Judy Dinsmore

Donalda marks Remembrance with community weekend

The Village of Donalda kept its community busy with a fall supper on Nov. 7 and a Remembrance Day pancake breakfast on Nov. 8.

The Village of Donalda kept its community busy with a fall supper on Saturday evening, Nov. 7 and a Remembrance Day pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, Nov. 8.

Donalda and District Agricultural Society held the fall supper on Saturday night to a “good turnout”.

“Most years we get a lot of people here and we are thankful that so many come out here, and a lot of them out of town, too,” said Ray Kneeland, director of Donalda and District Agricultural Society.

With a delectable menu, consisting of a range of food items, the Donalda Community Hall was packed through the evening as people kept pouring in.

Jodi Blouin, president, Donalda and District Agricultural Society said, “The fall supper has been an ongoing community event for many years and this year we have had over a 100 people come out to support us.”

The funds raised from the supper will be used to maintain the agricultural society facilities for the community.

“We are a small volunteer group trying to raise some extra funds to keep all our facilities open for the community, and we were glad to see so many faces that have come out from year to year to support us,” said Blouin.

The Agricultural Society has five different facilities that are operated in the village, the riding arenas, campground, community hall, and a recreation facility.

“With the money raised, we are hoping to look at rebuilding our handicap ramp off the back of the community hall to make it easier for people to come out to community events at the hall,” added Blouin.

In previous years, funds have been used for renovations of the interior of the riding arena, putting in a handicap ramp to the campground bathrooms and the general maintenance of the facilities.

The Donalda Drop-in Centre held its Remembrance Day pancake breakfast the following morning, Sunday, Nov. 8.

“I’ve been doing the Poppy Fund for Donalda for a while now, having worked at the Stettler Legion for over a decade,” said Judy Dinsmore, president, Donalda Drop-in Centre. “We hold a paid regular breakfast every second Sunday of the month, and three years ago when this fell so close to Remembrance Day, I thought it would be a good idea to tie in the Remembrance Day events and hold a small service.”

The breakfast started at 11 a.m. and for $8, it was a feast of homemade hashbrown, ham, eggs, pancake, along with juice, tea or coffee.

“It’s all volunteer cooking, and is a good way to spend a Sunday morning,” said Darlene Tantrum, vice-president of the centre. “Five years ago there were not many funds, but ever since we have been holding these breakfasts, we have been able to increase it and even help other communities.”

Earlier this year, the drop-in centre has had a new kitchen installed along with new appliances in addition to renovations of bathrooms and the flooring.

A small service was held at noon to commemorate the veterans.

It started with ‘In Flanders Fields’, a poem by John McCrae, composed at the battlefield on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres Eep Belgium, and ended with the Final Inspection, ‘Always and Forever’, another poem by an unknown author.

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