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.
Yellowpoint Lodge and the Hill family were very generous supporters of the playground that the Kinsmen built two years ago at Brown Drive Park. Richard was so impressed by the amount of work as well as the enthusiasm the Kinsmen and volunteers showed he said he wanted to see that continue.
Having great family attractions helps the entire area Hill said, and being done by volunteers is truly community.
The Ladysmith Eagles Auxiliary donated $1,500 to the new Transfer Beach Playground on January 22nd, to which the local Kinsmen and Rotary are working towards rebuilding. The playgrounds that are there were built by the clubs almost 20 years ago and now are showing their age.
Over the years rules and regulations, regarding playgrounds, have changed and new safety measures have been initiated. The plans for the new playground have been done up and the cost is expected to be around $175,000.
To date about $105,000 has been raised and both clubs are working on projects to raise the balance. It is hoped that the new playground can be ordered by June so that it can be in place by early summer.
The Oceanview Community Church will be holding the 3rd annual Eggs Benefit on Sunday, June 14 with all proceeds going to the new playground. Eggs benefit will feature over 12 local “celebrities” making omelettes and the entire community is invited to come out. It’s all by donation,
There has been an account set up at the Ladysmith Bottle Depot where folks to donate the proceeds (or partial proceeds) from their returns and also an account has been set up at the Ladysmith Credit Union for people to make donations there.
If anybody wants more information or to help out, they can contact us using our online form, Kinsmen Duck Paterson at 250-245-2263, or Rotarian Joe Friesenhan at 250-245-2646.