GLENDON – All types of anniversaries, celebrations and gatherings have been held at the Glendon RCMP Century Hall – but Saturday evening was the first time the Glendon Agricultural Society celebrated their own achievements.
Marking 50 years as a registered organization, the Ag Society took an evening to recognize its contributions to the Glendon community.
“Fifty years – that is a long time for anything to last, and this is the first time we have celebrated together. That says something about us, we’re not much for tooting our own horns,” said Village of Glendon Mayor Nicholas Werstiuk.
“The Glendon Ag Society was created by volunteers who dedicated countless hours of hard work to honour our past, celebrate the present and build a place for the community to come together.”
And on Saturday night, the Glendon community came together to enjoy an evening of delicious food, speeches and live music.
Attendees were also given time to reflect on graduation ceremonies, wedding receptions, community dances and all the special memories that they have made while attending events at the hall and arena over the years.
“People may not remember exactly what was done or who did it, but they definitely remember how being here made them feel,” Werstiuk said.
Generations of volunteers
Current Glendon Ag Society president Kenneth Pshyk reflected on the community spirit and dedication of the founding members who initiated the Glendon Ag Society half a century ago, back in 1972.
Their fundraising efforts and commitment are what made the construction of the Glendon RCMP Century Hall and Arena possible.
“Money was tight, and the society needed a loan to finish the project. Several farmers and business owners actually put up their farms and businesses as collateral to secure the loan. And in the end, shovels hit the ground in 1973 and construction of the RCMP Hall began,” he explained.
The hall, which was built on Village of Glendon land, was leased for 50 years. With the agreement about to lapse, members of the Ag Society and Village came together on Nov. 21, 2022, to extend the lease for another five years.
“The Village has been very supportive and together we continue to be there for the community,” said Pshyk.
For decades the hall and arena have been the hub of the Glendon community, a place to meet and gather. For that reason, the buildings maintenance and improvements have been a priority for many, including the MD of Bonnyville, which continues to provide financial support.
“Last year, the MD contributed $150,000 and this year another $115,000,” Pshyk stated. “Without their support we could not operate this facility.”
Speaking on behalf of the MD of Bonnyville, Coun. Mike Krywiak shared his own memories of attending events at the hall over the years.
“This community has a great working atmosphere and community,” Krywiak shared. “Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. I hope to see you on your 75th.”
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