Big Valley Elks help pay tribute to longtime Royal Purple members

Though thunderstorms were in the forecast and dark clouds threatened, the weather failed to dampen the day as the “Canada Day Special”

Though thunderstorms were in the forecast and dark clouds threatened, the weather failed to dampen the day as the “Canada Day Special” pulled into the village on July 1.

Big Valley’s Canada Day celebrations enjoyed the sunny skies and heat of a typical Alberta summer day, with the rain holding off until after the train had departed our village.

We would like to thank every dedicated volunteer who came out to help us all celebrate Canada’s birthday; and a very special thank-you goes out to the source of the surprise fireworks display we enjoyed in the evening.

The Royal Purple would like to thank the Big Valley Elks for hosting a great supper on June 26. Following the supper, Honoured Lady Myra Greig opened the meeting at 8 p.m. There were 12 women present and one guest, Lady Audrey Nelson from the Trochu Lodge.

Perfect-attendance pins were awarded to Myra Greig (38 years), Sharon Duncan (27 years), Teresa Greig (five years) and Margaret Levesque (five years). Congratulations to them all.

On June 6 (Royal Purple Day), the women hosted a seniors’ luncheon for 50 people and then on June 16 and 30, they volunteered their services at the fine-dining trains. Teresa Greig and Sharon Duncan attended the Royal Purple provincial conference in Drumheller on June 8 and 9. Donations were made to Camp He Ho Ha, ISTAR, the Elks Purple Cross Fund for Children, the Valley Whistle and the Big Valley School Advisory Council. The next meeting of the Big Valley Royal Purple will be on Sept. 25.

July birthday greetings go out to Ryan Erickson – 1, Dustin Edwards – 6, Abby Tizzard – 14, Ernie Petrussa – 14, Jim Paul Jr. – 16, Craig Gordon – 18, Allan Rowland – 19, Wilf Dressler – 21, Bob Authenac – 22, Scott Schell – 22, Rick Tizzard – 26, Jenny Houle – 26, Lorne Fraser – 27, Les Mulbach – 29, Kelsey Mailer – 29, and Ella Hockley – 31.

Happy anniversary to Ed and Judy Adminis – 1, Jim and Marie Brenchley – 7, Edgar and Gaby Siegrist – 19, Doug and Crystal Bardwell – 20, Ron and Vi Milton – 29, Paul and Ariane Jensen – 28 and Allan and Florence Johnston – 30.

Don’t forget the second annual Kastik Cup (the David Kastik Memorial Golf Tournament) takes place this Saturday at the Big Valley Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m.