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

General Meeting of November 10, 2016

Present: Linda Anderson, Leo Belanger, Wayne Cann, Bill Dearborn, Gerald Ford, Emile Gaudet, Wes Hovind, Herb Klassen, Samir Makar, Ken Smith, and Alex Tivas.

Introductions – We went around the tables with each member renditions of anything in your life (art, carving, etc.) that really pleased you. Everything from attendance at Shareshop, to attacking unfinished projects, to completing painting projects to, wood burning, to fixing a crack in a bowl, to having a carved cane signed by George Reed.

Sept 8th Minutes – Motion: That the minutes of September 8, 2016 be approved. (Bill Dearborn/Emile Gaudet) Carried.

Christmas Gathering - On December 8th the club will hold our annual Christmas Gathering at the Neil Balkwill Centre.

Motion: To allow Herb and Nadine Klassen to spend up to $300.00 on food, treats and refreshments for this gathering. (Emile Gaudet/Leo Belanger) Carried.

Special Note - There will be an informational talk on Exotic Woods at Windsor Plywood from 7 to 9 pm on November 15, 2016.

Information/questions/concerns from or for:

Treasurer – At the moment the club has 51 members and $6300.00 balance in the bank. This is about $895.00 loss for the year but the Shareshop cost was $350.00 and our balance still reflects Doris Sheldon's Class Registrations in 2015 and costs in 2016.

Also Membership fees of $20.00 for 2017 start in January, 2017.


  • Emile Gaudet will be holding his class on "Power Carving a Chickadee" after Christmas.
  • Comfort Bird Carving Bee will be held on November 26, 2017.
  • Beginners Classes were conducted - Bill Dearborn had two groups of four and Bob Dawson had a group of four. Both Bob and Bill are ready to pass the hat on to other members to conduct beginner classes.
  • We must again THANK Tory for the use of his shop for our many carving activities.

    Website – Bill Dearborn related some interesting data from our website for the year as of November 9, 2016. This data is as follows:

  • 5,170 unique visitors
  • 10,000 hits to our website
  • On October 25, 26 and 27 our website had many, many hits from the European Union
  • Most people that visited our website were Apple users - Safari main browser, then Firefox, and then Internet Explorer.
  • Our website cost is $49.01 for the year...
  • Newsletter – Samir stated that after five years he would very much like to step aside and let someone else take over. Samir also recommended that all someone needs is a little knowledge of Microsoft Word, and cut and paste know how.

    A very BIG THANK YOU to Samir for his five years with the Newsletter.

    Secretary – Wayne also stated that he would very much like to step aside and let someone else step up.

    President – Everyone is invited to the annual Christmas Gathering on Dec 8th, 2016. Please bring your wives, husbands, significant others. There will be a Display Table for those wanting to show off their recent accomplishments. There will also be an Exchange Table - bring a project that you created and it will be exchanged for someone else's project.

    Other business – None


    There was a Show and Tell after the Meeting. Thanks to Emile Gaudet and Ken Smith.

    Secretary Wayne Cann

    Upcoming Club events at the Neil Balkwill Centre from 7 to 9pm:

    December 8, 2016 Christmas Gathering
    January 12, 2017 Meeting
    January 19, 2017 Carving Project ($5.00)
    February 9, 2017 Meeting
    February 16, 2017 Carving Project ($5.00)
    March 9, 2017 Meeting
    March 16, 2017 Carving Project ($5.00)
    April 13, 2017 Meeting
    April 20, 2017 Carving Project ($5.00)
    May 11, 2017 Meeting


    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.

    Dec. 12, 2019 Christmas Social

    Jan. 16, 2020 Annual Business Meeting
    Feb 13, 2020
    Mar. 12, 2020
    Apr. 9, 2020
    May 14, 2020

    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
    Each carving night, the club provides a small project blank and instructions. Cost of Room $5.00

    Jan. 23, 2020 Small Project / Salmon Carving
    Feb. 20, 2020 Small Project / Salmon Carving
    Mar 19. 2020 Small Project / Salmon Carving
    Apr. 16, 2020 Small Project / Salmon Carving
    May. 21, 2020 Small Project / Salmon Carving


    Free Drop-In Carving

    Tuesday Mornings

    9:00am - 11:30am

    The Printing Room
    Neil Balkwill Centre
    Elphinstone St. Regina



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