Delta Marsh History
Initiative, Steering Committee Meeting
, 10 June 2002
Home of Shirley Christianson, Portage
Present:Barry Bills, Maurice Blanchard, Shirley
Christianson, Den Gamble, Gordon Goldsborough (sec), Bob Jones, Shirley Love,
Winnie Pauch, Glen Suggett
1.Minutes of the last meeting (6 May)
were approved by consensus.
a)Shirley Christianson brought three recent clippings
from the Portage Daily Graphic with
information pertaining to Delta.
b)Kelly Giffin of Portage
has photos, etc. and should be contacted.
c)A personal diary by Garrioch (??) was read into a tape
recorder, and these recordings (location?) may be useful sources of Delta
a)Newsletter – The next newsletter should
include an item about the Oakland
history project. Shirley Love provided a brochure about it. Goldsborough will
make 1,300 copies (on colored paper so it stands out from whatever it is
inserted into) and will deliver them to Barry Bills by next Tuesday at the
latest so it can be included with the Portage Museum News. Shirley Christianson
noted that our newsletter has been included in the Langruth Views, Amaranth
Gazette, and Westbourne Newsletter.
b)DeltaBeach Association AGM – Goldsborough and Pauch will attend the Association’s
Annual General Meeting on 30 June. Goldsborough will ask the President, Doug
DePape, if our history project can be added to their agenda. We should donate
two tickets for the Canada Day fish fry to the Association.
c)Canada Day Fish Fry – Goldsborough will
confirm a booking for the 1 July date with the Delta Waterfowl Station. Winnie
Pauch reported that Connerys and Giffins are willing to donate strawberries for
the fish fry, if berries are available that day. If so, we should give them two
complimentary tickets apiece. Shirley Christianson will check with Dairy Queen
and Portage Co‑op about donations of ice cream. Blanchard will arrange to
pick up orange drink concentrate from McDonalds. For additional seating
capacity outside the building, Goldsborough will tent up a large tent loaned by
the Delta Marsh Field Station, as well as picnic tables. Pauch will bring her
special “coffee” for the volunteer workers. Don Poschenrieder will be asked to
make two signs directing people to the site at DeltaBeach; Goldsborough will call him
about it. Christianson will contact Sarah Tittemore in the City of Portage
office to see about getting Canadian flags for the tables. Blanchard will make
arrangements for all remaining food, tea and coffee service. Setup will begin
at by Goldsborough, Bills,
Pouch, Suggett, Christianson and others. Barry and Valerie Bills will sell and
collect tickets at the door. (Steering committee members have all received
tickets to sell.) Goldsborough will print 50 more posters, and will put
together another slide show of historical photographs for display during the
fry. Goldsborough will post a notice about the fry on portageonline.com. He
will bring wall posters of historical photos made earlier by Suggett. Fish
cookers will include Blanchard and family members, and Pauch. We will give two
complimentary tickets to McCains in thanks for their past support but will not
solicit pies for this event. It was decided, in view of the small size of the
venue and the short lead time, to postpone the Silent Auction until another
event in the fall to be held in Portage.
d)Next Fish Fry – It was decided
tentatively to hold another fish fry on 7 December. (Secretary’s note: Shirley
Christianson subsequently found that the Herman Prior Centre was not available
on this date so she booked Saturday, 23
November instead.) It will be held from to .
a)Interviews – Sian Bumsted will compile
some questions for use in interviews. She and Goldsborough will meet with
Winnie Pauch to discuss interview techniques. Goldsborough will call Pauch to
schedule a meeting. It would be good to have a rehearsal interview with a few
DMHI members, such as Bob Jones, Maurice Blanchard, or others.
b)Sports Afield Lodge – Goldsborough will
call Dick Wallin to see if he is willing to permit copying of historical
photographs on the walls of his lodge.
5.Next meeting: The next meeting will be
held at the home of Shirley Christianson (118 Wilkinson Crescent, Portage la
Prairie) at on Monday, 16 September.