The Acadia Valley Rec Club officially became a non-profit organization in 1983 but has been operating since the early 1960’s. As our community’s most active group, the Rec Club owns and operates the curling rink, arena, and the baseball diamond facilities and organizes several important events each year. The Ice to Dice Bonspiel, held in March and entering its 18th year is the first event of the year and is a significant fundraiser for the club. A second large event is the Spring Arena Fundraiser, which began in 2014 and offers an evening of dinner, entertainment and dance for 2-300 people. Their busy schedule is rounded out with the Ladies bonspiel, the Grey Cup Chili Cook-off, two fishing derbies (summer and winter) and its affiliation with the Diamondback Boxing Club. The Acadia Valley Rec Club contributes funds to various community functions, Warren Peers School, Alsask swimming pool, Bindloss gymnastics club, local 4-H clubs and operates their own scholarship program for recent high school graduates. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month and new members are always welcome. For further information, please contact Rec Club President Deb Rafa 403-664-9178.
The Acadia Valley Community Club was founded in 1916, costing $0.10 to join, and was originally called “The Helping Hand”. In 1939, the name was changed to the present one. In these early years, the club held debates, concerts, and dances, with nearly the entire community contributing and participating in the effort. In 1949, a hall was built through funding by local donations and became a key piece of the community. The hall was renovated in the 1970’s and in 2015, and saw the installation of gas and water, a kitchen renovation, updated bathrooms and a new bar. The Community Club hosts and caters events year round in the MD of Acadia, including the grandmother’s supper, which is coming up on its 81st year, the Grade 9 graduation from Warren Peers School, 2016 Fashion Show, as well as countless anniversaries, funerals, and weddings. The Community Club has also published three cookbooks that have become locally renowned and wrote and edited Times To Remember, Volumes I and II, Acadia Valley’s history books. The organization also donates time and resources to our other local groups, such as the Rec Club to help fund other activities and infrastructure throughout our community. The Community Club meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and new members are always welcome. For additional information, please contact Community Club President April Heeg 403-664-9509.
The Knights of Columbus was established in 1954 and are closely affiliated with the Catholic Church. The mandate of the club is to support the local community and area. The club donates both time and money to Warren Peers School, Alsask swimming pool, Big Country Health Unit, and local 4-H clubs. The Knights organize several community events, such as the turkey shoot held during thanksgiving weekend and the parish picnic held at the historic St. Peter and Paul’s Church. However their largest event, is perhaps the most famous event of the year in the municipality: The Acadia Valley Sausage Fry, which can attract over 300 people and has a live band and DJ playing after everyone has filled up on sausage. The club is also responsible for the maintenance of the church grounds and cemetery. KC meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month. For more information please contact the Grand Knight Greg Rafa at 403-664-0738.
In July of 1991 the one remaining grain elevator was re-opened as a museum and includes such pieces as a caboose, antique farm equipment, homestead house, an authentic catalogue house, and varied pieces of antique furniture and decorum. Also at this time, the tea house opened as a full service restaurant and gift shop. Both the museum and tea house are open seven days a week during the months of July and August, and tours are always available. All of this is made possible by the hard working folks who comprise the Prairie Elevator Society and the other volunteers who help out year round to keep the properties looking their best. For more information, please contact Society President Lorraine Kuhn at 403-664-0150. The direct phone line to the elevator is 403-972-2028.
The Sunset club began in 1982 when a drop- in was held for local seniors at the community hall. From this, a strong and active community group was begun in 1986, through tireless fundraising and various grants the group had enough money to construct the present hall. The Sunset club is a key piece of our community and they work hard to support it. Further, the group donates both time and money to such worthy efforts as STARS, HALO, the Ice to Dice Bonspiel, Big Country Health Foundation, and children’s skating every winter in Acadia Valley. Each Wednesday at noon, a drop in social is held at the clubhouse with games and lunch while the last Monday of every month is a potluck and general meeting. For more information please contact Sunset Club President Glennice Mantie at 403-972-2141.
The Acadia Valley Volunteer Fire Department is one of the provinces solely volunteer brigades. It is a small but strong department with approximately 25 volunteer members at present and they are always looking for more. Throughout the decades, the fire department has many forms and many members, but it has always been and important part of our community. With regards to equipment, the department currently operates a pumper truck, water tank, a medical wagon and 2 pick up trucks, and it will add a new pumper truck in 2017. In 2015 the department moved into a newer building on the south end of town. Along with responding to fire calls, the Acadia Valley department also receives the 911 dispatches for medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents within the MD and surrounding area. In addition the department holds an annual Steak and Lobster Supper in November to help fundraise for club training and activities. For any additional information, please contact fire chief Rodger Didychuck at 403-371-8005.