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Officers for 2022/23

Pictured below is the 2022/2023 Ladysmith Kinsmen executive. From left to right, Steve Dinsmore, director; Duck Paterson, risk management; Brian Bancroft, registrar; Jason Kelland, treasurer; Al Moore, secretary; and Rod Woods, president. Missing from photo is Chad Welsh, director, and Mike Richardson, vice-president.

Kinsmen Exec 2022 2023

2022 was the 70th anniversary of the Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith. Over the years the members of the local Kin club have been instrumental in many of the amenities, and needs, of the Ladysmith community.

The Kinsmen purchased the first ambulance for the Town of Ladysmith, the club also built the public health unit in 1963 (which is now the Boys & Girls Club) on High Street. Locally, Kinsmen have given out over $60,000 in bursaries to local students and the Kinsmen built the playgrounds at Kin Park in Ladysmith. In 1967, the club constructed the Kin Shelter at Transfer Beach as the Canada centennial project and in 2004, the Kinsmen led the spray park project for the Town’s 100th anniversary project.

There are numerous projects and events that the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club have initiated as well as participate in and most recently the club constructed the dual public washrooms in downtown Ladysmith.

As club president, Rod Woods, said,

“We think we do a lot of good stuff in Ladysmith but we also rely a lot on support from other clubs, as well of businesses, in the community. We believe by doing things together it makes for more fun.”

Donation to Ladysmith Minor Softball Association

The Ladysmith Minor Softball Association was gearing up for another season of fun recreational ball until they realized that getting umpires to officiate the numerous games was going to be a problem. For the past few years, the Association has found that it’s been more and more difficult to get existing as well as new recruits to come out to ump the games. Glenn Popenko, umpire in chief, realized that not only getting hassled at times, during the games, the umpires had to take a course through Softball B.C. that was costing each $110 per year. This was becoming an obstacle to many and Popenko felt that it was an undue burden and because of that, it was going to limit the number of games the players would be able to have each season and possibly limit the number of kids that would be able to sign up to learn and play the game.

When Popenko approached the local Kinsmen club to see if they would be able to help cover the cost of some of the courses, he was caught off guard, by the generosity of the local Kinsmen when they voted to cover the cost of the course for up to 15 umpires. On February 15th the club presented the Softball Association with a donation check of $1,500.00.

For the 2022 season, the Association is planning a full season of ball, but at the present time, they only have three umpires, of which two are also ball players. The umpires are paid $30 per game as well as supplied with most of the gear they need to look after their job in the game.

For anyone interested in being an umpire or even just to get more information they can contact Glenn Popenko at 250-734-1780.