It seems like just yesterday we worked so hard on putting the ice in and boom, it’s time to take it out. We were holding out for news that the COVID protocols would be lifted and we could utilize our ice, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. So we have made the difficult decision to take the ice out now. It is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but with no income coming in we just can’t justify the cost of keeping the plant going.
We are looking forward to the fall when we can put the ice back in and enjoy all the hockey!!
Holden Agricultural Society – Scholarship Criteria 2020
Scholarship 1 – A $500 scholarship is available to a current grade 12 student at an area school who has participated in either Minor Hockey or 4H club for a minimum of 4 years (with at least 2 of those in Holden Minor Hockey or released by such if no team was available for their particular level or Holden 4-H Beef or Beaver County 4-H multi-club), to pursue post-secondary education for a minimum period of 1 year. An application by letter to the Board of the Holden Agricultural Society must be received no later than June 1st of any given year. The current board of directors will make a preliminary selection and the final decision will be made by a minimum of 5 directors as selected by the board. The award will be presented at the School awards night held in approximately September or October of that year.
Scholarship 2 – A $500 scholarship is available to a current grade 12 student at an area school who has participated in a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer work within the communities of Holden and/or Ryley with relevant work being signed off by an approved board member of an organization or staff member of a municipality, to pursue post-secondary education for a minimum period of 1 year. An application by letter to the Board of the Holden Agricultural Society must be received no later than June 1st of any given year. The current board of directors will make a preliminary selection and the final decision will be made by a minimum of 5 directors as selected by the board. The award will be presented at the School awards night held in approximately September or October of that year.
On November 18, 2020 we hosted the Region 5 AAAS meeting (Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies). It felt so good to get back in the kitchen! The meal we offered included our home made burgers with a few extras; fried mushrooms, bacon, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles plus potato salad, caesar salad, and coleslaw. For the dessert, Carrie made chiffon cake served with whipped cream and berries. The meal was a big hit!! The meeting was very informative as well.
Thank you to Gail & Carrie for organizing, Gene for cooking, Matt, Mike, Sarah, Toni & Elaine for helping out.
November 25/20 @6:30 is our Annual General Meeting and we are looking for more members. We are looking for members that are willing to be part of the community. We meet once a month, except July, August and September. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings, help with our fundraisers, including concession and steak suppers, and any other venture we do. Holden Ag strives to help make the Holden area a better place to live for everyone. Membership is only $5. We would love to see you there!
Thank you so much to our volunteers who helped put in the ice on Saturday. This is the first time in a long time we didn’t have our fearless leader Clint there to guide us (he had family commitments), but the volunteers pulled us through. Thanks to Nicole and Mike Suchy from Holden Minor Hockey, Patrick Flemming, Jesse and kids from Pond Hockey and Carl Pipke from Iceholes. We are excited to have ice in and finally get some hockey going.
Gail Alger, Carrie Hrabec and Toni Cheremshynski made fresh burgers for the group to complete the day.
Wayne is updating the paint job on our Zamboni so it will look pretty for this season.
The big question these days, other that hows harvest going, is are we putting ice in??
YES!! We are planning to put our ice in! We are aiming for a Nov 1 start date and excited for a new hockey season. We will be working hard to maintain COVID protocols so we are not sure how things are going to look. Our plan so far is to have LOTS of time between teams so that we can clean the dressing rooms and bleachers. We will get more details as we get closer.
Once harvest is done, we will be looking at doing our steak dinners again. Again we will be following COVID protocols so we are exactly sure how that is going to look.
I recently was reminiscing about our steak dinners the other day, since I had a memory pop up on my Facebook. You know we have been doing steak suppers for over 7 years. It has been a great fundraiser for us, not just for the money but because it really brings the community together. It is always great to see our regulars come every month. So thank you for your support. Our future plans are to working on more new dressing rooms. I have added some old supper pics that I have found. If you have any please send them my way so I can add them to the blog. 🙂
We are so thankful for the Zemlaks!! They were able to take the ice out this past weekend. Usually we have a crew that helps to get this job done, but since we are not allowed to gather, Zemlaks did it with just their family. They even crafted a fancy squeegee for their bobcat, which did the work of many.