The Vision of the Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers Club is to develop and maintain a fraternity of persons interested in all aspects of whittling and woodcarving.


Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers

Annual Meeting January 14, 2016

Present: Wayne Cann, Bob and Jeannene Demencuik, Dave and Mary Hornung, Herb Klassen, Ken Smith, Alex Tivas, Dale Wenman.

 Introduction: We are required to hold an annual meeting as we are a non-profit club.

 Ken Smith kindly took the chair as our President was away attending to family.

Minutes of the last annual meeting, January 22, 2015, were read and discussed. There were no questions. These minutes were accepted by the club.

Moved: Dale Wenman Seconded: Bob Demencuik

Carried

Special Motion:

Motion to donate $100.00 to the Alzheimer’s Society in lieu of rent for Tory’s Shop for the Beginner’s Carving Classes and other classes and events to be held in 2015.

Treasurer's Report:

Membership:

The club finished the year with 55 members (the highest ever). 2016 fees are $20.00 and are now due.

 Finances:

 Bank balance at the end of December was approx. $7300.00.

Income for the year was approx. $1100.00. Really this is an overstatement as $1750.00 was collected for the Doris Sheldon class on Jan 23-24 with no expenses take out yet.

A more accurate assessment would be a loss of approx. $600.00 for 2015. Major contributors to the loss would be:

  •  -purchase of additional tables and chairs for approx. $550.00.

  •  -$1000.00 spent on vests with only $420.00 collected.

MOTION

That the 2015 Financial Statements are accepted as presented without audit or review. Moved- Wayne Cann, Seconded- Alex Tivas, Motion Carried.

Programmer's Report:

  •  Quite a bit of activity with HUGE thanks to Bob Dawson!!!

  •  Jan - a 2 day Bark Carving Class with Doris Sheldon. 9 carvers attended with a profit of $200.00.

  •  Feb - Emile Gaudet did a presentation on painting (club meeting).

  •  Apr - Watched a Desiree Hajny DVD on Carving and Painting a Fox.

  •  Oct - Comfort Bird Carving Bee. 10 Carvers worked on Jerry's project.

  •  - Linda Anderson did a Woodburning Demo with support from other members.

  •  - 2 day Caricature Carving Class with Chris Hammack. 13 carvers attended

  •  resulting in $400.00 profit.

Throughout the year Bill Dearborn and Bob Dawson taught Beginner Classes with 21 and 14 students taking part. Great introductions to carving and the Club. Many THANKS to Bill and Bob!!!

Our 3rd Thursday Projects are also very popular. We sold approx. 150 blanks over the year. Good job Andre!!! That's a lot of Band Saw work.

The club also needs to say a Huge Thank you to Tory for the use of his shop. It just makes things that much easier!!!

 Upcoming events for 2016

Bark Carving class with Doris Sheldon on Jan 23/24. 10 carvers are registered with a waiting list.

Regina will be hosting a Share Shop for the Saskatchewan Carving Clubs. A Share Shop is like our Thursday carving nights. Everyone works on the same project over a whole day/weekend. There is no cost to attend.

Tory is working on an "Intermediate" Carving Class with Tom Parks.  I need ideas for our club meeting nights that don't involve a formal business meeting. (Feb, Apr, Oct). Please let me know if you have something that you would like to see presented.
 Newsletter:

The club cannot express enough thanks for the good work that Samir is doing on the newsletter. GREAT JOB Samir.

Website:

 It was agreed that Bill is doing a great job on our ‘professional looking’ website. Bill would like to see more photos of members’ carvings. THANKS to Bill Dearborn.

Library:

Dale Wenman has gone through our Library located at the Neil Balkwill Centre with a fine-tooth comb. He has generated a list of the Libraries contents and a new sign out and back in book. Many THANKS to Dale for this very tedious task!!!

 Presidents Report:

 I think that the Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers had another good year in 2015.Here are some of the Club accomplishments:

         Successfully offered several classes for Introduction to Woodcarving and Beginners’ Knife Carving. Thanks to Bill Dearborn and Bob Dawson for their continuing work in giving leadership. Some of the students are now members of the Club.

         Took the lead in organizing the annual Wood Show, held on the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd. . Many of our Club regulars took tables for displays as well as contributing to Penny Parade and taking part in the scheduled demonstrations. Attendance was not as good as in 2014 – maybe due to it being a very warm and pleasant spring weekend that enticed people to their back yards. In 2016, the dates reserved with the Tartan Club are April 23rd and 24th. This is one weekend earlier than our previous Shows and both the Woodturners and Carvers agreed to a change to support the MS Walk organizers who wanted the May 1st weekend for both Saskatoon and Regina. It may well be a better weekend for the Show as people may not be tempted to other things by warm weather. Woodturners will be taking the lead in 2016.

         Queen City Ex display was once again a very good way to reach the general public. Lots of people stopped by the display. We had a better location in the Arts and Culture arena – just inside the main entrance. Also, carvers were placed at different spaces inserted in the display tables so that people could easily see what they were doing as well as being able to ask questions. The Exhibition organizers are pleased with what our Club offers and would be happy if we display again in 2016. Given that we are not particularly interested in selling our work, it seems to me that the display at the Queen City Ex is our most effective way of reaching people.

         Chris Hammack carving class on caricature carving – I expect that we will see some “barflies” making their appearance at Show and Tell.

         Production of Comfort Birds for the Allan Blair Clinic. Thanks to Jerry Ford, Wayne Cann and others who have helped with this great project to benefit people outside our Club.

         Andre Beaudoin’s monthly project nights have been very well attended and everyone gets a chance to at least start a new project. Even better, many of the members get their project finished!

          Several members take part in the free Wednesday morning drop-in carving at the Neil Balkwill and during those mornings offer help to beginners, share ideas and have fun.

I know that there are many other ways in which our members are a positive force in our community.

The Carousel Horse – I have talked with a couple of non-profit organizations about the idea of their organization fronting a raffle that could benefit both the non-profit and the RWW. There was some interest from one organization but then I ran out of time to investigate further in the latter part of 2015 because of serious health problems within my family that took my time and attention. I think that I can work with the Executive and the horse carvers in 2016 to find the best way for the horse to be sold/raffled/donated so that the Club can receive some money from the project.

Nominations: The following people have agreed to continue offering their leadership to the Club.

President Linda Anderson
Program and Treasurer Herb Klassen
Secretary Wayne Cann
Newsletter Samir Makar
Website Bill Dearborn
Monthly projects Andre Beaudoin
Library Dale Wenman

I expect that the Executive will help to find a Vice-president during 2016 and that we might also find some people who can help out with the leadership tasks and prepare to take their turn in the future. Meanwhile – thanks to everyone for your support of the RWW.

May 2016 be a satisfying and creative one for all of us.

…Linda Anderson

Motion

that all reports are accepted made by Jeannene Demencuik, seconded by Dale Wenman. Carried.

Nominations for Executive:

 All the current executive members have agreed to stay on in their roles.

Motion

that we continue with our current executive for another 2 years was made by Bob Demencuik, Seconded by Dave Hornung, Carried.

2016 Woodworking Show

Woodturners will take the lead this year. The executive will pursue a club representative for this role.

Other Business:

Comfort Birds - The Alan Blair Clinic is out of Comfort Birds. Let's all do what we can to help out this worthwhile cause. Herb will collect the birds until Jerry can get back to regular action.

Share Shop - It is our turn to host the Share Shop. It will be sometime in the Spring. Our executive will formulate a plan of action....

Demo Nights - We need ideas or suggestions. The meeting had some good suggestions: Sharpening (hand sharpening), Finishing projects (not painting), Tool Choice (when to use what tool), Woodburning.

Carousel Horse was referred back to the executive.

Wayne will arrange a card for Linda and her sister.

 

Motion to Adjourn moved by Herb Klassen, seconded by Alex Tivas, Carried

Meeting Adjourned.

Club Happenings

Next Meetings:

Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers

Regular meetings are held at 7:00pm on the Second Thursday of the month. The odd numbered months are formal business meetings.

Sept. 14, 2017 Club Meeting
Oct. 12, 2017 Club Gathering
Nov. 9, 2017 Club Meeting
Dec. 14, 2017, Christmas Gathering

Neil Balkwill Centre,
Elphinstone St. Regina


Monthly Carving Nights

On the third Thursday of the month at the Neil Balkwill Centre, Elphinstone St. Regina at 7:00pm

Sept 21, 2017 Carving Project
Oct 19, 2017 Carving Project
Nov 16, 2017 Carving Project.

Project Blank Provided - Cost $5.00


Free Drop-In Carving

Wednesday Mornings

9:30am - Noon

Neil Balkwill Centre
Elphinstone St. Regina


 

 

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