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The Forth Junction Heritage Society

is a Registered Charitable Society under the Alberta Societies Act and the Canada Revenue Agency


Milestones:

Forth Junction display at Supertrain Calgary 2010April 2009 - a group of four local transportation historians and model railroaders meet to form the Forth Junction Heritage Society, temporary Board of Directors elected by acclamation;

May to September 2009 - Several local historians, city and county civic leaders, business leaders and other people of influence are briefed about the preliminary concept of a major tourist attraction based on the railway history of the region with positive encouragement to proceed;

August 2009 - society by-laws finalized, development of comprehensive website begins;

September 2009 - the initial group is joined by transit historians and other interested people expanding executive to seven members, first membership dues collected;

October 2009 - bank account set up;

November 2009 - preliminary business plan created;

December 2009 - Red Deer County agrees to purchase the former ACR Mintlaw steel railway trestle as a historic resource, fulfilling the initial stage of one of the society's objectives;

Forth Junction display at Supertrain Calgary 2010December 2009 - The society receives confirmation of its status as a Registered Society under the Alberta Societies Act;

January 2010 - The society receives a donation of $500 from Red Deer County Division 2 Recreation and Culture Board for start-up expenses; Paypal account set up for website

February 2010 - First print media news articles and commentary on the vision of the society (Red Deer Advocate and Red Deer Express)

April 2010 - Created banner, brochures, historic photo display and model rail module exhibit for participation at Calgary Supertrain, one of Canada's largest model railway shows; membership reaches 12

June & July 2010 - News articles in Red Deer Advocate

September 2010 - Board accepts proposal for $40,000 destination management study by Heritage Collaborative - requests funding from Alberta Tourism

Darcy at Supertrain Calgary display 2010October 2010 - Presentation to Tourism Red Deer resulting in letter of support in principle; display at Red Deer Model Train and Hobby Show; Annual General Meeting with speaker Michael Dawe; membership rises to 21; news articles in Red Deer Advocate

November 2010 - Society president contacted for news articles in Red Deer Advocate and Mountain View Gazette on repairs to Mintlaw trestle

December 2010 - Application to CRA for charitable status submitted, meeting with Alberta Tourism

January 2011 - Strategic planning workshop for society members, membership rises to 23

February 2011 - Informal meeting with Central Alberta Regional Trails Society re options for preservation of and access to Mintlaw trestle and regional trail on former ACR right of way

March 2011 - Changes made to strategic plan and adopted; became member of Red Deer Chamber of Commerce

April 2011 - Participated for 2nd time at Supertrains in Calgary; Heather Shannon creates archives scrapbook for display

June 2011 - Field trip to Mintlaw trestle; meeting with RD Strategies re county study on access and preservation of Mintlaw trestle; letter from Canada Revenue Agency that some of society's objectives do not comply with charitable activities

August 2011 - Field trip to Alberta Central Railway Museum near Wetaskiwin; meeting with Red Deer mayor

September 2011 - Special meeting accepted changes to by-laws and society purposes as required by CRA for charitable status to focus on education and preservation activities; regular meeting held at Innisfail Historical Village; decision made to pursue formation of not-for-profit corporation

October 2011 - 2nd annual Annual General Meeting held at The Hub with speakers Brian McLoughlin and Steve Parkin; participated for 2nd time at Red Deer Model Train & Hobby Show; membership rises to 28; meeting with Red Deer County mayor

November 2011 - Approval of charitable status with Canada Revenue Agency; preliminary legal advice on forming not-for-profit corporation; meetings with Tourism Red Deer, Red Deer County and Heritage Collaborative; received list of various plans for Jubilee 3001 steam locomotive from Canada Science & Technology Museum for future replication

December 2011 - Two page feature in Mountain View Gazette and article in Red Deer Advocate; letter sent to Red Deer County council members re update and request for letter of support; preliminary contact with some landowners re future site




Forth Junction banner used at public eventsBoard of Directors 2018-19:
Paul Pettypiece (President), Evan Bedford (Secretary),
Richard Astle (Vice-President), Steve Parkin (Treasurer),
Brian McLoughlin, Roy Sirman

Current (2018-19) members in addition to 6 Board Members: David Craig,
Heather Shannon, Lane Petrosenko, Clayton Hazlett, Lawrie Hignell,
Bill Wilson, Dennis Downham, Jim Mattheis, Laddi Pettypiece, Denise Bedford, Liz Taylor, Morris Flewwelling
2017-18 members: Paul Pettypiece, Evan Bedford, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin,
Lawrie Hignell, Richard Astle, Jim Mattheis, Roy Sirman, David Craig, Heather Shannon, Lane Petrosenko, Clayton Hazlett, Rod Trentham, Bill Wilson, Dennis Downham

2016-17
members: Paul Pettypiece, Evan Bedford, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin,
Heather Shannon, Roy Sirman, Dennis Downham, Lawrie Hignell, Richard Astle,
Jim Mattheis, Bill Wilson, Ellen Wilson, David Craig, Ernie Beskowiney, Ed Molenkamp

2015-16 members: Paul Pettypiece, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin, Heather Shannon,
Roy Sirman, Dennis Downham, Evan Bedford, Bill Wilson, Ellen Wilson, Richard Astle, Lawrie Hignell, Laddi Pettypiece, Ronald Simonson
2014-15 members: Paul Pettypiece, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin, Heather Shannon,
Roy Sirman, Dennis Downham, Evan Bedford, Bill Wilson, Richard Astle, Lawrie Hignell
2013-14
members: Paul Pettypiece, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin, Heather Shannon,
Roy Sirman, Roger Bouchard, Dennis Downham, Evan Bedford, Bill Wilson, Richard Astle,
Lawrie Hignell, Peter Wagstaff

2012-13 members: Paul Pettypiece, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin, Heather Shannon,
Roy Sirman, Peter Wagstaff,Roger Bouchard, Dennis Downham, Evan Bedford, Bill Wilson,
Ellen Wilson, Richard Astle, Lawrie Hignell, Kenneth James, Tony Blake, Rod Trentham,
Ben Alain, Don Holt, Virginia Holt
2011-12 members: Paul Pettypiece, Brian McLoughlin, Steve Parkin, Orval Snider, Heather Shannon, Roy Sirman, Peter Wagstaff, Roger Bouchard, Dennis Downham, Michael Dawe, Evan Bedford, Bill Wilson, Ernie Beskowiney, Richard Astle, Bill Lundie,
Wayne Brow, Steven Ruthven
2010-11 members: Paul Pettypiece, Darcy Colenutt, Roy Sirman, Heather Shannon, Steve Parkin, Michael Dawe, Orval Snider,
Roger Bouchard, Steven Ruthven, Dean Jorden, Innisfail Historical Society, Andrew Stott, Martin Parsons, Peter Wagstaff,
Ernie Beskowiney, Dennis Downham, Gerry Gummo, Preston Parks, Bill Wilson, Ellen Wilson, Rich Graydon 
2009-10 members: Paul Pettypiece, Darcy Colenutt, Roy Sirman, Heather Shannon, Audrey Reid, Steve Parkin, Michael Dawe, Orval Snider

 
In Memoriam:
Orval at Supertrain Calgary display 2010Ellen Wilson (1933-2017). Ellen passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017. He is survived by her husband, Bill, 2 sisters, one son, two step-sons and 7 grandchildren. She was a member of the society for 6 years. She and her husband, Bill, have operated the Alberta Central Railway Museum southeast of Wetaskiwin since 1992.
Orval Snider (1928-2012). Orval passed away peacefully on June 6, 2012. He is survived by his wife, seven children, 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. One of his unfulfilled dreams was that a steam locomotive be located in front of the historic Red Deer downtown CPR station. Another was that an elevated high speed rail line be established between Calgary and Edmonton through Red Deer. His contribution to the FJHS Board will be missed.

Powerpoint Slide Show: Progress and Current Vision of the Forth Junction Project 2012
                                                                                                  (presented at FJHS AGM Oct. 2012)

 
AGM 2012 Progress Report
AGM 2011 Progress Report
AGM 2010 Progress Report

Strategic Plan

 

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