President's Message
President's Remarks:
President Karen welcomed everyone to this business meeting for May, which will focus on updates for our Centennial Celebration next Friday and all the activities of Rotary Week .  President Karen also spoke about next week's meeting, which will be a social/friendship meeting to help with any last minute plans for the Celebration.  Also she reminded everyone that there is NO club meeting on Monday June 11th, directly after the celebration.
Karen also invited all members to the Rotary Flag raising at City Hall, Monday morning, June 4 at 11 am....a great start for Rotary week.
President Karen also let everyone know that ticket sales for the Centennial event have not gone as well as we hoped, and a number are still available to be bought today and "online" until the end of the week.  We need to provide the MH Lodge with expected numbers by Friday.  Please pick up some last minute tickets this week for friends and family.
Rotary Fun Fact:
Today's fun fact relates to the link between our Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Havre Montana.  Beginning in 1926, shortly after the creation of our club, those two clubs exchanged friendship visits yearly until 1940.  Together they lobbied both Federal governments for improvements in the road connection and the border crossing.
Membership Update:
No new membership applications at this time.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring auction items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send Pres Karen a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
  • Centennial Celebration:  Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Lodge.
Rotary Presentations:
  • None this week.
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • PETS, SETS and TETS training - June 2, 2018:  In Medicine Hat, Part 3 of the PETS training will take place.
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto:  This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned Rotarians to become immersed in the world of Rotary. The Club has agreed to provide an incentive of $500 for new members and $200 for existing members to attend the RI Conference.
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
Centennial promotion and Events
President-elect Chris Perret spoke about the activities of Rotary Week and some of the other upcoming Rotary events.
- The Rotary "tent", which was set up at the back of the hall will be used at our Canada Day cake cutting, to showcase Rotary.
- In addition, new table covers, a podium cover and a collapsible background have been purchased, to upgrade the Rotary brand at our meetings and our events.
- Chris also indicated that he will be working after the Centennial Celebration to re-open the online store for Rotary branded clothing, in case anyone didn't get an order placed.
- New flags have been ordered for the Rotary week flag flying at City Hall.
- Chris also spoke about the Rotary Float for the Stampede Parade this year.  Because of the Centennial he would like it to be special, and anyone interested in helping out should contact him.  He is trying to recruit volunteers from all three clubs, to make it a collaborative effort.
- He would also like to see Rotarians out doing "random acts of kindness or service" during Rotary week.
Club Meeting News
Introduction of Guests
  • Krista Lawson, a member-in-waiting, induction soon.
  • Tracy Warwick, a guest of President Karen today.
  • Dawn Barr           May 31st.
Club Anniversaries:
  • none this week.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was # 36, and Uwe Krickhahn was present to win a free meal.
  • Raffle draw was won by Joe Hrankowski, who had it "redrawn" because he donated it, and the water bottle and flashlights were then won by Teresa Schile. 
Club 500:
  • The $1,500 draw was won by Merv Boychuk on a ticket sold by Don Davis.
  • The $ 500 draw for May was won by Rick Bach, on a ticket sold by spouse Heather.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • No updates today.
Minute People:
  • Dave Stalwick is chairing the next Rotary bingo, on Saturday evening June 2 and needed a couple of extra workers.
  • Teresa Schile, as Director of International Service, announced that the Rotary Board had approved the expenditure of $2,500 to sponsor a station in the "Hues for Humanity" color run on Saturday June 9, in Echodale Park.  The event is a fundraiser for Rotarian Dick Northcott's "Canadian Humanitarian" charity which does great work in Ethiopia and Kenya.  A number of Rotarians and our new "tent" will be on site to throw colored cornstarch, as part of this fund event.
  • Dick Bide advised that he is willing to run the dinner club for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, but will need a deputy to help him through a number of vacation absences.  If anyone is interested in helping this well loved club event continue, please contact Dick.
  • Shann Snedden spoke about the special "silent auction" items that were available for bid at the back of the room, including a beautiful hand made fountain.  All funds raised go to the Medicine Hat High School Interact club, to help them with their new project of decorating a room on the pediatric wing of the new hospital.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded Rotarians that the order for our Centennial photo will go in shortly and if you want a copy printed on "gatorboard" they are $20.  Please see Dave, the last chance to get in on this will be the meeting of June 4th.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 02, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Medicine Hat Centennial Celebration
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jun 08, 2018
    6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    No Meeting in lieu
    Jun 11, 2018
    Rotary Bingo - evening
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jun 17, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Business Meeting/Executive Change Over
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Jun 18, 2018
    Rotary at the Mavericks game
    Athletic Park
    Jul 06, 2018
    6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President