Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

A gen­tle snow­fall on the evening of the 25th pro­vided the pic­turesque scene of a White Christ­mas at Dalum and through­out south­ern Al­berta. Fam­ily gath­er­ings, the Christ­mas Eve church ser­vice, and old friends greet­ing one and other with the Dan­ish phrase of “Gledlig Jul” were all signs that the tra­di­tions live on and that the joy of the sea­son re­mains in our lit­tle com­mu­nity.

As has be­come a tra­di­tion for the Sun­t­jens fam­ily, Christ­mas day was cel­e­brated at the Dalum Com­mu­nity hall where about sixty mem­bers of that fam­ily gath­ered to share a meal, good fel­low­ship, and gifts for the chil­dren. The gre­gar­i­ous head of the fam­ily, Rick Sun­t­jens, with help from Edith and oth­ers, hosted the event whose ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers rep­re­sent a large and ever grow­ing fam­ily cir­cle.

There were sev­eral vol­un­teers rep­re­sent­ing Dalum when the an­nual Sal­va­tion Army dis­tri­bu­tion of food, cloth­ing and toys took place in Drumheller on the last Wed­nes­day be­fore Christ­mas. The eco­nomic down turn has put added pres­sure on so­cial ser­vices and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions all across Al­berta and Drumheller is no ex­cep­tion. Re­cent years have shown in­creases in the num­ber of ham­pers dis­trib­uted but, while the re­sponse by cor­po­rate and pri­vate donors has met the de­mand, we must re­mem­ber that even though the Christ­mas ham­per project is a large and sig­nif­i­cant form of as­sis­tance to those who may be in tem­po­rary or long term need, the work of the Sal­va­tion Army con­tin­ues through­out the year. The Sal­va­tion Army staff faces the on­go­ing chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing help to those in need beyond the surge of shar­ing which oc­curs dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to keep the less for­tu­nate in mind at all times.

Nine mem­bers of the cen­ten­nial plan­ning com­mit­tee, and guests, met at the home of Ger­ald Ras­mussen for the fi­nal meet­ing of that group which or­ga­nized the very mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion held at Dalum last Au­gust. The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to de­ter­mine what is to be done with ar­ti­facts and other mem­o­ra­bilia as­so­ci­ated with the event and to dis­perse the sur­plus funds which re­mained in the bank ac­count. The com­mit­tee trea­surer, Carol Oster­gard, pre­sented her re­port which showed a fi­nal bal­ance of just over $5,000.00 which, it was de­cided, would be split equally be­tween the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion, The Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church of Dalum; the three or­ga­ni­za­tions which had pro­vided the sup­port and fa­cil­i­ties nec­es­sary to hold the re­union. Also con­tribut­ing to the fi­nan­cial suc­cess were per­sonal dona­tions by many “Friends of Dalum” and a grant pro­vided by Wheat­land County. It was agreed the col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia should be kept to a min­i­mum but it should rep­re­sent the spirit of the event and in­clude enough pho­to­graphs and doc­u­menta- tion to give fu­ture gen­er­a­tions a sense of the en­thu­si­asm and fel­low­ship which was so ev­i­dent at the cel­e­bra­tion. A very pleas­ant so­cial evening fol­lowed the meet­ing, much to the plea­sure of the WagO-Matic who is al­ways happy to re­ceive guests, to the point there were a few times when she al­most wagged her­self off her feet.

Birth­day greet­ings over the Christ­mas and New year pe­riod go out to Paul Nielsen who is hus­band to the girl we re­mem­ber as Mar­i­lyn Ax­elsen, to Judy Nel­son, Carol Oster­gard and Kyle Sun­t­jens, to Ro­z­lyn Poulsen who is three, and to Gus James, grand­son of Treacy & Paula Vogstad and the son of Lo­gan & Shawni Jo James whose cake will have just one can­dle to be blown out. Happy Birth­day, Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year to all.

By now the tur­key buns have lost much of their ap­peal, there are prob­a­bly a few belts which have slipped a notch, and per­haps some Christ­mas guests have been able to linger an ex­tra day or two for more vis­it­ing with fam­ily and friends whom are too rarely seen. In the days be­tween Christ­mas and the New Year there is a rest­ful calm which de­scends upon my home, an op­por­tu­nity for quiet re­flec­tion and a time to re­view the past year and plan for the next. Now that 2019 awaits us with all the uncer­tainty re­lated to pol­i­tics, the econ­omy, and global hos­til­i­ties, I choose to be op­ti­mistic. I will greet 2019 with hope for a bright fu­ture and I wish for you a happy and peace­ful New Year!

You may con­tinue to phone your news items to Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-8232036 or email to ger­[email protected] magtech.ca

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