Meeting Information
President's Message:
President Melanie Harty led the meeting today, and as it was a business meeting, a number of the Executive and Directors spoke about issues for our club and upcoming Rotary events.  She mentioned that the Board had been working hard on a few issues, which we will touch on today.  She also thanked everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support over the past few weeks.
President-elect Bruce Shepard reviewed the plans for the new Club Strategic Plan.  Please get any comments on the document back to him as soon as possible, he'd like most of the feedback this week, so he can organize some answers and begin the goal setting portion of the process.
Club Treasurer Gail Halderman and Director Dave Panabaker spoke about our meeting venue, the issue of meal costs going up and some complaints that had been received about food quality verse cost.  Everyone was invited to present feedback and to ask questions.  In general, there was agreement to try a few things, if they don't work we can always backtrack and try something different.  It was accepted that our location at the MH Lodge has value and we want to try some alternative lunch arrangements before considering a move.
There was also a recognition that perhaps we don't have to meet every week, and that planning at least one ZOOM meeting a month, as well as perhaps some outside the MH Lodge social/service event might help lower our overall cost.
Much more to come on this issue for sure.
Club Service Director Mike Christie advised that our Canada Day activity, cutting the cake for the celebration may be restored by the group at the Stampede Grounds who are organizing the July 1st event.  More information is coming in the next few weeks.  As well, we will be trying to work on the Spring Highway cleanup, concentrating on our roadway in NWCH and the Rotary Centennial Trail along South Boundary Road SW.  Those dates should be firmed up in the next few weeks.
Youth Service Director Peter Mueller spoke about his upcoming meeting with the MH High School Interact students, and the upcoming round of summer leadership and training opportunities.  He mentioned that our annual visit to the Interact students is in the works and hopefully a date will be available soon.
Rotary Club "What-z New":
  • A few more meeting helpers are required to run cameras and sound during our hybrid meetings.  We are all learning to adapt to this new reality.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Mike Christie 403 878 3311
Rotary Club Membership Update:
  • Would you like to join the membership team? Check out a meeting of this team and see how exciting it is!  The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Contact Mike Christie to join in.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Housekeeping:
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please phone or email the President and it will be included in the next Newsletter.
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Club Program, Activities and Meetings:
  • Rotary Music Festival - March 5th - March 19th.
  • Monday March 13th      - Special "Business of Rotary" meeting, MH Lodge (Induction, Executive and a cheque presentation to Sanare Centre)
  • Wednesday March 15th - Rotary Evening Bingo
  • Monday March 20th      - Presentation by Lyndon with CMHA, MH
  • Monday March 27th      - Meeting at REDI Enterprises.
  • May 8th and 9th, 2023  - Next Rotary Club Casino
  • Friday June 16th, 2023  - Rotary at the Ballpark, Athletic Park
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Rotary District Learning Webinar: Wednesday March 21st, from 7-8pm, on the District's New Generations Service Exchange program for 18-30 year young adults. Register on District 5360 website, at the link
  • SPECIAL " DEEP DIVE" into the NEW DISTRICT GRANTWEBSITE, Learning Webinar: Tuesday March 7th, from 7-8 pm.  Register on District 5360 website, at the link
  • Secret Marathon - website and registration are available for March 8th, 2023 - International Woman's Day, .  AG Keith Walker has invited all members of our club to walk the Sunrise Rotary trail at the Medicine Hat College that evening.  Park in the Cultural Center parking lot and the walk will start about 5:00 pm.  All are welcome!!
  • Rotary Board leadership training is happening on March 1st and March 11th.  Registration is available on the District website.
  • Next District Conference: Lethbridge: May 5/6, 2023.  Registration is now open.  The conference website is located at Margie mentioned that some ride sharing and car pooling might let more folks attend.
 Ideas for Future Programs
  • The Rotary Club's Program Committee members are Jillian Koch (, Dave Panabaker ( and Margie Booyens (
  • If you have ideas for future programs, please contact them.
Club 1000 Raffle
Every year, the Rotary Club holds a cash raffle in support of the Rotary Music Festival.  Tickets for the 2023 Raffle are now available from Rotarians and online.  This raffle is the Rotary Clubs primary support mechanism for the Music Festival, which is in its 67th year.  Please consider purchasing a ticket (or two!!) to help us keep the Festival growing.
The website for online ticket purchases can be found at or by scanning the QR code below.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!!
Dave Panabaker provided the updated that the raffle draw was Sunday March 19th at the Stars of the Festival and that the raffle team has received about 1/3 of the tickets back sold.  Plenty of time to get out and sell more, Doug Fleming, Glen Presley and Dave have extra tickets if anyone needs them.  Also tickets will be available at the information desk at the Cultural Center through the Music Festival.
Meeting News
  • Member-elect, Alain Guerard
  • Kurt Shepard (guest of father, Bruce Shepard) and our sound technician!!
The meeting was attended by a total of 19 in person and 4 on ZOOM.
Club Draw:
  • AGAIN, the winner was "lucky" Joe Hrankowski.
  • None mentioned
  • Dan Kammerer      Mar 04
  • Dave Panabaker    Mar 07
  • Terry Cooper          Mar 25
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Stan Sakamoto         39 years  Mar 01, 1984.
  • Jack Snedden           34 years  Mar 01 1989.
  • Mike Christie             21 years  Mar 04, 2002.
  • Dave Stalwick           21 years  Mar 04, 2002.
  • John John                 20 years  Mar 10, 2003.
  • Bruce Shepard           9 years  Mar 10, 2014.
  • Dawn Barr                19 years  Mar 29, 2004.
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for February 2023:
  • Terry Brekko.
Reminders about important Minutes:
CLUB 1000 RAFFLE TICKETS: Dave Panabaker remined everyone that there is one week left to sell tickets on our principle fundraiser for the Rotary Music Festival.  Tickets will be available at the Music Festival information desk at the Cultural Center, up until the Rosebowl Competition.
Team Freewheel Bike project: The Bike Project encourages everyone to visit the project at 551 Spencer Street (Knowles Electric building). Thursday mornings are a good time to swing by for a cup of coffee and a chat with the team working on the bikes. Active involvement in the project would be warmly welcomed! 
Sign Up for Door Monitors and Information Desks at Music FestivalThere are still a few spots available, Rotary Music Festival ED Delynne Lorentzen has created a sharable Google spreadsheet to sign up volunteers for the Door Monitor and Information Desk positions during the Music Festival.  The Festival runs from March 5 - 19 this year.  Please use this link to access the spreadsheet 
Tri-Club Social: The Medicine Hat Saamis Rotary Club has organized a social meeting of all three clubs, on Thursday evening March 16th.  They will need a headcount, so invitations have gone out this week.  Come and enjoy some fellowship with other local Rotarians, they will have a presentation, a cash bar and finger food buffet.  Cost is $20.00/person.
Dinner Club start-up:  Dick Bide advised that it is now time for those who signed up for the Rotary Dinner Club to advise when they wish to host a dinner.  Please pick a date and get in touch with Dick.
Rotary Bingos: Dave Panabaker advised that the bingo on February 27th was quite a success.  There were 99 players in the hall, and the event profit was $1,297.75.  The guess pot winners were Gregg Martin and Marg Mazerolle, who both decided to donate the winnings to the club as Happy Dollars.  The next bingo is Wednesday evening, March 15th, and 3 more floor workers are needed.  Invitations have gone out.
Clubrunner "Changeover" Training Series: Dave Panabaker advised that Clubrunner, our Club Operations Software is providing a broad series of training webinars, to coincide with the changeover of club executives.  Sessions on every aspect of Clubrunner are available, from District Executive, Membership, Club Executives and Website operations.  Register online at
Meeting Room Setup
John John needs assistance setting up the meeting room on a go forward basis. The time commitment is about an hour before the meeting, starting at 11:00 am and about a half hour after the meeting, usually ending around 1:30 pm.  If you are willing to help, please contact John or Dave Panabaker.
Family of Rotary:
  • Nothing was mentioned at this meeting.
Please keep Adolf Seiler informed about members health changes so that information can be provided to the club through the Weekly News.
Club Information
Medicine Hat
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Medicine Hat Lodge
1051 Ross Glen Dr SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has returned to meeting in person, face-to-face meetings as of Monday March 21. A ZOOM link will still be available for those who are cautious, ill or are away on vacation.
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - New Executive Intro
Medicine Hat lodge
Mar 13, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Mar 15, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tri Club Social
Best Western meeting room
Mar 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Meeting - Presentation on CARE
Medicine Hat Lodge
Mar 20, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Meeting at REDI Enterprises
REDI Enterprises
Mar 27, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Business Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 03, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 03, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
NO MEETING - Happy Easter
Apr 10, 2023
Club Meeting - Sue Withers presentation
Medicine Hat Lodge
Apr 17, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Apr 23, 2023
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
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