In a report Dec 7, High River online reported that the joint float with River City Classics, Call of the West Museum and SNAPS was recognized as the best “Antique Truck and Tractor” entry in the Dec 4 Santa Claus Parade.
See the full report at High River Online Story
We have also received a Thank-you from the Parade Organizers
Thank you to everyone for participating in the 29th Annual Santa Claus Parade!
All the effort you put into your entries was really appreciated, especially by the children along the Parade route. As you saw, we had an extremely good turn-out of spectators!
We are looking forward to the 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade and would ask you to mark Friday, December 2nd, 2016, in your calendars. The theme for next year’s Parade will be “Joy to the World”.
Thank you also, to the all the volunteers who helped with the barricades, the fire pits, organizing the Parade and all the groups and businesses who put out hot chocolate stands along the parade route. It really made for a special evening for everyone!
Thank you again for making our annual High River Rotary Santa Claus Parade such a great success!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rotary Club of High River
Santa Claus Parade committee
“Light Up George Lane Park” committee
This year River City Classics entered two decorated floats. Garret Broer and Brian Chipchase went first, showcasing Garret’s decorated classic, 66 Chevelle SS. Here they are just before setting off for the parade.
Later in the Parade, just before Santa, came our second float. It was a combined effort featuring vintage half track farm tractor from the “Call of the West” Museum, our own Nater pick-up and a group of volunteers representing SNAPS. All of this on a huge flatbed truck courtesy of CDI International.
Here’s a few photos to show what Jeff Langford and a group of elves accomplished. They show our alignment on 3rd Street SW as we waited for parade marshals to give us our queue to proceed.
Cheques were distributed to 18 organizations this year as part of our commitment to support the Local Community
This year the Club recognized one of our founders. Doug Montford was presented with an engraved plaque in recognition for his years of effort in bringing the club to where we are today. Doug and spouse Yvonne have provided, leadership, encouragement, a mailing address (Highwood Lock & Key) and a contact point for both new and old members.
Of course this time of year is highlighted by the giving and receiving of gifts.
This year, again, that included the “stuffed rabbit”. I’m not sure of the origin of this tradition but have it on good authority that the rabbit makes an appearance every year as part of the gift exchange. Certainly a picture is worth much more than words so here’s Doug Sheppard showcasing the rabbit just before it was “exchanged” away from him.
Food, gifts and fellowship were the mainstay of the evening.
Based on a truck from the late 1940’s, Nater will ride in the Parade on a flat bed truck provided by CDI International out of Aldersyde.
Come out and see what the elves have built. Oh yes and don’t forget, Santa will be there too!!
The Club is already planning next years cruising calendar events. 2016 will see repeats of the “Christmas in July” mini show & shine, the Kananaskis BBQ, Aldersyde show & shine and of course the 14th annual Classics Show & Shine in September.
It will be hard to beat the participation of almost 1100 vehicles at the September show. Are you planning to join us?
At the general meeting on November 4, members of the Club agreed to sponsor a Christmas light display in George Lane Park. Members heard that it is too late this year to obtain an auto specific scene; however, their contribution will be recognized through a more generalized display this year. An opportunity to customize the display will occur next year.
At its November 4 meeting, members of the Club elected their Executive Committee for 2016. Returning as President is Jeff Langford assisted by Vice-Presidents Garret Broer and Jeff Johnstone.
Co-Treasurers Bob Hamshaw and Ted Dawson have agreed to continue their financial stewardship for 2016.
We are different from many other clubs. There are no restrictions on make, model, year or condition of your car. All we ask is that you are a car nut like the rest of us! Our club is a non-profit organization and we donate all our profits to local charities.
PO Box 5911, Stn Main,
High River, AB
Car Club President - Jeff Langford
Vice-President - Brian Brandon
Treasurer - Ted Dawson
Secretary - Lynne Thornton
Sept. Show Chair - Al Leonhardt