President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Chris Perret welcomed everyone to the second official Rotary meeting of 2019 and our first business meeting of the year.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • Monday January 28, will be a demonstration on using the ClubRunner "app". Bring your smart phones and learn how to tap into this powerful app.
  • 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 Executive Training (formerly PETS), on Saturday February 2nd, in Medicine Hat.
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB. DG Dan is proposing a different and exciting district conference, so members are encouraged to register.  
  • Rotary International Conference in Hamburg Germany in June 2019
Club Strategic Planning:
Just as a reminder, a short Strategic Planning Questionnaire has been emailed out to members, asking for feedback on strategic priorities and fundraising.  The results of this survey will be part of the strategic planning session in the New Year.  A date for that session will be announced in January.
Please complete the Strategic Planning Questionnaire and either bring it to the next meeting or email it back to Chris.  This is an opportunity for all members to express their opinion and to have their voices heard.
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
Today's meeting was a business meeting devoted to a discussion of the Membership process and Mentoring.
Membership Process
President Chris started out by outlining the process for proposing a new member. Chris advised the Board and the Membership Committee are trying to shorten and make the process more streamlined, while at the same time maintaining some checks and balances.  There were several handouts (outlining the process and new application forms) on the table which will be available on the Club website.
The Importance of Mentoring
Don Reid and Jillian Koch, both members of the Membership Committee gave a talk on the Importance of Mentoring. They suggested mentoring was an important way to orient and educate new members about Rotary. The committee is putting together information for mentors and new members so new Rotarians don't feel overwhelmed.  Don and Jillian had a couple of handouts that will also be posted on the website.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Brock Galecki, partner of Sarah Bowman-Koch & their daughter Maggie. Maggie is the Club's youngest PHF.
  • Mark Sorenson              Jan 23
  • Melanie Harty                Jan 25
  • Teresa Schile                Jan 25
  • Gail Halderman - 27 years - Jan 22, 1996 
  • Shann Snedden - 2 years - Jan 23, 2017
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Adolf Seiler who was NOT in attendance at the meeting today to win a free meal. 
  • Doug Fleming won the ticket draw for a bottle of rum donated by Dick Bide. 
Club 500:
  • Today was the first draws for 2019 Club 500 and the winners were:
    • $500 prize winner was David Carter on a ticket sold by Allan O'Byrne.
    • $1500 prize winner was Desmond Bullman on a ticket sold by Glen Presley. 
Make Ups:
  • 10 Rotarians and one Friend of Rotary attended Bingo on Friday Jan 18.
Family of Rotary:
  • No report this week. 
Minute People: 
  • Doug Fleming reported on the Bingo held on Friday Jan 18.  The Club had 10 members and one Friend of Rotary work one of the busiest events in awhile. Friday was the final Satellite Bingo, which drew a crowd of 156 players allowing the Club made a profit of $750. Doug was the winner of the $11 pool.
  • Don Davis again reminded Rotarians there are a number of music festival awards that need sponsors. Don advised all award donations will receive a donation receipt that is tax deductible. Please contact Don if you are interested or have any leads.
  • John John is looking for several volunteers to work the cashier and chip runner positions for the upcoming casino, on Feb 4 - 5.  This  is an important fundraising event, contributing between $15,000 to 18,0000 to the Club, so if you can help out, please contact John.
  • Ken Feser, our newest Rotarian & Chief Librarian at the Medicine Hat Public Library advised that the "Lovin' the Library" event will take place on Friday February 9th. This year they are trying a new format. There will be no charge for the event, but space is limited, so if you wish to attend, you will be required to contact the library and get tickets to this event.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jan 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting - Membership and ClubRunner
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jan 21, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jan 28, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 04, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 27, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 31, 2019
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President