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  • Welcome to Day 14 of Rotary 2022-2023, where IMAGINE ROTARY is the Theme and Regina Eastview celebrates its 1st formal gathering;
  • 5:15 this afternoon Directors ZOOM Meeting;
  • Next week a promised short Business meeting with mostly a Fellowship focus;
  • Search is on for - a Volunteer driver to take RYLA Students from Saskatchewan to Clear Lake Manitoba - contact Al Hoeft for details - 306-450-7059
  • August 3, 4:30 - 10:00 A.M., Volunteer Opportunity - assist RC of Regina Industrial Parks with their  Annual Pancake Breakfast Setup (Gaebels Brewhouse. 300 McDonald Street);
  • August 17th, 6-9pm - Backpack Packing – The Salvation Army is preparing their annual Back-to-School backpack program and pack day - they have 1,000 backpacks that need to be assembled and packed for low-income children in Regina.  Taking place at Haven of Hope Ministries, 2240 13th Avenue. Please send Sam Berg an email - - to let him know you want to be part of this activity.


    This was President Jeff Barber's first day in the Presidential Chair and he stepped lightly through the process like he practised the moves. From acknowledging guests, to Land Acknowledgement, to Shreedhar Jachak's Philosophy, to Sergeant Gary Carlson's report, to calling on Tania Woroby to introduce our Speaker, the President was faultless - so far so good.
    In Tania's introduction of Ashley Nemeth, Provincial Director for CNIB Saskatchewan and Manitoba we learned the following. Ashley is based out of the Regina office. She has been with CNIB for 5 years and is passionate about breaking down barriers for individuals who are blind and partially sighted. As an individual who is blind herself, she has a great understanding of the challenges many of the clients face.
    In her presentation Ashley shared information on CNIB, on their strategic plan, on CNIB Foundation Programs, on Vision Loss Rehabilitation Services and CNIB Deafblind Community services.
    These components all fit into their mission which is, "To change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose."  CNIB was established in in 1918 and is a national Charity that provides community based support, knowledge, and a national voice. Over the years it has evolved as the primary of vision rehab in Canada. In Saskatchewan CNIB has 3 arms - Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan; CNIB Deafblind Community Services, and the CNIB Foundation, which is funded by donors and various fundraising activities.
    In CNIB's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, they identify three Strategic Ambitions; i) Boost participation in the world of work; ii) Unleash the power of technology; and, iii) Drive Achievement and Equality.
    In her use of power point slides Ashley shared how their program makes these real in the lives of their clients. From the involvement of "Vision Mates", sighted people help break isolation; the CNIB "phone it forward" program puts donated iPhone into the hands of clients to assist in creating a level of independence; the Guide Dog program is established to raise, train and match dogs with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. These training pups have three career options - if not a Guide dog, then a Buddy dog, or an Ambassador dog - all cherished positions for these trainee dogs.
    Ashley shared significant detail on CNIB's Vision Loss Rehabilitation Program which is a major component of CNIB's focus. I shall not try to convey Ashely's message as my interpretation would reflect my lack of understanding. For additional information I refer you to the CBIB Website at:
    Thank you, Ashley Nemeth, for sharing the CNIB story with such understanding and passion. CNIB Saskatchewan is indeed fortunate to have you at its helm.
Ashley Nemeth, CNIB Director, Saskatchewan & Manitoba
"The Mighty Seven"
(L to R) Stan, Patrick, Mike, Doug, Michelle, Peter and Lorenzo
The following comments from Peter Neufeldt and Doug Mortin's detailed report on "THE RIDE".
"Thank you for your support for the
Ripple Effect Ride!"
    "Saturday, July 9th blessed us with sunshine, light breeze, and a promise of a wonderful day for riding! Seven motorcycle enthusiasts left Regina at 8:30 AM travelling to Valley Bakery in Fort Qu’Appelle. There, we enjoyed fellowship and breakfast sponsored by the remainder of the Rotary Club of Fort Qu’Appelle, hosted by Rotarians Bill Carter and Doug Porcina. Their club’s in-kind breakfast sponsorship of $112 helped us realize another great fundraising ride in our 13-year history! In addition to this Doug Porcina and Bill Carter added personal donations and a significant Club donation. The regular support by this small but mighty club has been great and is deeply appreciated.
    We continued Northeast on #10 highway to Melville, re-fuelled then travelled Northwest on #15 to Raymore at # 6, then South to Regina, arriving warm but happy at +32 C.
    After 430 kilometers, all thirsty and hungry riders met at the Mortin yard where we enjoyed our wrap-up BBQ sponsored by Sherwood Co-op. We shared fond memories of our friend and fellow Rotarian Floyd and believed that he had a hand in arranging the day’s stellar weather. Gifts, graciously donated by Doug Powers at Agri-Sports Ltd. were shared among the riders.
    Most importantly, we celebrated the fact that together, with continued great support from our donors, $12,600 was raised for the District 5550 Ripple Effect Program of building schools, improving literacy, and changing lives in Guatemala.
    Thank you to all who donated funds in support of the riders!"
    Thank you Doug & Peter and your "Biker Buddies" for another successful Rotary Riders jaunt - you make us proud.
The Family of Rotary
  • In the first 9 days of Rotary 2022-2023, IMAGINE ROTARY, was front and centre in Regina. From the presence of Rotary in Regina at Regina Farmers Market to the 2nd Annual Floyd Manz Memorial Ride and the sandwiched Lyle Piett Memorial Golf Tournament, Jennifer Jones RI Presidential year took off in splendid fashion;
  • Thanks to all Regina Rotarians who made this a fine beginning for what will a banner year where, Serve to Change Lives, will remain a focus;
  • Tip of the Hat to the "sandwiched" function organizers, to the 50 plus golfers, a team of volunteers who pitched in made the day at Tor Hill Golf Course a success.
 Rob Temsland, Josh Piett and Doug Helmeczi
CUP holders until next year
  • President Jeff Barber was in control from the beginning and involved a number of members as promised;
  • Gary Carlson was Sergeant-At-Arms and challenged us with a Regina Eastview trivia quiz;
  • Shannon Windrim was asked to identify three of Eastview's Fundraisers, which she did but she did not receive the 1000 Rotobucks awarded to other winners because they were not the events the Sergeant had on his list;
  • Joyce Butler was correct in noting that Eastview celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2019;
  • Some old timers remembered that in 1985 Regina Eastview met in the Assiniboia Club;
  •  Joyce Butler and others recalled Rotary International’s 100th Birthday was celebrated at the Rotary Convention in Chicago in 2005
  • After some stumbling around (because he was in Switzerland) Vic Wiebe conceded he did not know who was the initial proposer of The Rotary Foundation, which was followed by a course of, "Arch Klumph" of course;
  • Happy Dollars from Peter Neufeldt whose daughter and family from Toronto are in Regina from some appreciated family time;
  • On the topic of, "family time", Doug Mortin told us their daughter Cath and family are arriving in Regina on Sunday after spending 17 years in China with the Canadian Foreign Service. After some time in Regina they will carry on to Ottawa where they will reside until a new assignment. As well, daughter Andrea and family from Ottawa will be in Regina for a holiday in the coming weeks;
  • Vic Wiebe and Danna Wiebe are in Switzerland visiting a former Rotary Exchange Student;
  • Ann Grahame introduced and welcomed, Jeanne Alexander, Regina Eastview's newest member the club.
  • Joyce Butler passed on accolades to Jeff Barber and the Regina Rotary Club Presidents who participated in the July 6th "Across District 5550 Checkup" with RI President Jennifer Jones;
  • It was a wonderful first meeting day of IMAGINE Rotary - thank you all;
  • Enjoy summer safely.
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Philosopher's Corner

“When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though, something inside your body responds and says, yes this is how I ought to feel.”         
            Rabbi Harold Kushner

Today's guests

It was a delight to have guest Speaker Ashley Nemeth with us today, along with Rotarians Bob Durston (RC of Neepawa) and Doug Keam (RC of Regina). Thank you for helping make it a wonderful Rotary event.

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