Most of you know Lori and I through many aspects of town life. We were married in 1988, and raised a son and a daughter here in Three Hills. Our son Matt has moved back to the Three Hills area where we both continue to own and operate Fair Way Woods Ltd, a woodworking business that caters to the greater Kneehill area and beyond. Matt and his wife Brittany have blessed us with two grandsons who keep us busy when we can help. Our daughter Alyssa successfully pursued a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and now works at a busy clinic in Calgary. She gets out here to golf when she can, and really enjoys coming back to her roots in Three Hills.
Both Lori and I have enjoyed a long history of community support and service to the town of Three Hills. Beginning in the early 80's, I was a Three Hills Curling Club member, and learned early on the nature of Board positions. I sat as Club President for one year, and did my best to keep that organization moving along. In 1987, I took on the role of Announcer at the Clubs annual Car Dance, and brought my own brand of 'personal touch' to the Event , which continues still to this day. The Car Dance, now called the Cash Dance, continues in its 42nd year, and stands as one of, if not the longest, raffles of its type in Alberta. It is a true long term success story for the community, and I'm proud to have been a part of it.
With the opening of the golf course in 1981, a new chapter opened in Three Hills. I came to Three Hills in 1982, and was very happy to see this great course getting off the ground. It was not until 2008 that I joined the executive of the golf course, and after a three year stint as Director, I became the Club President. That role carried many complexities, and I became versed with budgets, staffing, capital Improvements, grant funding and many other areas where both public dollars and public opinions need to be balanced. I sat in that role for 3 years, and came away with a better understanding of the importance of sound, longer term thinking for the success of an organization.
I have spent many years behind the microphone in the Three Hills Centennial Arena as a voice for the Three Hills Thrashers, and many other special events, such as the World Juniors Hockey exhibition games. Another public speaking engagement which I was very pleased to assist with was the RCMP Musical Ride. I was able to lend my voice to this fantastic event, and was fortunate enough to repeat the experience when the Musical Ride returned to Three Hills a second time.
I participated as a minor hockey parent right through my son's illustrious career, and the memories of those days are rich indeed. I did also take on the head coach role of the Midget hockey team. I was not exactly an NHL grade coach, but we had a fun year and made a lot of great memories.
Another community pursuit that I've been able to lend my voice to is the Three Hills Cruise Weekend. I have spent 7 years as Racing Announcer at the 1/8 mile Drag Races at the Three Hills Airport, and the event has continued to grow and flourish with the incredibly hard work of scores of volunteers and donors. Balancing public opinion and the wishes of a Board of Directors through my rather public voice is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
As I said in the opening here, both Lori and I have a long history of service in the community we all share. Lori, in all reality, is the one of the biggest community supporters I know, and I am proud to share that fact with all of you.
I enjoy helping at the Cruise Weekend Drag Races!
What a great golf course, and a brand new clubhouse to go with it!!
I love curling,we are lucky to have such a great space to share some friendly competition!
A little Celebrity Hockey in the Three Hills Arena!