Meeting Information
Remarks of the President
International Service Director, Terry Cooper led the club meeting on Monday June 13.  
Terry welcomed all  in-person members, and the five on Zoom.  Terry welcomed our guest Luisa Feranda Manosalva Alzate from Bogota Colombia a guest of Peter Mueller. An update on a few events were given from the podium before the invitation to enjoy a very good meal.  See the "minutes" section for some of these updates.
Saamis Club Fundraiser for Air Cadets
Members are encouraged to buy raffle tickets online and in person 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:  
  • Monday June 20 - Club meeting with Chamber President Lisa Kowalchuk
  • Sunday June 26th evening Bingo
  • Monday June 27th - Regular club meeting - Executive Changeover meeting
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Imagine Rotary events, Calgary area - July 7 and 8 with new RI President Jennifer Jones.
 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.
Reagan Weeks -Classification talk
Margie Booyens introduced Reagan weeks. Reagan is the Superintendent for the Prairie Rose School Division. She has two teenage children as well as being an avid skier, a Member of the Chamber of Commerce and  a Board member of the Sanare Center.
Reagan's road  as a teacher, educator and now superintendent all began with her first job as a City of Medicine Hat lifeguard. Her leadership style revolves around the thought that "How you do anything" is how you proceed in life. Reagan almost became a lawyer but the draw of teaching won out. Her first job was as a teacher at River Height elementary teaching grades 1- 6. This time then lead her to get her MBA (which was sponsored by the City of Medicine) and then her Master degree.
She was then given the position as principal of the Elm Street School. This school had the unacceptable position in having the lowest grades of any elementally school in the province. In accepting the challenge to change the direction and abilities of the children she partnered with the Medicine Hat College. She started with the induction of music with the help of many very accomplished musician from the college. She found that integrating music with high standards for teaching, had the students respond with better attendance and higher grades. She recounted her story of bringing the students to their first Music festival and the positive suggested improvements  noted by the adjudicators produced a positive response from the students and and more active involvement by parents who now fully support the children's music and the school.
Reagan has now incorporated that same principal but with sports, drone training and even training to become commercial air pilots. This is especially true with the aboriginal students who have come south with an elder. This training to be a pilot is needed for the northern communities. The main goal is Equity for all students.The 3 prong strategy starts with respect in the workforce,  updated policies and training in all levels of the school when significant issues are identified.
Overall a great presentation by a valued new member of the Rotary team. We look forward to  her contributes to Rotary and the community in the upcoming years.
Meeting News
  • Two guests today, Luisa Feranda Manosalva Alzate from Bogota Colombia and Rhea Graham from RC of Calgary.
Club Draw:
  • Dave Panabaker won a drip coffee holder in the club draw.
  • 8 volunteers for the Bingo on Saturday afternoon June 11th. Dale S won the pool
  • 4 volunteers for the Hues for Humanity fun run.
  • Mike Christie        June 7.
  • Terry Brekko         June 9.
  • Sandy Mackay    June 15.
  • Dave Maclean     June 26.
Rotary Anniversaries: .
  • Mark Sorenson         24 years      June 1, 1998.
  • Neil Mardian              3 years       June 10, 2019.
  • Gwen Dirk                   1 year       June 28, 2021.
  • Melanie Harty           12 years     June 30, 2010.
  • Adolf Seiler               46 years     June 30, 1976.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for June:
  • Anne Carrier.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker thanked the 8 volunteers for the June 11th Bingo. Next Bingo is on Sunday June 26th.
  • Peter Mueller advised that 4 volunteers showered yellow/gold dry paint for the 128 participants for the Hues for Humanity.
  • Terry Cooper on Team Freewheel. They considered coordinating their efforts with groups with the same purpose but have decided to keep the group as is.  Terry indicated that working with Samius immigration in supplying refurbished biked for the new Ukranian immigrants and also for the refugees from Cambodia will keep them busy. They could use more volunteers and they always need donations of good quality used bikes.
  • There is some consideration in restarting the "Dinner Club", so if you are interested in participating Dick Bide would like to hear from you. It would be ideal to have at least 16 couples, but he can make any number work.
  • Anne Carrier spoke in glowing terms about the wonderful Sunday concert by Laec and Soren Lorentzen.  Great past winners of the Rotary Rosebowl trophy.
  • Margie Booyens gave a brief presentation on her trip to Houston Texas for the annual Rotary International Convention. She and Edward Lipin were able to be part of the presentation for NGSE.  She recommends that every Rotarian try to attend an international convention, it is an amazing experience.
Upcoming Social Events:
  • Thursday 23 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, please contact Dave Panabaker for tickets.
Family of Rotary:
  • Please keep Adolf Seiler informed about members so that information can be passed on to all in the Weekly News.
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
Lisa Kowalchuk, MH Chamber of Commerce
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jun 20, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Golf after Rotary
Connaught Golf Club
Jun 20, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Maverick's Dugout Deck social
Athletic Park
Jun 23, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 26, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
New Executive - Change over meeting
MH Lodge
Jun 27, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Golf after Rotary
Cottonwood Golf Club
Jun 27, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Jul 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Stampede Warm Up Rotary Park (tentative)
Rotary Park?
Jul 25, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingos
Aug 07, 2022
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
District Governor's Visit
Medicine Hat Lodge
Aug 22, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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