2018-19 Ultimate NHL Road Trip

The Ultimate NHL Road Trip is back! These tickets are only available in Atlantic Canada. The grand prize winner will see three NHL games in three nights, along with airfare and some spending money. It’s a great stocking stuffer and a great cause, in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada!

All members of the Bible Hill Kinsmen have tickets to sell. They’re also available at Century Hyundai (Ask for John or Quinn), and at the customer service desk at Sobeys on Robie Street. Our members will also be at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre during the Truro Bearcats/Pictou County Weeks Crushers game on November 3rd selling tickets. You can also contact president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

Kinsmen Report: February 2018

Hello from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

The 5th Annual Great Trivia Challenge is just days away and we can’t be more excited. More than 40 tables of eight people each will be at the Best Western Glengarry to test their knowledge of random facts and information. Proceeds of this event will go towards the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre’s Girl Power summer camps, which offer empowerment activities, science experiments, recreation and physical activities, arts and crafts, and support for young women in our area.

Once again, the community has come out in a big way to support the event and for that we say thank you. From teams entered, to prizes donated for the silent auction, to a number of other ways to pitch in, you continue to make this a showcase event. We hope everyone involved has a great time this Saturday.

In conjunction with the Heritage Day holiday, our club was able to secure the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for an hour in honour of the National Day of KINdness. It sounded like one and all had a great time on February 19th, whether that was one the ice in the rink, in the pool, or making use of the climbing wall.

Capping off a busy month was a night of fun and fellowship at the Best Western Glengarry with the celebration of Founder’s Night. The evening marked the creation of our club and the 98 years since the founding of Kin Canada. One of our long-standing members, Glen MacKenzie, was presented with a Lifetime Membership award, which is the highest honour we can bestow. Caught off guard, and with his family sneaking in from around the province, the smile on his face spoke one thousand words. Glen’s commitment to the club and the community are something we gladly acknowledge, as we have with all past Lifetime Membership recipients, and look forward to his continued involvement as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen’s partnership with the Truro Junior A Bearcats has continued once again this year with the Power Play Program. Now in its 16th year, the club donates $100 for each Bearcats home game and up that to $200 if the team scores a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season. The presentation of funds will be held in the pre-game ceremony on March 9th as Truro host Yarmouth.

We’d love to see you at one of our meetings. The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

2017-18 Ultimate NHL Road Trip

It’s that time again! Tickets are now available for the Ultimate NHL Road Trip in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Tickets are only sold in Atlantic Canada and only 9,000 have been printed! For $10, you have a chance at the grand prize: three NHL games in three nights in 2018.

  • Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Montreal to face Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on March 15th.
  • The Dallas Stars roll into Ottawa to face the Senators on March 16th.
  • The Canadiens head to Toronto to face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs.

The package includes round trip airfare from the closest major airport to the home team’s city, one night hotel stay in each city, game tickets, and $1,500 spending money.

There are four other main prizes, in additional to one $50 gift card draw for each of the Atlantic provinces.

Don’t delay! Contact us on Facebook or by email at info@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

National President Visit

Kin Canada National President James Doerr (front, fifth from left) is joined by members of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill at a meeting on May 4th.

Kin Canada National President James Doerr visited the Truro area on Thursday. After being shown some of the local sights by Kinsmen members, President Doerr attended a general meeting of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill.

A number of Kin from other areas, including Deputy Governors Al MacQuarrie and Ardith Cameron, also attended a meet and greet with President Doerr before the night’s meeting.

Victoria Park Kinsmen Playground Sign Unveiled

Left to right: Kinsmen Mark Thibedeau, Andrew St. Coeur, Quinn McCarthy, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Kin Canada National President James Doerr, Kinsmen John Spears, Dave Gillis, Club President Peter Taylor (Photo: James Faulkner)

A sign was recently installed to recognize the Victoria Park Kinsmen Playground. Truro Mayor Bill Mills and Kin Canada National President James Doerr were on hand with a number of Kinsmen for an official unveiling on Thursday.

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill is in the middle of a five-year, $25,000 commitment for playground upgrades in Victoria Park. Kinsmen, both the club in Bible Hill and Truro before them, have long supported the park.

The play area was built in 1952 with swings and other equipment. Modern facilities, such as the swimming pool, were built in 1959 with the support of a number of local groups. The Dr. Jim Vibert Trail, dedicated after the prominent Truro surgeon, was established by the Kinsmen in the 1970s.

More recently, the playground and baseball diamond saw major upgrades in 1994 and 2000, when washrooms and new playground equipment was installed. That work was partly funded by the Truro Kinsmen. A joint effort between the Kinsmen and the town led to the addition of the water spray park.

It’s just one way the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill is able to fulfill its motto of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”.

2017 National Day of KINdness

Join us for our 5th Annual National Day of KINdness on Sunday, February 26th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the outdoor ice surface at Truro’s Civic Square for some free hot chocolate and hot dogs!

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill will be covering the cost of the first 100 hot chocolate and hot dogs served by Great British Grub at the Market. This is in recognition of National Day of KINdness, which is Saturday, February 25th.

Kindness comes in all forms. Whether big or small, time-consuming or quick, costly or free, all acts of kindness make a difference in somebody’s life.

Recognizing the power of kindness and our purpose, many Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs across the country come together each year to participate in our National Day of KINdness. This National project celebrates and honours our founding on February 20th, 1920, and helps Clubs fulfill our motto of “Serving the community’s greatest need.”

For more information, visit Kin Canada’s website.

Kinsmen Report: November

Hello everyone from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! It’s a busy time for everyone as we near the end of November, and we’re no different in that regard.

What a busy weekend we just had! We hope you enjoyed the hot chocolate served at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Truro’s Civic Square with help from the Sobeys on Prince Street. It’s always a big event in town, and the community shows up in a big way. Despite a bit of rain, we ended up handing out almost 1,300 cups of hot chocolate and the 500 candy canes went quick.

It was also nice to see Santa back in town the next day for his yearly visit. He looks as jolly as ever, despite the lack of snow.

The weekend prior, of course, was Remembrance Day. The turnout seems to grow each and every year, and a number of our members joined those in attendance. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Milk for Britain documentary, released this year, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the influential Milk for Britain Campaign during World War II. It brought Kin and Canadians together to help send over 50 million quarts of milk to Britain and raised $3 million (equivalent to $42 million today) to feed British children. The Milk for Britain campaign is a significant and inspirational piece of Canada’s, and Kin’s, history. The documentary can be found on the Bible Hill Kinsmen website: biblehillkinsmen.ca.

You may have spotted a few posters around the community claiming our club is preparing to hold a New Year’s Dance this year at Bible Hill Junior High School? We are! The dance will run New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with Big Dog 100.9’s Tyler Granter as the DJ. Tickets are $20 per person and you must be at least 19 years of age to attend. Contact any of our members or email newyearsdance@biblehillkinsmen.ca with any questions.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen are again partnering with the Truro Bearcats for the annual Teddy Bear Toss! On December 3rd, as Truro faces South Shore, bring a teddy bear in a plastic bag to toss onto the ice when the Bearcats score their first goal. It’s always a lot of fun. Our members will collect the teddy bears and they’ll be distributed through the Christmas Index Program.

We hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. We’d love to see you there. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Milk for Britain Documentary

Responding to a radio appeal for milk for British children, founder Hal Rogers rallied Kin members across Canada to raise funds for the purchase of powdered milk. The goal for the first year was to raise enough money to purchase one million quarts; within nine months, Kinsmen and Kinettes supplied more than three million quarts!

By the end of the Milk for Britain campaign, the Kin family raised close to $3 million and sent 50 million quarts of milk to Britain. Rogers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1948 to recognize his efforts as the Chairman of Kinsmen’s Milk for Britain wartime project.

The wartime effort helped found 41 new Kinsmen clubs and the formation of a new women’s branch of the organization, Kinettes.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the campaign, members and clubs came together to ensure such an impactful and inspirational piece of history is documented.

Disaster Response for Fort McMurray

From Grant Ferron, Executive Director of Kin Canada:

We all have watched the horrific events that are continuing to unfold in Fort McMurray and for most of us, we can hardly fathom the depth of devastation that has befallen on this community, its people and our members. Everyone remains in our hearts and prayers.

In the truest Kin fashion, members across the Country have expressed their concern as well as hope through pledging support in any way possible.

District 4 has been very quick to establish a District Response Team to help coordinate, liaise and manage Kin Canada’s response to this devastating event. Both National President Kin Peters and I commend the swift action of District 4 in the mobilization of their resources and the leadership provided by Governors Corie Brand and Dan Gosse as well as Sean Libin, LeAnne Christiansen and Angela Jenkins.

Last night, members of the District Response Team joined a call with the Governors, National President Kim and I. The call helped to synchronize our immediate response while also discussing what might be required of us in the months ahead. We all agreed that it is important that Kin Canada members have a way to express their support in a timely way.

We will be providing details on how Clubs can contribute either through the National Disaster Relief Fund or through the Kin Canada Foundation. We want to make sure that funding is set up in such a way that it allows for both the immediate and longer term needs of this community. This will take a few days to ensure we provide the right guidance to Clubs.

The Kin Canada Foundation has provided a donation access point for individuals wishing to contribute right away. In this manner, individuals can obtain tax receipts (the Foundation is a registered charity and is enabled to donate funds on your behalf to other charitable entities). More information on this can be found on the Kin Canada Foundation website at www.kincanadafoundation.ca and follow the “Donate Now” link.

The Red Cross also has a page where you can donate as well: http://www.redcross.ca (Organizations can also contribute through this page as well)

We are told that our Kin family in Fort McMurray are all safe and some are already rolling up their sleeves to help. A fitting tribute to the spirit of this Association and its members. We will continue to keep them all in our thoughts.