Our club year has wrapped up with an amazing bang. We could not be more thankful for our many supporters throughout the year such as our buyers, sponsors, bidders, spectators and community members.
We had the opportunity to celebrate our amazing support system and also our member’s accomplishments at our Buyer and Sponsor Recognition and Evening of Awards Excellence May 28, 2019 at Lakedell Community Hall. Our evening was a huge success that as always was started off with an amazing meal prepared by Greta Schmidt. Our smoked beef meal was an absolute hit and our club can never say enough Thank Yous for all she does to provide us with amazing meals for all of our events. Our guests were entertained with stories full of humour, laughter and heartfelt encouragement from our ever entertaining speaker Mr. Dave Poulsen. He not only made us laugh but inspired us to follow our dreams and never give up on what we love.
We had the opportunity to have Leah Jones, CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, come and give a few words on behalf of the foundation. She shared what the foundation does and what the donation of 98 mattresses will do for the Alberta 4-H Centre at Battle Lake. We were able to again recognize our buyers, sponsors and partners in our fundraising efforts of raising just over $21,000 for 98 new mattresses for the centre. Again we cannot thank enough Hampton Farms of Falun for donating our club calf and feed, our buyers of G&T Custom Farming, Crossroad Ag Products, Harris Construction, Bonnie Glen Landscaping, and VJV Auctions who in turn won our calf and donated it back to the club again! We also need to thank our partners who stepped up to help us raise the remaining funds to secure new mattresses for the whole dorm of 4-H Council of Alberta Directors, 4-H Foundation of Alberta Directors, Mattress Mattress and Cliff and Janet Stone.
We rolled into our club awards recognizing those winners that won at our Show and Sale and then having the opportunity to announce our winners in the Record Book competition and Awards of Excellence Winners. Winning for Junior Steer Book was Garett Schmidt with second to Naston Monea, Intermediate Steer was Jackson Denschikoff with second to Nicole Groeneveld, and Senior Steer to MacKenzie Denschikoff with second to Austin Schmidt. Our Junior Heifer book winner was Cameron Gingrich with second to Reese Stone, Senior Heifer was Nicole Groeneveld with second to JR Good and our Junior Cow/Calf book winner was Caleb Stone with second to Cameron Gingrich and Senior Cow/Calf Book was Jackson Denschikoff with second to MacKenzie Denschikoff. Congratulations to all members on presenting some very well kept books. Receiving their Bronze Awards of Excellence for diary points this evening was Mercedes Giesbrecht and Jackson Denschikoff.
We then had the opportunity to thank all of our amazing buyers. As members we cannot thank enough for what these buyers do to support not only us on show and sale day, but their continued support and donation will go a long way to invest in our futures and help us achieve our goals and dreams. We want to recognize again Big Rig Power x 2, Steve and Shirley Jackson, Borealis Energy, G&T Custom Farming x 2, Royco Farms, Wetaskiwin Ready Mix x 2, Diamond A Excavating, Parkland Ag & Auto Services Inc. x 2, C&S Consulting/Corei & Katie Ekroth, Coaches Source For Sports/Rob Young/Howard and Heather Lewis, Harris Construction x 2, Vold Jones Vold x 2, Brightview Bus Lines, Martin Deerline, Irv’s Westside Auto, and Joco Trucking. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. We also cannot thank enough also our many club sponsors and supporters throughout the year who have donated and supported us. As a club we also want to thank Lakedell Ag Society who always provides us with an amazing facility to use all year and this year awarded two camp bursaries to our members. The lucky winners were Nicole Groeneveld and Nashton Monea.
As members we want to take this opportunity to thank the group of people that really make this all happen for us. Thank you to our parents that give us this opportunity, get us to and from meetings, club activities and give us the support we need to raise and show great livestock. As members and kids we are ever grateful for your support. Thank you to everyone for your support, have a wonderful summer break and we look forward to great things in the fall of 2019 for our club.
Submitted by Adrianne and Jackson Denschikoff