Exhibition association donates funds to community groups

Rimbey Exhibition Association has made a significant donation to the Rimbey Historical Society in the wake of a summer burglary.

Rimbey Exhibition Association has made a significant donation to the Rimbey Historical Society in the wake of a summer burglary.

About $2,000 was stolen from Pas Ka Poo Park in August. That money was to be matched by a government grant. The Rimbey Exhibition Association has donated $1,000 to the Rimbey Historical Society to relieve a portion of the burden.

The donation was presented to Harold Kenney, president of the Rimbey Historical Society, at the association’s annual general meeting Nov. 3.

“Despite setbacks like this it’s great to see other people in the community see the need to preserve our history,” said Kenney. “I’d really like to give a big thank you.”

Sandi Taylor, Rimbey Exhibition Association president, presented $500 to Jarrod Robertson, Rimbey Junior Senior High School athletic director, for the school’s banquet held near the end of the month, and for new volleyball nets.

This year’s rodeo queen, Emily Henschel, received an honorarium from the association for her time and efforts.

“This is awesome. It’s been such a privilege to run for the Rimbey Rodeo Queen,” she said.

Dean Edge, master of ceremonies, also presented an award that night.

A few years ago Edge created the Barry Edge Memorial Scholarship in memory of his father. This year’s recipient is JB Davidson, a college rodeo cowboy at Lakeland College.

Davidson wasn’t able to attend the evening but the $500 scholarship was accepted on his behalf by his grandfather, Glen Crandall. “The Edge family is to be commended for their efforts,” said Crandall.

During the meeting the Rimbey Exhibition Association also said goodbye to members Jim Crammer, Katelyn Husband and Kristina Martinek.

Vykki Johns will remain a member of the association, but won’t be able to attend all the meetings.

Four new members were also welcomed that night: Steven Boyce, Bill Lattau, Cory Lawes and Gloria Christianson.

Once the meeting business was taken care of community and members where entertained by country band Debbie D and the Western Wind, which played golden age country tunes.

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