Kinsmen Report: September

Hello again from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! We’d like to welcome you back into your school or work routine after a busy summer where we were proud to be a part of a number of celebrations and events in the community.

Going all the way back to July, the Kinsmen once again had a dunk tank set up during Canada Day in Bible Hill, where we collected donations for a number of charities in exchange for dunking a number of community leaders who generously donated their time. It was such a hot day that we’re sure they were chomping at the bit to let you dunk them so they could stay nice and cool. The celebration keeps getting bigger and better with each passing year, and hope that continues.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition marked a major milestone this year with its 70th anniversary. The revamped event was busier than ever, and you kept us busy in the Kinsmen Kanteen. There was rarely a slow moment for our volunteers, and we owe that all to you. Your continued support of one of our major fundraisers will ensure we can continue to follow our motto of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”. Money raised will be going right back into the Truro/Colchester County area through monetary donations to various charitable and non-profit organizations. The Kanteen will surely be busy again on September 30th and October 1st during the 39th Nova Scotia 4-H Show.

Giving back to the community where we live and raise our families is an important part of what we, as Kinsmen, do. Adding to that is the fellowship between our members. On that note, we’re holding a Buddy Night on October 6th. It’s a chance for people who have an interest in joining the Kinsmen to get a closer look at what it is we do. It’s our first meeting of the month and there’s a meal beforehand.

Even if you can’t make Buddy Night, we’d still love to have you at one of our meetings. They’re held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in attending, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.com.

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen

District 7 Update: Kiniversaries

Hey everyone, this Kin Year we’re going to try to do some things differently, and that includes recognizing each of you and what you mean to our Kin family and your communities. Part of that will be celebrating our Kiniversaries. So starting with September (yes, I’m a bit late on the draw), let’s honour our fellow Kin celebrating with us this month. (For the record, we use dates and info from National)

Over 20 years in Kin this month
John Spears (Bible Hill, 20 years), Audie Newhook (Botwood, 36 years), Carla Murphy (Central PEI, 22 years), Rheal Sirois (Edmundston, 32 years), Carl Croucher (Fredericton, 46 years), Peter Kessels (Frederiction, 37 years), John Ross (Halifax, 20 years), Patsy Inkpen (Marystown, 31 years), Mary Power (Marystown, 24 years), Jackie Seely (Nashwaaksis, 22 years)

Over 10 years in Kin this month
Gary Delory (Antigonish, 17 years), Jeffrey Small (Bridgeport, 16 years), Dionne Bartlett (Bridgeport, 15 years), Peter Mullins (Charlottetown, 13 years), Kerry Harkness (Cheticamp, 11 years), Robert Oullette (Edmundston, 19 years), John Clair (Edmundston, 10 years), Maurice Pitre (Fredericton, 18 years), Mike Webster (Kentville & District, 12 years), Garland Andrews (La Scie, 13 years), Buddie Munn (Nashwaaksis, 16 years), Leanne Matthews (New Glasgow, 19 years)

Under 10 years in Kin this month
Geoff Hamlin (Bible Hill, 8 years), Palma Champoux (Bridgewater, 2 years), Greg McCourt (Charlottetown, 4 years), Derm Hayes (Corner Brook, 2 years), Ann Muxworthy (Florenceville, 8 years), Francis Reid (Glace Bay, 8 years), Mike Best (Goose-Happy Valley, 7 years), Jesse Pomeroy (Goose-Happy Valley, 4 years), Katie Edmondson (Nashwaaksis, 2 years), Glen Collier (Riverview, 2 years), Ron Greene (Riverview, 2 years), Brent Greer (Riverview, 2 years), Ernie Hunt (Sackville, 7 years), Ben Bishop (Sackville, 6 years), Kirk Elliott (St Anthony & Area, 2 years)

And a special thanks to our member(s) celebrating their first full year in Kin
Cavelle Clark (Goose-Happy Valley)

That is over 536 years of Serving Our Communities’ Greatest Need.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more Kin-iversary Celebrations, and other ways we look to share our successes.

Yours in Kin,
Quinn McCarthy (District Membership Director, member of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill)

Kinsmen Report: June

Hello everyone, from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

The 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair ran earlier this month and exceeded our wildest expectations. We raised over $9,000 during the two-day sale, which will support the Colchester East Hants Library Foundation and other Kinsmen community projects. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help, our Kinsmen committee who spear-headed the project, and especially to anyone who made a donation or showed up to find a few books and a bargain or two. We couldn’t have done it without all of you and can’t wait for next year.

The Kinsmen District Convention was held this month in Woodstock, New Brunswick. We had a handful of members who made the trip, which is a chance to meet more Kinsmen and Kinettes, swap ideas, and celebrate the past year.

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill was honoured with the Charlottetown Membership Award, which goes to the club showing the greatest net increase in membership year over year. We actually tied with the Witless Bay and Area Kinsmen Club, with a jump of four members. Membership growth has been a focal point for us over the past few years, bringing community-minded volunteers together to fulfill our mission statement: Serving Our Community’s Greatest Need.

Kinsmen member Quinn McCarthy finished his year as Communications Director for the District 7, which covers Atlantic Canada. The person replacing him is another of our members and past-presidents, Mark Thibedeau.

We’ll be back at the Bible Hill Rec Park for Canada Day manning a dunk tank, and look forward to seeing you all there for what’s a great place to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

The club is also gearing up for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in August, where we’ll be ready to sling burgers, fries, pizza and more from our Kinsmen Kanteen. We hope to see you there!

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

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen

2016-17 Kinsmen Executive Elections

The club recently held its elections for the 2016-17 kin year. The new executive is looking to hit the ground running when meetings resume in September from our summer break. Past-President Mark Thibedeau joined current President Drew Douglas to held conduct the proceedings. Nomination were taken at a pair of our meetings, including from the members at our last regular monthly meeting.

  • Life-member Peter Taylor was elected as President for a third time
  • Fernando Afonso was elected as Vice President
  • Henry Vissers was acclaimed as Secretary
  • James Faulkner was acclaimed as Bulletin Editor for a second consecutive year
  • Glen MacKenzie was acclaimed as Treasurer
  • Tyler Granter was elected as Registrar
  • Andrew St. Coeur was acclaimed as Risk Manager
  • Brian Babineau was acclaimed as Membership and Awards Director
  • Geoff Hamlin was elected as Communications Director
  • Drew Douglas will move to the position of Past-President

Congratulations to all the members of our new executive. They’ll be sworn into their new positions in early July.

Kinsmen Report: May

Hello everyone, from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

We recently held our annual pork chop dinner at the Bible Hill Village Hall. Not only is it a big fundraiser for us, but the food was delicious! The pork chops themselves were from Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market in Tatamagouche.

A highlight for the club, at any time of year, is watching our members be recognized for their hard work. Brad McCallum and Dave Gillis, both part of this year’s executive, have received the Maple Leaf Award of Distinction from Kin Canada. To earn this award, a member has to complete a number of tasks within their first two years with the group. That can range from chairing a project, to being elected to the executive for a year, to attending district and national conventions.

We’ve been focusing our efforts on the 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 3rd and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 4th . The Kinsmen are partnering with NovelTea Bookstore Café to continue a decade’s long community tradition, which was previously run by the Canadian Federation of University Women. It has relocated to the Eagles Landing Building at 510 Prince Street (the former MacQuarries Pharmasave location). Proceeds from the event will support the Colchester East Hants Library Foundation and other Kinsmen community projects.

Drop-off locations are Enterprise Rent-A-Car, NovelTea Bookstore Café, Shur Gain Feeds n Needs, and Sobeys on Robie Street in Truro, as well as Century Hyundai and Fundy Appliance in Bible Hill.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. 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

Kinsmen Report: April

The Bible Hill Kinsmen recently presented a $6,000 cheque to the We Care About Cancer Fund earlier this month.

The proceeds came from the Great Trivia Challenge, which was held in February. Thanks to everyone who came out for that event and supported this great cause. The rest of the money raised from that event will be distributed by the Kinsmen through our various initiatives in the community.

April is rolling on and spring has finally arrived. That means it’s time to look ahead to the annual Kinsmen pork chop dinner. It will be held May 19 at the Bible Hill Village Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All Kinsmen members have tickets or you can email porkchop@biblehillkinsmen.ca. The pork chops are from Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market in Tatamagouche. The dinner also includes a baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and piece of pie.

We’d also like to say thank you for your continued support of the kindness meters in downtown Truro. It’s been a huge success so far and we will soon be looking at switching recipients of the money which you’re generously donating in these meters.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. 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

Trivia Night Cheque Presentation

Due to the money recently raised at the Great Trivia Challenge, we were able to present a cheque for $6,000 to the We Care About Cancer Fund.

In this photo are (Left to right) A.J. Cunningham from the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation, Geoff Hamlin from the Bible Hill Kinsmen, Raj Makkar, Chemotherapy Manager and representing the We Care about Cancer Fund, Cancer Patient Navigator Darlene Holmes and Bible Hill Kinsmen Life Member Ken Wynn.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Challenge and supported this great cause!

Kinsmen Report: March

Hello all, it’s Fernando from the Bible Hill Kinsmen. What a February and March we had! I hope you’re all enjoying the abnormally warm snowless days!

February was a busy month with several events, which culminated at the end of the month with the 3rd Annual Great Trivia Challenge at the Best Western Glengarry. It was a night of prizes, food, and of course a trivia showdown. The night consisted of ten rounds of trivia with ten questions per round. The winning team was the Captain Crunch & the Cereal Killers from New Glasgow Kinsmen (and no we didn’t give them the answers), who posted a score of 95 correct answers, wow! Hot on their heels were the crew from Icehogs who scored 94 and rounding out the top three was the Smartie Pints with 92. There were over 320 people in teams of eight playing and raising money for the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation’s “We Care About Cancer” Fund and other community projects supported by the Kinsmen.

There was a balloon pop, where the grand prize was a $750 Inglis Jewelers gift certificate, as well as a silent auction with a great collection of prizes and there was also a 50/50 draw. In the end, the Kinsmen were able to donate $6,000 to Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation. Keep an eye out for this event again next year, and make sure you get your table in early as we sold out quickly this year. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who volunteered with us to help make the night a huge success.

We put on a free skate and swim on the 21st of February at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in celebration of National KINdness Day. The turnout was excellent and we hope all enjoyed the day.

Tickets for our annual Pork Chop dinner will soon be making their way out. It will be held on Thursday, May 19th, so get your tickets early.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you think you might be interested in joining us for a meeting please contact: president@biblehillkinsmen.com.

Fernando Afonso is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen

Kinsmen Report: February

Hello once again from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

It’s almost here and we’re very excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Great Trivia Challenge. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it’s “all hand’s on deck” for the Bible Hill Kinsmen as we get this event up and running. So mark this date on your calendar: Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Glengarry. There are still a few tables left, so get a team together for a wonderful night of fun and a chance to win some great prizes. This year proceeds will go to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation’s “We Care about Cancer Fund” and other community projects. Put on your thinking caps and come and join us! For more information, contact Geoff Hamlin at trivia@biblehillkinsmen.ca

While that’s our big event for this month, we’re never idle. The National Day of KINdness is Sunday, February 21st. The Kinsmen are holding an open skate and swim from 3 to 4 p.m. that day at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Whether you want to strap on your skates, or take a dip in the pool, come on out and enjoy!

We are still running the KINdness meters located throughout downtown Truro, and we’d like to thank all those that took the time to deposit their loose change in helping us support all of our initiatives. We are always “serving the communities greatest needs”.

If you are interested in joining the Bible Hill Kinsmen 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.

Fernando Afonso is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen