't hold your breath!
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • Mark this date in your calendars, the 2021 Rotary District 5360 VIRTUAL Conference is Saturday May 1st, 2021 from Drumheller, AB.  Please use this link to register .

  • 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
Toastmaster - Rotary Partnership
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome three members of Toastmasters District 42.  Rotary and Toastmasters have formed an organizational partnership over the past few years, to develop training programs, leadership training programs, provide service opportunities and  general support each other.
We welcomed Bev Le Blanc, Program Quality Director in District 42, Dave Schaaf from Lethbridge and Tom Simpson, the President of local Circle T Toastmasters club in Medicine Hat.  Dave Schaaf shared some of the thinking behind the partnership and some recent activity, while Tom shared his Toastmasters experience.  All were introduced by Past President Margie Booyens.
Dave spoke about the nature of both organizations, and how the Rotary Learning Center, on MYROTARY, has adopted a number of modules developed by Toastmasters.  He also spoke about the Pathways program within Toastmasters, the first major re-write of programing in Toastmasters since it's inception.  He described a typical meeting, how it operates and what the objectives are for the participants.
Tom spoke about the usefulness of Toastmaster training and experience in his personal and professional life, and how it helps build confidence and skills in almost everyone who attends.  The local club meets each Tuesday from 6:30 - 7:30 via ZOOM.  When the pandemic restrictions are lifted, their face to face meetings will be returning to the Anglican church hall at 606 12th ST SW.  Any Rotary members are most welcome to drop in, there is no obligation and they can learn about the organization.
The link for the meeting can be obtained by emailing their membership chair Ryan O'Reilly at or himself at 
A number of questions were asked and answered and more information on Toastmasters is available at 
Meeting News
  • Bev LeBlanc - Toastmaster Program Quality Director - District 42.
  • Dave Schaaf - Toastmasters Lethbridge.
  • Tom Simpson - President Circle T Toastmasters - Medicine Hat.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker reminded everyone that we will be meeting virtually until the MH Lodge is "re-opened".  At this point, the earliest "in person" meeting will be Monday March 8th.
  • Terry Brekko reminded everyone who is canvasing for Patron donations and advertising in the Music Festival program that those packages are due in this week.  Please provide notes if you haven't heard back from someone, but Delynne needs to begin preparing the program for online use by the end of this week.
  • Terry Cooper shared a photo of a group of Rotary ladies social distancing in his backyard, and enjoying the sunny weather.
  • Dave Panabaker mentioned that the 2021 Rotary District 5360 has gone "virtual".  It will be held over one day, Saturday May 1st.   The registration link will be available soon.
  • Dave Panabaker also mentioned that Club Leadership Team training is coming up.  A recent email from District is a reminder that Part 1 is Feb 20th and Part 2 is Feb 27th.   It is designed for all Rotarians, not just the executive.  You can register for Part 1 with this link
  • Dave also mentioned that based on the Provincial standards for reopening, it may be six weeks or so (provided hospitalization numbers cooperate) before the bingo hall is up and running again.
  • Dave also mentioned, that invitations to both Stars of the Festival and the Rosebowl competition will be sent out this week.  Both events will be "live streamed" on Facebook, AND on YouTube.  So anyone with a computer should have access.  It's a great opportunity to invite donors, patrons, advertisers and Club 1000 ticket purchasers to see the quality of the talented performers.
  • 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: February.
  • Bruce Shepard            Feb 17.
  • Don Davis                    Feb 23.
  • Lisa DesRoches          Feb 28.
  • Margie Booyens          Feb 29.
Club Anniversaries:  February.
  • Gregg Martin            30 years          Feb 1, 1991.
  • Marg Mazerolle         29 years         Feb 1, 1992.
  • Ted Cowtan                6 years          Feb 9, 2015.
  • None recorded.
  • No update this week.
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 March 8, 2021
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Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Classification Talk: Brent Secondiak
Feb 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Feb 15, 2021
Presentation: Mayor Ted Clugston
Feb 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting
Mar 01, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
DG Mary Turner - (@MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Mar 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Mar 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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