Meeting Information
Our noon gathering started, as has become the custom, with a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and a little cake for dessert.
We were all warmly welcomed to our Monday meeting, attended by 21 members, five via Zoom and 16 in-person. Glen Presley was given a special welcome by President Bruce.
Stating the regrets of President Elect Mike Christie, who was due to be at the helm today, President Bruce guided the meeting through information sharing and a discussion about the club’s Membership Recruitment Event (24 April), and the logistics of the club’s contribution to the Winter Clothes Drive for the Medicine Hat Health Foundation.
Club Board members were reminded that they would be meeting on Tuesday 30 January at 7pm.
On Wednesday 24 April, starting at 6:30, an exciting, relaxed, informative event, programmed along the lines of a typical Rotary meeting, will be held in the Stampede Grounds Grandstand Ballroom.
The purpose? As the theme suggests: to introduce specially invited guests to Rotary as a service organization, in the hope that they choose to become members of this global network of people who are fired to take action to make a lasting, positive difference, locally and internationally.
Who should be invited? Anyone who may be interested in joining Rotary – neighbours, family members, friends, work colleagues, past members…
It is not a fund-raiser. It is being designed to be a means through which to recruit new Rotarians, the inspiration for this event being the hugely successful gala that our Club organized a few years ago, held in the Beveridge Building, down town, Medicine Hat.
The costs of the event will be covered through the $30 p/p charge, with Rotarians paying for their guests.
All four Rotary Clubs in Medicine Hat will be present, each one making concise presentations on their key service projects, that will hopefully generate questions and that will all contribute to an understanding of ‘Why Rotary?’.
Various forms of Rotary and club information will be in the venue, including our Club history book (1918-2018), themed information tables, banners, Rotary Music Festival posters with the photos and testimonials of past RMF participants, membership application paper work etc.
President Bruce, President Elect Mike Christie, Stan Sakamoto, Peter Mueller and others are the members behind the careful planning of this event, which is only 12 weeks away!
All Rotarians in Medicine Hat are encouraged to give their full support to what promises to be a fun-filled evening of fellowship, showcasing Rotary and the benefits of membership of this great ‘Service above Self’ global organization.
On behalf of the International and Community Service Committee, Margie Booyens thanked the many members who went through their wardrobes (and possibly those of their partners!) and found gently used winter clothing for the clothes drive of the Medicine Hat Health Foundation.
Family, friends and neighbours, it turned out, had also kindly contributed items.
The general consensus was that this was a time limited and once-off community service project, but nevertheless very worthwhile.
Ian McLachlan kindly brought his truck to the Lodge, to transport the mountain of boxed boots and neatly folded, laundered, some plastic covered and hangered, clothes, for men and for women.
A number of members helped to pack the goods into the truck, and Ian and Margie then had the pleasure of driving to the Regional Hospital and handing over the clothing to Executive Director Heather Bach and two of her colleagues.
Heather had the good idea to grab a wheelchair to help move the goods from the truck to her office!
Depending on need, this could certainly become a very practical annual contribution of our Club, to the Medicine Hat Health Foundation.
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' and please also work in other areas of club activity, as you are able
  • NEW DEVELOPMENT! 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 in 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 (
  • DG Kurt writes that this convention is going to be done in a way that will be transformational for Rotary in our District.
Other District news
  • The annual District 5360 AGM will be held on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Our club is normally officially represented by the President-elect and another member of the executive, but any Rotarian may attend.  It is a ZOOM meeting, so no travel required.  Watch the WN for a link to sign up.
  • The 2024 District Conference website has now gone live for registration, early bird discounts apply until February 29, 2024.  Register online at . The 2024 District Conference will be in Drumheller on May 4 and 5.
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: The meeting was attended by 16 members, in person, with another five via Zoom. No guests.
Everyone was happy to see Glen Presley in attendance, on the screen.
CLUB DRAW: The draw was won by Terry Brekko - a 2024 diary which he said he would give to his daughter, to assist her to run her business!
Please remember to contribute gifts for the weekly draw. The stock cupboard is looking a tad bare!
Makeups: Those who participated in the Bingo session on Friday 26 January.
    • Bruce Shepard              Feb 17
    • Don Davis                    Feb 23
    • Margie Booyens           Feb 29 (Leap year baby!)
    Rotary Anniversaries:
    • Gregg Martin                  33 years      Feb 01, 1991.
    • Marg Mazerolle              32 years      Feb 01, 1992
    Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for February 2024:
    • Mike Christie
    Minutes: new minutes and a few reminders
    President Bruce Shepard and Terry Brekko were each awarded pins for their latest financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF)..
    The pins were presented by Past District and Past President, Sandy MacKay, who said a few words about the importance and the benefits of members continuing to support TRF. Sandy shared how he had initially joined Rotary as he wanted to so 'something worthwhile' in the global and local communities. We respect and love you, Sandy!
    Members are reminded that the "Secret 3K Walk for Women and Children" will be held on the Sunrise Rotary Trail on International Women's Day, Friday March 8 at 5pm. This is the third annual walk in support of the District initiative. Last year 15 of us did the walk on a freezing cold day but we are hoping for a much nicer day this year and thus more people. Drinks and treats will be provided at the finish. It shouldn't take more than 30-35 minutes to do the walk and people can decide to just do part of the route.
    It is a fundraiser for the cause but Sunrise members are really looking at it as a way for the clubs to come together.
    Meet in the Cultural Centre parking lot to begin the walk at 5pm.  Please plan to join in.
    Members are reminded that an important upcoming meeting is a presentation by Gerry Darichuk, to our club on February 12th regarding an aid program within Ukraine.  If you are interested in reading "ahead", please see this article on the District website.
    Dave P reported that 136 players attended the Bingo session on Friday 26 January. $1,623 was made during this session. Dave Stalwick won the pot. Those who made up the team were warmly thanked.
    The next Bingo session is in the evening of Sunday 18 February - Family Day long weekend.
    Members are asked to step up as volunteers for the information desk and for door monitoring.
    President Bruce commented a few meetings ago on how the monthly Rotary in Action articles published in the Medicine Hat News are attracting attention in the community. He asked all to consider asking those who feed back positive comments, to attend the membership drive event on Wednesday 24 April.
    Margie Booyens reported that a new Business Card has been designed by this committee, for our Club. A pack of them will be picked up from Boylan Imaging this week. These cards will assist members by providing all club contact details which can be put in the hands of people who are interesting in possibly joining our Club and the Rotary family.
    Dave Panabaker advised that we have reached the 30% of sold tickets for our raffle, so prizes and costs are covered.  The money is now all going to the Music Festival. 
    Tickets may be purchased by credit card at our ZEFFY site, .  If you have some tickets sold, and perhaps some checks that you would like cashed, feel free to put those together and bring those to Dave, Glen or Doug.  We are happy to do those deposits, so purchasers checks are not sitting around too long. 
    Club members are reminded that our Club 1000 raffle is the principal activity to raise funds for the Rotary Music Festival, and our goal is to raise $36,000 for the 2024 Festival.
    Members were asked to step up and sell the raffle tickets usually sold by Adolf and Roger, who are no longer members. Dave Panabaker has sent out an email to all members, in this regard.
    Family of Rotary
    • No news to report
    • Please keep a Board Member informed about members health 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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    Business Meeting - ZOOM
    Feb. 05, 2024
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Presentation opportunity for Ukraine aid
    MH Lodge
    Feb. 12, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - evening
    Top Hat bingo
    Feb. 18, 2024
    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    No Meeting - Family Day Holiday
    Feb. 19, 2024
    Update on Music Festival
    MH Lodge
    Feb. 26, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2024 Rotary Music Festival
    Various locations
    Mar. 03, 2024 – Mar. 17, 2024
    Business Meeting - ZOOM
    Mar. 04, 2024
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rotary bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar. 07, 2024
    5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Tour at YMCA
    Mar. 11, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    2024 Los Amigos presentation
    MH Lodge
    Mar. 18, 2024
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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