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Greeting from Breton Elks Lodge #402


Well Happy New Year to everyone. Here is hoping that everyone had a wonderful festive season. Now it is time to get back to all the New Year resolutions that we made last year. We can then check the score board against this year.

Moving forward into Elk business, the Community Christmas Supper is still getting credit for a great success. Cash donations were split between the Food Bank and Christmas Wishes with a total of just under $1,000.00. The annual raffle ticket books have all been sold, so good work on the part of all members of the lodge.

Rimbey Hospital legacy Committee Member, Don Gillis, reported that business is moving forward with a positive mood and all systems are go and on track.

Brother Larry Kilgrain was presented his 5 year service pin, while Brother Les Nemeth was recognized for 50 years of service. Congratulations brothers.

Breton Elk members are busy preparing for the coming events in this new year. First up will be a visit from our Provincial President in January. Then will be Family Day in February followed by a final push into spring activities. Our Annual Spring Provincial Conference, which will be held in downtown Breton. Time does move forward very quickly.

At this time, I want to step back to December 18, 2023 when the local skating rink was officially declared open for business. Unfortunately our autumn weather would not allow a perfect finish to the ice surface. Our efforts are ongoing to attempt a polished product. A big thank you to Shawn Livingstone for all his effort in the flooding. Thank you also to the lodge members for helping to maintain the ice. Unfortunately, someone has taken time and effort to vandalize the effort of those trying to present an opportunity for our guests to enjoy some outdoor exercise. Some signage was incorporated in the ice surface for the purpose of adding some color to the facility. Holes have been carved into the surface in an attempt to remove these signs. So it’s obvious that some confusion exists. Mental illness should be dealt with in a medical environment not on our ice surface.

On a more positive note, our daylight hours are beginning to increase and it is time to start thinking about tomatoes.

Until next time, here is wishing everyone good health and good wealth.