Friday, February 19, 2010

A Great Man

"What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed
social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
That is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jack Lewis
25 years ago, Rob and I packed up the few things we had along with Crystal - 10 months old and headed north to Spruce Grove, Alberta.  Rob had just taken a position with Lewis Farms.  2 months after our arrival they were hosting their first bull sale on the farm.  Now 25 years later on February 27, 2010 they will hold their 25th Bull Sale.  During the 7 years that we were at LFE, we participated in 2 sales a year both a bull and female sale on the farm.  We had the opportunity to exhibit their cattle across Canada, numerous times bringing back Champion banners and Preimer Breeder and Exhibitor.  Their sales were some of the highest averaging of any breed.  Their genetics were sold across North America and around the world. But the best part of our time there was that we got to know Jack Lewis. I remember prior to the first sale, Jack Lewis commenting that he didn't know if Rob would be able to handle these big Simmental bulls.  Following the sale he complemented Rob on a job well done.  This is the kind of man that Jack Lewis is.  I don't know if I have ever met someone that can start up a converstaion with anyone.  He is full of knowledge and very interesting to visit with.  We want to Congratulate Jack Lewis and all of his family - Ken, Corrie, Kyle, Kirbie, Sandy, Jordan, Jamie, Tyler, Roy, Carol, Colton, Callie and the late Laverne Lewis on their committment to Agriculture.  We are so glad that you are a part of the Simmental Family.  Here's to the next 25 years.  If you ever get the opportunity to visit with Jack - don't pass it up.  He is truly a remarkable man.

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