Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President-elect Terry Partis ran the meeting this evening, with the able assistance of the Medicine Hat High School Interact students.  President Mark was away opening up the fishing cabin, so Terry was "pitch hitting".
There were 31 Rotarians and guests at our meeting today. We were also very happy to welcome Honorary Rotarian, and our Interact Club Faculty advisor Sue Withers to the meeting as well as 9 of the student members of the Interact Club.  As well, Rhea Graham joined us from Calgary Chinook, and former long term exchange student, Maddy Caparini dropped in to view the presentation.
PE Terry will also be running the business meeting next week, reviewing the Club Health Check results from the recent survey and talking about his plans for the 2021-2022 year.
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, June 7th at noon - a business meeting with PE Terry Partis.
  • 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
Interact Student evening
The Rotary Club was delighted to visit with the young leaders of the Medicine Hat High Interact club on Monday evening.  Even if the visit had to be "virtual", it is always great to catch up with the students and find out what projects they have been involved with and what their plans for next year are.
The 2020-2021 President of the MH High Interact club is Ezekiel Salazar, who had each of the 8 other students introduce themselves and speak about why they joined the Interact club.  The club had a total of 15 members this year, and with COVID restrictions had to split it's meetings into two  separate times, to ensure social distancing.  Even with those road blocks, they have done some amazing things.
Ezekiel began by thanking the Rotary Club and it's members for the work at the Sea-Can Garage Sale in September of 2020.  That event, based on donations by Rotarians and the Interact students, raised $1,700 for the clubs activities.  The Interact Club also did a poppy campaign in support of the Legion on Remembrance Day, and helped participate in Operation Christmas Child, organized through Hillcrest Church.  They also did a number of Christmas cards to those staying at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital over the Christmas season.
The club also did a public campaign to thank essential workers, titled "#MHSaysThankYou".  They encouraged schools to provide posters and cards that hung in many stores in the area.  They got support from schools all over the region.
As well, they participated in the CFSEA - Youth in Philantrophy program, and donated $1,800 to the MH and District Food Bank.
Many of the students, including those in the executive will be back next year, and they are already looking at a list of potential projects for 2021-2022.
After the presentation, the students were congradulated by PE Terry Partis on the great work and a special thank you to VP Sue Withers, our faculty advisor for many years.  Without that school based support, the Interact club would be virtually impossible to run.  We really appreciate all her efforts.  As well, PE Terry thanked Theresa Eisenbarth, the Rotary advisor to the Interact students who helps support their efforts and introduces them to all things Rotary.  In this very odd year, meetings were difficult and her role tougher to perform and we thanked her for her work.
It's always an uplifting meeting and we were all amazed at the great work, during a tough year, done by the Interact students!
Meeting News
  • Honorary Rotarian, and Interact Faculty advisor Sue Withers.
  • Interact students, Ezekiel, Lauren, Bethany, Lena, Debrasri, Angela, Manahil, Mo, Japleen
  • Former Long Term Exchange participant, Maddy Caparini.
  • Rhea Graham, Calgary Chinook and a member of the District NGSE team.
Club Draw:
  • No draw this week, but we are working on a "Garage Sale" for stuff that is gathering dust in the Storage Room.  The list of available items has been sent out several times as bids come in, and will be sent out every few days until June 14.
Minute People:.
  • PE Terry read a very nice "thank you" card from Fran Wahl, on the "anniversary rose" project being honoring Herman, the "rose man".
  • 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.
  • Terry Partis reminded everyone 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.
  • Our friends at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club are having another e-bike raffle this spring, two more weeks to get your tickets.  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: June
  • Dawn Barr               May 31.
  • Mike Christie           June  7.
  • Terry Brekko            June  9.
  • Sandy Mackay         June 15.
  • David Maclean         June 26.
Club Anniversaries:  June.
  • Mark Sorenson        23 years        June 1, 1998.
  • Neil Mardian             2 years        June 10, 2019.
  • Melanie Harty          11 years       June 30, 2010.
  • Adolf Seiler              45 years       June 30, 1976.
  • None recorded.
  • Jim White is continuing to do well, and would welcome calls from Rotary members.
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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Upcoming Events
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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