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The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS! - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

This past week was a busy one for the Drumheller and District 4H mem­bers, lead­ers and par­ents. On Mon­day, June 5 the 4H Beef Show and Sale took place in the Delia Arena. Three beef clubs, Delia, Hes­keth Orkney and Rum­sey Row­ley, showed their calves and cow/calf fe­male an­i­mals. The mem­bers are judged on con­for­ma­tion of their steer, groom­ing and show­man­ship. The mem­bers also have a judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion learn­ing to judge beef cat­tle. Mem­bers tak­ing part on this day from our com­mu­nity in the Delia Beef Club were Jared Dun­calf, Cam­ryn, De­laney, Elli-Anna, and Liam McDougald. From the Rum­sey Row­ley Club show­ing their calves were Vanessa, Meah and Ca­dynce Rich­mond (grand­chil­dren of Ron’s sis­ter Eleanor and daugh­ters of his nephew Ken Rich­mond). A beef sup­per was served in the Delia Hall with presentation of awards fol­lowed by the sale of the steers. The 4H mem­bers and clubs are gen­er­ously sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties both in spon­sor­ing tro­phies and awards and in pur­chas­ing of the mem­ber’s calves.

Then on Satur­day, June 10, the Drumheller and District 4H Coun­cil hosted a celebration of the 100th an­niver­sary of 4H in Al­berta in the Row­ley Hall. Clubs had dis­plays of the work and ac­tiv­i­ties that they take part in. A pro­gram was MC ed by Vanessa Rich­mond and Jan­ice Hoover. Elli-Anna McDougald and Aubrayel Ber­dahl led the 4H pledge. The guest speak­ers briefly out­lined the his­tory of 4H Clubs in the prov­ince and District. Jim Fisher spoke about the first 4H club in Al­berta in Olds in which his fa­ther was in­volved. El­son and Pat McDougald spoke about the Drumheller 4H Beef and Ron Leon­hardt out­lined the his­tory of the Grain Clubs in the district. Other lead­ers spoke about the Row­ley Sewing Club, Rum­sey Row­ley Beef, Mor­rin Multi Club and Hes­keth Orkney Beef. Doug Stanger spoke about the Drumheller District 4H Schol­ar­ship. Some pre­sen­ta­tions were made, door prizes given out and en­ter­tain­ment fol­lowed. A slide show of the 2016 4H ex­change trip be­tween Drumheller and Ox­ford On­tario was shown. Four mem­bers of the DVSS stu­dent band in­clud­ing Liam McDougald and mu­sic teacher Vir­ginia Sakof­sky entertained. Af­ter a pizza sup­per singer/song­writer Blake Reid entertained in­clud­ing the song he wrote and recorded for the 4H Cen­ten­nial, “Room to Grow”. It was a great event. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the or­ga­niz­ers.

Tues­day and Wed­nes­day last week El­son and Pat McDougald took their team of Cly­des­dale horses and cov­ered wagon to Pi­o­neer Acres “Kids Days”. 400 grade 1 and 2 kids were there each day mostly from Cal­gary, Ch­ester­mere, Cross­field and Air­drie. They kept 4 wagon and teams pretty busy from 10 to 2. Pat baked 15 dozen cook­ies for the kids for the two days. Thurs­day they at­tended a plan­ning meet­ing for Knox Fun Day on June 25 and later at­tended the DVSS Cul­tural Arts night. Cam­ryn plays in the band. Fri­day they at­tended the Al­lied Dis­trib­u­tors 50 years in busi­ness celebration. El­son had his re­stored 1939 Min­neapo­lis U trac­tor on dis­play. So, a busy week for ev­ery­one.

Ron and I en­joyed be­ing part of the 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary party for Tom and Dani Doo­ley on Satur­day even­ing. About 60 friends, neigh­bours and fam­ily gath­ered at the Doo­ley farm. Con­grat­u­la­tions on this mile­stone.

Happy birth­day this week to Ja­clyn ( James) Skytt on June 15, Wylie James on June 16 , Kobe Ewing on June 17, Dy­lan James on June 18, Win­ston Mar­tynes on June 20 and Jodi Poland on June 21.

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