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 12, 2017

Present: Linda Anderson, Bob Dawson, Peter Dielschneider, Gerald Ford, Wes Hovind, Herb Klassen, Ray Lachowitzer, John Robertson.

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

 Minutes of the last annual meeting, January 14, 2016, were read and discussed. There were no questions. These minutes were accepted by the club.
Moved: John Robertson     Seconded: Gerald Ford

Business Arising: Options for finding a permanent home for the carousel horse continue.

Treasurer's Report:

The club finished the year with 52 members. 2017 fees are $20.00 and are now due.

Bank balance at the end of December 2016 was approx. $6,400.00.
Income for the year showed a loss of $854. Because the receipts for the Doris Sheldon class on Jan 23-24 were collected in 2015 and the expenses were shown in 2016, the 2 years should be looked at together. Together both years show a breakeven position or a profit of about $125.Motion: That the 2016 Financial Statements are accepted as presented without audit or review.
Moved: Bob Dawson                      Seconded: Peter Dielschneider

Programmer's Report:

Jan – A 2 day Bark Carving Class with Doris Sheldon. 10 carvers attended with a                                    profit of $200.00.
Feb – Bob Dawson did a presentation on knife sharpening (club meeting).
Apr – Bill Dearborn did a show and tell on carving tools(club meeting)
Sep – The club hosted a Shareshop for Saskatchewan Carvers. More than 20carvers participated. The club cost was $350.
Oct – Bring your own project (club meeting)
Nov – Carving Bee. 13 Carvers worked with Jerry to create some more comfort                               birds and helped Jerry surpass 1000.

In Sep, Oct, and Nov, Bill Dearborn and Bob Dawson taught Beginner Classes with 8 and 4 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 144 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
Chickadee Class with Emile Gaudet starts next weekend. There is still room for more carvers.

Newsletter: The club expressed thanks for the good work that Samir did on the Newsletter. As Jack Bergen takes on this role. Please help him with the content. pictures, articles, events, all are welcome. Even if you think everyone has seen it, send it to Jack, and let him decide.

It was also agreed that the “Meet a Member” would be re-established. A form will be included in the newsletter.

Website: It was agreed that Bill is doing a great job on our ‘professional looking’ website and the behind the scene work that makes it happen.  The same content that the newsletter can use is also relevant on the website. Keep Bill in mind as well as you  share your pictures, articles, links, and events.

Library: During his knee surgery rehab, Dale Wenman catalogued the Chip Chat articles for our Library. Many THANKS to Dale. A task that benefits us all.

Presidents Report:

Some people say that 2016 was a bad year – but for the Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers it went fairly smoothly.

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. It is time for other club members to consider whether they would offer beginner lessons. These have proven to be highly successful both for carvers and for the club. However, we cannot expect Bob and Bill to carry this responsibility on a volunteer basis forever.

Worked with the Woodturners on the April 23 & 24 Woodworking show. Some of our Club regulars took tables for displays and sales as well as contributing to Penny Parade and taking part in the scheduled demonstrations. Attendance was good and the weekend seems to work better for us.  In 2017, the dates reserved with the Tartan Club are April 22nd and 23rd. The last weekend in April is now held by the M&S walk (same weekend in both Saskatoon and Regina) with our agreement of last year.  In 2017 it is our turn to take the lead in organizing the Show. We will need to get started with that very soon.

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. Carvers worked in 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 2017. 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 the general public.

A successful Shareshop was held on September 17 & 18. Thanks to Herb for organizing and Bob Dawson for overseeing the Shareshop. It was good to have carvers from Weyburn in attendance.

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!


The following people have agreed to offer their leadership to the Club for 2017-2018.

 President                               Peter Dielschneider
Past President                      Linda Anderson
Secretary-Treasurer             Herb Klassen
Newsletter                             Jack Bergen
Website                                  Bill Dearborn
Library                                    Dale Wenman
Program                                 To be determined through the new President and the Executive

Monthly projects                   Andre Beaudoin (who wishes not to be on the Executive)

Finally, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all the members of the RWW who have supported me during my time as President. There were always faithful members who could be counted on to give of their time and talent. Thanks to all the Executive and especially to Wayne Cann and Samir Makar who have worked as Secretary and Newsletter publisher and who now have indicated that others need to be found to do that work. 

As always with any volunteer organization, it is easy for us to rely on those who have shown their reliability and competence. However, it is not wise to expect these volunteers to carry the load for years and years. I especially want to thank Herb Klassen, who quietly and efficiently does so many things for the Club and has done so for many years. Herb has agreed to combine the work of Secretary-Treasurer again and is happy to support Peter Dielschneider and the other members of the Executive as they put together a small Program group that will work on finding creative program ideas and guest instructors for the coming year(s)

…Linda Anderson

Nominations for Executive:

Motion: was made to elect the proposed executive
Moved: Linda Anderson                 Seconded: John Robertson

Other Business:

  Moved that the current executive of the club be named as signing officers of the Regina Whittlers and Woodcarvers. Two signatures are required one of which must be the Secretary/Treasurer.

The current executive is:

President Peter Dielschneider
Past President  Linda Anderson 
Secretary-Treasurer  Herb Klassen
Newsletter Jack Bergen
Website Bill Dearborn
Library Dale Wenman

Moved: John Robertson                 Seconded: Wes Hovind

 The current directors of the club are:

Bob Dawson
Tory Neald
John Robertson
Herb Klassen

  Herb will arrange a card for Wayne Cann.

Motion to Adjourn

Moved: Peter Dielschneider            Seconded: Gerald Ford

Meeting Adjourned.


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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