Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 14, 2018
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Co-Presidents of Interact, Kara Gilbert and Jaslin Ghotra spoke about the fundraising efforts at the high school this year and about their projects.
 
The club has been quite active, participating in two bake sales during Parent-Teacher interviews in Oct and Mar, as well as Purple Pinkie project to raise money for Polioplus.  They also worked on a "Fall into Winter" fundraising event and are currently setting up "Nickle and Dime" wars, as their last fundraiser of the year.
 
They spoke about completing their international project last year, with the Rotaract club of Esteli, Nicaragua.  They raised $2,000 last year to replace the home of a well known Nicaraguan artist, Don Alberto Gutierrez.  Through the work of the volunteers in Nicaragua, and a local Rotarian who teaches in Esteli, the home was completed last spring.  They were justifiably proud of the impact they had on her life.
 
On April 25, 2018 the Rotary Interact students and their advisors met with Cassie Hider, Major Gifts Coordinator at the Health Foundation to present a check for $1,000 to begin their support for the decoration of a room on the new pediatrics ward at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.  This is the first of a series of three contributions to have the room done in a beach atmosphere.
 
The club is participating in the Community Foundation's  Youth in Philanthropy program, by helping decide on and then donate $2,000 from the CFSEA to a worthy charity.  They will also be volunteering at the hospital.  Several students also spoke about Adventures in Citizenship and the RYLA camp.
 
A wonderful program, and a great evening...thanks to all the students for the tour, the meal and the event.
Presentation on the Interact Club Dave Panabaker 2018-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Panabaker on May 14, 2018
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Introduction of Guests‚Äč
  • All the Rotary partners
  • Members of the Medicine Hat High School Interact club.
  • Sue Withers, Student Advisor.
  • former Youth Exchange student, Supinya (Teddy) Wannachotphawet, from Thailand
Birthdays: 
  • Cathie Catalano       May 14th
  • Ray Kemp                May 16th.
  • Doug Fleming           May 19th.
  • Ian McLaughlin         May 20th.
  • Ted Cowtan               May 25th.
  • Ron Learmont           May 25th.
Club Anniversaries:
  • Leslie Jerry             17 years            May  14, 2001.
Weekly Draws:  
  • Attendance draw was NOT won today, # 17 Mike Christie was not present.
  • Raffle draw was won by Doug Fleming, who won a Medicine Hat High T-shirt and a scarf. 
Club 500:
  • No draws this week because of our remote meeting, both May draws will be done on May 28th.
Make Ups:
  • None announced this week.
Family of Rotary:
  • Dawn Barr ran into Brenda Bauman while she was on an outing, and she will be undergoing stem cell replacement therapy in Sept.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Minute People:
  • Former exchange student Teddy spoke about the impact her exchange in 2013 - 2014 had on her, and prompted her to go into medicine in Thailand.  She remembers all the warmth, kindness and love she experienced in her exchange and related several examples her work with deaf students and patients at the clinic where she has been able to give back.  She described her Rotary exchange year as the beginning of her "life" for people.
  • DG Rick Istead was happy to hear that the students enjoyed their Adventures in Citizenship trip, and advised that a new "adventure" has joined the series.  Titled "Adventures in Human Rights", and centered on the new Human Rights museum in Winnipeg, it may offer a different experience for students in years to come.
    Club Meeting News Dave Panabaker 2018-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Apr 23, 2018
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    The Rotary Club welcomed our 2018 Rosebowl winner, Soren Lorentzen to our meeting today.  He is a 15 year old, Grade 10 student at Crescent Heights High School and performed on the viola for us this evening.  He was accompanied by Ms Elaine Dobek-Shandro on piano.  A wonderfully gifted performer, he did an amazing job and we wish him well at the Provincials and in the years to come.
     
     
     
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    The Rotary Club welcomed Carla Ruegg, a participant in the Rotary Youth Exchange program who is being hosted by the local Saamis Rotary Club.
     
    Carla is from Schupfheim, Switzerland, a canton in the Entlebuch region in central Switzerland.  She comes from a family of five, both her mother and father are involved in the education system and she has two older sisters, one still in high school and one in university.  She spoke about the differences in the education system, in the way sports programs were delivered and how many students decide on whether to pursue university after Middle school (grades 7 - 9).
     
    She explained a little about the system of government in Switzerland , with 3 principal regions and 26 cantons.  The age of majority in Switzerland is 18, after which everyone can vote for representatives in the National and State Councils.  She also spoke about things that the Swiss were known for; cheese, chocolate, army knives and watches.  She misses the extensive Swiss railway system.
     
    Carla speaks four languages including German, French and English.
     
    A number of questions were asked and Carla provided great responses.  A great visit and we wish both Carla and Maddy well.
    Presentation by Youth Exchange student Dave Panabaker 2018-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Sharon Hayward, CEO of the Downtown YMCA.
     
    Sharon began her talk by thanking the club for our involvement in a community project - with the Life Saving Society, in having a life jacket loaner station at the YMCA.  The Rotary Club has a long history of involvement in swimming and water safety in the community and the Y's proximity to the river made this effort a natural fit.
     
    Sharon also spoke about their annual Strong Kids campaign, which is the Y's main fundraising activity.  The YMCA believes that physical activity is essential for everyone, for their health and to reach their athletic potential.  The campaign allowed the Y in 2017 to assist 363 children with memberships, and send 71 kids to camp.  As well, it provided almost $40,000 in community donations to other charities for fundraising activities.  In total approx. 8% of the total membership received financial assistance.
     
    She also spent some time talking about other Y programs, such as Get Active and Living Fit.
     
    A very well prepared and informative talk.
    YMCA - Strong Kids Presidentation Dave Panabaker 2018-04-09 06:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was very happy to welcome Richard (Dick) Northcott, who spoke about Canadian Humanitarian, a charitable organization run by himself and his spouse Deborah.  It is an education support program, working in Ethiopia and Malawi.  They operate what was described as a "child centered network", everything done surrounds the child with opportunities.
     
    They currently have 10 ongoing projects, with approximately 50 - 70 children in each project.
     
    In closing, Dick mentioned that "in one generation - everything changes", and that change for the better should happen in this country driven by it's young people.
     
     
    Canadian Humanitarian - Dick Northcott Dave Panabaker 2018-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary Club welcomed Tom Carney to our meeting today, to speak about Safety City.  They work toward improving community safety and injury presentation by education and awareness.  Their primary focus has been through schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 6.  They are a charitable, not for profit organization incorporated in 1981.
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    Rotarian Joe Chacko took the podium to encourage all members of the Rotary club to attend the Rosebowl competition on Friday evening, March 16th at the MH College Theater, beginning at 7 pm.   After the winner of that competition is announced, it has been traditional that the club entertain the winner of this competition, at an evening meeting to hear a performance and celebrate the completed Music Festival.
     
    That event is scheduled for Monday evening, April 16th, at the MH College cafeteria, for dinner and a special performance.  Please mark it on your calendar!
     
     
    Program for the Evening Rosebowl Celebration - Joe Chacko Dave Panabaker 2018-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was pleased to welcome Whitney Ogle to the family of Rotary today.  We look forward to Whitney's participation in our projects and learning much from her about aboriginal issues within our community and our country.  She was inducted by a Past President of our club, Dawn Barr and welcomed by her sponsor, Sandy Mackay, Club President Karen Blewett and Membership Director Bruce Shepard. 
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    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Lyle Johnson, Executive Director of the Emmanuel Foundation for International Community Development (and Ted Cowtan's brother in law) to our meeting today.  Lyle has been the Executive Director of the Foundation since 2007, and prior to that served as a pastor for 27 years at several Northern Alberta churches.

     
     
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    The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was delighted to welcome Connelly Sherwick, a local agent for Wood Gundy, who has been a volunteer with Kidsport - Medicine Hat for the past 14 years. 
    Kidsport Medicine Hat Dave Panabaker 2018-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Jan 29, 2018
    Monday's meeting was a Club Business meeting aimed at informing the membership of some of the activities happening in the Club.
     
    Club Service
    First of all, Margie Booyens, Club Service Director gave a presentation of the Structure of the Club Service Portfolio by outlining the various committees under her portfolio. There are a total of 13 committees under the categories of House, Club Information and Special Events Committees. Under the House Committee are the Sergeant-at Arms, Meeting Set-up and Guest Book, Welcoming, Music committees. Under Club Information are Website, Club Bulletin and Social Media, Program, Magazines, Club History and Public Relations committees. Under Special Events fall Dinner Club, Interclub Visitist, Rural-Urban Tour and Parade Float committees.
     
    Margie then went on to discuss some of the Positive development that these committees have accomplished this year. Which include, creation of a functioning PR Committee, reintroduction of a Rotary Float in the Stampede parade as well as establishing or updated guidelines for the Program Committees, Speakers and Front Desk. 
     
    Finally Margie outlined some of activities which are in the planning stages and will hopeful come to fruition in the future. 
    In closing, Margie issued an appeal to all members to review the roster and consider joining a committee or subcommittee to help lighten the load and get things do in the Club.
     
      Centennial Update
    Centennial Photo - Dave Panabaker gave an update on some of our Centennial projects. First of all, Dave advised that a Centennial Club Photo will be taken on Monday May 7th. Please mark that date on your calendar and make every effort to attend.  The question was raised if missing members couldn't be 'Photo-shopped in',  and the answer was yes it is technically possible but only for a few and it will require some preplanning. 
     
    Centennial Trail Project - Dave then went on to update the Club on the progress of the Centennial Trail Map & Marker project by reviewing the progress to date with the City's Parks Department. The Club has committed $125,000 of our funds plus $100,000 from a Community Enhancement (CEFP) grant and $7,500 from a District Grant toward the project and is reviewing the City agreement. The City recently adopted a sign standard policy and depending on prices may have some impact on the number of maps & marker we can install. Using the City's consultant's cost estimates ($10,000 to $16,500)  the Club should be able to install 6 Trail maps, 6 Markers and 6 Interpretive signs. The final number of each is still under review and we will be looking at which combination of maps, marker or signs will give the Club the best exposure.
     
    Below are samples of what is being proposed. (Left to Right - Trail Maps, Interpretive Signs & Trail Markers)
     
     
    January Business Meeting Doug Fleming 2018-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jan 15, 2018
    The club was very happy to welcome the "new" Executive Director of the Medalta Clay District, Aaron Nelson.  Medalta is a "World Class cultural destination with a heart of clay", and strives to do four things well:
    • Creativity
    • Learning
    • Community
    • Heritage
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    As an important part of our recent Strategic Plan, and to provide help in our recruiting activities for Membership, and as part of our Centennial Celebration the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat initiated a Rotary Impact Assessment last year.  The intention was to provide statistics, feedback, testimonials and collaboration for the activities of the club.
    Update on Rotary Impact Assessment Dave Panabaker 2018-01-08 07:00:00Z 0
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    A number of Rotarians missed our last meeting of 2017 for the very best reason, they were out "doing good in the world".  Specifically they were delivering the Christmas stockings that the club members prepared two weeks ago, to the residents of the Cypress View Foundation (Teeoda Lodge).
     
    Almost 200 stockings were delivered at noon on Monday, and it looks like it was a wonderful time.  Thanks to Heather Bach, Adolf Seiler, Joan Sauve and Terry Cooper for brightening the day of the residents.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Christmas visit to Cypress View Foundation Dave Panabaker 2017-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Ms Theresa Hardiker, President of the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund Board of Directors as our guest speaker today.
     
    Theresa described this year as their most needy year to date.  This is the 31st year of the Santa Claus fund, and their client families increased by almost 25% this year, to a total of 498 families assisted by this organization alone.  Theresa estimated that between the Salvation Army, the Phoenix Safe House, and their fund, almost 100 families received assistance in the community this year.
     
     
    Theresa reviewed the assessment and qualification process, and spoke about the attempts to avoid duplication in the process.  The Santa Claus fund provided over $46,000 in food vouchers  and the families could shop in the warehouse, to tailor the  gifts to the age, sex and interest of the children.  Most of the local grocery stores honor the vouchers.
     
    Theresa also shared a testimonial from one of their clients, which reinforced the need and appreciation of the service.  She also spoke in general terms to the future, with the new THRIVE program and how these individual funds will work in the future.
     
    Great work by Theresa and her volunteers and as a group we are grateful for their efforts.
     
    Santa Claus Fund presentation Dave Panabaker 2017-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
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    After the main portion of the meeting, the club got together and stuffed approx 220 Christmas stockings.  The stockings will be delivered to Cypress View Foundation (Teeoda Lodge) at lunchtime on Monday December 18, as well as at a future date to the St Joseph's home and Carmel hospice.  A great job of organizing the donations by Heather Bach, as well as President Karen and a number of other Rotarians who contributed product and cash to the activity.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    In the past month, several great things have happened with the Medicine Hat High School Interact club, and it's nice to share them with the Rotary Club.
     
    At the City Council meeting on Monday November 20th, the Interact club was presented with the YMCA Peacemaker of the Year award.  After the presentation they were introduced at the Council meeting.  A wonderful evening to celebrate the work of the Interact students, their student advisor Sue Withers and their Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth.
     
     
    Rotary Advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, Interact students Grace, Azin and Jaslin
     
     
    A number of Rotarians were presented to witness the award and celebrate.
     
     
    Also, the Interact students were invited to present at the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary club meeting of November 29.  Accompanied by their faculty advisor, Sue Withers and Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, they spoke about the club, some of their objectives for this school year and their recent project in Nicaragua.
     
     
     
    Rotary advisor Theresa Eisenbarth, Interact students Bella, Azin and Jaslin, Faculty advisor Sue Withers and Sunrise President Les Scholly.
    Interact Club News Dave Panabaker 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dave Panabaker on Nov 27, 2017
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    It is the intention of this year's Board, to hold a regular business meeting (closed to guests) on the last Monday of each month.  In that way, Rotary business can be discussed in a regular schedule and any items needing the Boards attention can be dealt with quickly at the Board meeting the next month.
     
    1. The Rotary Impact Assessment is being moving along toward a January presentation to the club.  Jace Anderson is looking for contact information for past Youth Exchange Students and anyone with information please contact Bruce Shepard, Doug Fleming or Karen Blewett.
    2. President Karen will be on holidays "down under" for the December 11th and December 18th meeting.  President-elect Chris Perret will handle both those meetings in her absence.  It was also noted that both the December 25th meeting and the January 1st meetings fall squarely on the holiday, so both are cancelled.
    3. President-elect Chris Perret came to the podium to discuss the notice of motion which was due for a vote today.  In order to consolidate all RC of MH material in one location, the Board has proposed that "Based on an maximum estimated expenditure of $6,000, proposed to purchase a Sea-Can, to be installed in available space at the rear of the Top Hat Bingo Hall, be used to store all the clubs material".  
      • The location would allow accessibility at all times.
      • Sea-Can's by their nature are almost air tight, and should keep out weather and vermin.
      • A nominal fee is going to be charged by the Bingo Society for use of the space, and this opportunity may be offered to other members of the Society.
      • Shelving and containers may be needed to properly store the material.  As well, the possibility of a used container exists.
              Based on the information presented, Chris Perret moved and Terry Brekko seconded the motion.  It was approved unanimously.
     
    Business Meeting - November 27 Dave Panabaker 2017-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Nov 20, 2017
    Monday's speaker was Karen Danielson, the newly hired Executive Director of Thrive. Karen explained that Thrive is a strategy put together for Medicine Hat and the surrounding region to help put an end to poverty.  Karen advised 1 in 10 people live below the poverty line. This became evident after events like the last flood. With the assistance of research done by  Medicine Hat College students, a number of local community agencies and groups joined together to try to deal with this issue. Thrive's Vision is: "By 2030, Medicine Hat Will End Poverty In All Its Forms and Ensure Well Being For All."
     
     
    Karen then went on to outline Thrive's very ambitious task by outlining the organization's Founding Principle, which include the following: Equal rights for all; Person centered and community driven solutions; Ending poverty will take a collective effort and Ending poverty will take some innovation. Karen then discussed a number of Thrive's Key Actions and Priorities before moving on to the group's Moving Ahead plans, which includes; Setting up Thrive; Connecting the community partners; Securing implementation funding and Driving Year 1 Implementation Actions. Karen suggested "it's not just about surviving, it's about thriving."
     
    More information about Thrive and its plans can be found on their website: www.thrivemh.ca.
     
    Karen then answered a few questions, before being thanked by President Karen, who presented our speaker with a Rotary Mug.
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    PDG Sandy Mackay spoke about Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, and the charity to which all Rotarians belong.  The Rotary Foundation was started by the 6th President of Rotary, Arch Klumpf, who donated the net proceeds of his international convention in 1917, the sum of $26.50 to "Do Good in the World".  Through a century of prudent investment, generous donations from Rotarians and careful management of costs, the Rotary Foundation has now distributed over $3B, for projects in every corner of the world.
     
     
    All Rotarians know that the eradication of Polio, is the primary job of Rotary International, and we are down to 12 cases worldwide this year.  So from a modest beginning in 1985, we are "this close" to eliminating that disease from the planet. PDG Sandy spoke about Rotary's hope that all Rotarians would donated $100 each year, to ensure that the work of the Foundation goes on.  Our club has been very generous in donations to the Foundation, and lucky to have 3 members of the Arch Klumpf Society as members.
     
    Sandy emphasized his point about doing good in the world, a little at a time, by showing a video presentation of our clubs participation in a 4H project in India approx 10 years ago.  The video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/17165881 . This project is one that our club is very proud of and continues to be a model for International projects with the Foundation.
     
    Sandy spoke of his wish to use that model to work more closely with our own First Nations communities, to build some understand and rapport with them.
     
    Sandy completed his talk by encouraging all Rotarians to consider the Rotary Foundation as their charity of choice, to the extent that they each can on an individual basis and thanked all of the club for their support over the last century.  A number of questions were asked and answered, and Sandy was thanked by President Karen.
    Rotary Foundation presentation - Sandy Mackay Dave Panabaker 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Doug Fleming on Nov 06, 2017
    District Governor Rick Istead was in attendance for his annual club visit and was introduced by Assistant Governor Dave Panabaker. DG Rick started his speech by stating Rotary is the oldest and largest service club in the world and has been Making a Difference in the World for 112 years. He also congratulated our Club for being around since 1918 and looked forward to helping us celebrate our 100th Anniversary in June 2018. DG Rick highlighted some of Rotary's achievements, in particular our fight to end polio through our Polio Plus campaign. In 1985 when Rotary set out to eradicate polio there were 350,00 case of polio in the world, today there are 12 cases in 2 countries and we are "that close" to ending this terrible disease. Rick related a story that when the idea of eradicating polio was first proposed, people said it couldn't be done.  His comment was never tell a Rotarian it can't be done.
     
    DG Rick when on to discuss of some of the initiatives being undertaken at the district level. Last year district conducted a Member Survey which was completed by 40% of the district membership. Feedback from this survey was very valuable and the District Executive are working on strategies and actions to  address issues raised. He also reiterated that District Committees are there to serve the local clubs. Rick then touched on the issue of membership and pointed out the fact that Rotary's biggest problem is not recruiting members rather retaining them. RI and District are working on strategies to allow more flexibility in clubs to keep members engaged and appreciated.  
     
    Rick then turned to a discussion of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). First of all, he thank our club for being a District 5360 leader in supporting the  Rotary Foundation.  He encouraged more Rotarian to make TRF their charity of choice 'To Do Good in the World'.  In 2016, The Rotary Foundation was rated the #1 Foundation in the world and for the past 8 years has received a Top 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator. 97% of money donated to TRF goes to Rotary projects, with 50% going to Global Grants and the other 50% coming back to our District to be allocated through a variety of District Grants. 
     
    In closing DG Rick thank Rotarians for donating their Time, Treasure and Talent to Doing Good in the World. He then suggested we consider registering for the District Conference in Calgary in May and the International Conference in Toronto in June. Apparently the RI Conference in Toronto is closest it will be until 2025 when it will be held in Calgary.
    President Karen thanked DG Rick by presenting him with one of our Medalta coffee mugs.
     
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