Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization

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Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization

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The Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization (AMYO) was founded in 1944 as an auxiliary of the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta (later Mennonite Church Alberta), with the motto "A United Mennonite Youth in Christ". The first following individuals made up the first executive: Abe Koop (chairman), David Janzen (secretary-treasurer), and D.P. Neufeld (member). Their activities focused on Youth Leader (newsletter, and later renamed Albera Mennonite Youth Organization Newsletter), summer vacation Bible school programming, a youth library, retreats, and a radio program. For a time in the mid 1960s, the AMYO was responsible for the provincial Song Festival (Sangerfest). Among the presidents of the AMYO were: Joe Neufeld (1953-1956), Henry Rempel (1957-1960), Walter Paetkau (1961-1962), Cornie Hildebrandt (1962-1963), Don Harder & Herb Janzen (1963-1964), Arnold Bergen (1965-1968), Rudy Janzen (1968-1969), Ed Dick (1969-1970), John Buhr (1971), Hartmut Janzen (1975). In 1976, the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta began to support the AMYO with a salaried youth worker, starting with Judy Harder.


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