Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen 403-823-2036
The Annual General Meeting of the Dalum Fire Protection Association took place in the spacious and well appointed board room at the Dalum fire hall on the evening of April 4. On the agenda were the financial report, the incident activity report, discussion regarding the Master Plan Agreement with the County and various other items of interest which occurred in 2015. The crew responded to 17 calls in 2015, ten fewer than the previous year and, thankfully, there were no field fires reported during the harvest season. The acquisition of an all-terrain personnel and equipment transport vehicle and the completion of construction of the fire hall bring to an end any major expenditures for the foreseeable future. There were no new appoint- ments to the Board of Directors and the executive positions remain as follows: treasurer, Carol Norman; Secretary, Laurie Reiffenstein; and President, Colin Jensen. It should be noted that while “wildfire season” continues, there will be no fire permits issued in Wheatland County.
There were some long days and late nights for the volunteers who took time away from their normal routines to volunteer at the Century Casino in Calgary last Wednesday and Thursday. The revenue gained as a result of their efforts provides a source of funding for the Dalum Community Hall Association and benefits everyone who makes use of the hall. Even in these times of economic slowdown, or maybe because of it, the casino patrons continue to spend an impressive amount of cash at the gaming tables. Whether or not one agrees with that form of entertainment on a personal level, it has become an established method of distributing financial resources to non-profit organizations across the province and helps to sustain many which would struggle to survive without it. The Hall Association is very grateful to those who volunteered.
It is spring cleaning time and Saturday, April 16, has been designated as community clean-up day at the church. Ladies and men, young and old, all are welcome to show up at 9:00 a.m. when the work begins. It should be noted that the annual cleaning was missed in 2015 so everyone should be well rested after having a year off. Many hands make light work and, keep in mind, the coffee break always allows for a good visit.
The April meeting of the Friendship Club will be hosted by Carol Ostergard on Thursday, April 21, when roll call will be answered by providing more suggestions for roll call. It should be noted that failure to comply with roll call results in a penalty of 25 cents which is put in the old mustard tin and that, coupled with the membership fee of 10 cents per month, is a financial commitment only the foolhardy would dare to flaunt. Keep up with your good work, ladies.
Last Sunday Troy and Amy Poulsen hosted a baby shower for little Adeline, the newest member of the Boe family and daughter to Mitchell and Amanda. Family and friends welcomed her with a bounty of gifts and it is reported that she will be well dressed for some time to come.
Best wishes for a happy birthday and a good year ahead go out to Paula Hendrickson, Jess Nielsen, Bob Nelson, and the appropriately named, April Rasmussen.
Scott Campbell of Badlands Search and Rescue would like to spread the word that his organization will be hosting a recruiting and information session at the Strathmore town fire hall on April 23 from 1 to 5 pm. Besides operational roles the group is also in need of administrative personnel. You can learn more about this organization by going to www.badlandssearchandrescue.com. Another organization which serves a role in public safety is the Drumheller and District Rural Crime Watch Association. It increases its effectiveness by increasing its membership and is always looking for members to strengthen the network of eyes and ears which keep watch for criminal activities. For more information you may check out the website www.drumcrimewatch.com or by following their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Dorothy Gwynn informs us that the next meeting will be held on April 20 in the upstairs meeting room at Freson Bros. (IGA) at 7 pm.
And for those who may be having a bad day, consider how Sunday went for Jordan Spieth, the young defending champion of the Masters Golf tournament. After leading throughout the tournament and five strokes ahead of his nearest rival the last eight holes were his undoing. An extra stroke on the tenth and eleventh holes, then twice into the water and once into a bunker on the twelfth, dropped him to a tie for second and instead of the top place prize of 1.8 million dollars he went home with a mere 880 thousand …. some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed!
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@ magtech.ca.