Meeting Information
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat had an ‘out-in-the-community’ meeting on Monday 23 January 2023 – about 30 members and guests visited the Veiner Centre to get up to speed with developments.
Dawn Barr, who also volunteers at the Centre, greeted us on arrival and directed us to the meeting venue where we sat around small tables, catching up while enjoying a hot cup.
Incoming President Bruce Shepard welcomed Rotarians and guests, and ensured that our whole visit stayed on track.
It was a relaxed, very pleasant and informative visit.
No formalities, so even John John was able to relax and enjoy proceedings!
Assisted by Jolene McIvor (Development and Marketing Coordinator), Cori Fischer, Director of the Veiner Centre gave us an informative, animated presentation, with PowerPoint, followed by a question time.
Cori Fischer has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations. She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Cori is excited to be overseeing programs and the facility at Veiner Centre and Strathcona Centre. She is eager to explore options to develop the programming at the Veiner Centre for older adults in our Medicine Hat community.
“I want to hear what the members and the community want and see if we can offer programs and activities that will enrich the lives of our older population and meet their needs, social mental, physical and psychological”.
More on Cori’s presentation in the ‘Story’ section of this issue of the Weekly News.
After Cori’s presentation, we had a tour of all parts of the Centre.
Amongst many other rooms, each accommodating different activities, we saw the Board Room and a large venue where quilting is done.
President elect Bruce wrapped up the visit, with thanks to the staff and to all who had come out for this most enjoyable hour or two at the Veiner Centre.
Those who wished – and there were many! - remained on for lunch in the Bistro.
Veiner Centre is a truly remarkable resource for adults of 50+ years, offering a surprising number and variety of programs and services – with more in the pipeline!
See more under ‘Story’.
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:
  • Monday January 30th     - Meeting at the MH Lodge with Corlaine Gardiner, retired Chief Interpreter, Police Point
  • Saturday February 4th    - Rotary Bingo (afternoon)
  • May 8th and 9th, 2023   - Next Rotary Club Casino
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Rotary District Monthly Learning Webinar: Wednesday 8 February, from 7-8pm, on the District's Youth Programs. Register on District 5360 website.
  • 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 and January has the early bird rate.  The conference website is located at 
 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.
The Vibrant Veiner Centre
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat visited the Unison for Generations 50+ Veiner Center on Monday 23 January 2023.
The Veiner Centre is located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, sharing the geographical area with many peace-loving deer, who entertain and delight those who go to the Veiner Centre.
A short history:
The Veiner Centre was built in 1975 on land donated by Mayor Harry Veiner. It was a multi-purpose social service and cultural drop-in and information facility, available to all residents more than 50 years of age.
Fast forward
The City of Medicine Hat believed that a non-profit organization would have more flexibility in operating the Centre, so requested proposals.
Kerby Centre was successful in getting the contract in 2021 – the Kirby Centre in Calgary having been operating for 50 years.
Expansion followed
Unison, Generations 50+ is an evolution of both Calgary and Medicine Hat programs. It is the ‘mother body’ under which the Calgary and Medicine Hat programs now operate.
The Unison website will soon be available:
Staff and volunteers
We experienced the staff at the Veiner Centre (about 15, including kitchen staff) as welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, and so enthusiastic about what they do!
There are many volunteers, who help in a variety of ways, some of whom include members of our Rotary Club. And the Centre is always looking for additional volunteers!
What does Veiner Centre aim to do?
Unison at Veiner Centre wants to support the well-being of Medicine Hat seniors by serving as a central hub for connection, community programs and services, and essential healthy aging information.
How much does membership cost?
Membership options range from $25 (6-months general) to $200 (FitPlus one year).
There is a wide range of activities, something for everyone. A monthly program is put together, setting out activities at both the Veiner Centre and Strathcona Centre.
Twenty-five options from which to choose, ranging from Chess, to darts, to scrabble, to billiards, to any number of card games, to bingo and an art studio – all designed to help older people stay mentally and physically active.
Take your pick from pickleball, table tennis, yoga, line dancing, walking… and more!
These include an income tax clinic, Medicine Hat Family Services, community computers and a lending library.
Meals-on-wheels operates from the Veiner Centre. It is a FCSS subsidized program, for those who are unable to prepare or obtain a meal for themselves. It is based on need, not income.
The Bistro is open daily, with a small breakfast fare, lunch specials and supper on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Sadly, elder abuse is a reality in Medicine Hat. A case manager supports those who have experienced or are at risk of elder abuse.
Mental health is vital to physical health and a healthy mind. One can join a singer and songwriter circle; scrapbook fanatics; a book club; live bands; a Parkinson’s Support Group; and Alzheimer’s Support Group.
Tune in, and take in Tech support, monthly movies, pet therapy, rock painting and more!
… there’s Wellness Services, Food Security Services, and Transportation Services.
We left the Veiner Centre feeling informed and inspired.  Some Rotarians are already members and volunteers. An additional number took the plunge and applied to become members before leaving!
If you are 50+, do consider joining and volunteering - the opportunities for enrichment are endless.
This is a Medicine Hat resource with very capable, open-minded leadership, that all living in this wonderful city of ours, need to support, utilize, and appreciate!
Meeting News
  • Johan Booyens
  • Chris Christie
  • Gwen Dirk
  • Joan Fleming
  • Vicki Hrankowski
  • Phyllis McLaughlin
  • Joanne Stalwick
  • Lenora Stein
  • Sharon Zollner
Club Draw:
  • No draw
  • None mentioned
  • Siegfried Kappler        Jan 01             
  • Dick Northcott             Jan 13
  • Roger Roy                  Jan 19
  • Mark Sorenson           Jan 23
  • Melanie Harty              Jan 25
  • Jim White                     Jan 31
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Gail Halderman    27 years    (Jan 01, 1996)
  • Roger Roy           17 years     (Jan 01, 2006)
  • Igor Grujic             3 years      (Jan 20, 2020)
  • Peter Mueller        3 years      (Jan 20, 2020)
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for January 2023:
  • Gwen Dirk
Reminders about important Minutes:
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 Festival:  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 
Dinner Club startup:  Please consider signing up with Dick Bide or Milan Vujovic - it's big fun!
Rotary Bingo's: The next bingo is Saturday afternoon, Feb 4, 2023.
Next Rotary Executive: Club Past-President Mark Sorenson is still on the hunt for two directors and a President-elect for the Rotary year 2023-2024.  Please advise Mark if you are interested in serving the club by working on our internal administration or would be happy to take on the role of President in 2024-2025.
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:
Please keep Adolf 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 - Guest Speaker: Corlaine Gardner
Medicine Hat Lodge
Jan 30, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Board meeting
Murray Chev Boardroom
Jan 31, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - afternoon
Top Hat Bingo
Feb 04, 2023
11:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Club Meeting - Talk by Police Chief Alan Murphy
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 06, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Business Meeting - Strategic Plan discussion
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 13, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Family Day - NO MEETING
Feb 20, 2023
Club Meeting - Sue Withers presentation
Medicine Hat Lodge
Feb 27, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Feb 27, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Club Business Meeting
Medicine Hat Lodge
Mar 06, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting - friendship meeting
Medicine Hat lodge
Mar 13, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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