Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson made a quick introduction, he had to break up the social gathering that was occurring on ZOOM, so we could start our meeting.  Goes to show how much Rotarians value the social connection that is Rotary.
President Mark also reminded everyone that he made a request for two new organizers for our Rotary casino's.  We have leaned on Ian and John for quite a while and they would like to be relieved of that duty.  If you are interested in taking on this role, which involves a little organizing work about every 16 - 18 months, and recruitment of workers, please contact President Mark or any member of the Board.
There were 31 Rotarians joining us at the meeting today, it was great to see everyone.
Just a reminder, thanks to everyone who sold tickets and many who purchased.  The donation to the Rotary Music Festival has been confirmed at $25,220, about what we were getting with previous sold out draws. The 2021 winners were;
1st Prize - $7,500, ticket no 362 - Jill Foster-Wright sold by Adolf S.
2nd Prize - $2,500, ticket no 020 - Cindy Sorenson sold by Mark S.
3rd Prize -  $500, ticket no 247 - Janice Bide sold by Dick B.
4th Prize -  $500, ticket no 706 - Brian Widmer sold by Neil M.
5th Prize -  $500, ticket no 181 - Ange Harty sold by Melanie H.
6th Prize -  $500, ticket no 802 - Michael Weigel sold by Ted C.
7th Prize -   $100, ticket no 494 - Liesl Ross sold Dieter B.
8th Prize -   $100, ticket no 628 - Dave Maclean sold by Dave.
9th Prize -   $100, ticket no 330 - Don Owens sold by Mike C.
10th Prize -  $100, ticket no 408 - Sharon Allan sold by Peter M.
11th Prize -  $100, ticket no 218 - Debra Best sold by Ken Z.
Notice of Motion:
At the club meeting on Monday, April 12th, the club will be asked to vote on the following motion;
"Do the members of the Rotary Club support the proposal; to open the Rotary Music Festival Society membership to the public, and with continued financial support from the Rotary Club, the movement of the operation of the Festival to this new public group?"
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A new club laptop is in our future, the current one will not provide the service required to stream our meetings.
  • If our hybrid meetings continue in the future, a few more meeting helpers will be required to help run cameras and sound.  We are all learning as we go along here, but these type of meetings are manpower intensive.
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • If you are interested in helping this working membership team, please contact Mike Christie.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please collect club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting and the funds generated help to run the club.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the Newsletter and we'll include it.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities, and Meetings
  • There is no "official" meeting on Monday, Monday April 5th - the team that worked on the Music Festival bylaws and evolution will be available for an information session.
  • The DG and President Mark have requested that we limit our in person gatherings while COVID cases are still present in the community. Our meetings will be virtual until at least Monday April 26th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The Rotary International convention for 2021, originally scheduled in Taiwan will now be held VIRTUALLY as well.  Watch for updates on registration and programs.

Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
A New Rotary Year - PE Terry Partis
From sunny, far off Fort Meyers Florida, President-elect Terry Partis took the stage and spoke about his journey into the role of President that begins in July 2021.
He started by thanking everyone in the club for the honor of servicing as Club President, and for trusting him with the responsibility.  He noted how he originally thought of himself as "a 20 year Rotarian but not an ideal member", but after listening to the incoming RI President Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanger, West Bengal, India he changed that description to "a member for 20 years but not an ideal Rotarian".  He showed the introduction of the theme for Shekhar's year at the helm of Rotary International, and the logo of "Serve to Change Lives".
His speech is on YouTube, the link is 
Terry has enjoyed the Leadership Training, although in-person training is always preferred, the use of breakout rooms and great speakers has really helped the learning stay interesting.  Terry spoke about the opportunity our current District Governor Mary Turner mentioned at her last visit, that COVID has allowed us the chance to review what we do, to change what needs to be changed and come back to in-person meetings with a fresh approach.
Terry also spoke about several of the quotations in the Shekhar's speech, and how "Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on this earth" was a meaningful expression of Rotary ways.
Terry thanked two Rotarians especially for helping get his year started on a positive note.  He thanked Terry Cooper for taking on the International Service Director role, and for organizing some joint projects with other clubs which will help us get restarted in International Projects.  He also mentioned new Rotarian Brent Secondiak, for helping him understand some of the Youth Advocacy Center issues and what may be a wonderful local project for Rotary..
He finished by reminding all of us of the challenges to all of us, "Bring One Member", "Empowering Girls" and the need for "Inclusion, Diversity and Equity".
Meeting News
  • No visitors at the meeting today.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • Dave Panabaker mentioned that following up on a comment by Dick Bide a couple of weeks ago, about police checks, the next Rotary learning webinar is Wednesday April 7th, at 7 pm.  It is specifically for Club Presidents and President-elects, as well as Club Protection Officers and goes through our "Volunteer Screening and Reporting" process.  The webinar is available to anyone who will be working with the vulnerable sector in a Rotary context, and the link to the webinar is .  If you are interested in reviewing the entire process, or recertifying yourself for work in that sector, the link is on the District website. 
  • Dave also mentioned that everyone had received an invitation to participate in "ROTARY 101", which is both an introduction and a refresher for all things Rotary.  It has application to new or prospective members, Board and Executive, and established Rotarians.  There will definitely be something for everyone.  Register on the District website at 
  • Dave also provided an update on next week's meeting, it is not an "official" Rotary meeting but the team working on the Music Festival Society bylaws, and the Support Agreement between Rotary and the Society will be doing an information session, at noon on the club ZOOM account.  The meeting on April 12th will deal with the motion.
  • If you have photos or a story to include in the Weekly News, please submit it to Dave P and we'll try to publish it.
Birthdays: April.
  • Joan Sauve              April 1.
  • Neil Mardian             April 3.
  • Glen Presley            April 3.
  • Sarah Koch              April 4.
  • Bernie Scott             April 9.
  • Shalla Shaharyar   April 28.
Club Anniversaries:  April.
  • Terry Brekko           32 years              April 1, 1989.
  • Don Davis               10 years              April 1, 2011.
  • Dave Panabaker     17 years              April 1, 2004.
  • Joe Hrankowski       21 years             April 3, 2000.
  • Ted Clugston             7 years             April 7, 2014.
  • Dick Bide                 50 years           April 11, 1971.
  • Lisa DesRoches       2 years            April 15, 2019.
  • Ray Kemp               13 years           April 15, 2008.
  • None recorded.
  • Olga Steblianko, of the Rotary e-club of Ukraine, sent her regards to the club.  She was sent the YouTube link to the Rotary Music Festival Rosebowl competition, watched it and really enjoyed it, and wished to be remembered to the club.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
Meeting Virtually until at least April 26, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Presentation of 2021-2022 Theme Incoming RI Prez
Mar 29, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 03, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Information session - Music Festival changes
Apr 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Update on Music Festival Society bylaw changes
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Martin Parnell (Zoom)
Apr 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 21, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Business Meeting - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ZOOM Meeting
May 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
May 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Medicine Hat Lodge
May 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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