Five members of the Friendship Club met at the home of Carol Ostergard last Thursday where planning for the annual Spring Tea was begun. The club was formed 70 years ago and the Spring Tea, along with other events, has been an important social and fundraising activity during those seven decades. At its beginning the Friendship Club provided an alternative to the Danish Ladies Aide which was in existence from 1927 to 1963 and was made up of Danish speaking ladies who served as a support group for the church. When organized on May 23, 1946, the new group was called the “Junior Ladies Aide” but in July of the following year they adopted the name “Dalum Friendship Club” and that name was well chosen when one considers the wide array of charitable work the members have done over the years. The organizational meeting took place at the home of Erna Boe and she is the one remaining charter member. While membership has declined in recent years, the enthusiasm shown for the Spring Tea remains high and the members invite their many friends from Dalum and the surrounding area to join them at the community hall on June 2 to help them celebrate their 70th year.
At a Board meeting of the Dalum Community Hall Association held last week, new members Amy Poulsen and Jim Eskeland were welcomed aboard. Amy will take over the duties of Treasurer which had been handled by Judy Nelson for several years. Pauline Pallesen accepted the role of Secretary which had previously been in the care of Mariann Learke. The Board recognizes Judy and Mariann for their good work over the years.
Notwithstanding the cool and blustery weekend, the dry and warm spring weather has meant and early start to seeding but it also means that the fire risk is high and on April 21 Wheatland County upgraded the fire ban to “Full” status. A Full Fire Ban means that there are to be no outdoor fires lit within the County; this includes burning barrels and camp fires but excludes barbeques fueled by propane or natural gas. The fire ban will be in effect until the county has received a significant amount of moisture.
Members of the Dalum Fire crew were joined by firefighters from some neighboring fire departments on Saturday when they practised vehicle extrication techniques with the tools commonly known as the “jaws of life”. Several vehicles had been donated and a few remain to be used at future training sessions.
Birthday greetings, this week, go out to former Dalum boy, Bill Jorgensen, and to twin brothers, Edward and Edmund Vogstad; best wishes to all.
Friday was “International Earth Day” and the internet was lit up with photos of the throngs of banner waving, face painted crusaders parading through the streets of cities around the world with messages of love for the planet. Meanwhile, the farmers of the world, the people who work with mother earth on a personal and daily basis, were in the fields planting, caring for, and harvesting the crops which feed the masses. The Earth day message is not to be ignored, pollution in all forms is the sign of a careless and wasteful society and the current “hot topic” of climate change was the focus of attention when representatives from over one hundred countries signed the Paris Accord at the United Nations headquarters last week. The rush to reduce carbon based fuel sources is intended to slow or prevent an increase in the average global temperature by reducing “carbon pollution” in the form of carbon dioxide but, to me, the irony is that the people who shout the loudest against the energy producers fail to recognize that the basic problem lies in the fact that the ever growing human population demands an ever growing supply of fuel. Why is it that the topic of world over population is avoided in the popular discussion? Since the emergence of humans it took until 1927 to achieve a global population of two billion, and then only another 47 years to double to four billion in 1974. Now, 42 years later, at 7.4 billion and rising quickly, it has almost doubled again. I would love to hear a more open debate on the subject and have the topic elevated beyond the category of fear mongering but, perhaps the problem of the human population explosion is simply too threatening, fearsome, and unanswerable for the commentators to deal with.
Last week I mentioned the release of the novel, “Where the Bodies Lie” by Mark Lisac and this week I have heard from Ellen that he will be in Calgary on Saturday for a reading and book signing event at Pages Books which is located at 1135 Kensington Road, N.W.
And, from “amazing facts about your body”: The only part of your body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye; it gets its oxygen directly from air.
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