The Kinsmen Parade entry form for Festival of Lights Light Up parade on Thursday, November 30th is now available to download:
“As the kickoff to another Ladysmith Days, the annual Kinsmen parade was more than what we expected,”
said co-chair Mike Sumpter.
“The last couple of years the parade has been smaller and smaller, so this year we were really pleased with the turnout of entries”.
The Kinsmen were worried earlier in the summer as the number of advance registrations was down and the club was even considering taking on another project to replace the parade.
Kinsmen co-chair Duck Paterson said:
“The club has been doing the parade for over 25 years now and it was getting a bit dicey. With so many other events on during the long weekend it’s tougher and tougher to get folks out, but this year the number of participants was up and we’re happy. On paper there was more than 35 entries and many of them had various components which really made it look great.”
“The work volunteers put into their entries is very imaginative and we know it’s very well received by the spectators”.
“Our goal is that the parade is to be as much fun for the participants as it is for the spectators, and this year I feel we really accomplished that this year!”
“Before the parade started first, second and third place ribbons were handed out… but we want all the entries to know that due to their time and efforts it made or a total winner for the start of Ladysmith Days”.
Finishing in the various categories is as follows:
“We were very happy to have the cadet band this year, and for them to come down from Comox for our Town’s party means a lot to us. This year there were a few more entries from out of Town and the club believes this shows that more and more folks are getting back into having fun.”
Congratulations to Kinsman Jim Delcourt, Ladysmith Citizen of the Year for 2017!
Long-time Ladysmith Kinsmen Larry Adair wins the National Founders Award for Achievement.
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:
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.
Members of the Ladysmith Lightning Fastball team show off their new uniforms that the Ladysmith Kinsmen helped to sponsor.
The Kinsmen members believe in helping young people to be able to participate in sports and a healthy life style. The club assists many youth groups and clubs in the Ladysmith area.
Pictured with the Lightning players are Kinsmen Chris Saunders, Steve Dinsmore and Mike Sumptner.
This picture was taken at their wind-up practice, for the summer, at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. The Kinsmen are a great contributor to the Orca Swim Club and this past Kin Year, members donated $500 so the swimmers could get more training and more time in the FJCC Pool.
As one of the many youth organizations the local Kinsmen sponsor, we are very proud of the members of the club.
Kinsmen believe in young people getting involved in sports and other activities where it gives them a better opportunity for a healthier lifestyle as well as to use their minds.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club donated an electronic remote scoreboard to the Ladysmith Baseball Association. The club purchased the scoreboard for $7,500 and then provided $3,000 to the Baseball Association to cover some of the cost of the installation.
B.C. Hydro donated the new hydro pole to bring the power into Little League Park and two Hydro employees volunteered, on their time, to come down and dig the hole and set up the pole.
The Kinsmen also provided power to the Ladysmith Community Gardens so they could have electricity for their project. DC Installations did the bulk of the work as well Howie Davis volunteered to fix-up and clean the 10×10 beams to hold the sign. M.R. Richardson Construction donated the time and material to setup the posts and all the concrete was donated by Mayco Mix Concrete.
“This is the second time the Kinsmen have invested funds in a scoreboard for Little League Park. Ten years ago the club spent $9,000 to have a remote scoreboard installed but unfortunately the company went bankrupt the the club lost all the funds… so now it’s second time lucky” according to club spokesman Duck Paterson.
“Our members are very happy that it has now happened and Little League Park now has more of a professional look for the kids to play on”. Paterson said.
“What this community does for it’s young people is fantastic, and our club really appreciates the help we received on this and also to all the coaches, parents and everyone involved in working with the kids”
The Ladysmith Kinsmen participated, in strength, in the recent Guinness world record “Largest One Day Street Hockey Game” attempt on Sunday, June 4th in downtown Ladysmith.
Although dapperly-attired, the Kinsmen couldn’t make it past some heavy hitting in the semi-final game! Winning their first two games the members are proud of their stamina and perseverance in the face of great odds when the opposing team fielded a team of 7 players all over the age of 17!
The Kinsmen club was also one of the sponsoring organizations of the event and were really happy to see the main street lined with friends and families having fun and putting Ladysmith on the map.
(not pictured but played: Jason Kelland)
Ladysmith Kinsmen Treasurer, Mike Richardson (left) and Club President, Jason Kelland, present a check for $2,000 to Ladysmith Secondary School Vice Principal, Liliane De Oliveira, and School Counsellor, Sandra Milne.
The funds were donated to help support the school’s lunch program so that students in need can be guaranteed a full healthy lunch while at school.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club recently donated $1,000 to the Nutsumaat Syaays Welcoming Figure project at Ladysmith Secondary School.
The Nutsumaat initiative is a multi-phase project with students learning traditional weaving, language as well as local history and Stz’uminus culture.
The Welcoming Figure is, at present, being worked on by John Marston and students in the foyer of Ladysmith Secondary. It is planned to have the figure finished by September and a special “unveiling” will be held at that time.