“In July 1912 a group of thirty-two Carseland and district women founded the Carseland Public Benefit Club. Over the years their undertakings were many and varied including helping local families in need, public assistance to local children and flowers for the sick. During the wars they had an extensive program of knitting socks and sweaters, and sending food parcels to the boys overseas. The Carseland PB Club also assisted in the finishing and furnishing of the new Hall, catering and planning, preparing and hosting bridal showers for local brides and bridegrooms.”
– Quote from 'Trails to the Bow – Carseland and Cheadle Chronicles’
Since 1912 the Carseland Public Benefit Club's intention has been to augment programs for those in need as well as provide a service to improve community welfare.
As a not-for-profit organization, the PB Club exists solely to promote the health, well being, safety, and education of the general population of the Carseland district. For ninety-nine years the PB Club attempts to fill or enhance any void in needed service areas that relate or affect Carseland and its surrounding population. The PB Club is not facility driven, nor sports or agriculturally focused, but has supported a variety of populations within the larger county area (i.e.: seniors, children, maternity, voluntary associations).
Historically the PB Club has been for female members only. However this was more due to the fact that the men were either working the land or serving in the armed forces. The division of labour was so much more distinct back then; females predominantly did stitching and cooking. In 1998, “open membership” was discussed and it was agreed that any community member was welcome to join. There has yet to be a male member. The Carseland Public Benefit Club does have a broad-based membership of ladies living in and around Carseland town-ship.
A wide array of events and programs have enhanced the community through PB Club efforts. They include:
-aiding medical treatment programs by furnishing and providing equipment of the maternity room at the Valley General Hospital in Strathmore.
-providing relief to the poor by semi-annual donations to the Wheatland Food Bank.
-publishing of Carseland and Cheadle chronicles book “Trails By The Bow” (1971) and 'More Trails to the Bow' (2007).
-providing further education opportunities or informational sessions in a variety of topics (i.e. fire safety, health, local history)
The membership of the PB Club establishes and provides all program delivery, and all programs benefit the local community and extended county, not the club members' self-interest.
In April 2012 the Club celebrated their 100th Anniversary. Because their original undertakings included extensive support to the Red Cross (for example: knitting socks for deployed soldiers, sewing bandages and slings, and maintaining a Prisoner of War Fund) they have chosen a military theme to celebrate their centennial. The Club believes the power of future community success lies within our next generation and, in this theme, has invited the 3125 Royal Canadian Army Cadets and the Alberta Army Cadet League to participate in their celebration; showcasing their training, discipline and commitment of youth to building our nation.