President's Message
President's Remarks:
President-elect Margie Booyens welcomed everyone to our meeting. She explained the reason she was taking the lead at this (and the meeting of July 16th) and wished for everyone's indulgence as she worked her way through her first meeting.  Nothing like learning "on the job".
PE Margie spent several minutes talking about the new Rotary International President for 2018 - 2019.  Barry Rassin, (spouse is Esther), has been a Rotarian since 1980, and is from the Bahamas.  He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida in health and hospital administration and was Rotary's coordinator of long-term recovery efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  
His theme for this year is "Be the Inspiration", and his story is part of the latest Rotarian magazine.
PE Margie finished the meeting with the words of Paul Harris, founder of Rotary.  He said the following in 1914.
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."
Rotary Fun Fact:
  • President-elect Margie talked about some fun facts about Interact, in honor of the Interact students who were joining us at the meeting.  The first Interact club was founded in 1962, by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida USA.   Two months later, a second Interact club was formed in India.
  • INTERACT is derived from a combination of "International" and "Action". 
Membership Update:
  • No updates this week.
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 Chris a note (email, phone, in-person)
    • Board minutes can be found on Clubrunner, under Club Documents.
Rotary Presentations:
  • Theresa introduced two of our students that attended Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. Jaslin Ghotra and Grace Mastel gave recap of their trip. They thanked the club for this wonderful trip and the opportunity to meet fellow students. The presentation was aided by many pictures of buildings, people, and events. The trip started with getting to pet a black lab service dog at the Airport. The visit to the Canadian War Museum and the ability to talk to an active member of the forces and they even got to try on vintage hats. Camp Fortune included Line dancing, playing the "spoons" and great food. The Library of Parliament was fantastic and the fact it was saved from the great fire. The visit to Parliament Hill and the house of commons gave them the opportunity to sit in our MP"s chair as well as a quick sit in the prime ministers chair. They also saw the Senate chambers with the murals of our history. The surprise visit was to the U of T and the Supreme Court. The next day included  the visit to the Wabano Centre for Aboriginals where they learned the history of the first nations from the first explorers from the eyes of the aboriginals. The Citizens Ceremony for the 50 new individuals as they took their oath and became Canadian Citizens was very moving. The judge encouraged the visitors to stand and take the oath and renew their citizenship. The closing luncheon allowed for students to share their learning experiences which brought many to tears of joy for the opportunity to attend. Once more a BIG THANK YOU from all 3 students.
Upcoming Rotary District Events:
  • RI Conference for 2019 is in Hamburg Germany and our 2019 District Convention, May 3 thru 5, will be in Olds, AB.
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 Meeting News
Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • Jaslin Ghotra and Grace Mastel from our Medicine Hat High School Interact club.
  • Deb Best        July 15.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Gerry Nadeau     July 9, 2016           34 years.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw today was Sue Withers, who was not present to win a free meal.
  • Don Reid held a special contest, to promote the Rotary magazine and the RI president question was correctly answered by Bruce Shepard, who won cookies and he shared with his table.
  • Gail Halderman won the ticket draw for some salmon with Terry Brekko brought back from the west coast.
Club 500:
  • Next draws are on July 16.
Make Ups:
  • All the helpers for Canada Day and the attendee's at the social event of the ball game on July 6th.
Family of Rotary:
  • Everyone was thrilled to see a couple of pictures of Maggie Rose Bowman, daughter of Rotarian Sarah Bowman who was born on July 3.  Maggie was 8 lbs 15 oz., and 20 inches long. Both Mom and Maggie are home and doing well.
Minute People:
  • Sandy Mackay gave us an update on the recent annual convention in Toronto. The expected attendance of 34,000 was reduced by 8,400 Rotarians that where refused entry into Canada in the fear that they would ask for citizenship. He gave us a full update of a very eventful 3 days.
  • Dave Panabaker announced  the next BINGO for Friday evening July 20th.  Watch for an email in the next few days
  • Dave also updated us on a fun night of baseball with the Mavericks" on Friday, July 6th .
  • Doug Fleming left the Roster circulating in the room, please advise him if you have any updates or errors in the current version.
  • Dick Bide updated those present on the dinner club.  Beginning at the first meeting in July sign up sheets are now available for the 2018 - 2019 edition of the dinner club.  It is a wonderful way of incorporating partners into our Rotary family and always a lot of fun.
  • Anne Carrier thanked the many that helped for the cake cutting at Canada Day.
  • As part of PE Margies introduction of the new RI President, Don Reid had a question from the most recent RI magazine and Bruce Shepard won a box of cookies. Don was asking us to bring in our old magazines..
  • (Post meeting note) Dick Bide remembered to advise the club that they have a tree full of "pie cherries" at Bides, please feel free to stop by and pick a container or more.
  • (Post meeting note) Al Garden is looking for someone to replace him as the Monday afternoon golf organizer.  Please see Al, if you'd like to help out.
    Upcoming Events
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Jul 20, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary Stampede kickoff in the Park
    Saamis Rotary Park
    Jul 23, 2018
    11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Aug 09, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary afternoon bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Aug 26, 2018
    11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Sep 12, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Rotary evening bingo
    Top Hat Bingo
    Oct 06, 2018
    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President