18th Charity Golf Classic raises more money for hospital/care home

On Monday, Sept 10, the 18th Charity Golf Classic was held at Esterhazy Golf Course. It was a beautiful day, with the event drawing 96 golfers from both the local area and further afield. Later in the day, at the customary post-golf function, the results were announced by Don Hood. He reminded the audience that in 18 year history of the event, it has raised more than 3.5 million dollars. Initially the funding was earmarked to support the existing hospital, but in 2009 the decision was made to raise the funds for a new hospital and care home.

The community has to raise 20% of the cost of the project, with the government adding the remaining 80%. Best estimate is that the required community share stands at $11 million. Monday’s event raised another $205,000 towards the community share, bringing the total funds raised/pledged by the community to $9.9 million.

Kudos to all those involved, for their continued commitment and dedication to the project, and for their unwavering belief that one day Esterhazy WILL have a new hospital/care home facility.


A special message from Gerry Oake (Our House)

I received a phone call and email from Gerry Oake yesterday, with the request that I publish his message. Many of you will know that Gerry campaigned tirelessly every year for more than a decade, to raise funds for an “Our House” addiction recovery centre in the Esterhazy area. Then, two years ago, he moved to Vancouver. If you wondered what happened to him, his plans, and the funds, you should read this message. – Kenneth


Although the plans to open a recovery house in Saskatchewan have been put on hold due to the need for my help in running another Our House recovery home in Surrey BC that was already established, I am offering the opportunity for anyone seeking recovery to come out to BC to our facility here for a 6 month or longer (if required) program.

The funds collected over the last 12 years of fundraising efforts in the Esterhazy area are still in trust in Esterhazy and can be used to help fund someone from Saskatchewan who would require assistance in attending the program in BC.

If my current situation changes before my plans of retirement, I will be returning to the Esterhazy area with the same plan to open a house there upon my retirement.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you require information on how to get in to the Our House program, please feel free to contact me at 604-594-1168 or my cell at 306-745-7241.

Kindest Regards
Gerry Oake


Esterhazy Lions announce annual trail ride


Esterhazy Lions Club has announced the 2018 Annual Trail Ride and Wagon Trek. The event will take place on Saturday, September 22 at the Duane and Cindy Bartok Farm (8 miles south, and half a mile west of Esterhazy, South of the Qu’Appelle River).

  • Riders $10.00
  • Registration and coffee 8:30am to 10:00am
  • Ride leaves at 11:00am
  • Hamburgers/hot dogs after the trail ride
  • Door prizes
  • Prizes for oldest and youngest rider
  • Prize for most “silent hands” sold
  • Ride at your own risk
  • No alcohol on trail
  • No stallions or dogs allowed
  • Foals must be ponied
  • 18 and under riders must wear helmets
  • Everyone welcome

For more information, or to get silent hands, contact Irma (306) 740-7930, or Ed (306) 745-3900. Proceeds to local community projects (to be determined).

Hope Honour and Heroes 3rd Annual Mental Health Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5


The third “Hope, Honour, and Heroes” Annual Mental Health Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5th at Macdonald School in Stockholm. This year the event has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, with proceeds going to the CMHA Regina Branch as well as Macdonald School’s Mental Health Initiatives.

Mental illness is no joke, and it is far more prevalent than society likes to admit. According to the event’s website, “Mental Illnesses are surprisingly common in children and youth. Unfortunately, only one in five kids and teens in Canada who need mental health treatment can get it. There are many reasons for this. Parents and caregivers can have mixed feelings about getting their children help for their mental illness. They may worry about being blamed for their child’s change in behaviour, or they worry about what treatments may be tried. Mental illnesses can be frightening, and many people worry what others will think if they talk about their experiences. The good news is that mental illnesses can be treated successfully, and early treatment can help reduce the impact of a mental illness on your child’s life.”

See the original EsterhazyOnline gallery from the 2016 event below. Click any image to open the viewer. Also so the website at www.hopehonourheroes.com

Lions Fishing Derby – Looking ahead, and looking back

It’s almost time for the Annual Esterhazy Lions Club Fishing Derby, and this year will be the 20th. The event of course is now named in honour of the late “Lion Charlie”, and it’s officially called the Annual Charlton Smith Memorial Fish Derby.

In this post I want to do two things. First, to pass on the information regarding the upcoming event on February 18th, (it will also be on the community calendar). Second, to look back at past events, as seen through the camera of the original EsterhazyOnline.

You will see “Lion Charlie” in some of the pictures from 2013. He was a great and long-standing Lion, may the event that now bears his name continue for many more decades as a testimony to his enthusiastic spirit of service, and his irrepressible personality.

1. The upcoming event on February 18th.


2. Photos from previous years.  (Sadly, there were no backups of the 2015 pictures)


2013 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)

2014 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)

2016 Gallery –  (Click any image below to open the viewer for this gallery)

Community Carol Festival looking for performers

The Annual Esterhazy Community Carol Festival is coming up, taking place this year on Wednesday, December 6, at the Boreen Hall. The event will include a collection for the Hospital Building Fund, with donations of food also being accepted for the Community Christmas Hamper. They also need performers. Please see the entire notice from Cathy Toth below.

Esterhazy Community Carol Festival
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
at the S.N. Boreen Community Center.

You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Community Christmas Hamper. A collection will be received for the St. Anthony Hospital Building Fund.

We are looking for performers of all ages to participate with Christmas pieces. Please limit entries to two numbers. Deadline to register is November 27, 2017. To enter your group or for more information please call Cathy Toth at 306-505-0140 or e-mail: redeemerchurch@hotmail.com