Serving the Community’s Greatest Need...
It is sufficient to say that we’re just a group of guys who care...
Guys who care about their Community, their Country, their Work, and their Families.
We find time for all of these things and we try to make a difference while doing them...
The Kin motto of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need” may sound like a grand statement, but we believe that there are Grand things that come out of the
little things that we do to make our Community, our Home, a better place.
Check out our Project List to see what we’re up to these days…
… and don’t forget to check out what being “KIN” is all about …
Kin Canada Fast Facts
Kin Canada – the Association of Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs is proud to be an all-Canadian service organization made up of outstanding community volunteers. From coast to coast, members are enhancing quality of life in their communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and national pride. The Association boasts a proud 90-year history dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while 'Serving the Community's Greatest Need.'
Membership – more than 7,000 members belong to approximately 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs from coast to coast. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male only, while Kinette clubs are predominantly female only. Kin clubs have mixed membership of men and women.
Clubs undertake a wide variety of local fundraising and service projects. Each club operates autonomously when determining how it fundraises and distributes those funds within the local community.
More than $1 billion raised – Kin members have proudly contributed more than $1 billion to Canadian communities since their Association was founded in 1920.
History – The Association was founded by Harold (Hal) Rogers on Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ont. Rogers was 21 and, after returning from the trenches of the First World War, he missed the companionship of the men he had served with. Looking to join a club, Rogers decided to join Rotary, but his application was rejected because it was Rotary's policy not to admit two members from the same business establishment (his father, with whom Rogers worked, was already a member). As a result of this rejection, Rogers and a small group of men gathered for a dinner meeting and became the first Kinsmen club, the Kinsmen Club of Hamilton.
Mission Statement – Kin Canada is committed to changing lives and making Canadian communities a better place to live.
Kin Motto – 'Serving the Community's Greatest Need'
National Charity – Since 1964, the Kinsmen and Kinettes have proudly supported the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This year, Kin Canada's national fundraising project's total contributions will surpass $40 million – making Kin Canada one of the largest supporters of CF research and care in Canada.
2012-2013 National President – Penny Lees-Smith
Association's National Headquarters – Located at 1920 Hal Rogers Dr., in Cambridge, Ont., about 100 km west of Toronto on Hwy. 401. Eight full time staff provide administrative services to approximately 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs. Ric McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
Clinton Kinsmen Club community involvement milestones:
We were chartered in 1952, sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Goderich.
· Instrumental in the initial numbering of homes in Clinton; organized and physically addressed every home in town (early 1950’s)
· Inception and implementation of harness racing in Clinton (1970) - originally called the Clinton Kinsmen Raceway and later turned over to the town and managed by Clinton Raceway Inc (since 1990).
· Replacing the condemned Raceway Grandstand both physically and financially (1977)
· Major contributor to the new Town Swimming Pool (1980)
· Improvement to the town’s baseball and soccer fields, complete with drainage and lighting (mid to late 1970’s)
· Major contributor to the construction of the town’s Arena (1967), it’s later expansion (mid 1990’s) and installation of safety glass around the ice surface
· Long time supporter of our Clinton Public Hospital (since 1952)
· Total funding ($13,000) and physical construction of Clinton’s Millennium Park Building (2000)
· Partial funding ($15,000) of the Clinton Arena’s Olympia Ice Resurfacing Machine (2002)
· Annual pledge towards KIN Canada’s Campaign for Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (since 1985)
· Construction and annual Maintenance of the Community Playground and Park (KIN Park) (mid 1990’s)
· Charter sponsors of Clinton’s Scouting movement (1960)
· Partial funding ($10,000) of the town’s new Fire Truck
· Long time supporter of Clinton Minor Baseball, Clinton Minor Soccer, and Clinton Minor Hockey Associations (since 1952)
· Contributor to the Alexander Marine and General Hospital (Goderich) CT Scanner Project (2010)
· Major contributor ($100,000) to the construction of the new Central Huron Community Complex (2011)
· Celebration of 60 years of Service to Our Community (2012)
Celebrating 60 Years 1952-2012
Our 60th Anniversary celebrated in 2012
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