RUMSEY RECORD — Sean Proud stopped in at the library this past Wednesday because he wanted to thank all the volunteer firemen who rushed out to his place two weeks ago to help put out the fire that was threatening his trailer and the stack of hay bales in his yard. Brooks Watts, Jim Richmond, Tim Primrose, Curt McNaughton, Cayle Griffith, Ken Goddard and all the others he didn’t get to meet but helped in such a big way. He suffered some burns on his face and hands when he was trying to put out the initial fire and sparks and thought they would be ok but Lance and Kendra Kiemele knew that they were more serious than that, so Lance took him down to emergency for treatment and Kendra called regularly to ensure that he was keeping up his medicine. Sean couldn’t say enough about how helpful this community is and how grateful he was for all the help he received. You may not have met Sean yet but he is our “Sign Guy” and has been beautifying our community sign at the north approach into town for the past year or so. If you see that black van parked by the corner that just means Sean is up at the sign fixing or adding something special to make it look even better.
Linda Helmer stopped in to let me know that there will be a Volunteer Appreciation Tea held on April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Fellowship Centre for everyone who helped out with the monthly birthday club or in any other way at St. Mary’s Lodge.
The Rumsey/Rowley 4-H beef club kids are now in the final stages of preparation with their calves for their big show and sale which is fast approaching. They will be having a Mock Achievement Day on April 30, which involves bringing their steers and heifers into town, into the pens on the Ag Grounds to have a practice with presentation, being led around, setting the animal up to show and generally walking the calf around and around the pen to get them used to the noise and other animals so that on show day they will be a little better prepared. Everyone is invited in to come and watch as it helps to lend to that crowd noise and distractions that sometimes causes an animal to pull or run. If you can get that trained out of the animal on Mock Achievement Day then there is less chance of having a disaster on Show Day.
The Spring Fling was a huge success. The steak supper was delicious, the Silent Auction had lots of things to offer thanks to all the businesses and people who donated and the Dessert Auction offered up some beautifully constructed desserts that definitely impressed the crowds. Thank you to all the talented cooks in our area who donated desserts to be auctioned off. The Silent Auction raised $2,586 and the Live Auction raised $11,850 for a grand total of $14,436. I would like to extend a big thank you to Jackie Watts for organizing the auction and Sandy McNaughton for organizing the meal, and, of course, all the Ag Society workers who did all the cooking.
The Morrin 4-H multi-club sent up volunteers to do the clean-up which was a big help to all of the board members so thank you to all those guys as well. This will help the Ag Society with some much needed projects and, of course, the regular bills that arrive every month as we all know. At the last Ag Society meeting, it had been voted to go ahead with phase one of the kitchen renovations, which will involve renovating the cooler, removal of the single bathroom in the corner and removal of the ‘Pass-Through’ window between the hall area and kitchen area. Another motion that was passed at the meeting was to have the curling rink lobby, bathrooms, up the stairs and bar area painted over the summer plus have the hand rails replaced with something stronger. Phil McBride will now be taking bookings for the Hall and Agriplex so give him a call if you would like to book either building.
I found this quote on volunteering and thought it would be appropriate for this week’s column.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”
Have a great week everyone!