Ron Paul came to Carlyle in 1983. He operated Carlyle Building Supplies until 2006. He sold the business in 2006. Ron involved himself in his community in many facets. He served as mayor, belonged to many community boards and spirited many projects that benefitted the citizens of Carlyle. Having sold his business Ron continued his interest in the community and made time to volunteer for many more worthwhile projects.
The award was presented by the Lieutenant Governor, Russell Mirasty, on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Ron received the award on September 29, 2019 at the Conexus Art Centre in Regina. Ron was nominated for this award by town of Carlyle councillor, Jenn Sedor.
I asked Ron if he had a particular project or event that was very memorable. He smiled and quickly recalled “Moonlight Madness”. It was a chamber of commerce event put on by the local businesses. The highlight was the “ping pong ball drop” which turned out to be especially spectacular. The balls were dropped from a low flying aircraft and began bouncing everywhere, onto rooftops, into the back of half tons and anywhere else those attending could imagine! Finding a black ping pong ball would endow a huge saving at a local participating merchant.
The event was rightly named “Moonlight Madness” as people were literally searching high and low. Ron also states that the Rustic Relics Museum was one he is very proud of and its importance to the community and surrounding area. One other project Ron feels that was well worthwhile to the town was the building of the wheel chair accessible Lion’s washroom facility.