Meeting Information
President Bruce Shepard welcomed all to the June 10 noon meeting, held back at the Medicine Hat Lodge.
The focus of the meeting was a discussion about the Club’s meeting venue, going forward.
First, President Bruce invited members to attend the AGM of the Monarch 1911 Society, to be held on Monday 24 June at 7pm in the theatre.
Board member (Club Administration) Dave Stalwick was then welcomed to the podium by President Bruce, and thanked sincerely for the time and effort he had put into facilitating the Club’s exploration of different possible meeting venues, over the past few months.
Dave gave a breakdown of the pros and cons of the club holding our noon meeting at four very different venues: Ralphs, the Legion, the Medicine Hat College, and the Medicine Hat Lodge.
The comparative criteria included: size of venue, availability of storage space, parking, ease of access to parking and the venue, cost of venue, quality of meals, meal ordering (in advance or not), meal choice (fixed menu versus own choice), cost of meal (fixed or own choice), minimum number of meals that need to be ordered per meeting, availability of venue for evening events, and availability of both parking and timeous access to food at different times of the academic year (MH College). Many, varied considerations; each of the four venues having different pros and cons.
After his presentation, Dave invited members to comment, pose questions, and make recommendations.
Many comments and recommendations were made. It was a lively discussion, which included those on Zoom!
The meeting venues and food arrangements of Sunrise and Saamis Clubs were mentioned, just for noting.
Dave S then shared the results of the recently conducted Club 'meeting venue poll'.
Members were reminded that we currently have one Zoom meeting per month – the first Monday of the month – which is a Business meeting; often a second meeting out in the community, visiting a resource; leaving two in-person meetings in a particular venue.
In response to a suggestion that we have two Zoom meetings per month, a member pointed out how important in-person meetings are, for companionship and fellowship.
The possibility of changing the time of Club meetings on Mondays to 14:00 was not supported, as working members need to be able to attend meetings, whether in person or via Zoom, during their lunch break from noon to 1pm.
Some members said they had in fact enjoyed attending meetings in different venues. Others had decided not to attend until a decision had been made and one particular venue chosen.
The need for equipment for hybrid meetings is a consideration – available in some venues and not others, the latter necessitating the 'hauling' of the necessary equipment for meetings. Not fun for those involved!
The amount and nature of the paraphernalia used at meetings was raised. How much do we need? Could we simply photograph the 4-way test, the Club flag and Canada’s flag and just project the image of these at meetings, instead of having large pull-up banners? If we cut down on the amount of paraphernalia, the storage problem should be reduced.
Time ran away with us! So much to discuss and consider! Dave wrapped up the discussion, reminding members that the choice of meeting venue is that of the members, and not his.
He said it was clear that no decision could be made at this point. He said he would follow up on questions, comments and recommendations, and would make a second presentation, followed by more deliberations, in due course.
President Bruce thanked Dave S and all for the discussion, saying that good points had been made, and that the ball was now back in the court of Dave S and the small group that is looking into meeting venue options.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings. Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Committee Membership Update:
  • Please continue to assist your 'team captains' (committee leads) and please also work in other areas of club activity, as you are able.
  • Please have a look on ClubRunner in the Committee section. You should find your name on one of the committee member lists, as per your choice(s). If not, please contact President Bruce.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone, text or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.

Rotary District 5360 and Rotary International News

  • The RI Convention was last held in Calgary in 1996. It’s going to be back in Calgary again June 21 - 25, 2025.
  • DG Kurt Kowalchuk (email dated June 19) is calling for committee members, in particular but not exclusively, for the Sponsorship & Revenue committee, and the House of Friendship committee
  • If you are interested in volunteering, contact Host Organizing Committee secretary, Luanne Whitmarsh (
  • PDG Sandy McKay has volunteered to be the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat's representative on the RI Host Committee. Many more volunteers are needed and will be welcomed. 
  • Registration for the 2025 Rotary International Convention is open - 
  • Everyone is invited to join a District-wide Zoom call on Tuesday June 11 at 7pm. Please register through the District website at 
Other District news
  • None at this point
Ideas for Future Programs
  • The Rotary Club's Program Committee members are Jillian Koch (, Dave Panabaker ( and Margie Booyens (
  • If you have ideas for future programs, please contact them.
Meeting News
GUESTS: There were no guests at the meeting, which was attended by six members via Zoom and 19 in person.
CLUB DRAW: Alain Guerard won a water bottle - perfect for hot summer days!
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: None reported to Doug Fleming, our secretary.
    • Mike Christie      June 7th.
    • Alain Guerard     June 8th.
    • Terry Brekko       June 9th.
    • Sandy Mackay    June 15th.
    • David Maclean   June 26th.
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Mark Sorenson    26 years.   Jun   1,1998.
    • Gwen Dirk              3 years.  Jun 28, 2021.
    • Melanie Harty       14 years.  Jun 30, 2010.
    • Anne Carrier
    Minute Reminders:
    The next bingo is Sunday afternoon, June 16th from 11:45 - 16:00 (4pm),
    Two of our previous Rosebowl winners, as well as friends and accompanists will be performing at St Barnabas Church on Wednesday June 12th, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Come out and support some of our outstanding youth musical talent.
    New Generations Service Exchange Host Families required:
    Margie Booyens advised that the District has an NGSE participant coming to Medicine Hat.  It will either be a young lady from Italy or one from Brazil. Interviews are to be conducted and a selection made. Our local Public School district, as well as Prairie Rose School District, have agreed to allow the selected participant into schools, to learn about the Alberta education system, from the middle of September to the end of November.  If you are interested in having the participant in your home, please contact Margie. Many thanks to those who have already come forward. Two more host families are needed to host for two weeks each, at a time that suits,  somewhere between mid-September and 30 November.
    Monarch 1911 Society: An AGM will be held in the Monarch Theatre, on Monday 24 June at 7pm. All Rotarians are welcome and are encouraged to attend.
    Family of Rotary
    • Gail Halderman was welcomed back after undergoing three weeks of treatment in Manitoba
    • Please keep a Board Member informed about members health and/or any other changes, so that information can be provided to the club through 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. Our first meeting of every month is a ZOOM business meeting. Check the club calendar, which is usually up to date for our meeting locations and program.
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