President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Chris opened the business meeting at 12:15 pm.
With regret Chris shared the resignation of  Debra Best and Bruce Shepard stepping down from Membership director. If you are interested Karen is looking for a new Membership Director. 
Chris also mentioned that the "Rotary Clothing Store", run by Sports Connection on Kingsway was "online" again, the link is below.  Sports connection has samples of the various clothing items, and you are welcome to drop by to ensure your purchased item will fit.
Membership Update:
  • No update this week, but watch this space soon!
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • October 8 - NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
  • 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:
  • World Polio Day, October 24th
  • Rotary District Board meeting in Medicine Hat, Friday November 9th  
  • District Training Initiative, Saturday November 10th, MH College.  More information to come.
  • Club Strategic Plan Update, Saturday November 17, more details to come.
  • 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
NAV Canada in the Global Air Navigation System 
Gary Busch, Medicine Hat FSS Team Supervisor provided the Medicine Hat Rotary Club with and educational presentation.  NAV Canada is a private company incorporated under the Not-for- profit Corporate Act.  It was purchased from the federal government in 1996 for 1.5 billion dollars. They support 12 million aircraft movements annually and manage 18 million square kilometers of airspace. They are regulated by federal government on safety performance. 
  • They employee 4,800 across Canada
  • Support 40,000 plus customers
  • Have invested  2 Billion in new technology since 1996
  • They will invest 500 Million over the next 3 years into new technology
Not to mention the environmental impact they are making.  It was a great presentation Thank you Gary!
Update on YEX outbound from Saamis Rotary Club
Many of the club members will remember Katie Caparini, who was an outbound student to Austria about 3 years ago.  This year, the Saamis Rotary Club has an outbound student, who is Katie's sister Maddy.  Maddy was one of the co-presidents of the MH High School Interact program last year and will spend this school year in Trebic, Czech Republic.
She has been gradually learning Czech and will be sending regular monthly updates which will be passed along to our club.  Attached are several photos of Maddy, with her host Mom, at the orientation and with the other Canadians in her area.
Here Facebook persona and email address are in the note that went out to the club, please "friend" her if you want to watch her adventures.  She is not doing a blog.
We wish her all the best in this life changing experience.
Interact meeting - Sept 27
Most of the 25 students, our MH High School teacher liaison Sue Withers, and Rotarians Theresa Eisenbarth and Anne Carrier (photo credit to Anne) met last Thursday and there was much enthusiasm in the room.  Two of the students are set up to assist Rotarians at the Hot Meal program and the Interact students will hold a bake sale on Oct 16 and 17.
Rotarian Sandy Mackay will be speaking to the students on Oct 18 about Rotary International and the polio eradication efforts.
The students will be holding a "purple pinkies" fundraiser on Oct 24, World Polio Day.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Gary Busch
  • Theresa Eisenbarth       Oct  7.
  • Karen Blewett                Oct 13.
  • Dominique Hirsch         Oct 13.
  • Doug Thorson                Oct 13.
  • Anne Carrier                    Oct 7, 2013           5 years.
  • Melanie Harty                  Oct 7, 2013          5 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Brenda Bauman. 
  • Anne Carrier won the ticket draw of a beautiful flower which she gifted to Jim White.
Club 500:
  • No draws until October.
Make Ups:
  • None announced today.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club sends our prayers and best wishes to Terry Brekko and his family, as Terry undergoes some treatment for a health challenge.
  • Brenda Bauman was in contact by email and had this to say;
    • "The first part of my treatment has gone very well. I was admitted to hospital on September 6, and over a two week period I received chemotherapy and a stem cell growth promoter. They harvested my stem cells on September 19. I was able to go home on passes for several days, so I didn't have to spend the full two weeks in hospital.  I will have my transplant on October 18. Fortunately all my procedures are done through my central dialysis line and no surgery is required. I feel really good, but I am losing my hair! 
      I hope all is well with you."
Minute People: 
  • Dick Bide advised the club that the first dinners from the Dinner Club would begin being held in early October.  There is still room for more Rotarians to take part, contact himself, Sandy Mackay or Ted Cowtan if you are interested.
    Upcoming Events
    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
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Dec 27, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President