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Air Force Association of Canada No. 600 (City of Regina) Wing, 1949-

  • PA 42
  • Corporate
  • 1949-

The Air Force Association of Canada was founded on 21 May 1948 to provide civilian community support to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and to serve as a network for ex-airmen who had returned to civilian life. Branches or "wings" were formed in many cities across Canada. Initially, the association drew its membership from all ranks of the RCAF, and concentrated on military-based aviation initiatives. The association was re-organized in 1972 to include members of the civilian aviation community. Its activities focused on supporting aviation in Canada, preserving the traditions of the RCAF, working with air cadets, improving living conditions for servicemen, cooperating with other veterans associations, and promoting community-based service. Members have been active in other activities including the National Executive of the Association and the RCAF Benevolent Fund.

No. 600 (City of Regina) Wing received its charter on 5 January 1949. The Association's membership includes veterans of numerous squadrons such as
No. 162 BR (Flying Boat) Squadron, which flew consolidated Cansos during the Second World War. As of July 1998, the Association had 103 members. The Association is closely affiliated with the 600 RCAF Veterans Association, which provides assistance to needy air force veterans and works to preserve air force history.

Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1886-1912

  • PA 446
  • Corporate
  • 1886-1912

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of the North-West Territories was a non-denominational woman's organization established in 1886, when Letitia Youmans, President of the Canadian WCTU., visited the Territories and organized Unions (local chapters) at Morley, Regina and Calgary. Mrs. W.W. Andrews of Qu'Appelle was named Superintendent of the North-West Territories in 1886 and went on to organize several additional Unions in 1887 including Qu'Appelle, Wolseley and Broadview. The first convention of the territorial Union was held in Calgary on October 5 and 6 , 1904. The organization was based on the belief that the abuse of alcohol was the cause of unemployment, disease, prostituion, poverty and immorality. The WCTU campaigned for legal prohibition of all alcoholic beverages and promoted sobriety, thrift, duty and family sanctity along with woman's suffrage and allowances for mothers.

In 1905, when Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the North-West Territories was renamed the Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Temperance Union. The officers of the Union included a president; vice-president; corresponding secretary; recording secretary; treasurer and secretary. Superintendents were responsible for the various departments, including organization; evangelistic work; purity and mother's meetings; and anti-narcotics. Officers and the superintendents of departments comprised the Executive Committee.

Local Unions in Saskatchewan included Abernethy; Arcola; Battleford; Carnduff; Cupar; Drinkwater; Estevan; Grenfell; Hanley; Indian Head; Manor; Maple Creek; Milestone; Moose Jaw; Oxbox; Prince Albert; Qu'Appelle; Radisson; Rouleau; Regina; Saltcoats; Saskatoon; Swift Current; Wapella; Yellow Grass; and Yorkton.

In 1912, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Union was split into two seperate provincial Unions: the Alberta Provincial Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Saskatchewan Provincial Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch, 1925?-1969?

  • PA 119
  • Corporate
  • 1925-1969

The Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (AAUC), Saskatchewan Branch, was a province-wide organization to support amateur sport in Saskatchewan. It was active in the 1920s and was re-organized November 25, 1950. The reorganized group was governed by a four member executive as well as representatives for Registration, Track and Field, Boxing, Records, and Gymnastics. The re-organized executive consisted of C.H. Garvie, George Ward, E.W. Griffiths, and E.W. Stinson.

The Saskatchewan Branch was an oversight body for several amateur sports in the province including track and field, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling, and fencing. It helped organize provincial championships and administer competitions and competition rules through its member clubs, such as the Eclectic Club of Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Branch was part of the AAUC, which was founded in 1909 in Montreal, Quebec from an amalgamation of the Canadian Amateur Athletic Union and the Amateur Athletic Federation of Canada. It is unclear what happened to the AAUC and its provincial branches following the significant sporting administration changes at the federal level in the 1970s.

Association culturelle de Bellevue Inc., 1981-

  • PA 147
  • Corporate
  • 1981-

The Association culturelle de Bellevue was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on September 22, 1981, and is currently (2010) active in the Bellevue, Saskatchewan district, north of Saskatoon. Its purpose is to act as a regional community organization to promote francophone culture and community development, and to conduct fundraising and community-building activities. The five member executive includes a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and general director. The Association was renamed the Centre francophone BDS Inc. October 9, 2009.

Association of Saskatchewan Government Libraries, 1977-1986

  • PA 199
  • Corporate
  • 1977-1986

The Saskatchewan Government Libraries Association was a non-profit organization established in June 1975 to foster communication between libraries within departments, agencies, and crown corporations of the Government of Saskatchewan. The organization changed its name to the Association of Saskatchewan Government Libraries (ASGL) in 1977 and was incorporated on February 9, 1977 under the provisions of the Societies Act. The executive included a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and editor.

The mandate of the ASGL was to assist member libraries in providing effective information and reference services to their users. The Association's objectives included assisting members in obtaining adequate staff, materials and facilities; establishing efficient methods of obtaining and cataloguing publications; coordinating planning objectives; and encouraging in-service training. The ASGL organized annual conferences and workshops, published a newsletter, conducted studies and surveys, and liaised with library organizations both within and outside Saskatchewan.

At a meeting on May 30, 1985, the executive of the ASGL recommended the dissolution of the Association as a separate organization and encouraged members to join the Special Libraries Section of the Saskatchewan Library Association. The ASGL was dissolved on September 30, 1986.

Beechy Co-operative Farm Association Limited, 1949-1991

  • PA 197
  • Corporate
  • 1949-1991

The Beechy Co-operative Farm Association Limited was a co-operative association established in Saskatchewan on June 22, 1949 under the provisions of The Co-operative Associations Act. Members of the association managed and operated a co-operative farm located twelve miles southwest of the Village of Beechy.

The farm was originally established by twelve Saskatchewan World War II veterans who received 500 acres of land each through assistance from the Veterans' Land Act. The Government of Saskatchewan granted a thirty-one year lease on the land to each individual rather than to the Association, on the condition that the individual remained a part of the co-operative farm. The twelve leased parcels of land originally belonged to the Matador Ranching Company but in a move to allow for the development of community pastures, smaller ranches and hay meadows, the ranch had given up its lease on 216 quarters. It was from these hay meadows that the Beechy Co-op Farm grew.

Crop failures and other financial difficulties at the outset forced many of the members to seek employment away from the farm. In 1952, five members withdrew to farm on their own. However, as more and more land was put under crop, the fortunes of the co-operative grew. By forming an efficient work pool, farming operations were accelerated and streamlined resulting in purchases of new machinery and tractors and the erection of permanent grain storage facilities. More land was added in the mid-1950s to allow the co-operative to raise cattle.

Residences for members and their families were constructed on a common farm site. Members of the co-op were paid a monthly wage. Decisions on farm management were made at regular bi-weekly meetings and had to be unanimous before they could be put into effect. Members shared or rotated administrative and operational responsibilities and each individual developed areas of expertise. In the 1960's the farm had become a viable enterprise with a livestock operation and over 6,000 acres under cultivation. By the early 1970's, however, several of the farmers were reaching retirement age and others were looking outside of the co-operative for employment opportunities. Members decided to sell the entire farm as a unit. Although this occurred in 1973 and the co-operative members moved away, the Association itself was not dissolved until April 15, 1991.

Boy Scouts of Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Council Inc., 1939-

  • PA 268
  • Corporate
  • 1939-

Scouting was introduced in Canada around 1908. Around 1914, the national organization was incorporated and divided into councils, each representing a whole province or large part thereof. The Boy Scouts Association, Saskatchewan Provincial Council was established in 1915 to administer the scouting program in Saskatchewan. A.H. Ball was the first Provincial Commissioner while George H. Barr was Provincial President and Frank C. Irwin Provincial Secretary. Assistant Provincial Commissioner visited communities across province to organize troops. provincial office maintains records of all tests passed and badges issued. provide training courses for scout leaders Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Chief Scout organize new troops; introduce programs through schools

The Boy Scouts of Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Council was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Saskatchewan on May 18, 1939 under the provisions of the Benevolent Societies Act. then Boy Scouts of Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Council Inc. around 1960 On November 15, 2007, the name changed to Scouts Canada, Saskatchewan Council Inc. registered office located at 1313 Broadway Avenue in Regina. executive includes council commissioner; council treasurer; secretary; groups include Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Rovers programs for youth in cities and towns in Sk; member of Canadian General Council

operates Camp Gilwell, near Lebret closed in 2009 offers Wood Badge course ; revenue from camping operations; donations; events; fundraisers; membership fees; grants from provincial and federal organizations; program sections include Beavers; Wolf Cubs; Scouts; Venturers; and Rovers. offer several major awards and badges

Canada Book Company, 1896-2004

  • PA 322
  • Corporate
  • 1896-2004

In late 1896, Robert Martin and Peter Lamont, both of Regina, North-West Territories, merged their businesses and established the Martin and Lamont Company Limited. Robert Martin was proprietor of a drugstore and Mayor of Regina in 1894; Peter Lamont ran a book and stationery store. David Young, a journalist from Calgary, was a minority shareholder. The Martin and Lamont Company Limited store was located at 1925 South Railway Street, across from Union Station. The Martin and Lamont Company Limited was one of the oldest chartered businesses in Saskatchewan.

Martin and Lamont, along with drugstore owner William G. Pettingell and stationery store owner Charles H. Black, amalgamated their businesses into the Canada Drug & Book Co. Ltd. which was incorporated on November 30, 1896. The new store was located at the former Martin and Lamont Company Limited site. In addition to being a drug and book store, it also sold crockery, glassware and fancy goods.

Peter Lamont moved to Nelson, British Columbia soon after the amalgamated business opened. There, he established a branch of Canada Drug & Book Co. Ltd. and another in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Charles Black moved away from Regina around 1899. William Pettingell remained with Canada Drug & Book Co. Ltd. until c. 1904 when he opened the Pettingell and Van Valkenburg drugstore, located in the same block of South Railway Street as Canada Drug & Book.

Robert Martin was left as the sole proprietor of the Regina operation of the Canada Drug & Book Company. He also served another term as Mayor of Regina from 1913 to 1914. The store's location changed twice: in 1921-22 to 1873 Scarth Street and in 1932-33 to 1849 Scarth Street. Robert Martin retired as manager of the Canada Drug & Book Co. Ltd. in 1937.

Martin's successor was Jack H. Dougherty. It was around this time also that the store's location moved to 1861 Scarth Street. Cyril Blackham, a pharmacist who had previously worked at other drugstores in Regina, joined Canada Drug & Book. Blackham and Dougherty continued to operate the business until 1948 when the estate of Robert Martin (who died in 1942) sold the business to John Bushell, a pharmacist.

John Bushell owned and managed the Canada Drug & Book Co. Ltd., and Cyril Blackham continued on staff. Blackham remained at the store until 1955 when he left to manage Charlie Reid Drugs in Regina.

Bushell operated Canada Drug & Book with some assistance from his family members, particularly his son Barry who as a boy would sweep the store's floor and take mail to the post office. Barry Bushell continued to work at the store through his youth, and in 1979, became a shareholder and partner in the business. In the early 1980s, the pharmacy portion of the business ceased operation. The business name was shortened to Canada Book Company to reflect this change. John Bushell was actively involved in the operation of the business until two months prior to his death in 1993.

Barry Bushell continued as proprietor of the Canada Book Company and was active in the Regina's Market Square business community, and in the redevelopment of the Scarth Street pedestrian mall (later the Frederick W. Hill Mall.) The Canada Book Company ceased operation on December 31, 2004 when Barry Bushell retired due to ill health. Bushell died on May 24, 2005.

Canadian Authors Association. Saskatchewan Branch, 1924[?]-1974[?]

  • PA 132
  • Corporate
  • 1924-1974

Saskatchewan members of the Canadian Authors Association first congregated in Regina in the early 1920s and soon began to conduct themselves as a Branch, although official status was not immediately forthcoming. It was probably officially constituted when seven professional writers were recruited and in good standing with the national organization, as per the Canadian Authors Association regulations. A small group of prominent authors would meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Regina Public Library, and as of 1924, Austin Bothwell was serving as President and Irene Moore of The Leader, as Secretary-Treasurer. Under their leadership an illustrated book, Saskatchewan: Her Infinite Variety, was published in 1925.

The Saskatchewan Branch remained focused in Regina. An offshoot of the Regina group also developed in Moose Jaw, where the most distinguished novelist at the time was Ethel Kirk Grayson, although today Joseph Schull is more well-known.

Western representation on the national board of the Canadian Authors Association soon became an irritant. With the war effort taking precedence in the 1940s, members opted to become war correspondents, or served on the Writers War Committee, an initiative fostered by the Canadian Authors Association national branch. The Regina branch opted to disband in 1944. In the post-war years, Mary Weekes, an author of historical books and participant in the Writers War Committee, became instrumental in reviving and guiding the group.

The Canadian Authors Association, and its associated branches, are viewed as providing the base for new, stronger organizations to emerge in the 1970s, which were quickly staffed with experienced writers and administrators, and benefited from being more specialized in function. The Writers Union of Canada took on labour-related issues, and regional Writers' Guilds began to emerge as groups that embraced amateurs. In Saskatchewan, the new Saskatchewan Arts Board's interest and funding became closely tied into the fledgling Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. The Canadian Authors Association Regina Branch reportedly folded in the early 1970s. Correspondence in the fonds suggest that former members of the Branch continued to ally themselves informally as late as 1980.

Canadian Club of Regina, 1908-

  • PA 296
  • Corporate
  • 1908-

The Canadian Club of Regina was established in Saskatchewan on February 21, 1908 with its first meeting being held at City Hall. Over one hundred members signed the charter during that meeting and elected Judge H.W. Newlands as the first president. The Club's establishment followed the guidelines of other Canadian Clubs across the country, the first of which was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1893. The main objectives of the Canadian Club were to inform members about Canada's history and issues around the country, to encourage economic development within the country, and to promote Canadian nationalism and patriotism. Membership was open to British subjects or naturalized citizens.

The Women's Canadian Club of Regina was established at a meeting held on December 29, 1920 at the Y.M.C.A. building in Regina. This came after a group of prominent local woman, interested in becoming involved in the Canadian Club, met and discussed the formation of the club with General Alex Ross, Vice-President for Saskatchewan of the Association of Canadian Clubs. Evelyn Roberts Brown was named Provisional President. The formal organization of the Women's Canadian Club of Regina took place at Regina Collegiate Institute on January 22, 1921 with the adoption of a constitution.

Membership in the Women's Club of Regina was strong, especially through the 1940s with close to 1000 members. Membership numbers dropped but remained high through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. With the formation of the Women's Canadian Club, the men's group became known as the Men's Canadian Club of Regina.

Through their histories, the Men's Canadian Club of Regina and the Women's Canadian Club of Regina have individually and collectively featured guest speakers at their meetings from various disciplines and perspectives. Journalists, politicians, scientists, diplomats, authors, activists and other professionals from Canada and around the world have made presentations to the Clubs. The focus of the presentations over the history of the clubs grew in spectrum to include local, national and global issues. The Clubs also broadened their membership requirements by inviting all citizens to join. A highlight for the Club was hosting the 41st Biennial National Conference of the Association of Canadian Clubs in 1975.

Through the 1980s, membership numbers dropped in both clubs, most notably in the Men's Club. This prompted an amalgamation of the two clubs, which officially took place on May 7, 1987 and membership in the joint Canadian Club of Regina stood between 200 and 300 members. The Club initiated a high school liason program, and sponsored students to participate in the national Encounters with Canada program. The Club celebrated Canada 125 in 1992 and the centennial anniversary of Canadian Clubs in 1993, and again hosted the Association of Canadian Clubs national conference in 1996.

The Canadian Club of Regina continues (2005) to promote the ideas of Canadian pride and unity. The Club presents speakers to its membership each month at various hotels throughout Regina. It also continues to be an affiliate member of the Association of Canadian Clubs.

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