The Christmas party on Saturday, December 16 was a great success by all accounts. There were around 20 children attending and they enjoyed creating candy covered gingerbread houses and games before Santa arrived. They all got to visit with Santa and receive a small gift and candy bag from the jolly man before he had to head back to the North Pole. We would like to send out a big thank you to Santa for taking the time to come and visit our little community during this busy time of year. The kids then settled down for a short movie before heading home with tired eyes and lots of stories. The organizers would like to send out a big thank you to the sponsors of this event; the Rumsey Ag Society, Big Valley Elks and Big Valley Ladies Community Club (formally known as the Royal Purple). I would like to thank the organizers: Nadine Sengaus, Sandy McNaughton, Lee Kiemele and Trina McFarlane for all their efforts to make a fun afternoon for the children of our community.
The Super League also concluded this weekend with curling Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday when the finals were played off. I would like to send out a big thank you to our new kitchen coordinator, Lori Cawiezel, who has stepped into Sandy McNaughton’s shoes as she has finished her three year term on the board. Lori served a delicious supper for the curlers on Saturday of ham and scalloped potatoes with all the fixings which was greatly appreciated after all that curling.
This will be Rod Nelson’s last super league as coordinator and we thank him for his time organizing all the curling bonspiels and leagues. The results from the finals were first place going to Tina Gross and her team, second to the Tim Primrose crew, third went to Justin Jones and his crew from Byemoor; thanks for traveling over to play each week; and fourth went to Rod Nelson and his crew.
The annual general meeting of the Ag Society was held on December 11 with five board members retiring after accomplishing a lot on their three years of volunteering their time: Alan Hampton, Sandy McNaughton, Rod Nelson, Cayle Griffith and Sharon Walker. The new members who are joining us on the board are Lori Cawiezel as concession coordinator, Logan Kiemele as sports days coordinator, Carli Gogol as curling coordinator, Jill Holowath will take over prize committee and Ian Michie will be our vice president and entertainment coordinator. Thank you to all the retiring board members for all your time and effort to make the ag society work so well for the community (hopefully you will join again someday in the future) and welcome to all the new members as we get started on a new term.
I would like to add a special thank you to our secret Christmas decorator, Sean Proud, who has taken it upon himself to brighten up many spots around town including the post office and library. It looks a lot more cheerful around town and at the corner thanks to Sean.
Have a great week and a very Merry Christmas to everyone in the community.