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President's Information
President's Remarks:
 
President Chris Perret opened the meeting at 12:15.
 
He thanked all the Rotarians who helped out with the Christmas Stocking event, approximately 150 stockings we distributed last Tuesday at the Masterpiece Center in Southlands and at the Carmel Hospice.
 
President Chris also updated the club on our Rotary Centennial Trail project. The process is proceeding with good cooperation from the Land owners ,governments and potential contractors. Total cost for the project is now estimated at $400,000.00. The Request for Quotations to several local contractors have been opened and hopefully they will be in a position to start the layout and grading this year.  It is still intended to be a paved trail in the spring of 2019.
 
A short 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 mid-January.  A date for that session will be announced shortly.
 
Please complete the 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, so don't waste the chance.
 
Membership Update:
  • No additional update at this time.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • December 17 - Regular club meeting and the last meeting for this calendar year
    • December 12 - Board meeting (7:30 - Cypress Club) - all are welcome, Centennial Trail, Membership and Strategic Planning are on the agenda.
  • 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 Executive Training (formerly PETS), on Saturday February 2nd, in Medicine Hat.
  • Rotary District 5360 Convention, May 3 - 5, 2019 in Olds, AB.
  • 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: www.medicinehatrotary.com
  • If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian Koch at jkoch@jmhca.com
Stories
Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society presentation
The Rotary Club welcomed Peggy Revell, Community Education Coordinator for the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society to the meeting today.  Peggy is a former reporter for the Medicine Hat News, and has recently taken on the role with the MHWSS to help support their out-reach and support programs for victims of family violence in this community and surrounding area.
 
 
Peggy reviewed the definition of family violence, which is "violence or abuse of power within a relationship where there's trust, dependency and family".   There was a good size crowd at the meeting today, which filled the room and was nice to see so close to the Christmas season.
 
 
She spoke about familiar programs, such as Phoenix Safe House and the 24/7 help line (1-800-661-7949).  She also talked about the "Housing First" initiative, Musasa Second Stage Housing and their outreach programs.  A wonderful presentation, a lot of information and a number of subsequent questions asked and answered.  Great presentation about an unfortunately necessary service in the community.
Club Happenings
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Peggy Revell, Community Education Coordinator with the MH Women's Shelter
  • Mary Anne Britt was a guest of Dieter and Kitt Brand
Birthdays: 
  • Dieter Brand      Dec 10th
  • Dale Stein          Dec 12th
  • Don Reid            Dec 12th
  • Gail Halderman  Dec 16th.
Anniversary:
  • Roger Roy                  Dec 11th 2006,   12 years
  • Joan Sauve                Dec 13th 2000    18 years
  • Sarah  Koch               Dec 14th, 2015     3 years
  • Jan Stalwick (Cairns) Dec 14th, 2015     3 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Kitt Brand was in attendance at the meeting today and won a free meal. 
  • Don Reid won the ticket draw for a Lama Wool Scarf, Dieter Brand won chocolate and Christmas CD and Dave MacLean won a picture frame.
Club 500:
  • J P Gallimore won $1,500.00, on a ticket sold by Shann Snedden, on the last big draw in 2018.
  • Tickets for the 2019 Draw are now available for sale in support of the 2019 Music Festival.
Make Ups:
  • Dick Bide has several makeups while on his recent cruise to the Amazon.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club passes on its condolences to the family and friends of Joe Leask, a former member of our club who passed away on Monday Nov 26th.
  • Adolf also wanted Rotarians to keep Doug Thorson in their thoughts, as he recovers from surgery in Houston TX.
  • All Rotarians continue to wish Sarah Koch, partner Brock and especially Maggie Rose, strength and love as they deal with their daughters recent diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis.  Sarah advised that the upcoming annual CF fundraiser is now sold out.
Minute People: 
  • Dave Panabaker thanked the members who participated in the BIngo on Dec 8th and that Joe Chacko won the pool.
  • Adolf advised that the Salvation Army needs Bell Ringers for Dec 22 (10-6PM). If you can help please phone Ashley Barns at (587) 253 0740. Our bell ringing raised $102.00 per man with 24 volunteers.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth showed a video that the MH High School Interact kids have created, as their entry to an upcoming contest.  President Chris presented Theresa with a "community builder" pin, in appreciation of her ongoing work with the Interact club.
 
 
  • Sandy Mackay invited everyone to the annual Medicine Hat Concert Band Christmas concert on Saturday Dec 15, 2018 at the Esplanade but tickets are now limited.
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