President's Message
President's Remarks
President Karen Blewett welcomed everyone to the meeting, on the day of our first nasty winter storm of the year.  With that in mind, the attendance was really quite good!  Copies of the July Board meeting minutes were on the table (and are always available under "club documents" in Clubrunner), as well a handout on "Rotary and Polio" were available.
Membership Notice
  • No new member proposals this week.
Rotary Information:
  • No meeting next week, with the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday.
  • Don't miss Oct 16, Chris Christie from the Community Foundation will do a presentation to the club.

President Karen's "Fun Rotary Fact" related to the work of Rotary on the eradication of polio.

  • Wild polio has not been eradicated from 3 countries in the world, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
  • There have been 37 cases of polio reported in the world so far this year.
  • World Polio Day will be celebrated on Oct 24.
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week
Upcoming Club Events:
  • District Grants Qualification Seminar – Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • District Governor Rick Istead will be visiting the club on Monday Nov 6, 2017, a meeting with the board at 10:00 am is scheduled.
  • District Membership Seminar, Saturday November 18, being scheduled for the AMA boardroom.
  • In case you want to note it on your calendar, the 2018 District Conference will be May 4 - 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary.
  • NEW DATE FOR CENTENNIAL Celebration:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
Classification Talk - Jillian Koch
One of the activities that new Rotarians are asked to perform is to give a short presentation to the club about themselves, introducing all of us to their family, their career and the activities in their lives that have brought them to Rotary.  This week we were all pleased to learn more about Jillian Koch, a new Rotarian in the last year, who is currently an Accountant and Partner with JMH & Co. in Medicine Hat.  Interestingly, accounting was not her first career choice, in fact she was certain that she was going into Library Science.
She grew up as a reader and lover of books.  She still is!  She was born and raised in Medicine Hat, her father was in construction and her mother an English instructor at the MH College.  As a teenager she worked in a number of libraries in the local area.  However when she went to university in Calgary, she got a degree in archeology and spent a little time working in the field.  However she soon learned this wasn't the right career for her and went back to school, eventually obtaining a degree in accounting.
She has now spent 9 years with JMH and in the company of her Wheaten Terrier, enjoys reading, cataloging and yoga in her new home.
She has enjoyed the opportunities of Rotary, has been active in our Gala committee last year and worked on the International Service committee.  She is the incoming treasurer of the Rotary Music Festival Society and looking forward to that challenge.   A number of questions were asked and answered and we all enjoyed Jillian's talk.  Again, welcome to the Rotary family.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Although not a true "guest", it was great to have honorary Rotarian Sig Kappler at the meeting today. 
  • Theresa Eisenbarth           October 7.
  • Karen Blewett                    October 13.
  • Dominique Hirsch              October 13.
  • Doug Thorson                   October 13.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Denise Henning          - October 6, 2014   - 3 years.
  • Anne Carrier               - October 7, 2013  -  4 years.
  • Melanie Harty             - October 7, 2013  -  4 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Herman Wahl won a jar of plum jam in the club draw.
  • Dieter Brand was NOT in attendance and therefore did not win a free lunch in the attendance draw.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week, both will be done at the meeting on Oct 16.
Make Ups:
  • None announced. 
Family of Rotary:
  • Former Rotarian, Bob Mutschler is back in Medicine Hat hospital and continuing to undergo testing.
 Minute People:
  • Brenda Bauman did a minute on the upcoming Rotary Music Festival Society AGM, which takes place on Oct 23rd, in place of the Rotary meeting.  Lunch will be served as usual, but the meeting will take place starting at 12:15 pm.  Brenda was pleased to announce that Allan O'Byrne has offered to take over the Presidency of the Society at that meeting, leaving her able to assist in the transition through this Festival season.  Brenda also announced that she and Doug are selling their family home in Medicine Hat, and relocating (at least part time) to Calgary.  They will retain their place in Elkwater and Doug will commute while he works here.  Another long term member leaving the club this year and a loss to the club.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth was pleased to announce that the MH High School Interact club is up and running again this year, they have a number of very interested students and no shortage of volunteers for the executive positions.  Theresa mentioned that the club meets every Wednesday at noon for 20 minutes, and they would love to have a few Rotary visitors.  Theresa mentioned this would be extremely nice, over the next few weeks as she is unable to attend for a few meetings and having some Rotarians "drop in" would be very welcome.
  • Theresa also mentioned her next show is October 12, at the Cypress Club.  She has partnered with the Health Foundation and there is an opportunity to purchase a ticket on one of her paintings as a fundraiser for the cancer clinic at the hospital.
  • President-elect Chris Perret reminded club members that it's close to time to sell Club 500 tickets for the 2018 edition of the draw,  He anticipates having tickets available prior to the end of this month.
  • Dave Panabaker advised that due to power problems and the weather conditions, the bingo scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.
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    Upcoming Events
    **No Meeting Thanksgiving
    Oct 09, 2017
    Community Foundation
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 16, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 21, 2017
    11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 30, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    District Governor
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 06, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Nov 19, 2017
    11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 27, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 01, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 18, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - Evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 18, 2017
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President