On Monday, June 19, the Rotary Club of Stettler held its annual Farmer’s Appreciation Night at the Stettler Community Hall, bringing together people from agriculture and farming communities, and all those who appreciate and honour the industry.
“This event has been going on for more than 50 years,” said Rotarian Kathie Hankins, chair of the event committee. “When it first started, Bill Chapman chaired it. And the event was an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the farming community in our amidst, and let them know how much their contribution meant to our town.”
According to Hankins, in the earlier days, each Rotarian would bring along a farming client but this has evolved over the years, with local businesses and organizations being more generous and buying up tables to honour their clients.
The evening started with a video, gradually leading to supper, which was served by Teresa’s Catering.
The scholarships were then presented as each recipient outlined their commitment.
Among the scholarship recipients were Alyssa Henderson, sponsored by Stettler Vet Clinic; Russel Steen, sponsored by RBC; Mackenzie Hankins, sponsored by Crop Production Services; and Steven Lepard, sponsored by MNP. However, Lepard was unable to attend the event, and his scholarship was accepted by Lynn Engel.
Also awarded were Paul Harris Fellowships, to Dr. Barbara Munholland and Bernie Jackson, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”
The evening ended with guest speaker, Todd Hirsch of ATB Financial speaking to the audience and a 50/50 draw after.
“We are grateful for all the generous sponsorships that were made for the event, from scholarships to the hall rental to the dinner, and everything in between,” Hankins added.