Rodeo association elects new executive

Two familiar faces remain at the helm of the association overseeing the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

Long-serving members Shannon Claypool and Penny Smythe have been re-elected to the top executive positions of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association’s board of directors.

Penny Smythe

Two familiar faces remain at the helm of the association overseeing the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

Long-serving members Shannon Claypool and Penny Smythe have been re-elected to the top executive positions of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association’s board of directors.

It’s Claypool’s third, one-year term as president.

Smythe will serve as first vice president for the 2011 term, and rodeo chair, a position she held last year.

The board has lost one of its most popular and longest-serving members and rodeo volunteers, Rocky Rockwell, who stepped down in 2010 after putting in more than 30 years of service. At the association’s Annual General Meeting April 5, Rockwell’s enormous contribution was recognized.

Long-time volunteer Randy Miller and Surrey retiree Gary Hollick were also elected to the 2011 board of directors at the exhibition association’s annual general meeting April 5.

The newly-elected board has selected the rest of its executive committee: Rob Marshall will serve as second vice president; Ken Kachur has been re-elected treasurer; Gerry Spielmacher is Country Fair committee chair; and Miller is the 2011 volunteer chair, a position he also held last year.

The rest of the board members are current appointees Peggy White (Surrey Board of Trade), George Siudut and Lisa White from the City of Surrey, Marvin Hunt from Surrey City Council, and Bill Reid is the provincial representative.

The association oversees 10 staff members and approximately 300 volunteers throughout the year and during the annual rodeo.