Thirteen members of the Conrad FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter attended the State Leadership Conference held in Billings on March 19-21.
Save the Day—Unleash your Powers with FCCLA! was the conference theme.
While there, students competed in Star events, leadership workshops and awareness sessions on a variety of timely topics.
Bringing home gold medals were the teams of Melissa Barringer and Kylee Schlepp competing in Interpersonal Communications and Ashley Greyn and Sydney Philipps in Applied Technology.
Silver medal winners were Erica Grubb and Brittany Greyn in Focus on Children and Roberta Kronebusch in Illustrated Talk.
The team of Kaytlin Fowler, Kenley King and Jenny Silvernale received a bronze medal in Applied Technology.
Olivia Campbell, Jayleen Harris and Alyssa Keil attended the concentrated leadership session.
Silvernale is the District I Recreation Leader for 2009-10. While at the conference, she fulfilled additional district obligations.
The statewide project this year has been the March of Dimes.
Chapters across the state raised over $8,000 for this organization, which is active in the prevention of birth defects. The Conrad chapter contributed $300 raised through several fundraisers.
FCCLA is actively involved in school and community service projects. The family remains the center of focus for this organization.
Cheryl Schlep is the FCCLA advisor at the high school.
The sport of American trap shooting has something to offer whether you are 9 or 90 or confined to a wheel chair.
Not all that many sports can lay claim to a blanket statement like that.
The Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, one mile west of Conrad, just past the ball fields, is well on its way to completion.
When finished, the complex will be home to several different types of shooting sports as well educational programs, like Hunter Education.
Volunteers are still working to complete the indoor shooting range, however, the trap range has been up-graded with an automatic thrower, handicapped accessible cement shooting lanes and a new cement tap thrower house.
As soon as the temperatures become a little less brutal, the pop-pop sounds of shotguns will be heard across the grain fields as trap shooting begins at the complex every Wednesday at 6p.m.
Anyone, with an emphasis on anyone, who is interested in shooting trap is welcome to join the fun, Scott Johnson tells the Independent-Observer.
Whether you are a seasoned pro or have never picked up a shotgun ,you are welcome to shoot with the trap group. “There are many shooters who will be happy to help you learn the discipline,” he says.
He explained that they normally shoot a handful of squads at 16 yards, a few at handicap and now at the end of the evening we will be able to shoot a round or two of doubles.
This has been made possible by a grant from the National Rifle Association and others. The trap shooters were able to purchase a new top-of-the-line Pat Trap thrower, build new trap houses and install one new set of sidewalks.
In addition, the Tri-County league has monthly shoots in Conrad, Choteau, Shelby and now Havre. The public is welcome to come out and watch the shooters.
Johnson says that shooters take aim on 50 birds (clay) at 16 yards and 50 birds at handicap. Kids get the first 25 birds for free and after that is $4 for 25 birds. For more information, contact John Shevlin at 278-7043, Johnson 278-9176 or Jerome Glimm, 278-3574.
Youth who have turned nine by Oct.1, 2008 have the opportunity to sign up for the 4-H Shotgun project at the Pondera County Extension office by May 1.
These youth will shoot in June with a certified 4-H instructor and have the opportunity to compete in the Marias Fair Shotgun Tournament in Shelby on July 12.
All youth shooting in this discipline will have to demonstrate the physical and mental maturity to handle a shotgun to their instructor, in order to be accepted into the program.
They will also need to join 4-H in order to participate in this project. This is separate from the youth program described above for 12-18 year olds, which is not a 4-H program.
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.