Although a month behind, the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club is still planning on doing their part for the Canadian associations annual KINdness Day. Across Canada Kin Clubs held their annual community KINdness day on February 23rd but due to weather locally the Ladysmith Kinsmen could not participate on that day.
So the Ladysmith Kinsmen are doing their KINdness Day event on Saturday, March 30th. This will be the sixth time the local members have sponsored an everyone welcome open swim at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. Kin Wes Fenner, club project chair, stated,
“We really want to do something that gets families out together and doing fun stuff. We have enjoyed doing this event for sometime and have found it’s well received so we want to continue”.
The Kinsmen are covering the cost of the pool and lifeguards so everyone is welcome and it’s all free. The Kinsmen will also have a BBQ at the community centre and will be handing out free hot dogs and drinks.
Kinsmen is a Canadian service club and sponsors KINdness Day to say thanks to members of their communities and to also let the public know about Kin.
The Kinsmen Everyone Welcome Family Swim is Saturday, March 30th, starting at 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
National Day of KINdness is for our members and clubs to celebrate our founding (February 20, 1920) and commitment to serving the community’s greatest need. Every community has a need for kindness and people performing selfless acts, and our clubs are able to spearhead this in their communities each year.
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.
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.