Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark was back from the wilds of northern Saskatchewan, and his first trip to the fishing cabin this year.  He entertained us with a story about the dock not being useable for offloading the floatplane, and having to park it on a sandbar and raft all the supplies in by boat.  
He also explained that a bear had tried to make his home in their fishing cabin sometime in the winter, and had broken in through a window and destroyed a mattress trying to get it out of the cabin.  He provided this photo of the damage the bear did trying to extract the mattress.  Apparently bears like a comfortable place to sleep!
All in all, he had a great time and is off fishing again next week, PE nominee Melanie Harty will take the meeting next week, with help from PE Terry Partis.
There were  32 Rotarians at our meeting today, but we need to make sure we count the four who were at Terry Cooper's place, helping to manage the Team Free Wheel project.
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:
The birthday boy, 65 years young on Monday June 7th...apparently the same birthday as Arch Klumpf, so a "noble" Rotary birthday.
  • If you are interested in helping this working membership team, please contact Mike Christie.  The next membership committee meeting is Thursday evening at 5:00 pm.
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
  • The next meeting is Monday, June 14th at noon - a presentation by the Executive Director of the MH Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Kowalchuk.
  • Just a reminder, on Monday EVENING, June 21st at 7:00 pm - a presentation with the 2021 Rosebowl winner Josie Hoffarth.
  • 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 June 28th that is currently our first scheduled " in person" meeting.
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The next District 5360 Conference is a "single day" event in Canmore, on Saturday May 14, 2022
  • 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
Review of the recent Club Satisfaction survey
Incoming President Terry Partis, from his floating cottage near Kingston, Ontario joined the meeting and reviewed some of his preparatory work for his term July 2021 - June 2022.
Terry spoke first about his interesting experience driving across the prairies and Ontario, to get to both his clients and his boat.  The concept of checkpoints along the Trans Canada Highway is one thing we'll be happy to forget once the pandemic is history.  He thanked the 62% of club members (32 of 52) who responded to the Club Health Checkup, and explained that some of the comments and significant points would form the basis of his priorities for 2021-2022.  He broke the  talk into the Good/Attention/Needs Attention.
He spoke about the value of club culture, of communication between the Board and the club members, making valuable use of the meeting times and getting feedback from everyone.  He encouraged anyone who had not filled out the original survey to contact him by email or phone, if they wanted to express an opinion.
Under the heading of "Attention", he mentioned that engagement of all members, in some form of the Rotary world, and in the entire club is needed.  He wanted to make sure that new members have mentors, the mentors are known to all and that they perform a more active role in the instruction of new Rotarians.   He encouraged everyone to have a "MyRotary" account, to use the resources of "" to access the Learning Center, a great informative tool.  He wants to "change those things that aren't working" and to increase participation.He is looking for all of us to be "membership" champions, to promote Rotary within our friends and family.  New members, especially within younger, diverse sectors of the population would be wonderful.  Mike Christie is membership chair, and his committee could use all our support.
Under the heading of "Needs Attention Now", he listed four area's that he will need help right away.
  1. Perhaps the most important "immediate need" is someone to join the Board as the Director of Community Service, to fill the big shoes of Melanie Harty, as she moves into the roll of President-elect.
  2. He needs someone to champion new fundraising activities, someone who can lead a small committee to explore alternatives to our current fundraising activities.  Without funds, we can't do too much.  This someone willing to be a champion, but not necessarily a full Director with those associated time commitments.
  3. He needs a promotions and communication champion.  This person doesn't need to be a Board member, but he wants to keep communication open between the Board and members, promote Rotary within the community and increase our profile.
  4. He thanked  Ken Feser for responding to his call for help updating the strategic plan.  Ken will help facilitate additions to our existing strategic plan, to provide real goals, timelines and responsible parties for change.  There is room in this group to join Mike Christie and Ken Feser, on this project.
He thanked all of us for an "extended" 10 minute talk....and we all look forward to his year and some great things!
Meeting News
  • No guests today, it was all Rotary business.
Club Draw:
  • No draw this week, but we are working on a "Garage Sale" for stuff that is gathering dust in the Storage Room.  The list of available items has been sent out several times as bids come in, and will be sent out every few days until June 14.
Minute People:.
  • Melanie Harty reminded everyone that upcoming Community Service projects include; in July a cleanup along Rotary Centennial Trail and in August helping with "Rotary Ribfest", assuming it goes ahead.
  • Mike Christie reminded everyone that their is a membership committee meeting on Thursday June 10th, at 5 pm.  He also spoke about an upcoming weekly feature, which will highlight a 5 minute "Rotary Information" session to educate new and old Rotarians alike.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded everyone that the District 5360 AGM will be June 7th, a "virtual" House of Friendship will take place on June 9th and DG Mary will host a Year-end Celebration on June 16th.  Lots going on in the last two months of this Rotary year, so watch for the opportunity to sign up and participate.
  • Margie Booyens wanted to offer a "shout-out" to Rotarian Brent Secondiak, for his recent Facebook post advertising the Team Free Wheel project, and to Rotarian Theresa Eisenbarth for a wonderful meeting last week with the MH High School Interact club.
  • On behalf of Gregg Martin, who had to leave the meeting early, Dave P. passed along the news that the bingo hall is expected to open approximately July 1, as COVID restrictions are lifted.  Once the dates of the Rotary events are finalized they will be published.
  • Dave Panabaker also showed a photo of Rotary Centennial Park in Dunmore, with the recently planted trees in good shape with nice green leaves.  The park is still quite rustic in nature, but the watering system appears to be working very well, the trees look healthy.
  • Our friends at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club are having another e-bike raffle this spring, two more weeks to get your tickets.  Please support their efforts in Rotary by getting a ticket or two.  Sunrise Rotary gave some of this fundraising back to the Team Free Wheel program this year, with a generous $1,000 donation to help pay for children's bicycle helmets (required by law for kids to ride).
  • 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: June
  • Mike Christie           June  7.
  • Terry Brekko            June  9.
  • Sandy Mackay         June 15.
  • David Maclean         June 26.
Club Anniversaries:  June.
  • Mark Sorenson        23 years        June 1, 1998.
  • Neil Mardian             2 years        June 10, 2019.
  • Melanie Harty          11 years       June 30, 2010.
  • Adolf Seiler              45 years       June 30, 1976.
  • None recorded.
  • No report today.
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 June 28, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Lisa Kowalchuk - Chamber of Commerce
Jun 14, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Josie Hoffart (Rose Bowl winner) - Evening meeting
Jun 21, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New Executive Induction - (IN PERSON @MH LODGE)
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jun 28, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: District Governor Martin Parnell
Jul 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
TENTATIVE DATES - 2021 Rotary Ribfest
Murray Chev Cadillac
Aug 13, 2021 12:00 PM –
Aug 15, 2021 6:00 PM
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