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1970 was the Annual Country Fair. From the first fair with Mrs. Ernest Gusdal as convenor and Mrs. Peter Bruce and Mrs. I. W. Burkett as lunch convenors, it grew to such proportions that it took the place of an agricultural fair in the community and for many years attracted more than six hundred entries.
In 1975 the Institute leased their building to the Erickson Perky Pioneers who are affiliated with the New Horizons Organization which was established for the benefit of Senior Citizens throughout the Province. In July 1983 the Institute sold the building to the Perky Pioneers for $1.00 with the stipulation that the Erickson Women's Institute have use of the building, without charge, for their meetings and projects.
At present our membership is twenty-five with President - Flo Scott, Secretary - Alma Paulsen, Treasurer - Anne Johnson and Educational Committee Convenors: Mrs. Caroline Bachewich, Mrs. Viola Miller, Mrs. Kay Kotyk, Mrs. Daisy Knight, Mrs. Mamie Slobodian and Mrs. Nancy Wickdahl.
Presentation of Women's Institute Life Memberships at 25th Anniver sary, April 19, 1963. Back Row, Left to Right: Harriet Lee, Viola Miller, Ethel Neilson, Mary Gusdal, Anna Mclnnes, Mabel Neilson, Joan Mclnnes, President Alma Paulsen. Front Row: Lillian Gusdal, Christine Johnson, First President Marion McKenzie, Ruth Skogstad, and Annie Halverson.
The Erickson Women's Institute was the first organization to cross the barriers in the community that had been caused by language, nationality and religion. By getting women together in a common cause, much of this was erased and this has probably been the organizations greatest contribution. Today we are a closely knit community comprised of almost every nation. To have had a part in this development is a cause for gratitude. Tolerance in our relationships is one of the greater lessons learned and the personal growth of the individual members one of the more worthwhile achievements. We view our past with pride and as we look forward to the Institute's 50th Anniversary in 1987, we pray that we may continue to be of service to our, "Home and Country".
Have old memories but young hopes.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Parkland Council of Minnedosa No. 6815
Parkland Council No. 6185 became a chartered council on June 6, 1976 with thirty charter members. Within a I few years the Council had grown to eighty members, coming from an area that included the districts of Minnedosa, Basswood, Newdale, Erickson, Sandy Lake, Elphinstone, Oak burn, Rossburn and Shoal Lake. In June, 1982, the members from the Oakburn, Rossburn, and Shoal Lake districts formed a new council, Our Lady of Fatima Council, leaving Parkland Council with fifty eight members. On this significant occasion, a presen tation of the Jewels was made to the new council by the Parkland Knights.
Under the leadership of the Grand Knights Jack Vanderhulst (1976-1977 and 1981-1983), Walter Yan chycki (1977-1978), Walter Kiliwnik (1978-1980), and Amie Gobin (1980-1981) the Knights have endeavored, through their numerous programs and projects, to fulfill their motto of unity, charity, and fraternity. In 1978, to facilitate the raising of funds, the Knights built a fully equipped portable booth, ideal for use as a concession booth at fairs, sports days, reunions, and sales. Also in 1978, the Knights, in conjunction with the Knights from the Neepawa Council, built a permanent float to enable them to participate in parades.
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programs for various charitable benefits. Their youth program includes several annual features: the twelve and under boys' hockey tournament, a Christmas coloring contest centered around the theme "Keep Christ in Christmas", a Christmas party for the children and the presentation of bursaries to deserving Grade XII graduates. Community programs are centered around helping those in need and in distress. Benefit socials for victims of fire, contributions to funds to provide life saving medical attention, visits to shut-ins, and distribution of Christmas baskets are examples of the Knight's service in the community. Included in their church program is the financial support of student priests in Latin America.
The greatest achievement came in 1979 when in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Minnedosa, the Knights placed a $7500 life-pac six monitor defibrillator in the Minnedosa District Hospital. This is used on patients suffering a heart attack. A second important achievement was aiding the Shoal Lake District Hospital in the purchase of a manikin which is being used to in struct students in artificial respiration. For this project the Knights donated $250.
For their projects and efforts in 1979 the Parkland Council was awarded the Star Council Award by the Supreme Council of Columbus, New Haven, Con necticut. This is the highest award granted to any council for their projects and activities in the areas of youth, council, community, and church.
In 1982, the Knights donated just over $950 to the Rossburn District Health Centre towards the purchase of an IV AC pump, a portable suction flymn inhaler.
The Knights are continually looking for new programs