Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

The first an­nual Al­berta Women’s In­sti­tute Dis­trict Five Con­ven­tion was held in Trochu Com­mu­nity Hall on Satur­day, April 22 and was an en­joy­able and mem­o­rable suc­cess. Dis­trict Five stretches from Sun­dre in the west to Cess­ford in the east of cen­tral Al­berta and is com­posed of four con­stituen­cies. There were six WI branches in at­ten­dance. On Fri­day 385 en­tries in hand­i­craft, bak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and plants were judged by five judges who in­cluded lo­cal judges Elsie Garson, He­len Leon­hardt and Joy McKee. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pat McDougald of the Ver­dant Val­ley and Dor­cas Women’s In­sti­tute who won first place in Home Eco­nom­ics (Bak­ing) with 23 en­tries. The con­ven­tion on Satur­day was at­tended by lo­cal mem­bers Pat McDougald, Percy Poland, Bai­ley Holtheyson, Gerri Shad­lock, Diana Rowe, Doris Wade and Jaclyn Whit­more. The con­ven­tion was hon­oured to have Mr. Mel Foat as a pre­sen­ter. Mr. Foat was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Gwen and his Guide Dog and Com­pan­ion, Walker. Mr. Foat spoke about the chal­lenges, ad­just­ment and bless­ings that re­sulted from los­ing his sight un­ex­pect­edly in 2013. He moved all who at­tended with his faith, strength and re­solve. The Trochu Agri­cul­tural Society and the Cottonwood Gor­don Agri­cul­tural Society helped spon­sor the con­ven­tion and the mem­bers and ex­ec­u­tive of Dis­trict Five who worked hard to bring this event to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion. Hats off to all these vol­un­teers.

Happy birth­day this week to Marg Ewing and Blaine Leon­hardt on April 27, San­dra (Shad­lock) Mar­tynes on April 29, Fred Ewing on April 30 and Mar­i­lyn Thomas on May 3.

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