President's Message
President's Remarks:
President elect Chris Perret is filling in for Karen Blewett as she is on vacation. He welcomed everyone to the last club meeting of 2017.
Rotary Fun Fact:
Sorry, no fun fact today, but President Karen will be back in January to continue this Centennial year tradition.
Membership Update:
There are four new member proposals this week.  This is the first (of two) Newsletters that they must appear in before they are considered approved.  Please direct any comments or questions to Bruce Shepard, Membership Director or President Karen Blewett.
  • Peiter Allen, Supervisor, Swaglok Valve and Fitting, proposed by Chris Perret.
  • Krista Lawson, Classic Valuations, proposed by Chris Perret
  • Matthew May, Partner - MNP LLP, proposed by Chris Perret
  • Whitney Ogle, Indigenous Specialist - Medicine Hat College, proposed by Sandy Mackay.
Rotary Information:
  • On Jan 8th Jace Anderson will make a presentation about the preliminary findings of the Rotary Impact assessment.
  • Next board meeting is on Jan 23rd and anyone is welcome to attend.
Rotary Presentations:
  • President-elect Chris reminded the members present that a notice of motion, related to both a budget amendemnd and the purchase of a new sound system for our meetings is currently before the club.  The intention is to vote on the motion either at the Jan 8 or Jan 15 meetings. The notice of motion is to increase the budget for a new sound system  of $2,500.00 to $4,364.00 and purchase the new system. The motion was seconded by Terry C and Denise H.
Upcoming Club Events:
  • 2018 District Conference will be May 4 - 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary.
  • DATE FOR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION:  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge
  • RI Convention - Toronto, June 23 - 27, 2018. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Future Programs:
Christmas visit to Cypress View Foundation
A number of Rotarians missed our last meeting of 2017 for the very best reason, they were out "doing good in the world".  Specifically they were delivering the Christmas stockings that the club members prepared two weeks ago, to the residents of the Cypress View Foundation (Teeoda Lodge).
Almost 200 stockings were delivered at noon on Monday, and it looks like it was a wonderful time.  Thanks to Heather Bach, Adolf Seiler, Joan Sauve and Terry Cooper for spending their lunch hour spreading some Christmas cheer.
Santa Claus Fund presentation
The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Ms Theresa Hardiker, President of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund Board of Directors as our guest speaker today.
Theresa described this year as their most needy year to date.  This is the 31st year of the Santa Claus fund, and their client families increased by almost 25% this year, to a total of 498 families assisted by this organization alone.  Theresa estimated that between the Salvation Army, the Phoenix Safe House, and their fund, almost 100 families received assistance in the community this year.
Theresa reviewed the assessment and qualification process, and spoke about the attempts to avoid duplication in the process.  The Santa Claus fund provided over $46,000 in food vouchers  and the families could shop in the warehouse, to tailor the  gifts to the age, sex and interest of the children.  Most of the local grocery stores honor the vouchers.
Theresa also shared a testimonial from one of their clients, which reinforced the need and appreciation of the service.  She also spoke in general terms to the future, with the new THRIVE program and how these individual funds will work in the future.
Great work by Theresa and her volunteers and as a group we are grateful for their efforts.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Theresa Hardiker, MH News Santa Claus fund, a guest of Dave Stalwick.
  • Bill Cooper, a member of Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary who was visiting.
  • Ken Zollner          December 18
  • John John            December 19
  • Linda Rossler       December 23
  • Brian Rothwell      December 26
  • Kitt Brand              December 28
  • Sieg Kappler         January 1
Club Anniversaries:
  • Chris Perret            December 22, 2008       9 years
Weekly Draws:  
  • Sarah Bowman was the winner of the weekly draw. Sarah took home a pair of coffee mugs.
  • Mike Christie was NOT in attendance and therefore did NOT win a free lunch.
Club 500:
  • $500.00 draw won by NIck Diamont sold by Glen Presley.
Make Ups:
  • None announced.
Family of Rotary:
  • No report today.
Minute People:
  • Chris Perret reminded everyone to please work hard and sell the remaining Club 500 tickets.  The new draw starts early in the New Year.  Not including the tickets turned in at the meeting approx 65% of the tickets are sold and handed in.
  • Bill Cooper introduce all of us to the Sunrise Rotary Club's latest fundraiser, a simple but effective solar light.  A great stocking stuffer this Christmas.
  • Dick Bide reminded all the members of the club about their perpetual invitation to the Bides annual Boxing Day "come and go".  Please stop by between 2pm and 5pm and enjoy this holiday tradition.
  • Terry Brekko announced that the Music Festival  advertising packages are now available, he went through several of this years changes (particularly necessary due to the change in printer) and encouraged Rotarians to get out and sell their patron and sponsorship ads early.  Ideally he would like the packages returned by the end of January.
  • Bruce Shepard announced that the membership committee has circulated in this edition of the Newsletter four possible candidates for membership.  Please note them in the Bulletin.
    Upcoming Events
    ** No Meeting - Christmas
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Dec 25, 2017
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    ** No Meeting - New Years Day
    Jan 01, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jan 15, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jan 29, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 03, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Bingo - afternoon
    Top Hat Bingo
    Feb 18, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 14, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President
    Russell Hampton
    National Awards Services Inc.