Meeting Information
President Meeting Remarks:
President Mark Sorenson welcomed everyone to our business meeting today, and although he did say he thought it would be a quick meeting, we had lots to talk about and the meeting went on until almost 1:00 pm.
There were 33 Rotarians joining us at the meeting today, which is great attendance.
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
  • The next meeting is Monday, May 3rd - Martha Munz is our guest speaker.
  • 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 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
Business Meeting Notes
There were several pieces of business done at the meeting today, starting with President Mark's comments on the planned tree planting in Rotary Centennial Park in Dunmore.  Because of COVID rules, the size of the work party's must be limited, so a block of time on Friday April 30th has been reserved, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Mike Christie will be sending out sign up sheets for everyone who can attend.
Community Service Director Melanie Harty explained the process, and provided some feedback on how the project had progressed.
As everyone will remember, during our Centennial year of 2018, the RI President Ian Riseley challenged every club to plant a tree for every member.  Our club believed we could do better than that, and because of the 100 year anniversary funded the planting of 100 trees in this new park in Dunmore.  The park is on the east side of Eagle Butte Road, north of Eagle Butte High School.  Hopefully it will become a valued part of the community in Dunmore and a lasting memorial to our Centennial.
Melanie also spoke about the work that the Community Service Committee has been doing, particularly on a large, meaningful project within Medicine Hat.  The group had been introduced to an organization named "SANARE"(formerly SARC), which is the Latin word for "healing", and the organization is a service provider to promote healing within sexual assault victims.  Their executive Director, Chris Johnson made a presentation to the Board of Directors on Tuesday evening, and because their work is focused on children, the subject matter was most distressing.  They are currently leasing a new facility to deal with almost 200 children annually who experience this trauma, and the opportunity for Rotary is to work on a welcoming lobby area, to make children feel at ease.
Although the project is not fully fleshed out, the Club was asked to approve the application for a District Grant to provide partial funding of this project.  A final approval will be brought before the club once everything is planned, but the District Grant must be applied for by Friday, or we miss our window for this year.  The club members present approved with a show of hands, proceeding with the application and were interested in hearing the presentation once the work is fully identified.
CS Director Melanie also spoke about the "Do Crew", the name for our project team from the club who will be going out to various locations and performing community service.  The group will be tasked with various projects, as COVID restrictions ease and those kind of work projects are possible again.
International Service Director, Terry Cooper provided a number of updates on our work overseas.
  • Our "Make 'em Smile" Denture project in Sri Lanka will be finished next month, and a total of 390 dentures will be fitted.  It is "on schedule and on budget", and a report will be coming to the club in due course.
  • Our participation in the "3D Limb Printing" project is moving along, there are five Calgary clubs and at least one in Ontario are of this team.  They are waiting to confirm the financing, after changes to the Global Grant program with Rotary International.  This work is also going on in Sri Lanka.
  • The "Tenderfoot School Kitchen" project, in Nairobi, Kenya which our club participated in this year is also moving along, Kitt Brand has received photos of the construction work beginning and the work is proceeding.
  • The International Committee is currently studying a large, multi club project in El Salvador designed to provide clean water and sanitary facilities to 500 Public Schools.
Terry is also the lead on "Team Freewheel" and he provided an update on recent donations of refurbished bikes, 8 to the Catholic School Division and 6 which are going to International Students at the MH College.  The group also was introduced to an organization named "Bike - Medicine Hat" who may provide other contacts, or perhaps so help at repairing bikes. The work has been enlightening and we are being more selective about the bikes that are being picked up from the MH Police compound.
Meeting News
  • None today.
Club Draw:
  • No draws this week.
Minute People:
  • Anne Carrier mentioned that Dr. Bill Taylor, who has been a long time supporter of the Rotary Music Festival, is looking for four "missing" Stars of the Festival programs.  He is missing the programs for 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997.  If anyone has spare copies that they would be prepared to part with he'd love to have them.  If you can help, please contact Anne Carrier, or Stan Sakamoto.
  • Anne and Dave Panabaker advised the club that McCoy High School is having 40 former and current students (including many Music Festival alumni) perform a virtual concert starting on April 30.  The concert is designed as fundraiser for a proposed 280 seat theatre which the school would like to build.  If you are interested in viewing the performances, they will be placed here on April 30, starting at 7 pm 
  • Mike Christie will be sending out a sign up sheet for Rotarians, who want to take part in the tree planting at Rotary Centennial Park, in Dunmore on Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm.
  • A small team of Dawn Barr, Anne Carrier and Adolf Seiler have volunteered to take on the "anniversary" rose project.  Thanks to them for reviving this much appreciated recognition and Rotary fellowship.
  • President Mark mentioned that Bruce Shepard has obtained another level in Paul Harris fellow giving, so congratulations to him.  Sandy Mackay and Doug Fleming spoke about the reason for the Rotary Foundation, how the funds come back to us in the form of Global and District grants and how every new Rotarian is awarded a PHF after they join the club, so our club is recognized in the District as a 100% PHF club.
  • Doug Fleming also announced that the Board has approved a recommendation from the membership committee, to recognize our Music Festival Director, Delynne Laurentzen an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship for her incredible work on the 2021 virtual Festival.
  • Gail Halderman announced that 2021 Rotary Ribfest has a date, the weekend of Aug 13 - 15.  Everything is not confirmed with the "ribbers" at this point, but we are proceeding to plan as so we can secure sponsors and organize advertising.
  • Our friends at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club are having another e-bike raffle this spring.  Please support their efforts in Rotary by getting a ticket or two.
  • 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 and May
  • Shalla Shaharyar    April 28.
  • Anne Carrier            May  5.
  • Ray Kemp               May 16.
  • Doug Fleming         May 19.
  • Ian McLaughlin       May 20.
  • Ted Cowtan             May 25.
  • Dawn Barr               May 31.
Club Anniversaries:  April.
  • Ian McLaughlin         29 years         May 1, 1992.
  • Dick Northcott           21 years         May 1, 2000.
  • Sue Withers                3 years         May 14, 2018.
  • Dan Kammerer          17 years        May 19, 2004.
  • None recorded.
  • Adolf noted that there was no report on anyone for today's meeting.
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
Business Meeting
Apr 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Martha Munz Gue (Adopt a Pond)
May 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation: Police Chief Worden
May 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ZOOM Meeting
May 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
NO MEETING - Victoria Day Holiday
May 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Interact Presentation (Evening meeting - Time TBD)
May 31, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting (changed from May 31st)
Jun 07, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Jun 12, 2021
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Lisa Kowalchuk - Chamber of Commerce
Jun 14, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Zoom Meeting
Jun 21, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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