New sponsor for mutton busting

The Elks held their annual Oyster Feed and Past Exalted Ruler night in Rumsey last Tuesday, March 25

The Elks held their annual Oyster Feed and Past Exalted Ruler night in Rumsey last Tuesday, March 25 with Ron Dodd acting as the Exalted Ruler. An excellent meal of oysters with all the trimmings was prepared by the Rumsey Crew and was very well received by those present. Fourteen members from our local lodge along with 36 members from other lodges enjoyed the evening. Four new members from other lodges were initiated into the Elks. Big Valley’s own Brother Bill Smillie will be taking up the reins of district deputy for this next term and will be going to the upcoming provincial rally.

A disbursement was made to the Big Valley Rodeo Association to sponsor the children’s “Mutton Bustin” event at the Big Valley Bust Out Rodeo. Jim Maxwell was the recipient of the club draw and picked up $50. The annual 200 Club Draw closed at this meeting and new tickets are now available from Elks members. Winners of the last draw were Dawn Wiens, Brad & Erica Nelson and Martina Gendre. Bernard Gendre scooped the closing $500 draw. Congratulations to all the winners throughout the year and thank you to all who support the Elks by buying tickets.

Eight players came out to play crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, March 30. First place went to Teresa Greig, second went to Dorothy Annable and third went to Lawrence Wilkie. Len Shaw took home the booby prize while Caroline Pound won the regular draw and the 50/50. The next Big Valley Inn crib tournament takes place on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

It is time to register for Big Valley and Area Minor Ball. If you have children four years of age and up, please contact Erin Wilkie at 403-876-2548 with your child’s name and date of birth. Team arrangements will be dependent on the number of registrations and ages for each category. Coaches and adult helpers are always needed and appreciated at practices and games. Practice days and possible game times will be up to the coaches. Registration deadline is April 11.

Don’t forget the Alberta Health Services heart health education program “HEART WISE” on Tuesday, April 8 at the Big Valley Drop-in Centre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come learn the facts about high blood pressure and cholesterol; what your ‘numbers’ mean; healthy eating; the importance of physical activity and much more. Call Central Zone Alberta Intake toll free at 1-877- 314-6997 to register.

April birthday greetings go out to Rowan Laisnez – 1, Brayden Daychief – 1, Debra Johnston – 2, Barb Laisnez – 3, Amanda Baird – 5, Alearra Daychief – 10, Russell Watts – 11, Mackenzie Schell – 12, Edna Sugden – 13, Rodney Fraser – 14, Marjorie Olive Sr. – 16, Chad Sorensen – 17, Cindy Mailer – 19, Ron Kilpatrick – 20, and Larry Erickson – 27.

Happy anniversary to Andy & Karen Dayman – 1, Bennett & Carolyn Anderson, Don & Joy Walker – 19, Scott & Sandra Schell – 24, Otto & Gladys Nicklom – 27 and Les & Ann Mulbach – 29.