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The Kinsmen Club of Sudbury was chartered in 1939 and incorporated in 1956. We presently have 5 members and we meet twice monthly on Thursday evenings at the Sudbury Food Bank.
One meeting is a business meeting where many items are discussed including requests for funding, up coming projects, national information, and future project ideas to name a few. Dinner is usually ordered in and is always an excellent meal, dress code for this meeting is business casual. Meetings start at 6:30 pm and we try to have business completed by 9:00 pm so that we have time for cards, crib, darts etc. or just sit around sharing a few stories.
The second meeting of the month is more of a social based meeting to encourage fellowship. We can decide to meet at Sudbury Foods Bank or perhaps at a bowling alley, billiard hall or other establishments for an evening of fellowship.
Our Club mandate is to help improve the quality of living for people in our community by providing funding for various projects that we discuss and approve by our members at meetings. Over the years, we have, through our various projects, given back to the Sudbury area in excess of $15,000,000. Our largest project each year is our annual Showcase Sweepstakes.
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 98-year history dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.’
More than 6,000 members belong to 466 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
Every year, Kin clubs contribute millions of dollars to Canadian communities. In fact, Kin members have proudly contributed more than $1 billion to Canadian communities since their Association was founded in 1920.
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 of sorts, 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.
If you would like more information about the Kinsmen Club of Sudbury, becoming a member, a recipient charity, or to learn about the Showcase Sweepstakes, you can visit www.sudburykinsmen.ca, call (705)688-0366, or email them at email@example.com