Morrin Community Calendar
Darcy Graham 403-772-3747
So, a little rain, a little sun, a little wind and even a little thunder and lightening storm! Don’t remember too many of those in Spring seasons past...didn’t think it got warm enough for the big sparks to fly but that shower of rain was quite refreshing. And I love it when we hit the good timing as we just got our lawn mowed, aerated, weed-whipped and fertilized by landscaper Cody Kelm.
And speaking of lawns, the Rumsey Red-Deer-River-GardenClub-73rd-Annual-Garden-Show is set for August 30 this summer and is open for all kids ages 6-15. You may register your 12’ x 12’ garden plot with Mary Newton (403-368-2121) and please include a sign with your name and age. It’s a great way to learn to grow and keep a diary of a variety of vegetables and flowers. If you plan to join up, you need to plant carrots, cucumbers, beans, corn and another of your choice...also, pansies, sweet peas, marigolds, zinnias, and another of your choice. And so young gardeners...go, go, go... or should I say grow, grow, grow!
And last week, I announced the May 13 Grand Opening for the Badlands Bucks and Bows Morrin Archery Range. And this past Saturday, the community event was well attended with a happy buzz and right on target with the food haha! The complimentary beef on a bun and cupcakes provided for lunch were yummy and really hit the spot on a cool windy day. Thanks to everyone who came out for the fun community event, to those who helped with setup and cleanup and to those who donated an item for the silent auction.
So, this new local club got going with the brainstorming of a few key people...Melanie and Ryan Monaco and the Charlton family and Dr. Graham has been pretty keen to help whenever he could as well. The Archery Range unofficially was all ready to go a couple of months ago with members meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening and the excitement and interest is really catching on. The Morrin Lions made a generous donation that went to the purchase of extra youth size bows so that young kids from the area may come out and give it a shot. During the Grand Opening, a thank you was given from Morrin Mayor Suzanne Lacher, to acknowledge the good community teamwork and volunteer effort to produce a safe and satisfying result. We also heard from Ryan and Melanie Monaco and Mike Charlton about what it took to get the range up and running and the club’s plans to further improve the indoor shooting area with enhanced lighting and a more developed floor. Organizers are hoping that our community people and Morrin school students will be able to put the facility to good use for many years to come. I just love having this kind of good news to report to you all, so keep it coming!
And some more really great news to pass on to you all is that the Missoula Theatre has come to town and they haven’t been here since 2002...15 years! Thanks so much to Mrs. Norman for contacting the group and lining things up for the acting team to come once again and work with our school kids. The Morrin School and Morrin School Council are jointly funding the project. The Arts/Drama Company will be at the Morrin School all week doing auditions and hosting workshops on “creating characters” and “developing acting skills” and they will wrap up the coaching sessions with a show on Friday, May 19. All students will be involved in at least one workshop and a single performance of “Treasure Island” will be happening Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Morrin School Gymnasium. A silver collection will be taken to offset production costs and fund future cultural events at the school. So, if you are not heading away for the May long weekend come and see! It’s a great opportunity for the Morrin students and community members are welcome!
So, I hope you all had a lovely, happy, sunny Mother’s Day Sunday. The Morrin Community Hall Association put on a delicious brunch and many came out to enjoy the good food and visits. The Hall members would like to extend a thank you to Melanie Nelson and the 4H helpers who did a great job as always pitching in serving and cleaning up. Some of the 4H volunteers stayed for the whole 4 hours and your steady work, appreciated as always!
And lastly, I personally wanted to say thank you to the Morrin School teachers and classroom assistants for making crafts year after year for special occasions such as Mother’s Day and next up, Father’s Day. I am always so impressed with the handmade gifts that come home with our daughter. I cherish and save each prize. Each year since kindergarten through Grade 6, it is all she can do to contain her secret and excitement in presenting her special treasure to me on my day and her Dad on his day. And this past Sunday, I was delighted to open my eyes to a beautiful bouquet of colorful handmade paper flowers...so pretty! This is why I was dismayed to hear about a school...AL MCMAHON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL located in Mission, B.C., where the Grade 1 & 2 “team” made the decision to NOT celebrate these time-honored traditions/holidays any longer in class, so as not to offend a non-traditional family. Rather than let the young students make a gift to give to someone they may love and admire as a mother or father, they have decided to cut it out all together. Makes me wonder...was this particular elementary “Team” really that concerned about being politically correct or were they just not inclined to plan out and put the time and effort into helping the young kids make a gift? At any rate I think it was a very unfortunate choice and many parents (and I imagine many girls and boys as well) were not happy about it. After hearing about this from the Global news, I took it upon myself to send a letter to this school. I also called their office to express my disappointment and was told the principal would call me back. That was two weeks ago. I have yet to receive a call.
Anyway, to the staff at Morrin School, thank you for coming up with fresh ideas, and for using class time, year after year to honor parents and fulfill a tradition our nation has practiced for over 100 years! Thank you for continuing to nurture and encourage parental/child relationships, during school hours in this lovely, positive way. You are very much appreciated...carry on! Cheers!