President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen welcomed everyone to the meeting, and thanked everyone for their patience, as she and PE Chris Perret work their way through the glitches in our new sound system.
Rotary Fun Fact:
President Karen's fun fact this week was about a 1970's fundraising project where the Rotary Club "flipped" a house.  Who knew we did that??, certainly not many in the room.
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
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, under Club Documents.
  • Journey of Reconciliation - Several Rotary District Governors will be attending the 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.  There will be lots of opportunities for volunteer work over those two weeks.
  • YEX dinner with Saamis Rotary Club.  President Karen shared the fun time had by all at the dinner on Saturday night, hosted by the Saamis Rotary Club and 11 of the District YEX students.
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 12 - Presentation by Lyle Johnson.
  • February 19 - NO MEETING (Family Day)
  • If you have any future program ideas, please e-mail Heather at
Kidsport Medicine Hat
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was delighted to welcome Connelly Sherwick, a local agent for Wood Gundy, who has been a volunteer with Kidsport - Medicine Hat for the past 14 years.  Connelly spoke about the benefits of organized sports to all kids, and their aim that no kid is left on the sidelines.
They work on the principles that through participation in organized sports activities, all kids learn the values of;
  • Cooperation
  • Team play and friendship
  • Commitment to goals
  • Personal excellence
  • Healthy competition
  • Self-esteem
Kidsport Medicine Hat and Redcliff was established in 1998, and has helped 3,450 kids with distribution of $577,000 over those years.  They presently have an annual budget of $80,000 and their distributions are to a maximum of $300 per child.  He spoke about the difficulty of maintaining that amount over the past few years, with the troubles in the local economy and how they tried really hard to make sure no child was turned away.  He also spoke about their process, the utilization of a modified income test and how the money goes directly to the sporting organization.
More information is available on their website .
He answered a few questions and was thanked for a great presentation by President Karen.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Connelly Sherwick, Kidsport Medicine Hat, our guest speaker.
  • Krista Lawson, Classic Valuation, a guest of Chris Perret.
  • none this week.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Terry Partis            February 5, 2001       17 years
  • Ted Cowtan           February 9, 2015         3 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • John John was the winner of the weekly draw.  John took home some nice gecko coasters.
  • Stan Sakamoto 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 on February 12th.
Make Ups:
  • Karen thanked the members of the bingo team who came out on a cold Saturday night, as well as those Rotarians who showed up at the YEX dinner.
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.  has been fully subscribed, tickets should be available at the Feb 12th meeting.
  • Dawn Barr reminded everyone that our planned tour of Medicine Hat High School has been rescheduled, but we are still having a happy hour on Monday Feb 12th, from 5 - 7 pm.
  • Doug Fleming reminded everyone that the new rosters are available, and PLEASE check your information to see that it is correct.
  • 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.
  • Don Davis, the Chair of the Rotary Music Festival encouraged all Rotarians to try to attend the Rosebowl competition, on Friday March 16th.
  • 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
    Emmanuel Foundation for International Community
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Feb 12, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Happy Hour
    Rustic Kitchen and Bar
    Feb 12, 2018
    5:00 PM – 7:00 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
    Reclassification Talk Chris
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 19, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Mar 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President
    Russell Hampton
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