Peet Klopper (below right) from Oceanview Community Church presented Kinsmen Secretary Jason Kelland with a check for $2,900. There were over 20 “celebrity” chefs cooking omelettes for donations to the playground. There were over 400 omelettes made!
Accepting the check from Ian (left) is Duck Paterson, Ladysmith Kinsmen project chair.
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 A&W Restaurant steps up to help kids and the playground. Lori and Jason Kelland, owners of the Ladysmith A&W located at the Oyster Bay Husky wanted to do what they could to help the Kinsmen rebuild the new playground at Transfer Beach.
In the picture, Lori Kelland presents Kinsmen project chairman Duck Paterson with a $1,000 check for the playground while Jason Kelland looks on.
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.
Every year the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada awards bursaries to graduating students across the country through the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. The fund is sponsored by all Kinsmen and Kinettes Clubs across Canada.
This year there were over 500 applications for the 50 bursaries.
Ladysmith High School graduating student, Melissa Mrus, was one of the lucky students who was selected to receive one of $1,000 bursaries. Kinsmen President, Steve Dinsmore, is shown presenting Melissa with her certificate at the club’s last meeting.
Melissa will be attending Vancouver Island University starting in September.