President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen opened the meeting, and reminded those in attendance today's meeting was a Club Business meeting with the focus on Rotary Information.
Karen reminded everyone that January was "Rotary Awareness month" and on the tables are Rotary Business cards  and new Rotary Bookmarks. 
President-elect Chris Perret was working with our new sound system.  Chris is still working on the hiccups,but hopefully will get it work well in the future.
Rotary Fun Fact:
This week's Rotary Fun Fact was another DID YOU KNOW minute about our Club's involvement in baseball.  In 1957, the Club launched an International Semi-pro Baseball Tournament which ran for 40 years. Between 1965 and 1982, this tournament was one of the Club's largest fundraiser.
Membership Update:
The following four individuals are proposed for club membership, this is the second week and final time their names will appear in the Newsletter.  If anyone has concerns or questions please direct them to Bruce Shepard, Director of Membership or Karen Blewett, sponsor.
  • Natasha Carvello, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter, a former member of our club.
  • Chris Christie, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of SE Alberta, proposed by Karen Blewett.
  • Theresa Hardiker, Acting Executive Director of the Economic Development Agency of SE Alberta, proposed by Karen Blewett.
  • Michael Maclean, Savaren Financial proposed by Karen Blewett.
Rotary Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Karen a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner.
  • Journey of Reconciliation - Last week PDG Sandy Mackay made a short presentation about an upcoming "Journey of Reconciliation" workshop at the Medicine Hat College, Feb 14 -17.  The workshop is free to all, being sponsored by the Miywasin Centre, MH College and Rotary.  It is hoped that this workshop will develop a shared understanding of past issues and provide opportunities for working together in the future.
  • Rotary Music Festival:  March 4-18.  Sign-up sheets at the back, please volunteer of a shift or two.
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • District Global Grant Workshop - March 24, 2018 – District is hosting a Global Grants workshop in Calgary.
  • District 5360 Convention: May 4 – 6, 2018:   Register on District website.  Early bird registration has been extended to February 15th.  The Club will provide support to Rotarians interested in attending the District Convention.
  • Centennial Celebration:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto:  This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned Rotarians to become immersed in the world of Rotary. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
  • February 5 - Presentation by KidSport.
  • If you have any future program ideas, please e-mail Heather at
January Business Meeting
Monday's meeting was a Club Business meeting aimed at informing the membership of some of the activities happening in the Club.
Club Service
First of all, Margie Booyens, Club Service Director gave a presentation of the Structure of the Club Service Portfolio by outlining the various committees under her portfolio. There are a total of 13 committees under the categories of House, Club Information and Special Events Committees. Under the House Committee are the Sergeant-at Arms, Meeting Set-up and Guest Book, Welcoming, Music committees. Under Club Information are Website, Club Bulletin and Social Media, Program, Magazines, Club History and Public Relations committees. Under Special Events fall Dinner Club, Interclub Visitist, Rural-Urban Tour and Parade Float committees.
Margie then went on to discuss some of the Positive development that these committees have accomplished this year. Which include, creation of a functioning PR Committee, reintroduction of a Rotary Float in the Stampede parade as well as establishing or updated guidelines for the Program Committees, Speakers and Front Desk. 
Finally Margie outlined some of activities which are in the planning stages and will hopeful come to fruition in the future. 
In closing, Margie issued an appeal to all members to review the roster and consider joining a committee or subcommittee to help lighten the load and get things do in the Club.
  Centennial Update
Centennial Photo - Dave Panabaker gave an update on some of our Centennial projects. First of all, Dave advised that a Centennial Club Photo will be taken on Monday May 7th. Please mark that date on your calendar and make every effort to attend.  The question was raised if missing members couldn't be 'Photo-shopped in',  and the answer was yes it is technically possible but only for a few and it will require some preplanning. 
Centennial Trail Project - Dave then went on to update the Club on the progress of the Centennial Trail Map & Marker project by reviewing the progress to date with the City's Parks Department. The Club has committed $125,000 of our funds plus $100,000 from a Community Enhancement (CEFP) grant and $7,500 from a District Grant toward the project and is reviewing the City agreement. The City recently adopted a sign standard policy and depending on prices may have some impact on the number of maps & marker we can install. Using the City's consultant's cost estimates ($10,000 to $16,500)  the Club should be able to install 6 Trail maps, 6 Markers and 6 Interpretive signs. The final number of each is still under review and we will be looking at which combination of maps, marker or signs will give the Club the best exposure.
Below are samples of what is being proposed. (Left to Right - Trail Maps, Interpretive Signs & Trail Markers)
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Whitney Ogle, Medicine Hat College, a "member in waiting".
  • Jim White                       January 31.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Herman Wahl        January 29,1962     56 years (Herman is our longest serving member)
  • Marg Mazerolle     February 3, 1992    26 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Ron Learmont was the winner of the weekly draw.  Ron took home some chocolate bars President Karen brought home from Australia.
  • Leslie Jerry was NOT in attendance, and did not win a free lunch.
Club 500:
  • There were no draws this week, the next draws will be conducted in February.
Make Ups:
  • None announced.
Family of Rotary:
  • There were no updates to report on our Family of Rotary. 
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker advised he has reserved a block of 48 tickets for Cirque du Soleil on Thursday evening May 24th.  The majority of tickets have been spoken for, so if you are still interested, please contact Dave. Tickets are $53.20 each.
  • The Saamis Rotary Club, is hosting the District YEX students on Feb 3 at the Par 3 Golf Course Clubhouse. Members & guests are invited to meet the students at a Mix & Mingle starting at 6:00 pm with supper to follow at 6:30 pm. Diner will be a prime rib buffet at a cost of $30 per person with partners/guests welcome. Incoming District Governor Dan Doherty will be in attendance for the evening of fellowship with the YEX students. If you are interested in attending, please let Dave Panabaker (Phone: 403.502.3650 or email know so they can advise the caterer of how many will be attending.
  • Terry Brekko thanked those who turned in their Music Festival Advertising on time. He then reminded those who still had outstanding ads they are a week past the deadline. Terry reported Delynne, the Music Festival Executive Director has the festival program ready to go to print so we need to get the advertising and sponsorship for the  program  ASAP.
  • Joe Chacko thank those who have already signed up, but advised there are still a number of Information Desk and Door Monitor time slots still to be filled. The signup sheets are by the front entrance for Rotarians to sign up before these positions are opened up to the general public.
  • Milan is looking for about 6 to 8 members or partners to help organize award winners for the Stars of the Festival evening on March 18. If you can help out, please contact Milan.
  • Dawn Barr advised the Medicine Hat High School Interact Club will be conducting tours of the High School renovations on Monday February 12. The tours will be conducted from 6:00 pm to 7:00pm. (Please note the new time - changed from the time reported at the meeting) If you plan to attend, please reply to the email from Heather Bach.  Following the tour, members are invited to attend a Happy Hour at the Garage Pub.
  • Gregg Martin is looking for Bingo workers for an evening bingo on Saturday February 3rd. Please respond to Gregg's email request.
  • Bruce Shepard reported the Membership Committee is looking for members willing to act as Mentors for new members. If you are willing to help out with this very important task, please contact Don Reid.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 03, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Feb 05, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Emmanuel Foundation for International Community
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Feb 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Tour of Medicine Hat High School
    Medicine Hat High School
    Feb 12, 2018
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Rotary Bingo - afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 18, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    NO MEETING RE: Family Day
    Feb 19, 2018
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Feb 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Safety City
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 05, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Canadian Humanitarian
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 14, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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    Past President
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