President's Information
President's Remarks:
The Rotary Club journeyed to Medicine Hat College at noon today, for lunch and a presentation by the new college President, Kevin Shufflebotham.  The meeting was led by Club Treasurer Gail Halderman.
First, the club wanted to recognize the Community Spirit Award, given to long time Music Festival volunteers Gord and Sherry Nott.  We are thrilled that their years of hard work and dedicated service were recognized last week.
Membership Committee:
Watch this space for any membership information.
Rotary Club Information:
  • Upcoming meetings:
    • See the club calendar adjacent or the club website.
  • Housekeeping:
    • Please bring club draw items.  It is an important part of our meeting.
    • If you have a Meeting Minute, please send President Margie a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on ClubRunner, under Club Documents.
Upcoming Rotary Club. District and International Events:
  • Saturday October 19th is the annual District Grant Qualification webinar. Remote attendance by club members is mandatory for access to District Grants.  Register for the webinar now, through the District Newsletter or the District website.
  • Dieter Brand has planned the next Fireside Chat will be on Oct 22nd at the Cypress Club.
  • World Polio Day is Oct 24 - a day to celebrate the eradication of polio effort, and the work of Rotary
  • Nov 7th will be a fundraiser for polio in Calgary featuring Jennifer Jones, Past VP - RI.  Watch for event in the District Newsletter.
  • Club Leadership Training will be in Medicine Hat on Saturday, March 7, to all Rotarians.
  • Next District 5360 convention May 1 - 3, 2020 in Calgary.
  • Next Rotary International Convention, June 6 - 10, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Future Programs:
  • For more Club activities, to keep up with events and stay in touch, check the Club website at:
  • Our Program coordinator is Jillian Koch.  If you have any future program ideas, please email Jillian at
Medicine Hat College update
The Rotary Club was delighted to move their meeting today, to the Courtyard Room at the Medicine Hat College and enjoy a presentation about the direction and strategic plan updates that have been taking place under the guidance of the new Medicine Hat College President, Kevin Shufflebotham.  Kevin was introduced by "Acting President" Gail Halderman, who presented Kevin as the 10th, and youngest, President to hold this role at the Medicine Hat College.
Kevin is new to the College but not new to the area.  Both he and his wife Corrine are from this region, and he "loves being at the college".  He emphasized that they are focused on the mandate of the college, to "be the best you can be" and also focused on "the students".  The reality is that MH College is all about the students, which currently has approx 3,350 enrolled in various programs.
The college has been going through a Strategic Planning process, to envision the next 10 years at the institution.  He intends to be here to "see through" the changes that the adoption of that plan will bring.  He reviewed the "SWOT" analysis done as part of that process, the Strength's, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats to this institution and engaged the Rotarians present in discussion of several of those points.
Kevin encouraged those present to take the questionaire at to "Think, Discuss and Engage" about the future needs in the region and where the programs of the Medicine Hat College can at add to the value chain.  He spoke about the need to "refocus" their programs for the next 10 years and he spent some time comparing the situation here to SAIT or Olds College.
Kevin was thanked by Rotarian Terry Cooper ( a former VP Academic at MHC) and presented with a token of the club's appreciation.  He answered a number of questions and directed other questions to some of the senior college staff who were present.
A great lunch meeting, and we wish Kevin and the college staff every success in the future.
Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč:
  • Kevin Shufflebotham, President of Medicine Hat College.
  • Terry Chapman, Provost and Vice President, Academic for MH College.
  • Cathy Crockford, Director of Continuing Studies.
  • Shalla Shahayar, a Rotarian in waiting.
  • a number of Rotary partners were also present at the lunch.
  • Theresa Eisenbarth        October 7.
  • Karen Blewett                October 13.
  • Dominique Hirsch          October 13.
  • Doug Thorson                October 13.
  • Joe Chacko                    October 20.
  • Anne Carrier            6 years     October 7, 2013.
Weekly Draws:  
  • No draws this week.
Club 500:
  • No draw this week.
Make Ups:
Club Secretary Doug Fleming noted
  • 7 Rotarians worked at the CORE hot meal program this past week.
  • 9 Rotarians worked a bingo on Saturday October 5th.
Family of Rotary:
  • The club sends it's best wishes to Joan Sauve, who is recovered from a fall.  We send her our thoughts and prayers as she gets better.
Minute People: 
  • Allan O'Byrne, President of the Rotary Music Festival Society Board reminded all club members that the AGM for the Society will be Monday October 28, immediately after a shortened Rotary Club meeting.  There are several positions on the Music Festival Society Board that will need filling for 2019 - 2020, please contact Allan if you would like a chance to serve on this board.
  • Sandy Mackay reminded the club that World Polio Day is Thursday Oct 24, and he is looking for help in running an "End Polio" event that evening.  It is likely that MH HIgh Interact kids will do a "purple pinkie" promotion again, to raise funds for the End Polio campaign.
  • Dave Panabaker reminded everyone that there is no meeting next week, with the Thanksgiving holiday, and if you plan to visit the MH Sunrise club on Tuesday AM, please register on line so they have an accurate headcount for the room setup and Chinook Village staff.
  • Dave also advised that the bingo on Saturday had a profit of $930.18 and Dick Bide won the guess pot.  Thanks to all the volunteers!
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    We meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
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    1051 Ross Glen Drive SE
    Medicine Hat, AB  T1B 3T8
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    Upcoming Events
    Rotary at Work: Hot Meal Program
    Salvation Army Resource Centre
    Oct 02, 2019
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 05, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Guest Speaker: Kevin Shufflebotham (Off-Site: MHC)
    Medicine Hat College, Courtyard Room
    Oct 07, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Stat Holiday: NO MEETING
    Oct 14, 2019
    Attendance at MH Sunrise meeting
    Chinook Village
    Oct 15, 2019
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 20, 2019
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Classification Talk: Neil Mardian
    Medicine Hat Lodge
    Oct 21, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Fireside Chat: New Members & Board
    Cypress Club
    Oct 22, 2019
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    World Polio Day (Event @ Library)
    Medicine Hat Public Library
    Oct 24, 2019
    4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rotary at Work: Brown Bag Lunch
    Oct 25, 2019
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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