Ag. Society to introduce special 2017 ribbons for Fall Fair - Feb. 2, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
After noticing that Brussels Agricultural Society Secretary/Treasurer Brian Schlosser had refused monetary compensation for the job, members suggested a change, despite Schlosser’s good-natured gesture.
As members reviewed the organization’s financial statements at its annual meeting Friday night, members noticed that Secretary/Treasurer Brian Schlosser had not been taking compensation for his work, which had traditionally been $150 per month.
Schlosser told members that he didn’t want the money and that he refused it.
After several members unsuccessfully tried to convince Schlosser to take the money, member David Blaney suggested that it would set a dangerous precedent for whoever took the job next. He said if Schlosser was committed to leaving the money with the society, he should be paid, but then he could donate the money back if he so wished, which is what members decided to do.
Dorothy Cummings was voted into the position of first vice-president for the society, meaning that she will take over as its president in 2018 when current president, Matt Cardiff’s, term ends.
All other positions remained unchanged, as they had been elected in last year for a two-year term. Matt Cardiff is the president, while Mary Douma is the home craft president, Edna McLellan is the first vice-home craft president and Brian Schlosser remains the secretary/treasurer.
President Matt Cardiff told members that while a challenging year lies ahead, there will be help.
He told members that the members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society have volunteered their time for the Brussels Fall Fair being hosted at the 2017 International Plowing Match, which he said was much appreciated.
The theme for the 2018 Brussels Fall Fair will be Tractors and Tailgates, which should help expand the scope of the fair says Dorothy Cummings.
Cummings, who will take over the president’s role in 2018, said that she hopes to incorporate a car show into the fair with the help of Brussels’ Don McNeil and the Tractors and Tailgates theme would certainly aid in those efforts.
Well over a dozen potential themes had been put forward, a list that was eventually trimmed down to a final three of “Back to our Roots”, “Something to Crow About” and “Tractors and Tailgates”.
The society voted in favour of purchasing special ribbons for all of those who enter something into the 2017 Brussels Fall Fair.
Schlosser brought forward the proposal at the organization’s annual meeting on Friday night, saying that the fair in the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the same year the fair is being held at the International Plowing Match, was definitely a special occasion to mark with a special ribbon.
The ribbons will be handed out to everyone who enters something into the fair. It will be measure 13 inches, three inches longer than the fair’s customary ribbons, and will be red and white in celebration of Canada’s birthday.
The cost for the ribbons is $1,255 plus tax. The society passed the motion, authorizing Schlosser to move ahead on the purchase of the special ribbons for the upcoming fall fair.