President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Chris Perret opened this busy meeting, at 12:15 pm.
Chris mentioned that DG Dan Doherty had recommended Casa de Esperanza, March 7 - 10, 2019 to all Rotarians.  Its a home building trip to Mexico which is a Rotary sponsored event.
President Chris encouraged all members of the club to participate in the 3 upcoming Rotary events, particularly the November 10 District Learning Session.  Sign up is done on the District website, follow this link 
President Chris also reminded members about the upcoming Strategic Plan review, it has been close to 4 years since our last Strategic plan discussion and he would like all club members to be thinking of issues, and take part in the discussion scheduled for Nov 17th.
Membership Update:
  • Please watch your email, for a special note on proposed new members.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • November 12 - NO MEETING (Stat Holiday for Remembrance Day)
    • November 17 - Strategic Planning Session (Saturday 9 - 1)
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Chris a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • Rotary District Board meeting in Medicine Hat, Friday November 9th   (it's designed to "demystify" the District process) 
  • District Training Initiative, Saturday November 10th, MH College.
  • Club Strategic Plan Update, Saturday November 17th. Place to be determined.
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB.
  • Rotary International Conference in Hamburg Germany in June 2019
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at
Presentation on Prairie Gleaners
The Rotary Club welcomed James Smith, Board chair of Prairie Gleaners to the meeting.
James spoke about the history of Prairie Gleaners, about their particular inspiration, a passage in James 6:12 which said "Let nothing go to waste", and that approximately 45% of the fruits and vegetables grown around the world go to waste.  He showed some slides of the carrots, tomatoes, beans, lentils and cabbage that they collect with the truck donated by the Rotary Clubs of Medicine Hat.
He spoke about their immediate needs, the use of volunteers to prepare about tons of vegetables, to dehydrate the produce and package it for shipment around the world.  They reduce the size of the product by a factor of five and the weight by a factor of eight, without losing the nutrition value.
A great presentation about a wonderful ongoing project to capture lost product for the benefit of everyone.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • James Smith, Board Chair Prairie Gleaners and our guest speaker.
  • Sebastian Magner, son in law of Terry Brekko.
  • Rod Dalcollo, visitor and a lawyer with Stringham LLP.
  • Ken Feser, Medicine Hat Chief Librarian .
  • Dave Stalwick            Nov 8.
  • Brenda Bauman       Nov 5, 2001     17 years
  • Karen Blewett           Nov 6, 2006     12 years
  • Doug Fleming           Nov 7, 1983      35 years
  • Heather Bach           Nov 9, 2015       3 years
  • Jason Hertz              Nov 9, 2015       3 years
  • Mark Sorenson         Nov 9, 2015      3 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Margie Booyens who was in attendance at the meeting today and won a free meal. 
  • Karen Blewett won the ticket draw for some coffee beans.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week, both November draws will be done on Nov 19th.
  • Tickets for the 2019 Draw are now available for sale in support of the 2019 Music Festival.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • No changes from last week.
Minute People: 
  • Adolf Seiler thanked all the Rotarians who signed up for our day to man the Salvation Army kettles this year which is Saturday December 1...he required one more volunteer and got it, our schedule is full.
  • Dick Bide requested that all Rotarians who signed up for the dinner club, please schedule your dinners.   He is away for three weeks, and the dinner club will be in the hands of Sandy Mackay and Ted Cowtan while he's away.
  • Dave Panabaker required one more billet for a Rotarian on Nov 9, and got a volunteer.  Thanks to everyone for helping out.
  • Allan O'Byrne needs some volunteers for the CORE casino on January 13 and 14.  If you can help out please get in touch with Allan.
  • Karen Blewett drew this week's Rotary Happening, in the Medicine Hat News to the audiences attention.  Many thanks to the Medicine Hat News for that promotion.
  • Dave also reminded Rotarians that the Rotary Learning Day is approaching and is scheduled for Saturday Nov 10th.  The District is bringing this training and education to the regional areas to help with attendance, and a minimum number of attendee's is required to justify the cost.  Please register on the District website,  , to ensure adequate numbers are attending and the catering can be arranged.
    Upcoming Events
    Presentation on Prairie Gleaners
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 05, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    NO MEETING - STAT Holiday (In lieu of November 11)
    Nov 12, 2018
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Nov 14, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Presentation on Rotary Foundation
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 19, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Nov 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 08, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 27, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President