Royal Purple Donation

In June, the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum was one of five local organizations that received a $1000 donation from the Cut Knife Royal Purple. The museum is thankful for their recognition of our role in the community and very grateful for their support.

The other recipient organizations were the Cut Knife Municipal Library, the Cut Knife & District Recreation Board, Cut Knife Country Lanes, and the Cut Knife Senior Citizen Recreation Centre. All five organizations have been recognized as vital to the community.

Twila Loranger presented the cheques at the Innovation Credit Union on Broad Street.

president of cmmm receiving royal purple donation
Twila Loranger, Royal Purple, presenting Colton Stapley, President of the CMMM (and son) with cheque.

“The Cut Knife Royal Purple is a fun-loving, dynamic, dedicated, group of volunteers. We are proud to work towards helping children and our community.”

armstrong building

Work Bee

On Saturday, August 21, Board members and Museum staff cleaned out the Firehall and a good portion of the Armstrong building – a job long overdue.

Anything that could be re-used or re-purposed at the museum was returned to the buildings for future use. Truck loads of old and damaged items went to the Cut Knife Transfer Station along with any recyclables. There was even a trunk full of old paint cans for Sarcan.

At the end of the day, items that still had life left in them were lined up beside the Firehall. The word went out on social media that ‘free stuff’ was here for the taking. Before we knew it, the ancient auditorium chairs and strings of Christmas lights, the scrap wood and garden hoses, extension cords and lighting fixtures, had found new homes.

~ Debbie M.

Board, Museum

Attention Students


We are hiring a summer student to fill the position of Museum Worker at the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum in Cut Knife. If you, or someone you know is interested, please follow the provided link for more information and for instructions on how to apply.

Young Canada Works Application Link

Questions about the position? Contact the museum for more info. Thanks for your interest!


Melvin Sawatzky, Award Recipient

– content of post kindly shared from the Rivers West District Nomination form submitted by Bonnie S.

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Mayor Gwenn Kaye (left) presenting Mel Sawatzky (right) with the Over-All Volunteer of the Year Award

In 1971, Mel became the first Chairman of the newly created Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. For several years prior to this Mel, in his capacity as Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Chapter, actively sought to assist Elizabeth McLain in establishing a Museum which would house artifacts of great historical significance to Canada, associated with the settlement of the northwest and the events surrounding the 1885 rebellion.

Mel’s record of achievements include:

  • 24 years as a Volunteer Firefighter;
  • 20+ years involvement with the Cut Knife Colts hockey team in a variety of roles;
  • 8 years service as a Councilor, Town of Cut Knife;
  • Decades of involvement with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, including the Hunter Safety Education program;
  • Coordination of the 2005 RCMP Musical Ride in the Town of Cut Knife;
  • Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Lodge in the late 1960’s; and
  • More than five decades of continuous service including service on the Board of Trustees, Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. Melvin Sawatzky holds the distinction of Life Member of the Board of Trustees of Clayton McLain Memorial Museum.

“Spanning over five decades, Mel Sawatzky has had a long and distinguished record of service to the community and district of Cut Knife Saskatchewan… Mel’s service to Cut Knife has taken many forms. He has always been willing to help anyone who asks for assistance, and has shared his woodworking and maintenance skills freely.”

Congratulations to Mel Sawatzky, lifetime member of the CMMM Board of Trustees, on receiving the Rivers West District Volunteer Recognition Award for Over-All Volunteer of the Year!