President's Information
President's Remarks:
Today's meeting was chaired by President-elect Mark Sorenson, and took place at the Medicine Hat College to facilitate a presentation by our guest speaker.  Mark welcomed everyone who braved the bitter elements to show up to the meeting today.
All of us will know someone who is affected by the terrible wildfires in Australia.  Rotary International has set up a donation location so that Rotarians can help through the Rotary Foundation.  The link to the site is .
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • The Social Club signup sheet was circulated again today, for those Rotarians who want to take part in social outings, anything from bowling to a visit to the museum or the Police Point Park.  If you missed it, please contact Dawn Barr.
  • Promotion of the Rotary Club will be the focus of a new committee that Heather Bach is working on.  Everything from Social Media, the Club Newsletter, and other in the community appearances, will help lift the profile of the club in the community.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • NEW MEMBERS: Igor Grujic on Monday 20 January 2020.
  • Watch this space in the future for more membership information.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • See the club calendar adjacent or the club website.
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and funds to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send President Margie a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Club. District and International Events:
Future Programs:
  • Our Program coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Medicine Hat College - Microgrid
The Rotary Club was delighted to meet at the Medicine Hat College today to listen to a presentation by Tracy Stroud, Manager of Business Development at the College.  The Community Renewable Energy Microgrid (CREM) was a collaborative project with multiple community partners.  It includes the visible components like Electric Vehicle charging facilities, small vertical access wind turbine and a solar panel array.  It also includes a number of learning opportunities and teaching topics for students studying to be part of this upcoming technology.
Tracy spoke about the genesis of this project in 2016, how it has incorporated new technologies and opportunities over the past few years and provided alignment with a number of pieces of MH College curriculum. Tracy answered a number of questions and spoke about a few future prospects.  Many of the project goals speak to the economic changes happening within our province and the country, and it is great to see the College get their share of opportunities.
For those who are interested, more information about the Microgrid and the Electric Vehicle program are available on the college website, follow this link.
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests:
  • Tracy Stroud, Manager of Business Development - MH College
  • Mike Onieu, Executive Director of Medalta Pottery.
  • Peter Mueller, a guest of the club today.
  • Jim Cicon, member of the Saamis Rotary Club and a guest today.
Birthdays: The month of January
  • Sieg Kappler        Jan 1.
  • Krista Lawson      Jan 8.
  • Jan Stalwick         Jan 9.
  • Dick Northcott       Jan 13.
  • Rod Dal Collo       Jan 18.
  • Roger Roy            Jan 19.
  • Mark Sorenson     Jan 23.
  • Melanie Harty       Jan 25.
  • Teresa Schile        Jan 25.
  • Jim White              Jan 31.
Club Anniversaries: January
  • Gail Halderman     24 years        Jan 22, 1996.
  • Shann Snedden      3 years        Jan 23, 2017.
  • Herman Wahl         58 years       Jan 29, 1962.
Club Draw:
  • No draw today.
  • None mentioned this week
Family of Rotary:
  • Adolf Seiler is healing up from his "busted wing" and hopes to be back to the club meetings soon!
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker is chairing the bingo on Saturday evening, and needs 3 more workers.  If you have the time, you get a free meal and the exercise to walk it off.
  • Dawn Barr mentioned that the Rotary Social Club sign up sheet was circulating at this meeting again, if you are interested in being contacted about fun events, please sign up.  The first get together is Friday Jan 31, at the Garage Pub after our MH Hospital visit.
  • Wayne Chesley was promoting his presentation about the club's 3H project in India on Monday January 20th.  He found a quotation about the project he wanted to share, from a Calcutta newspaper after the completion of the project, in which the report wrote "this project was a monumental effort by all involved".  To see what that means, attend the meeting next week!
  • Glen Pressley mentioned he has a new solicitation letter for tickets if anyone needs it.  As well, they are looking at a cutoff for Club 1000 tickets at about Monday February 24th.  Approximately 1/5 of the tickets have been sold and returned so far, keep up the good work.
  • Heather Bach is working on a Promotions committee, incorporating our social media, newsletter and other forms of communication, with the idea that it can help raise our community profile.  Please see Heather if you can help.
  • President Elect Mark Sorenson reminded everyone that Rotary Leadership training is taking place on Saturday March 21, at the Crowfoot Room of the MH College from 8 am to 3 pm.  Sign up on the District website,
  • PE Mark also reminded everyone that the annual Rotary District conference is May 1 - 3, in Calgary and will feature curler Rick Gushue as a Saturday noon hour speaker.   Sign up for the conference is done through the conference website at: . 
We wanted to advertise a couple of great opportunities to support and socialize within the Rotary Family.
The last winner of the Rosebowl, Soren Lorentzen is having a recital on Sunday, January 26....definitely a chance to enjoy some great music.
As well, Susan Sakamoto is having a public reception for her new exhibit at the Esplanade Art Gallery on Friday January 31st, starting at 7 pm.  The exhibit is entitled "Boro", please take the opportunity to enjoy this as well.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
We meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Drive SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1B 3T8
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Evening bingo
Top Hat Bingo
Jan 18, 2020
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Club Presentation: Wayne Chesley - 3H Program
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jan 20, 2020
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jan 27, 2020
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Interact Hospital Room Tour
Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Jan 31, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Rotary afternoon Bingo
Top Hat Bingo
Feb 02, 2020
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Presentation: Jace Anderson - Tourism in MH
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 03, 2020
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary at Work: Hot Meal Program
Salvation Army Resource Centre
Feb 05, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Presentation: Mayor Ted Clugston
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 10, 2020
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Feb 17, 2020
Business Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 24, 2020
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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