In October 2015 the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Regina initiated action to recognize their 100th birthday that was still some 22 months in the future, the precise date, August 24 2017.
The Board appointed a Centennial Committee made up of four Club Members, and gave them free rein to design and execute appropriate functions.
The Centennial Committee made the decision to check all major decisions with the Club membership prior to proceeding.
The first recommendation to the Board and membership was 4 goals for the milestone year, they were: to promote Rotary; to celebrate the occasion; to commemorate 100 years of service in Regina and to coordinate events whenever possible with Canada’s 150th birthday. These objectives were approved at all levels, and served as guidelines for the centennial committee.
The promotion of Rotary was a positive offshoot of all the activities and has yielded some very exciting potential new member possibilities.
There were no opportunities for joint ventures with Canada 150.
The Committee concentrated their efforts on the goals of Commemorating and Celebrating this important milestone!
The commemoration goal;
It was decided to leave a lasting legacy and to that end, with membership approval, we offered $100,000.00 to a charity in Regina, whose scope of activities are in Regina and thus support them in a project they now have or are considering. This open invitation attracted 6 excellent applications, the Committee reduced the number to 3 and they presented their case to a luncheon meeting, by vote of the members Souls Harbour Rescue Mission’s Samaritan Project was selected. This new $ 7million project will effectively double SHRM’s outreach in our community. A canvass of members to raise the promised amount resulted in $ 250,000.00 being contributed and/or pledged. This will be turned over to SHRM as the Samaritan Project moves forward in construction. We refer to our role as our Legacy Project.
The celebration goal;
It was recommended and approved that we stage a first class evening to celebrate, this significant birthday. A 3 member Gala committee was established and they delivered big time staging a superb banquet preceded by a champagne reception, they arranged good entertainment, excellent speakers, a very popular award presentation, and an extra-ordinary video capturing the highlights of the Rotary Club of Regina’s 100 years of ‘ Building Good Will ’. The Conexus Art Centre provided the venue and ambience that was in harmony with the evening.
Special Guests were: the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour Vaughn Solomon Schofield; Laura Ross, Province of Saskatchewan; the Honourable Ralph Goodale, MP Regina Wascana; Lori Bresciani Councillor, City of Regina and Peter Neufeldt, Governor Rotary District 5550.
The event was strongly supported by the other Regina based Rotary Clubs and by Rotarians from clubs around the District. District Governor Peter Neufeld made a presentation on behalf of Rotary International President Ian Riesley. Some 235 people sat down to the lovely meal.
A truly wonderful event!