Regimental Ball Raised the Roof

By Pam Jones, Editor.

One hundred and twenty-five people did a lot of things on Saturday, September 26th at the Turner Valley Detachment’s RCMP Regimental Ball held at the Millarville Rodeo Hall.

Dressed in their finery, community members mingled with law enforcement officers and their ‘better halves’ and did a whole lot of laughing, talking, dancing and of course eating!

The head table consisted of Retired Cst. Tom Christie and his wife, Arlene; Chief Superintendent Frank Smart, District Commander for the Southern Alberta District and his wife, Alison; Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King Turner Valley RCMP Detachment Commander; Cpl. Terry Hamelin, Turner Valley RCMP Detachment 2nd -in -command and his wife, Angie.

Head Table
(l to r) Rtd. Cst. Tom Christie, Mrs Arlene Christie, Mrs Alison Smart, Chief Superintendent Frank Smart, Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King, Cpl. Terry Hamelin, Mrs Angie Hamelin

The evening was MC’d by Retired RCMP Cst. Tom Christie and if any of you have ever been to a function where Tom has been the MC then you know how good it was! Tom led the evening from point to point seamlessly along with a good dose of ‘Tom’s Humour’!

Before dinner we were introduced to some RCMP traditions with a piper and a Fallen Members table that had been arranged by Cpl. Tiffany McGregor, and the significance of the components was explained. A red rose and stetson was placed on it  and a moment of silence followed allowing everyone to reflect on Fallen Members and the protection and service provided by all law enforcement officers.

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Fallen Members Table

The food was catered by Hansel and Gretel, from Okotoks, and you couldn’t have asked for a better meal. There were salads, vegetables, chicken and the piece-de-resistance – Bison, roasted to perfection! Not to mention the delicious desserts.

Hurricane Smith from Country 105 provided the music for the dance that followed. His expertise as a DJ showed not only in his choice of music but also in the quality of the sound. Even people who didn’t dance could be seen tapping their feet or hands to the beat as they comfortably carried on their conversations.

The Silent Auction was well presented with a variety of items to suit every taste. The proceeds from the auction were above expectations and made Shirley Puttock, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club extremely grateful to everyone.

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Silent Auction

Finally a huge ‘thank you’ has to go to Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King and Cpl. Tiffany McGregor for their organizational skills in presenting this unique event to our area and to all the Members that mingled with the community and gave a new meaning to the “Sea of Red”!

Please enjoy some of the more candid shots of the evening (click image to enlarge)