Bentley Community News: United Way supported well in Bentley

A Central Alberta United Way fundraiser staged by a business in Bentley was again very well supported by staff, donors (both individual and companies), and the area citizens-at-large.

A Central Alberta United Way fundraiser staged by a business in Bentley was again very well supported by staff, donors (both individual and companies), and the area citizens-at-large.

Each year the Bentley branch of Community Savings has been fundraising for the Central Alberta United Way.

Last year Bentley raised over $3,800 exceeding their expectation last year when they held a silent auction for the first time. This year their goal was to raise $5,000 and they exceeded it by raising $5,130. Personal staff donations alone totaled $840.

On Oct. 24, for the 2008 campaign, staff in Bentley provided and served chili and bun lunches to around 100 people to kick off their fundraising effort. A silent auction with approximately 50 items on display in the bank premises, ranging from original art and hand-made jewelry, to hockey tickets and small appliances, clothing and home decor, and even canning and flower bulbs were all donated by local individuals, businesses, and staff members.

There were many excited bidders in attendance as town mayor Joan Dickau closed off the bidding at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.

Each year a number of Central Alberta branches of Community Savings participate in the support the Untied Way campaign’ in one way or another. The Community Savings corporate goal this year is to raise $125,000.00. The Central Alberta United Way supports about 34 area agencies that offer critical services in surrounding communities.

Bentley Minor Hockey sets sights for another season

The Bentley Minor Hockey and Ringette Association is one of the lucky volunteer organizations around. They can boast a full slate of executive officers.

At their annual fall general meeting on October 28 all the executive were present and no new ones were needed.

There are four teams. The Initiation (Dynamite) coaches are Matt Peterson and Ed Butcher and the Novice coach is Brian Gerrits. Merlin Ruud and Marlys Talsma are coaching the Pee Wee team and Kelly Schneider and Colin Scholze are coaching the Bantams.

Ice time that was booked for the now disbanded female midget hockey team will be turned back to the town.

There was a discussion about the Post Skills Camp they hosted earlier, it was the first time it was done, and whether to host another Skills camp later in the season or wait until next year, or transport players who want to attend one to another location hosting such a camp.

The local hockey association is hosting a Hockey Night in Bentley fundraising dinner, dance, and auction on Nov. 29 at the Ag Centre. Contact Fundraising Chairperson Linda Forrester at (403)748-4822 for information on how to get tickets or how to donate.

Safety concerns while at the arena were talked about with questions raised about the quality and accessibility of a well-stocked first aid kit, a defibrillator, stretcher, and a posted evacuation plan. They will be investigated.

Those running the arena kitchen concession want to make a donation back to minor hockey. How they could best do that was discussed.

Kitchen signing authority was changed to make it easier to get two signatures.

There is once again a need for referees to take register for clinics.

A motion was made to give a 50 per cent break in registration fee to one child per family for anyone actively sitting on the executive.