Ag society grant is only $17,500

Regarding the article by Amelia Naismith in the March 17. 2016 Flyer titled, “Lakedell Agricultural Society Requests One-time Donation”

Dear editor:

Regarding the article by Amelia Naismith in the March 17. 2016 Flyer titled, “Lakedell Agricultural Society Requests One-time Donation”, Ms. Naismith gets most of it right but there was one howling error that paints Lakedell Ag Society in a bad light. First, I am not a director at Lakedell Ag, I am a former director and current active volunteer.

In her article, she states that Lakedell Ag. receives $175,000 from Alberta Agriculture as a base grant. That is very much incorrect. Lakedell, like all agricultural societies in the province, receives $17,500 as a base grant. This base grant is given to every agricultural society regardless of its membership, what assets it manages or what facilities it operates. For example, some ag societies consist of a minimum board of directors, operate no facilities and only put on the required single event, such as a pancake breakfast. They get $17,500. These smaller ag societies tend to re-distribute this money to libraries, youth groups and other community activities. Lakedell Ag Society operates almost 30,000 sq. ft. of indoor facilities, some of which are available to the public 365 days of the year. We employ people on a part-time basis and are a community hub. We receive the same $17,500. I can assure you of this.

Operating grants are important to the functioning of non-profit public service bodies, but they only provide about 20 per cent of the operating revenue at Lakedell Ag. Society. These days our group works diligently with complicated insurance and tax structures, aging infrastructure and a struggling volunteer base, yet we manage to provide safe and decent facilities and programs to our rural neighbours. It’s often an uphill climb and a thankless job. Lakedell Ag appreciates the support of the County of Wetaskiwin in the past and currently. They realize the value of our service and the challenges we face.

We have had some detractors in the past and this printed error doesn’t help. But for all those out there who appreciate the hard work of the few individuals out there who work at Lakedell Ag, or the Falun rink and hall, or at the Buck Lake Stampede, or any of those coaching or volunteering, don’t forget to say thanks once in a while.

Tim Belec,

County of Wetaskiwin

 

Just Posted

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Road allowance agreement approved by county council Aug. 7

Road allowance lease also affects access for other resident

Suspect in Wetaskiwin trunk kidnapping arrested

Ponoka RCMP seek arrest warrants for suspects of armed robbery as well

Man attempts to stop fight in Wetaskiwin, gets stabbed: RCMP

Wetaskiwin RCMP looking for two suspects involved in assault with a weapon

Bonus RCMP officer for Breton region courtesy County of Wetaskiwin

Councilors examine details of enhanced RCMP officer for far-west side of county

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Most Read