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Kinsmen Larry Adair wins National Founders Award

Long-time Ladysmith Kinsmen Larry Adair wins the National Founders Award for Achievement.

Larry Adair

In the picture with Larry are: Brandy-Lin Olson, Miss Kinsmen 2017; Jason Kelland, club president; Joan Adair, Larry’s mother; Larry Adair; Morgan McKenzie, Miss Kinsmen 2016 and Kara Olson, Miss Kinsmen 1997 and Larry’s supervisor at Black Press.

This program is designed currently to challenge members of more than 24 months to be active in Kin. Participation in this program is more than an award – it is a meaningful experience. A member may enroll anytime after the first year of Kin, and the program monitors involvement over a three-year period.

Kin Larry has been a member of the Ladysmith club for over 20 years and can be seen helping at almost every event in our Town.  He has chaired the Pirates Day Bullhead Derby, as well as the Ladysmith Days Parade and other club projects.

To become eligible, you must earn points by doing a number of things such as:

  • Attend social functions
  • Travel to other clubs’ meetings
  • Speak at a meeting
  • Work on a project
  • Write an article for the bulletin

Those are just few of the “safer” avenues to earn points. A member must first do the 7 mandatory items and after that the more projects/events a member accomplishes the more points they earn towards their Founders’ Award.

The purpose of this award is to encourage members to become involved in club and community activities early and often.  Larry was selected as Ladysmith’s Citizen of the Year in 1997.

Local Kids Donate $250

Local girls, Zoe and Maggie Mycroft, were more then happy to donate $250 to the Transfer Beach Playground fund at the recent Eggs Benefit 3 event.

We LOVE the Transfer Beach playground and can’t wait for the new one! ~ Zoe & Maggie Mycroft

Mycroft girls
Zoe and Maggie Mycroft with “The Don”

The cheque was donated from a local Ladysmith business, Market 2 All, owned by their dad, Paul Mycroft. Paul volunteers on several local websites including this one, Festival of Lights, and Ladysmith Days. He also provides a mobile-friendly email newsletter tool for many global clients including the Town of Ladysmith’s Parks & Rec news.

Market 2 All

Mid-Island Co-Op Donates $5,000

Mid-Island Co-opIn June, Ian Anderson, general manager of the Mid Island Consumers Services Co-op, presented the new Transfer Beach Playground project with a check for $5,000.

Accepting the check from Ian (left) is Duck Paterson, Ladysmith Kinsmen project chair.

Mid-Island Co-op
Ian Anderson and Duck Paterson

This is the second significant donation by the Mid Island Co-op to playgrounds in the Ladysmith community.  Two years ago when the Kinsmen built the new playground at Brown Drive/Kin Park, the Co-op contributed $5,000 to that project as well.

Ladysmith Kinsmen Wins Awards

Over the May long weekend Kinsmen from all across BC attended the annual District “Kin”mention, which was held in Parksville this year.  Seven members of the Ladysmith Kinsmen also were in attendance.

Ladysmith Kinsmen have  been one of the stronger clubs in the District (B.C.) and this year was no different.  In every District, convention awards are handed out to clubs that have gone beyond and exceeded expectations as well as various competitions. Also there are presentations to individuals that the District Executive feel need to be pointed out for their work in their communities and the Kin Association.

For 2014/15 the Ladysmith Kinsmen made their club known throughout the province, being named the recipients of some prestigious Governor’s Service Awards.

  • Larry Adair received the District Governor’s Service Award for Spirit
  • Ron Legault received the award for “Club Supporting Member”
  • Duck Paterson won the District Governor’s Award for Leadership

As well the club won an award for their KINdness Day project.

Pictured is outgoing President, Steve Dinsmore, and Life Member, Duck Paterson, with the award certificates and some of the gold medals received by the club.

New Officers for 2015

The Kinsmen held their annual election of officers on Wednesday, May 13th.

Elected to the club’s presidency for the 2015/2016 Kin year was Ron Legault. Ron has been a member of the Kinsmen for 5 years and was previously the cub’s Vice-President.

Elected to the position of Vice-President was Mike Sumpter who previously the Club Registrar for 5 years.

Mike Richardson was elected to his second term as Club Treasurer and Dan Gibson, a first year member, was elected to the position of Secretary.

The club’s new Registrar is Mike Sumpter Jr. and rounding out the executive are directors are Jason Kelland and Wes Fenner.

The Past President’s chair is being filled by Steve Dinsmore who completed two years as Club President.

The Kinsmen also decided at the meeting that they would install a sidewalk along the north side of the playground at Brown Drive/Kin Park so that people using strollers or wheelchairs could access the areas of the playground easier. It is hoped that this will be done by mid-June.

Kinsmen Larry Adair was the winner of the Public Speaking for the South Island Zone and would go on to compete at the district convention for the provincial award.