Morrin Community Calendar
Hey, we are another week into spring and that much closer to summer, yes! Windy and warm... Lord please bring some rain to soak the fields and clean up the dust of winter and help us get the ground ready for the new seed... thank you!
So big news is 4H is wrapping up with their year-end Achievement Night Show at the Morrin Community Hall. This exciting presentation is scheduled for Wednesday April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Also they have their final push on picking up all your recycling. 4H members are willing to run around and get your stuff and spend a day sorting in an effort to raise money for the club so give us a call if you want us to stop by, Melanie 772-0000 or me, Darcy 772-3747. And as the 4H year winds down I have to say, we have been very impressed with the 4H multi-club concept and how the organization has branched out into so many different areas to draw more kids out... rock-band, canine, equine, photography, small engines, sewing, cleavers etc. Each group has volunteer instructors that give freely of their time and skill to mentor our kids and we really appreciate you... thank you! The sewing class met for a few hours at the school on Saturday to complete their sewing projects. My daughter skipped home with a beautiful-fashion-fabric-perfectly-tailored poodle skirt that she made with her skilled little hands under the watchful eye of Suzie and Diana... can’t thank you ladies enough!
And Chevelles are coming to town again this Saturday, April 16 as part of a big fundraiser for the Morrin AG Society. The non-profit community group really needs a boost to get to work on some much needed repairs to the arena structure so come out if you can on Saturday night. The fundraising concert will be held at the wonderful new Badlands Community Facility in Drumheller.
And folks, I have to say...it is hard to keep up in this everchanging world. I am still really struggling with this whole Bill 10 thing and the associated government guidelines as it has the potential to radically change a lot of things in our public schools. I wrote a few weeks ago about the Alberta government ordering all Alberta schools to come up with new policy to create a “safe learning environment for all sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities” (LGBTQ, two spirit etc.) by March 31. Bob and I went to the Parent Council/School Board rep meeting for Morrin School on this as they allowed community feedback before formulating policy in our division. Our Deputy Superintendent Steve Neilsen who attended the Morrin School Parent Council meeting that night on Tuesday, March 8 was kind but said our school division had been told to scrap years of research and planning and take this extreme step... now. Anti-bullying policies were already in place and now this new language has become school policy across the province. Gender neutral is becoming the new norm. The new best practice guidelines (sounds so governmenty) penned by the NDP government go so far as to say if my daughter is uncomfortable with a boy coming into her bathroom, she is the one who has to leave and the parents... are not to be told??? Our Morrin School principal said this will not happen at our school but the ideology is out there. Someone asked me... “What if it was your daughter who really didn’t feel like she fit in with or identified as a girl?” My answer is... either way, leave things alone and let kids get through childhood school years, which is hard enough without the added pressure from government interference and indoctrination. If my daughter went through this, we would talk about it at home. It is not the government’s job to redefine genders and isolate kids from their parents... wrong on both counts. It bothers me deeply to have our family freedoms being taken away because of political correctness and relentless pressure from minorities.
A related article in the Toronto Star reported that the University of Toronto was reminded of why we have men’s washrooms and women’s washrooms as this new “progressive policy” is backfiring. Two separate incidents of ‘voyeurism’ (had to look that one up... almost makes spying on people sound like a noble thing) in September and October 2015 were reported to police that men were taking cell phone videos of women in the showers at the post secondary school in Ontario. It is troubling that university students are being targeted and threatened in this way. Has this overly tolerant mentality now crept into our Alberta schools? The pendulum swings too far... I hope and pray that it starts swinging back as we speak up and stand up to preserve and protect our beliefs and values. We are called to respect and pray for our leaders and we also have God-given instincts that may impart wisdom and direction to them as well. An Edmund Burke quote goes like this... “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
And that is all my news and heartfelt thoughts for today.
On a less serious, more celebratory note for Albertans... congratulations to Team Canada who won a gold medal for our country at the world curling championships this past weekend in Basel, Switzerland. The competition was pretty stiff throughout the week but Kevin Koe and company made us proud and came through with a big win! Cheers!