Meeting Information
Remarks of the President
Past President Dave Panabaker is subbing for president elect Melanie Hardy who is at a course for work. Dave welcomed everyone to the meeting and commented on what a good turnout we had when you added up those on line and those present.
Dave thanked the 12 people who came out on Saturday morning to help clean up our Rotary Centennial Trail. Pictures showed some of the volunteers and the many bags of garbage collected.
Many thanks went out to a group who worked over the weekend to file our 2022-2023 District Grant Application.
The recent 45 anniversary dinner celebration for Salamis included 6 from our club.
Dave also reminded us that May 8th is Mothers Day.
Our meeting next Monday will have Amanda VanderMolen (the general manager of MH Toyota) as our guest speaker to update us on how COVID has and still may effect the auto industry.
Our guest speaker for the May 16th meeting will be Klinton Nesmo talking about RYPEN
Dave then introduced Gwendoline Dirk for her classification talk.
Reminder of the current fundraiser for the Saamis Club
Saamis Club Fundraiser for Air Cadets
Members are encouraged to buy raffle tickets for the prize of a kayak package.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings.  We are all learning to adapt to this new reality.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • Would you like to join the membership team? Check out a meeting and see how exciting it is!  The committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact Mike Christie to join in.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities and Meetings:  
  • Sunday              May 08, 2022          - Rotary Bingo (evening)
  • Monday         May 09 2022           -Regular noon meeting with Amanda VanderMolen as our guest speaker
  • Saturday            May 14th 2022        - District conference or volunteer at Prairie Gleaners
  • Monday         May 16th 2022           - Regular noon meeting with Klinton Nesmo as our guest to talk about RYPEN
  • Monday         May 23rd 2022          - No meeting for Victoria Day         
  • Monday              May 30th 2022        - Evening meeting at MHHS sponsored by the Interact Club, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday            June 4th 2022         - Mavericks Dugout Deck
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • The next District 5360 Conference is a "single day" event in Cochrane, on Saturday, May 14, 2022.  Attendance will be possible by ZOOM as well.  Register at 
  • RI International Convention - Houston, June 4 - 8, 2022.  Much more information is on the website 
Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Committee is: Jillian Koch (, Dave Panabaker ( and Margie Booyens ( If you have ideas for future programs, please contact them).
 Gwendoline Dirk - Classification
Gwendoline was born and raised on a family farm with 9 siblings.
Gwendoline and Peter Mueller are partners and she enjoys the company of two pets Benni and Princess.
She is very proud of her farm background as it has given her the values she cherishes. That being a good attitude, Christian values; principles and a strong work ethic.
Her parents, especially her mother, were a strong advocate for education. The family also valued gathering for work, fun and social events.
Gwendoline has one son who is married and it seems that the one grandchild is the apple of her grandmothers eye. Her son also accepted the passion for continued education as he is now back at university.
When Gwendoline was considering post secondary education she first considered being a nurse, but then realized that she does like to help people...but not necessarily sick people. So she choose education as her new passion.
Her Bachelor of Education degree in 1986 led to teaching for 33 year. 20 year in the public school system and 13 years at the Medicine Hat College in adult development. She also obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2020.  Retirement from teaching has now presented the open question "What do I do now"? Her passion for continuing education has led her to many new interests and passions like painting, belly-dancing, computer and many other things. Gwendoline has also been driven to being healthy, fit, creating a society that values all people, and following world events.
She is currently part of Rotary, Kiwanis, Saamis Immigration, and the MH Police Commission.
Gwen hinted that she will have a new and exciting project in the "near" future.
Questions from the floor were all answered.
Meeting News
  • The attendance in general was good, 20 members and guests at the MH Lodge and 4 members online.
Club Draw:
  • Doug Fleming won a bag of coffee.
  • 12 Rotarians who worked the clean up on Rotary Centennial trail.
  • 6 Rotarians who attended the 45th anniversary for Saamis Club. 
Anne Carrier       May   5.
Doug Fleming     May 19.
Ian McLaughlin   May 20.
Ted Cowtan         May 25.
Dawn Barr           May 31.
Rotary Anniversaries: .
Ian McLaughlin         30 years     May  1, 1992.
Dick Northcott           22 years     May  1, 2000.
Susan Withers            4 years     May 14, 2018.
Dan Kammerer          18 years    May 19, 2004.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for May:
  • Don Davis
Minute People:
  • Dawn Barr suggested that we look into the Best Western for our meetings.
  • Don Davis thanked Terry B for helping him by delivering a rose. He also had commendations for the late Herman Wahl who delivered flowers for 40 years and with 100 members.
  • Dale Stein announced the Monday golf league with 4 signed up for golf this afternoon. He will secure tee times for every Monday, after a regular meeting, and all are welcome to participate.
  • Dave Panabaker advised that the next Bingo is on Sunday May 8th and he now has 8 volunteers.

  • We are still enjoying a few photos of Roger Roy, working with Angels for Mexico and Firemen w/o Borders.  A container of firefighting equipment was shipped from Canada, over $2 million worth of equipment .  Here's a photo of Roger with Arturo (the deputy fire chief) and Christina from Calgary.  As well, a photo of some of the equipment and the training team.
Upcoming Social Events:
  • Sunday, May 8:  Next Rotary Bingo 5:00 pm start. Signup invitations will go out this week.
  • Saturday May 14: Hands-on opportunity to serve – at Prairie Gleaners. Four hours, partners welcome; Dan Kammerer organizing the event.
  • Monday May 30: Rotary and Interact meeting at MH High School, starting at 5:00 pm.
  • Sat 4 June: Mavericks Game: Dugout deck seating reserved for Rotarians. 25 tickets available at $35 (which will buy a beverage and a burger). The game starts at 7pm.
Family of Rotary:
Please keep Adolf Seiler informed about members so that information can be passed on to all in the Weekly News.
  • No new news today.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has returned to meeting in person, face-to-face meetings as of Monday March 21. A ZOOM link will still be available for those who are cautious, ill or are away on vacation.
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
May 08, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Presentation: Amanda VanderMolen (Toyota GM)
Medicine Hat Lodge
May 09, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Golf after Rotary
Cottonwood Coulee golf club
May 09, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Volunteer at Prairie Gleaners
Prairie Gleaners Society
May 14, 2022
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
District Conference and RYPEN updates
MH Lodge
May 16, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
NO MEETING - Victoria Day
May 23, 2022
Joint Interact - Rotary Club Meeting
MH High School
May 30, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Maverick's Dugout Deck social
Athletic Park
Jun 04, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
2022-2023 Club Budget discussion
MH Lodge
Jun 06, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 11, 2022
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
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