President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Chris Perret welcomed everyone to an action packed meeting.   Guest speaker from the Medicine Hat Chief Librarian Ken Feser. and Brenda Lea MacPahil with Celina Symmonds from the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank join us. 
Membership Update:
  • No update this week, but watch this space soon!!
Rotary Club Information:
  • 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.
Rotary Presentations:
  • Ken Freser - Chief Librarian
  • Brenda Lea MacPhail and Celina Symmonds  - Medicine Hat & District Food Bank 
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • RI Conference for 2019 is in Hamburg Germany
  • Our 2019 District Convention, May 3 thru 5, 2019 will be in Olds, AB.
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
Chief Librarian Ken Feser
Ken Feser started his presentation with a quick story about his connection to Rotary.  In 1982 he was selected to be part of a Rotary Exchange to Brazil.  He found the experience to be very impactful to his life's direction and he raised the question " How do you measure impact"
Three key benefits of Public Libraries:
  • Children entering school are ready to read - thanks to Libraries
  • People are able to gather information and assistance they need to take care of business
  • The Community has a gathering place where connections and resources can be shared
The Medicine Hat Public Library
  • Completed the renovation of the theatre this year 
  • Saw 50% increase in program attendance over the last two years
  • Since 2014, the Library funding has NOT kept pace with inflation (CPI)
Ken left us with three thanks
  • Thank you for Rotary for supporting the Library
  • Thank you Rotary for your impact on our community
  • Thank you Rotary for allowing Ken to travel to Brazil
Brenda Lea is a Director of the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank in charge of Fundraising.  She shared with us her vision for their up coming event called "And All that Jazz"
  • September 29th, 2018
  • 6:30pm
  • Cypress Center
  • Tickets can be purchased online
  • The theme is 1920's
  • You should go!
Celina Symmonds the Executive Director told us what this event is raising money for.  She told us Food Banks don't work for solving the problem but were created to support emergency food hampers.  The Food Bank has a bigger vision.  A Community Food and Wellness Center can support the whole community and the whole person.  Learn to cook classes, doctors, dentists, Food hampers and them reach their goal. 
Club Business:
  • Chris is going to open the Rotary store again for clothing sales.  Watch for the link coming to email box
  • Motion by Ken Zollner Seconded by   Motion Carried
    • Rotary club of Medicine Hat makes an application to Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commision for a license to run the club 500 Raffle for 2018-2019
Notice of Motion regarding the Rotary Trail project
President Chris will provide a full presentation at the next Rotary meeting explaining all the details regard the change in the Trail project.
He will also be sharing some back ground information to your email boxes soon.. 
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Ken Feser, Chief Librarian
  • Brenda Lea MacPhail, Director Medicine Hat & District Food Bank
  • Celina Symmonds, Executive Director Medicine Hat & District Food Bank
  • Darlene Jenkins, Leadership Development coard
  • Sig Kappler , Honorary Member of the Club
  • No Birthdays
Club Anniversaries:
  • Wayne Chesley          September 14, 1998           20 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Chris Perret (fixed!) 
  • Teresa Schile won the ticket draw, a set of wine glasses.  
Club 500:
  • No draw this week, the September draws will start on September 17th.
Make Ups:
  • None announced today.
Family of Rotary:
  • No update on the family of Rotary this week.
Minute People: 
  • Dave reminded everyone about Bingo on Wednesday but it was understood there are enough volunteers.
  • Bruce reminded everyone to join the membership committee to a meeting Tuesday September 11th, 5pm Chamber Board Room
  • Wayne is a member of the district board and he shared with Chris and the club a copy of the Survey results developed this summer from past Rotary members
  • Kitt reminded everyone to get signed up for the Peace Par Assembly it is coming soon!
  • Dick reminded everyone to get signed up for the dinner club as the goal is 20- 24 couples. 
  • Next Social event is Tuesday September 18th at Juggies Pub.
    Upcoming Events
    Presentation on Medicine Hat Public Library
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 10, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Sep 12, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting: Trail Project
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 17, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Sep 24, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Presentation on MH Airport
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 01, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 06, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    NO MEETING - STAT Holiday
    Oct 08, 2018
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 31, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Nov 14, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Dec 08, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President