Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Terry Partis welcomed everyone to his first "official" full meeting as President.  He wished everyone a Happy Canada Day and to our neighbors to the south a "Happy Independence Day".  There were 26 Rotarians joining the meeting today.
He wanted to especially welcome our newest Rotarian, Gwen Dirk and mentioned that he would be the speaker today, with the main topic to be the "Move for Polio" campaign of DG Martin Parnell.  He shared the welcome to everyone from DG Martin, and mentioned that there are a lot of initiatives coming forward this year including Move for Polio, Rotary Days of Service, Empowering Women & Girls, and the newest Rotary area of service, "Supporting the Environment".
He also brought the message of "Serve to Change Lives", from RI President Shakhar Mehta.  That theme has a double meaning, not only will we help others, but we will also change our own life.
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
  • Monday July 12 - IN PERSON meeting, at the MH Lodge.
  • Monday July 19 - IN PERSON meeting, at the MH Lodge.  Special General Meeting of the Rotary Music Festival Society, to approve the revised society bylaws, to open up membership in the society to the public.
  • Monday July 26 - VIRTUAL meeting, the first visit by District Governor Martin Parnell to the club this year.
  • Monday Aug  2 - CIVIC HOLIDAY, no meeting
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events:
  • The next District 5360 Conference is a "single day" event in Cochrane, on Saturday May 14, 2022
Future Programs:
  • The Rotary Club's Program Coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Move for Polio
President Terry Partis spent some time speaking to the club about a significant initiative that is going on within Rotary District 5360.
As everyone knows, the job to "End Polio" is Rotary's # 1 priority, everywhere in the world.  We need to get this done, both because the goal is definitely in sight and so we can go on to do more good work in the world.  Rotary District 5360, with PDG Dan Dorherty and his wife Marlene have come up with a fundraising project that works very well with DG Martin's "more than healthy" lifestyle.
The project is called "Move for Polio", in any way you can.  Set a goal on an individual basis, sponsor another Rotarian or just make a financial donation.  President Terry will be sending out invitations to join "Team Medicine Hat", and have your contribution counted.  Any activity qualifies, walking your dog, swimming, running, biking, working a bingo, Team Freewheel's outside work certainly qualifies.
We hope to celebrate the success of this project, at World Polio Day in October.
Meeting News
  • No guests today.
Club Draw:
  • Club Draws will be restored at our "in person" meetings at the Medicine Hat Lodge, in mid-July.
Minute People:.
  • Gail Halderman advised that the Rotary Rib-Fest is a go, for August 13 - 15.  Planning is underway, volunteers will be needed and there may be a walkup area for eating as well as a drive through.  If you have that weekend available please set aside some time to help out.
  • The Rotary Bingo team was hard at work on Sunday evening, a total of 68 players were in attendance and the "pot" suffered a $68 loss.  Two Rotarians, Dick Bide and Terry Partis shared the guess pot ($4.00 each).
  • The next District Rotary Learning seminar is Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm and is focused on Communication in an online world.  Register for the session at this link 
  • Ken Zoller advised that our next casino will be August 21 and 22, and all the volunteers have stepped forward,  Great work all, thanks.
  • The club received quick updates on International Projects in Sri Lanka from Terry Cooper, and in Kenya from Kitt Brand.
  • Clubrunner has a series of learning webinar's starting this week.  Check this link to see if any could help you navigate our club and website tool. 
  • For those who are interested in learning about our indigenous neighbors, Dan Kammerer sent along a free course, sponsored by BMO which is used in their internal training and provided through the First Nations University of Canada.  The course is free until July 15, and can be accessed through this link. .  As well, a much more comprehensive course, titled "Indigenous Canada" can be accessed through the University of Alberta.  It is also free, and can be found here. . 
  • Dave Panabaker also announced that a blend of "in-person" meetings and "ZOOM" meetings are planned for July and August.  Currently July 12th and July 19th and August 9th and 23nd are booked at the MH Lodge, WATCH for attendance invitations as we work with the MH Lodge to reopen things and have personal meetings.  An email is out, looking for greeters at this meetings.
  • Dave Panabaker also sends along a reminder that the July 19th meeting is very important for the project to move the Rotary Music Festival into the public domain, to introduce the opportunity for public members to join the society and serve on the Board.  We believe this will help secure a successful future for the festival. As the meeting of July 19th a special vote will be held on the new society bylaws.
  • 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: July
  • Jillian Koch             July 19th.
  • Marg Mazerolle       July 24th.
Club Anniversaries:  July.
  • Margie Booyens         5 years       July   5, 2016.
  • Glen Presley               6 years      July 27, 2015.
  • Kitt Brand                   12 years     July 29,  2009.
  • The bingo volunteers from July 4th were noted.
  • Terry Cooper has had surgery on his feet and needs a month off "them".
  • Deb Panabaker is having some treatment in Lethbridge this week, wish her well.
  • Rotarians and friends are invited to a "come and go" celebration of Gerry Nadeau, now that COVID restrictions are relaxed.  The event is being hosted at the Connaught Golf Club on Sunday July 18th, 2021 from 2 pm - 5 pm.  Please RSVP to Liz Nadeau, so they can be prepared for the number coming.  Liz can be contacted at  
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
In-Person Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jul 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business meeting and SPECIAL Music Festival GM
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jul 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: District Governor Martin Parnell
Jul 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo
Top Hat Bingo
Jul 29, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Aug 02, 2021
In-Person Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Aug 09, 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
Rotary bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Aug 14, 2021
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
In-Person meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Aug 23, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business meeting (ZOOM)
Aug 30, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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