Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
Our meeting today went from being an in-person affair to being a virtual get together...due to driving and weather issues.  The meeting was chaired by President-elect Terry Partis, who stood in for President Mark.  PE Terry started the meeting with a moment of silence to honor Rotarian Gerry Nadeau who passed away on Thursday and also to recognize the loss of President Mark Sorenson's mother, who passed away last week as well.
Acting President Terry thanked everyone who attended either virtually or in person the prayer service from Pattison's Funeral Home last night.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A new club laptop is in our future, the current one wasn't up to the task and we all thank Anne Christie for the use of hers.
  • 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:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please collect club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and the funds generated help to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the Newsletter and we'll include it.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • Our next "ZOOM" meeting will be Monday, November 16 - a presentation on the new District "Vulnerable Person" policy.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are rising in the community, so likely the balance of this calendar year's meetings will be done by ZOOM.  More information to come soon.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • Mark this date in your calendars, the 2021 Rotary District Conference is May 14 - 16, 2021 in Drumheller, AB.

Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Update on Canadian Humanitarian activities
The club welcomed Danielle Skogen, the Program Development Director for Canadian Humanitarian and a member of the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary club.  Danielle started her presentation by expressing thanks for the opportunity to update us all and apologies from Rotarian Dick Northcott, who was trapped in Fort MacMurray by the weather and couldn't attend. Danielle has been in the International Development business for 9  years, although only this past year with Canadian Humanitarian.  Canadian Humanitarian is a local organized, international non-profit, with operations in Ethiopia, Malawi and Guatemala.
Canadian Humanitarian aims to break the cycle of poverty by starting with children, their education, nutrition and care.  They use an Educational Support Center model, to deal with many aspects of the children in their programs.
Danielle spoke about their "child centered program, support that improves the individual sucess of each child.
Canadian Humanitarian is having a virtual fundraiser, on Friday November 20th.  They would really appreciate the support of Rotarians, so please either donate, check out the silent auction items or buy tickets at the website above.  Danielle explained some of the COVID challenges and answered a few questions.  She was thanked for her great work and excellent presentation by Acting President Terry.
Meeting News
  • Danielle Skogen, Program Development Director, Canadian Humanitarian was our guest speaker.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • PP Margie Booyens reminded Rotarians that the 2nd annual New Generations Service Exchange Online Conference is November 21 and 22.  If you are attending please register in advance by clicking on the link .
  • PP Margie also mentioned that in her PP role, she is engaging other PP in the search for our new President-elect to follow Terry Partis.  A meeting and list of eligible candidates has been sent out, and will take place after our "in-person" meeting of November 23rd.
  • Doug Fleming mentioned that the Saamis Rotary Club is having a "Cheer for a Year" draw this fall, tickets are available from the Rafflebox website.
  • Just a reminder that the Sunrise Rotary Club is also having a Christmas 50/50 draw.  Tickets are available through the club.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded everyone that Club 1000 tickets are being distributed and we really depend on the Rotarians in the club to sell these to family, friends, the community and those who would specifically like to support the Rotary Music Festival. As a club we have 1000 tickets to sell, that averages about 20 tickets per person, so please don't delay getting after this work.
  • Several recent Rosebowl winners and participants in the Rosebowl competition will be performing a concert to benefit St Josephs home.  It promises to be a great afternoon of music, these are three outstanding musicians.  Please book the date into your calendar and join them for this wonderful event.
  • Past President Margie Booyens reminded members that next week's meeting is a ZOOM presentation by Doug McDonald, on the new District policy for the "Protection of Vulnerable People".  Copies of both the policy and the club role for a "Protection Officer" have been circulated to all members in advance, to allow for informed discussion and questions at next week's meeting.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded members that on December 21, Rotary International President Nominee Jennifer Jones will be joining our meeting, and that of a number of clubs in our district for an update on what things have been like for her since the announcement and what the next few years look like.  Don't miss it!!
  • A quick poll was done, and Rotary will "ring the bells" for the Salvation Army on Saturday November 28....Adolf will be doing a schedule once the locations are determined.
  • 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: November.
  • Dave Stalwick       November 9.
Club Anniversaries:  November.
  • Sig Kappler                34 years               November  1, 1986.
  • Doug Fleming            37 years               November  7, 1983.
  • Shalla Shaharyar        1  year                 November 18, 2019.
  • Milan Vujovic             13 years               November 26, 2007.
  • No updates from Doug this week.
  • Former MH Rotarian, Joe Chacko sends along his best wishes.  Joe was in town to attend the opening of one of the new hotels, and has become very active in District 5360 in Calgary.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
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Upcoming Events
Presentation: Canadian Humanitarian (@ Lodge)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Nov 09, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: Protecting Vulnerable People Policy
Nov 16, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: Music Festival Bylaws
Nov 23, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary evening bingo
Top Hat Bingo
Nov 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Salvation Army - Ringing the Bells
Nov 28, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Club Business Meeting
Nov 30, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Christmas Lunch
Dec 07, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting
Dec 14, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Evening Bingo
Top Hat Bingo
Dec 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jennifer Jones, RI President Nominee, webinar talk
Dec 21, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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