President - Larry Frischke Vice President - Linus Clark Treasurer - Arlene Stevenson Secretary - Laurel Reid Memberships - Sue Comfort DIRECTORS Lorn Anderson, Chelsey Jensen, Murray Few,Gerald Olson, Keven Graham, Stewart Graham,Bud Gustafson, Ralph Jensen, Hans Van Vlaanderen, Dean Hamilton, Rayanne Alm
WINTER AT THE BIGHORN CAMPGROUND
Bighorn Campground and falls are always a great place to visit even in the winter. The frozen creeks make for great fun skating, a nice hike to the falls to see the beauty of winter and top it off with a nice warm fire with a weiner roast and hot chocolate.
2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING UPDATE
The Annual General Meeting was held February 23, 2019 at the Innisfail Legion and was attended by 45 Members. President Larry Frischke highlighted the past year's activities and accomplishments. The Association's financial statements were reviewed followed by a presentation from Rick Smith, Ya Ha Tinda Ranch Manager with respect to new Hunting requirements. The new directorship was elected and we welcome aboard 3 new directors, those being Sue Comfort, Dean Hamilton andRayanne Alm. Stepping down as directors are Mike Lewis, Bev Schrader, Nick Smith, Duane Papke and Leo Fagnan. A big Thank You for all they have contributed over the last few years and Good Luck in their future endeavours. Larry Frischke remained as President, Linus Clark will continue as Vice-President, Laurel Reid as Secretary, and Arlene Stevenson as Treasurer . Sue Comfort will continue to look after memberships. Directors are listed in the contact list below. Please feel free to contact anyone of the directors with comments, concerns or new ideas. We look forward to more member input.
The Banquet portion of the evening was again attended by a full house. After speeches and presentations the Westwind Band entertained and was enjoyed by all. We were back on track with our fund raising portion of the evening with raffles, silent auction and live auction. We had a total profit of $22,179.88 and sold 119 memberships We would like to thank everyone for their donations and time in helping make this annual event a great success.
On behalf of the Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association, we would like to thank everyone for their continued support! Special thanks to all our cash, live and silent auction donors.. without your continued support this fundraiser would not be the success it is. Special thanks also to the guests and committee members for their contributions
DONATIONS FOR TRAIL AND CAMPGROUND MAINTENANCE
Thank you to the Sundre Trappers Association for their generous donation of $2000.00 and Shell Canada for their donation of $2500.00
PROVINCIAL GRANT RECEIVED
We are pleased to advise that Friends of the Eastern Slopes have been given a $100,000.00 grant from the Provincial Government for campground and trail maintenance. We will be looking for anyone interested in doing trail maintenance to contact us. You must hold the proper certificates in order to apply.
NEW HUNTING REGULATIONS ON YA HA TINDA RANCH
Rick Smith, Ya Ha Tinda Ranch Manager - It is important to know who is on property, who is hunting and who is not. The people who are registered may be able to help locate poachers etc. This form must be filled out by everyone who is hunting on the ranch and it must be left with the vehicle when you are hunting. More information can be found on Parks Canada website.
Our campground cleanups are a fun filled weekend where we work together to prepare the campsites for the summer season. We usually get together on the Saturday to do the cleaning and maintenance work and there is always time to get a ride in late Saturday and Sunday. It is a weekend full of socializing and fun while keeping our campgrounds clean and in good repair.
If you are able to help, please contact one of our directors below for more information.
Seven Mile/Cutoff - May 11, 2019 - Contact - Larry Frischke Bighorn/Eagle Creek - May 25, 2019 - Contact - Laurel Reid/Lorn Anderson Hummingbird June 8, 2019 - Please look for updates on our facebook page or contact one of our directors
Please note that sometimes the clean-ups get postponed due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances to make sure you check our facebook page for updates.
POKER RALLY AUGUST 17, 2019
We are always looking for volunteers for our Annual Poker Rally so if you are wanting to help out you can let us know and we will have an ongoing list of volunteers we can call upon come August.
Cost of membership is $30/family. Donations above and beyond this are welcomed but not required. Membership forms can be filled out and returned with a cheque or money order. Please make cheques payable to Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association and mail to:
Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association Box 6093 Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S7
A membership card will be returned to you by mail as well as a receipt if requested in writing on the form.
We strongly encourage you to include an email address as they are used to email newsletter and all other information to notify you about events. The cost to mail newsletters is over $5 per letter and totalled over $5000.00 last year. It costs FOESA merely cents to send an email.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Our Website is up and running with a new look, very interactive and functional. Our website contains information about the Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association, Upcoming Events, Links to other informative websites and membership information and forms. You can access our website on the link below.