President's Information
President's Remarks:
This week, Director of Ways and Means Glen Presley, took the podium and the microphone.  Although President Chris was in attendance, it was another opportunity for a Director to get the experience of running the meeting.  Acting President Glen did a moment of silence for the victims of the recent air tragedy in Ethiopia, more poignant for all of us as President Chris and Rotarian Dick Northcott had just returned from that country.
Glen welcomed everyone on this particular Monday, which is the middle of the annual Music Festival.  Many Rotarians who were not in attendance were busy at the Festival.
Glen reminded everyone that March was Rotary "Water & Sanitation" month, a focus of Rotary in helping eliminate disease in area's without proper delivery of either.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • Next week is the "hangover" meeting from the end of Music Festival.
    • Glen reminded everyone of the Club Strategic Planning update, on Saturday April 6 from 9 am to 2 pm, location TBD.
  • 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:
  • 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
Club Strategic Planning:
Just as a reminder, a short Strategic Planning Questionnaire has been emailed out to members, asking for feedback on strategic priorities and fundraising.  The results of this survey will be part of the strategic planning session in the New Year. The date for that session is April 6, the first Saturday in April.
Please complete the Strategic Planning Questionnaire and either bring it to the next meeting or email it back to Chris.  This is an opportunity for all members to express their opinion and to have their voices heard.
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
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • There were two guests at the meeting today
    • Dan Kammerer, a transfer to our club from MH Sunrise
    • Lisa DesRoches, a potential club member.
  • Inductions are planned for the business meeting on March 25th.
  • Shann Snedden       March 17.
  • None this week. 
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was  Ted Clugston who was NOT in attendance to win a free meal. 
  • The club draw was won by Dick Northcott who took home a pair of Tiger ticket vouchers, donated by Glen Presley.
Club 500:
  • The $500 draw was won today by Murray Trollope on a ticket sold by Dave Panabaker.
Make Ups:
  • President Chris Perret and Dick Northcott had three makeups in Ethiopia and Malawi.  Both Chris and Dick spoke in glowing terms of the advances Rotary has made in Ethiopia in the past few years, particularly the number and vibrancy of the Rotaract Clubs.  For example in Ethiopia there are 14 Rotary Clubs and 18 Rotaract Clubs, and the Rotaract groups are growing quickly.  Hopefully there will be an opportunity to share a possible project with one of these groups in the future.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club wishes Lyndell Brekko the best, as she recovers from her recent surgery.
  • The club was updated on the condition of Herman Wahl, who is currently in Medicine Hat hospital awaiting transfer to Calgary to deal with a recent heart problem.
  • The club also sends best wishes to Terry Partis, who was in the Medicine Hat Hospital awaiting tests in Calgary.  Perhaps he and Herman got to share a room? 
Minute People: 
  • Just a reminder, International Director Teresa Schile's "Notices of Motion" will be voted on next week.
  • Dave Panabaker was looking for Rotarians interested in a Saturday visit to Swift Current to attend their annual "Lobsterfest"  Actually either steak or lobster is available, and it is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Swift Current.  If anyone is interested in paying a friendship visit and taking part in the fun please contact Dave prior to Wed March 27.
  • Dave also mentioned that nominations for the 2019 Community Spirit Awards are now open, several of the Rotarians in our club (most recently Stan Sakamoto in 2017) have been honored for their community spirit.  If anyone knows someone who should be nominated, or would like to help with the nomination group, please contact President-elect Margie Booyens or Dave Panabaker.  For more information, consult the City of Medicine Hat website and search for "2019 Community Spirit Awards".
  • A reminder that the MH Sunrise - Adaptive Sport & Rec  Wheelchair Basketball tournament is Saturday March 23.  It is a great event, please take it in if you have a chance.
  • President-elect Margie Booyens invited anyone in the club who has a passion for membership to join their group, on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 5 pm - 6pm at the Cypress Club.
  • Dave Stalwick gave the members in attendance a heads-up that we have two upcoming bingos, one on Sunday afternoon, March 31 and one on Thursday April 4.  They are so close together because of trades to avoid conflicts with the music festival.  Registration emails will go out late this week.
  • POST MEETING MINUTE.  Kitt Brand sent along the attached invitation to everyone in the club to attend this local Change of Command, on Monday April 8.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Mar 31, 2019
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 04, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Strategic Planning update
    Apr 06, 2019
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Apr 28, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    May 18, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President