Brantford Kinsmen Incorporated, was chartered on March 11, 1941 and on October 1, 1962 received its' Letters Patent from the Provincial Secretary and Minister of Citizenship of the Province of Ontario.
Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada / Les Clubs Kin du Canada
Kin Canada is an all-Canadian service organization made up of active community volunteers. Working together, members are enhancing the quality of life in their communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and national pride. Kin clubs support cystic fibrosis (CF) research and fund local projects across the country.
When you were a kid it was great to have a place to meet new friends and discover new horizons. It can be the same now. Join a Kinsmen, Kinette or Kin club and become part of a dynamic organization filled with people just like you.
HISTORY: The Association was founded on Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario by Harold A. Rogers O.C., O.B.E. (1899-1994). Rogers was 21 and had just returned from the trenches of the First World War when his father, a prominent Rotarian, encouraged him to get together a few young men his own age. However, when Rogers decided to join the same Rotary club as his father, his application was rejected. It was the policy of the Rotary not to have two members from the same business establishment. As a result of this rejection, Rogers and a small group of men gathered for a dinner meeting and became the first Kinsmen Club - the Kinsmen Club of Hamilton, Ontario.
More than 7600 members belong to 564 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs from coast to coast. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male-only while Kinette clubs are predominantly female-only. Kin clubs have a mixed membership of men and women. The Association was founded in Canada and there are no clubs outside of Canada.
ASSOCIATION'S MISSION STATEMENT:
"Kin Canada is a dynamic volunteer organization enriching our communities through service while embracing national pride, positive values, personal development and lasting friendships."
"Serving the Community's Greatest Need"
"Kin clubs undertake a wide variety of local fundraising and service projects. Its motto - "Serving the Community's Greatest Need" - means that each club determines how it will raise funds and how those funds will be spent in the community. The Association encourages the autonomy of its clubs so that as many decisions as possible are made by its members at the club level. Since 1964, the Kinsmen and Kinettes' national fundraising project involves supporting the work of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF). This year the Association's total contributions are expected to surpass $34 million for CF research and treatment. Kin are also active from coast to coast promoting a variety of national pride initiatives designed to give Canadians the opportunity to demonstrate that they are proud of their country.
For example, Kinsmen and Kinettes annually spearhead 'Raise the Flag!' Day, a patriotic event encouraging Canadians everywhere to raise and fly the Canadian flag. This annual national event takes place in hundreds of communities on the Saturday before the Victoria Day weekend in May.
Help your community. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs are the country's largest all Canadian service groups, made up of active community volunteers. Members work together to serve the community's greatest need by promoting service, fellowship, family values and national pride. They support Cystic Fibrosis research and fund local projects, like playgrounds and ice rinks, across the country. So, if you'd like to give something back to your community, the club is the perfect answer.
Develop personally. It's very satisfying to be a member of the club. You'll be proud of the work you do for others and pleased with the personal benefits that result. You may become a better leader, or more of a team player. You'll find yourself more relaxed in dealing with groups; your presentation skills will improve and you'll become a better public speaker. Plus you'll have a chance to network with people from a wide variety of businesses.
Make life-long friendships. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin club members come from all walks of life, so you'll enjoy being part of a youthful and spirited group. And like most members, you'll make lifetime friendships that extend far beyond the club itself.
Have a whole lot of fun. Although Kinsmen dates back more than 80 years, there's nothing old- fashioned about the meetings. They're lively, interesting and fun. Fundraising events get you into the community and they're always rewarding and entertaining. So join the club today, and brighten the horizon - for yourself and your community.
2006-2007 President The 2006-07 elected National President is Bruce Lloyd of Fergus, Ontario.
Kin Canada is located at 1920 Hal Rogers Dr., in Cambridge, Ontario, about 100 kilometres west of Toronto on Hwy. 401. A full-time staff of 7 provides bilingual services to 564 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs. The chief executive officer is Executive Director Ric McDonald.
Would you like or have ever considered being a KINSMEN.
Come to one of our meetings.
We meet every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 8:00pm - Finished, from Sept. - June.
At the Bellview Community Hall,
55 Tom Street
We would be happy to see you there,
Call: (519)754-0169 or visit our website at: http://www.brantfordkinsmen.ca/about.html