President's Information
President's Remarks:
President Chris Perret was back at the podium of the meeting this morning, and thanked all those who attended the Strategic Plan update session on Saturday, or filled out the recent questionaires.  The session brought many interesting points to the forefront and there will be some changes to the meeting structure to accomplish the goals of the Strategic Plan.  A review of some of the changes will be held over the next few business meetings and will stretch into PE Margie Booyens year.
A new member has been proposed for membership, and a separate email with the particulars has been sent out to members of the Rotary Club.  Please watch your emails and if you have any questions or concerns, see President Chris Perret or Director of Membership Margie Booyens.  Thanks
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • On Thursday April 11, the Membership committee meets at the Cypress club at 5:00 pm.
    • On Monday April 15, the club will have a business meeting with some new member inductions, several spending motions and other updates.
    • On  Wednesday April 17, the Rotary Board meeting will take place at the Cypress Club, starting at 7:30 pm.  All members are invited to attend.
    • On Monday April 22, there will be NO MEETING as it is Easter Monday.
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Chris a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • The Rotary District 5360 Board meeting on April  26, will be held in Medicine Hat, at the Entre Corp Boardroom.
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB. DG Dan is proposing a different and exciting district conference, so members are encouraged to register.  So far it looks like 5 members are planning to attend.
  • Rotary International Conference in Hamburg Germany in June 2019
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at
TED talk, by Mayor Ted Clugston
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat welcomed honorary member, Mayor Ted Clugston to the meeting today and enjoyed a quick review of the State of the City.  Mayor Ted is in his second term as Mayor and has now been on City Council for over 10 years.  He started by introducing the current council, and by talking about making Medicine Hat a municipal environment where people want to "Live/Work/Play".  Mayor Ted spoke about the transition from huge capital projects, such as the river flood berms and the Canalta Center to seeing those projects augmented with Private Developments that complement that work.
Ted spoke about the development of large scale commercial in the City's SE quadrant and the massive new industries such as HUT8, Aurora and Folium.  He also spoke about the "patient" money being invested by the private sector, who see it as a good time to build for a future which is much brighter.
He talked about the Financially Fit program, which adjusted City revenues for the loss of the large Energy Dividend, and touched on a number of other timely issues.
He was asked about Supervised Consumption site, about Utility Bill charges and for an update on the Energy Division exploration program.  Certainly it could have gone on a long time, but Ted had to run to take part in the announcement on a Ronald MacDonald house adjacent to the hospital (a blessing for families dealing with illness).  He was thanked by President Chris for a great talk.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • A great group of Rotarians were joined by the following guests today.
    • Lisa DesRoches, a club member awaiting induction.
    • Mayor Ted Clugston, an honorary member of the club and our guest speaker today.
    • Tim Lerner, an employee of Plainsman Clay and a guest of Dave Stalwick.
    • Shalla Shaharyar, an employee of the Medicine Hat College who manages the ESLP and a guest of Margie Booyens.
  • Bernie Scott          April 9th.
  • Dick Bide              April 11, 1971    48 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Ray Kemp who was in attendance and won a free meal. 
  • The club draw was won by Terry Cooper who took home a Bud Lite Bag.
Club 500:
  • $500 was won by Allen Jensen, on a ticket sold by Adolf Seiler.
Make Ups:
  • None announced, although Doug Fleming did note all those who attended the Strategic Plan update on Saturday.
Family of Rotary:
  • No announcements. 
Minute People: 
  • Dave Panabaker thanked the bingo volunteers for their great work on Thursday evening.  The club made a profit of $651 on the evening bingo and Adolf Seiler won the guess pot.
  • Just a reminder on behalf of Director of International Service, Teresa Schile reminded Rotarians of an upcoming financial vote, set for our business meeting on April 15th.  There are two motions, the first as a sponsor for the Hues for Humanity Run and the second as a donation to a project from the recent Sri Lankan Rotarians, regarding hearing aids.
  • President Chris Perret reminded Rotarians about the upcoming club Board meeting on Wednesday April 17, starting at 7:30 pm.  All club members are welcome.
  • President Chris also reminded Rotarians that EarthDay is Saturday April 20, and our section of the highway adjacent to the Cultural Center will be cleaned up from 9 am - 11 am.
  • President-elect Margie Booyens reminded those in the Membership Committee that the next meeting is Thursday April 11 at 5 pm at the Cypress Club.
  • Margie was also looking for opportunities for a  German student interested in law, as part of the New Generations Service Exchange.  The student is looking for placement over about a six week period and would like to be exposed to a variety of legal specialty's.
  • POST MEETING NOTE: Theresa Eisenbarth passed on a note that the MH High School Interact club is doing a bake sale at the hospital on Thursday April 18 to support their renovation project of  Room 50 on the pediatric ward.  There are several ways to support the Interact students in the fundraising, please see Theresa's email.
  • SECOND POST MEETING NOTE:  Theresa also noted that the students are supporting Saamis Immigration with a Hygiene Needs campaign.  Please take the noted items to the MH High School by Friday April 12, the material will be passed on by Sue Withers to Saamis next week.
    Upcoming Events
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Apr 15, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Highway Clean-up (Earth Day)
    Cultural Centre
    Apr 20, 2019
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Stat Holiday: NO MEETING
    Apr 22, 2019
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 28, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Evening Meeting - Celebration of Rose Bowl Winner
    Crowfoot Room, Medicine Hat College
    Apr 29, 2019
    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    May 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Meeting with MHHS Interact Club
    Medicine Hat High School Cafeteria
    May 27, 2019
    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 03, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 26, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President