WHAT IS KIN CANADA?
Kin Canada is an all-Canadian service organization made up of active community volunteers. Working together, members are enhancing the quality of life in their communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and national pride. Kin clubs support cystic fibrosis (CF) research and fund local projects across the country.
HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association was founded on Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario by Harold A. Rogers O.C., O.B.E. (1899-1994). Rogers was 21 and had just returned from the trenches of the First World War when his father, a prominent Rotarian, encouraged him to get together a few young men his own age. However, when Rogers decided to join the same Rotary club as his father, his application was rejected. It was the policy of the Rotary not to have two members from the same business establishment. 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, Ontario.
“Kin Canada is committed to changing lives and making Canadian communities a better place to live.”
“Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”
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 a mixed membership of men and women. The Association was founded in Canada and there are no clubs outside of Canada.
Kin clubs undertake a wide variety of local fundraising and service projects. Its motto – “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need” – means that each club determines how it will raise funds and how those funds will be spent in the community. The Association encourages the autonomy of its clubs so that as many decisions as possible are made by its members at the club level.
Kin Canada has been a partner in the fight against cystic fibrosis since 1964. During this time, Kin members have raised over $40 million in support of the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Kin Canada Bursaries is one of the largest non-corporate bursary programs in Canada. To date, our bursary contributions to Canadian students have exceeded $750,000. Every May, dozens of $1,000 bursaries are awarded to student from across Canada. For details see www.bursay.ca
Located at 1920 Rogers Dr., in Cambridge, Ont., about 100km west of Toronto. Nine full-time staff provide administrative services to about 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country. Ric McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
Click on “About Kin” on the Kin Canada Website for more information about Kin.
The object of the Association shall be to promote and direct service work through fellowship amongst its members, to the end that:
They may enjoy personal development through Kin;
They may be improved and educated in modern business and professional methods and ethics;
The involvement of each in the enrichment of their community may be stimulated;
A spirit of co-operation, tolerance, understanding and equality among all nations and peoples be fostered and stimulated and that unity of thought and purpose throughout Canada be established toward this goal;
They shall serve their community’s greatest need.
JOINT KIN SONG
Here we are together once again.
One and all, a happy bunch of Kin.
Leave your cares and troubles for a while
Let your face break forth in smile
Turn around, grab someone by the hand.
They’re your friends, the finest in the land.
Now all set, let’s shout to beat the band.
Kinsmen, Kinettes and Kin
JOINT KIN GRACE
Happy to meet, sorry to part
Happy to meet again
May the lord make us true KIN
In our thoughts and deeds
And may we be truly grateful,
for the food we receive