The Conrad Lions Club has received the prestigious Most Improved NRA Rodeo award for 2008.
Like it says, the award comes for hard work at the rodeo grounds in making improvements to put on a better show for fans as well as making the arena better for the cowboys and cowgirls.
At the facility itself, Lions members rebuilt roping boxes, made improvements to the pens behind the boxes and striping chute and catch pens for timed events.
“This makes it much more user friendly for our contestants and the chute crew,” commented newly elected Lion president Joel Rouns.
Other improvements were made in the announcer stand with new siding and windows; a new deck for the ambulance crew was added; chutes and arena fences were painted and made more attractive and new flag poles for the American and Canadian flags were installed.
For the fans, the Lions Club obtained new bleachers from the CMR Fieldhouse and rearranged the old bleachers, giving more choices for seating .
Rodeo fans can still opt out to sit on the hillside or use the new bleachers.
A new ticket booth has been added, so now you can park your vehicle first and then purchase your ticket on the way to your seat.
Fans will recall that the date for the Whoop-Up Rodeo has been changed to the second weekend in June, when hopefully the weather is a little warmer.
This also makes it possible for cowboys and cowgirls to hit more than just one rodeo for that weekend.
Increased money, $1,000, was added for the rough stock, which helps draw more contestants, and $750 was added for the timed events. The Whoop-Up Rodeo also became co-approved with the Canadian Rodeo Association, which helps to draw more contestants from north of the border.
In addition, a new sponsor program was initiated which generated more advertising to help pay for the added money and ground improvements.
In other news out of the Lions Club, at their Monday meeting, Kenny Kronebusch was elected to be the Whoop-Up Parade Grand Marshall.
There will be more information about Kronebusch in the I-O as the parade and rodeo draw near in the second weekend in June.
An election of officers took place on Monday as well.
J. Rouns was elected president; Mike Harding is the first VP; Dan Wilcox is the second VP; Tom Ophus is the secretary; John McFarland is the treasurer; Jerry Jerome is the Lion tamer and Lyle Orcutt is the tail twister.
As you may recall at the beginning of the New Year in 2008, the members of the Pondera Medical Center Wellness Center started recording the miles they were walking/running and tracking it on a map.
What started out as a fun way to keep track of mileage has turned into a quest to journey around the world.
It is 2,229 miles from PMC to New York City and the wellness group “strolled” into New York on Feb. 4, 2008. The group had the Atlantic Ocean at their feet and any number of destinations to strive for. Given the time of the year, they chose to try to make it to Ireland in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
They “swam” the Atlantic and arrived in Dublin at 5:10 p.m. on March 17, in time to partake in the celebrations. Dublin is 5,409 miles from PMC – that’s a lot of miles all done on foot. From Dublin they headed south to Rome, Italy, which is 6,591 miles from PMC. The group arrived on April 5, and celebrated with an “Italian Potluck” lunch down in the Wellness Center.
Next stop Athens, Greece 7,083 miles from PMC, then Iraq 8,442 miles where a warm thank you went out to all the troops. From the war zone they made their way through Iran (8,884 miles) and Afghanistan (9,889 miles) before heading to Shanghai China, which was 12,900 miles from PMC.
From China it was back in the water for a “swim” to Alaska (I have no doubt in my mind the members were dreaming of the breath taking scenery that Alaska has to offer, while working their tails off on the bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals).
The members arrived in Anchorage (17,330 miles) on Oct. 17.
From Anchorage they headed to Honolulu, Hawaii (20,112 miles), arriving on Dec. 29, to soak up some sun. From Hawaii they swam to Acapulco, Mexico, logging in 23,901 miles. They arrived in Acapulco, Mexico on Feb. 12, 2009.
From Acapulco they headed up the coast to San Diego, California and then on to “Sin City,” Vegas, Nevada.
The only two things I could get out of the members were (1) they arrived on March 4, and (2) they have collectively logged 25,708 miles. Other than that they are sticking to that saying, “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas”. From Vegas they traveled to Salt Lake City then back to PMC. They arrived at PMC on March 13, at 11a.m. (Friday the 13th is not as bad as everyone lets on).
The Wellness Group has logged a total of 26,639 miles in just a little over a year.
The Wellness Center members traveled 5,425 miles farther than they needed to, but the scenic detour was worth it. This was a fun way to put everyone’s day-to-day grind in prospective. It is amazing how the miles added up and how a relatively small group can accomplish big things.
Editor’s note: Charlene Bouma, Manager of the PMC-Wellness Center, submitted this article.
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
This past Saturday the Conrad Wrestling Club and the Conrad Lion’s Club put on the 6th annual Conrad Smoker.
Ten fights were slated, two of which were for girls. The matches were scheduled for three two minute rounds, after the third round the judges went to the scorecards to declare the winner. The judges were Scott Arvidson, Lyal Brugman, and Chuck Moler. Whitney Bliss, Katie Dulmage, Kelly Johns, Heather Judisch, and Courtney Sutherland, participated as ring girls. Jim Sargent entertained the crowd as the ring announcer.
Conrad fighters amassed an overall record of six wins and four losses, but two of the fights pitted Conrad vs. Conrad, so the hometown fighters did better than the records indicate.
In the first fight Luke “The Duke” Schlosser defeated Austin “Rockin” Robins of Sunburst by TKO, this was the only fight decided by a knockout. Schlosser kept Robbins at bay with a left jab, straight right combo in the first round. In the second round Schlosser landed a strong right that knocked his opponent down, Robbins got to his feet, but referee, Bobby Lecoure decided enough was enough and called the match.
Jake “Last Stand” Stuart took on Cody “Bam Bam” Sutherland in the second bout of the night. Stewart won the fight by unanimous decision. Stewart was knocked down in the first round, but came back in the second to floor his opponent with a fierce uppercut.
In the third match Katie “KO” Dulmage fought fellow Conrad student, Alexis “The Girl Next Door” Samsal. Dulmage had a full evening as she was a ring girl and also fought. The fight was defensive for the first two rounds, but in the third Dulmage floored Samsal twice. The judges must have seen something else, because they awarded the win to Samsal, by a split decision.
Brandon “Crazy Canadian” Roos fought Noah “The Hit Man” Harms from Malta. Roos had a definite height advantage, but Harms kept close and neutralized Roos’s reach, as “The Hit Man” won a unanimous decision.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the evening, Brandon “Italian Stallion” Phillips beat down Paten “Pay Pay” Bechard from Shelby. Both fighters came out in the first round swinging, as Phillips got the better of the barrage of fists. Phillips knocked down Bechard in the second, before both fighters began to tire after a furious first round and a half. The “Italian Stallion” won a unanimous decision.
Trent “Norwegian Nightmare” Knox fought Brian “The Bruiser” Augare out of Valier in the sixth fight of the night. Knox scored a knockdown in the final round, but it wasn’t enough as he lost a split decision.
In the seventh bout Calvin “Big Cuss” Ophus won a split decision over “Jabbin” Jeremiah Hayes from Shelby. The fight was close throughout and had to be decided by the scorecards.
The second girls fight of the night was between, Gina “The Jeanie” VandenBos and Sarah “GI Jew” Workman. VandenBos kept having trouble with her headgear, but kept charging against the taller Workman. The decision went to Workman.
In the ninth fight Jake “The Hammer” Handley of Malta won a unanimous decision over “Stormin” Norman Vanderbush of Valier.
In the heavyweight bout Boyd “Iron Hands” Matheson fought Nathan “2 Big Guns” Kleinsasser. Matheson was in control the whole fight as he worked the body and mixed in a few well aimed head shots. Matheson landed a shot in the third round that drew blood, as he won by unanimous decision.
The smoker was about as action packed as one could expect in 90 minutes of fights. The high school gym was packed, and the crowd definitely got their money’s worth.