Meeting Information
President's Message:
Our meeting was led today by President-elect Bruce Shepard, as he "tunes up" his meeting skills for his upcoming year at the helm.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting and helped introduce our guests.
He commented on a nice full room, and the "fix" to our sound system so those that are joining us by ZOOM can hear properly.  Many thanks to Kurt Shepard for his help in that regard.
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:
  • Saturday February 4th    - Rotary Bingo (afternoon)
  • Monday February 6th     - Meeting, Joe Hrankowski reclassification talk
  • Monday February 13th   - Business Meeting, discussion of strategic plan update.
  • Monday February 20th   - NO MEETING, enjoy Family Day holiday.
  • May 8th and 9th, 2023   - Next Rotary Club Casino
Upcoming Rotary District and International Events 
  • Rotary District Learning Webinar: Wednesday 8 February, from 7-8pm, on the District's Youth Programs. Register on District 5360 website at
  • SPECIAL DISTRICT GRANT Learning Webinar: Wednesday February 15, from 7-8 pm.  Register on District 5360 website at 
  • 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.
Club 1000 Raffle
Every year, the Rotary Club holds a cash raffle in support of the Rotary Music Festival.  Tickets for the 2023 Raffle are now available from Rotarians and online.  This raffle is the Rotary Clubs primary support mechanism for the Music Festival, which is in its 67 year.  Please consider purchasing a ticket (or two!!) to help us keep the Festival growing.
The website for online ticket purchases can be found at or by scanning the QR code below.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!!
Presentation by Corlaine Gardner
The Rotary Club welcomed Corlaine Gardener to our meeting today.  Corlaine has been a key figure in the local Grasslands Naturalists, and one of the long time employees of the Police Point Park Interpretive Center.
Corlaine spoke first about the wonderful parks and trails system that the City of Medicine Hat enjoys.  It is the legacy of the location of the City and some visionary work by our forebearers, who recognized the opportunities that the river valley and the coulee system presented.  The topography of the community may present challenges to driving in the winter, but does offer some wonderful walks.
Corlaine reviewed some of the history of the River Valley Trail system and the evolution of the Outdoor Recreation group.  She spoke about the takeover of the Police Point Interpretive Center by the Grasslands Naturalists, on a contract with the City.  It is a pleasant place to enjoy our prairie environment.  She was employed there from 1995 thru 2022, and it was a great place to work.  Everyone who visits is happy and engaged.
She spoke about building connections in the community and those can lead to some common goals.  She also spoke about the exhibits that the Interpretive Center hosts, particularly the current annual event featuring high school student art, which is always inspiring.
She provided some literature for those present to take home, and encouraged everyone to check out the website for the Nature Center at  and the local Birding Trail guide, available at
Meeting News
  • Corlaine Gardiner, our guest speaker.
  • Kurt Shepard, our sound expert and son of PE Bruce.
  • 4 members joined us on ZOOM (and could hear, thanks to Kurt's work)
Club Draw:
  • Our guest speaker Corlaine was the winner of a coffee mug.
  • None mentioned
  • Bruce Shepard       Feb 17
  • Don Davis               Feb 23
  • Margie Booyens     Feb 29
Rotary Anniversaries:
  • Gregg Martin         32 years    Feb 1, 1991
  • Marg Mazerolle      31 years   Feb 1, 1992
  • Ted Cowtan              8 years   Feb 9, 2015
Wedding Anniversary Rose Runner for February 2023:
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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, two floor workers are still needed.
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:
  • The Rotary Club sends its prayers and sympathy to Donna Smith and her family on the recent loss of Stu.
  • The club is hopeful that Carolyn Presley can complete her hospital stay this week and return home.
  • We are also hopeful that Lyndell Brekko will soon be home, as she recovers from her broken leg.
  • The club is also happy to hear that Jane Mackay has finished her treatment in Lethbridge and is looking forward to a summer at the cottage!
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
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
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 - Talk by Police Chief Alan Murphy
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
Rotary Bingo - Evening
Top Hat Bingo
Mar 15, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Med Hat Rotary Music Festival
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