Meeting Information
Remarks of the President
This week's meeting was led off by Luisa's presentation, and then PP Mark Sorenson took the podium, to thank the Board for another successful year and to introduce AG Keith Walker, who presided over the annual changeover ceremony.
The meeting also featured a presentation to Dave Stalwick of a successive Paul Harris Fellowship benchmark, with thanks from the Rotary Foundation that pin was presented by PDG Sandy Mackay.
  • Where there's a will, I want to be in it!
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:  
  • Monday July 4 - 2022-23 Budget presentation and setting of annual dues.
  • Monday July 11 (ZOOM) - Presentation from 2022 DISCON
  • Wednesday July 13 - Rotary Bingo (evening) 
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Imagine Rotary events, Calgary area - July 7 and 8 with new RI President Jennifer Jones.
  • Next District Conference: Lethbridge: May 5 and 6, 2023.
 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.
Induction of the 2022-2023 Board
Assistant Governor Keith Walker attended the club meeting today to participate in our annual Executive Changeover.
Past President Mark Sorenson assisted in the ceremony and newly inducted President Melanie Harty made a short speech.
She specifically thanked the Board, for dividing up the work and pitching in as we encountered challenges in this past year and she asked the club to think about three questions.
  1. Why did you join Rotary?
  2. Why do you stay in this club and in Rotary?
  3. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change?
She asked members to think about their answers to those questions, as we go forward in this year.
As well as President Melanie Harty for 2022-2023, AG Keith inducted the new Board which included President-elect Bruce Shepard.
Returning to serve the club for another year on the Executive are Past President Mark Sorenson, Treasurer Gail Halderman and Secretary Doug Fleming.
The Directors for 2022-2023 are Peter Mueller, Mike Christie, Edward Lipin, Terry Cooper, Milan Vujovic and Dave Panabaker
Presentation on the effects of armed conflict
Our guest, Luisa Fernanda Manosalva Alzate from Bogota Columbia spoke about the victims of armed conflict and her work directing the Columbian agency's that will need to assist them.
Luisa has a master degree in Psychosocial Intervention, and helps manage  social programs in Columbia, dealing with the victims of armed conflict.  Columbia is now a peaceful country with Caribbean Sea coastline in South America. It has a population of over 51 million people, but over 14% live on less than the basic essentials and 4% are "in misery".  As well, over 9.2 million people in this country have suffered as the result of years of armed conflict and much of her work is centered on helping teach the institutions in her country how to cope with this group.
She works with Rotary International and the Institute for Peach and Economics to strengthen and support her people.
She was thanked for her talk by President Melanie and given a club banner to take back to the Rotary Club of Bogota.
Meeting News
  • Two guests today, Luisa Feranda Manosalva Alzate from Bogota, Colombia, and AG Keith Walker from Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary.
Club Draw:
  • Mike Christie was the lucky winner of a baseball signed by the Medicine Hat Maverick's.
  • None were mentioned.
  • Jillian Koch           July 19.
  • Emilia Dirk            July 22.
  • Marg Mazerolle    July 24.
Rotary Anniversaries: .
  • Sandy Mackay                 45 years          July  1, 1977.
  • Dave Maclean                  45 years          July  1, 1977.
  • Jim White                          43 years         July  1, 1979.
  • Margie Booyens                  6 years         July  4, 2016.
  • Glen Presley                       7 years         July 27, 2015.
  • Kitt Brand                          13 years         July 29, 2009.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for July:
  • Bruce Shepard.
Minute People:
  • Thank you to everyone who enjoyed the MH Maverick's baseball game on Thursday evening.
  • “Golf after Rotary” this afternoon at Connaught Golf Club, at 1:52.
  • Team Freewheel considered coordinating their efforts with groups with the same purpose but have decided to keep the group as is.  Terry indicated that working with Saamis Immigration Services in supplying refurbished biked for the new Ukranian immigrants and also for the refugees from Cambodia, will keep them busy. They could use more volunteers and they always need donations of good quality used bikes.
  • Gregg thanked those Rotarians who "remembered" to show up for bingo on Sunday evening.  It was a very busy night, and the club added $2,800 to the pool profit.  Gwen Dirk won the guess pot.
Upcoming Social Events:
  • Monday July 25th, Celebration in Rotary Park, bring your own lunch.
Family of Rotary:
  • Adolf Seiler reported that Bernie Scott was still waiting to have his operation.
  • The club passes along our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Dick Bide, after his recent illness.
  • Please keep Adolf informed about members so that information can be passed on to all in the Weekly News.
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
Annual Budget meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jul 04, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Viewing a 2022 Discon presentation (ZOOM)
Jul 11, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - evening
Top Hat Bingo
Jul 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
MH Interact club with Sue
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jul 18, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Stampede Warm Up Rotary Park (BYO lunch)
Rotary Park
Jul 25, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
STAT HOLIDAY: No meeting
Aug 01, 2022
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingos
Aug 07, 2022
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
BBB Presentation (ZOOM)
Aug 08, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Aug 15, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
District Governor's Visit
Medicine Hat Lodge
Aug 22, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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