Countryside complements old-fashioned wagon ride

On Monday, July 2, visitors Philip Stone and his wife Linda were treated to an old-fashioned wagon ride through our lovely Big Valley

On Monday, July 2, visitors Philip Stone and his wife Linda were treated to an old-fashioned wagon ride through our lovely Big Valley countryside down to the Mackenzie Crossing with Bill Melnyk.

Bill was married to Alberta Romane Stone, daughter of Bessie Romane Stone. Bessie was Philip Stone’s aunt and Alberta is his cousin.

Philip and Linda would like to express their wholehearted appreciation for the wonderful hospitality they experienced during their visit. They had waited five years for this ride and it was really worth the wait.

Thanks to Bill Melnyk, Jim and Beverly Romane, Joyce Melnyk, Matthew Melnyk, Joseph and Kathryn Melnyk and Warren and Gloria Fukuda’s family.

This visit was so fabulous due to all their organizing and preparation. The Stones look forward to visiting with all of them again in the future and welcome everyone to visit with them in Diana, West Virginia.

The Big Valley Elks held their last meeting until the fall on June 26 and will be taking a break for the summer. Their next meeting is scheduled for the fourth Tuesday in September.

June’s meeting was preceded by a fine meal of prime rib and salmon done up by Bill and crew. Their lady counterparts, the Royal Purple, joined them and all enjoyed Bill’s excellent cuisine. Thanks again, Bill.

Brother Larry Anderson gave an excellent report on the convention that was held in Drumheller this year. Trochu held Canada Day celebrations on July 2 and 11 local Lodge members made the journey to cook the annual pancake breakfast.

More than 400 people were served between 8 and 10 a.m., so a lot of effort went into this undertaking. Thanks to all the brothers who attended.

A letter from the GER identified a Lodge in New Brunswick that lost their facilities in a major flood and was asking for Lodge assistance. The sum of $200 was voted in to send to their disaster fund.

The Lodge members also voted to participate in the Big Valley School Community Spirit Calendar project that is being put out for 2013.

The Club draw was won by visitor Don Fooks, who donated his share to the Children’s Fund. The 200 Club results were: Taylor MacFarlane, Anita Davie, Elly Briggs, and $100 to Brenda Meyer.

The Big Valley Elks Inter Lodge Golf Tournament takes place on July 14 at the Big Valley Golf Course, with a 2 p.m. tee-off. Please feel free to join in.

Golf carts are needed. There will be prizes and a roast beef supper. For more information, contact any Elks member.

The second annual Kastik Cup (the David Kastik Memorial Golf Tournament), which took place this past, hot, hot Saturday, was a sold-out success.

Though a lot of water was needed to make it through the day, everyone had a wonderful time. Thanks to all the participants.