Kinsmen Report: June 2018

2018 MS Walk at Douglas Street Recreation Centre.

The current Kin year has come to an end with a number of events and activities for members of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill over the past two months.

Our annual pork chop dinner was held at the end of April, and is a fun event for our members. We appreciate your continued support and appreciate all of the feedback. It sounds like everyone enjoyed their meal!

Then, of course, we get to the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair. With generous donations from the community and a partnership this year with the Slate Youth Centre, we were able to transform a room in the Truro Mall into a haven for booklovers. A lot of preparation goes into this event, but it’s worth it to see the community come out in search of some good reading material. Whether it was just a handful or a few bags, it’s fair to say a lot of people walked away happy.

We were called upon to help with the MS Walk in Truro on May 27th at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. From all accounts, the event was one of the most successful in our area, and we were once again proud to be able to lend a hand.

The Thrill of the Grill Eggfest was held on June 16th in Upper Onslow, presented by Warmth by Design. Our members were on hand running a beer tent, and also held a 50/50 draw.

Kinsmen and Kinettes from across the region converged on Acadia University in Wolfville earlier this month for our annual District Convention. It’s a chance to meet like-minded community volunteers from other clubs, set goals and a vision for the future of District 7 (which our club is part of), and of course enjoy the fellowship that comes along with it.

The Sackville Kinsmen/K-40 hosted the Annual District 7 Golf Tournament just last weekend at the Debert Golf Club. The Bible Hill Kinsmen sent five members, and while we didn’t win, it was a great afternoon of golf and fellowship. This is just one of the regional events held throughout the year.

With all of that said, we do have a few announcements coming and donations to give out. Stay tuned for those.

And as another kin year comes to an end, we look ahead to 2018-19, which means meetings starting again in September. To that end, the club held elections for a new executive. John Spears will serve as president for the third time. The rest of the executive is as follows, and congratulations to each:

  • Vice-president: Mark Thibedeau
  • Secretary: Glen MacKenzie
  • Bulletin Editor: Stephen Hamlin
  • Treasurer: Allison MacDonald
  • Registrar: Drew MacGregor
  • Risk Manager: Brent Pettis
  • Membership and Awards Director: Geoff Hamlin
  • Communications Director: James Faulkner

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill meets 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

James Faulkner is the Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Kinsmen Report: September 2017

Greetings from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! September is almost over already and we’ve started our new Kin year by getting back to our meetings and planning what’s sure to be an exciting year.

Looking back at the summer, we were once again proud to take part in the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition. Our Kinsmen Kanteen was as busy as ever, which of course means we need to say a big thank you to everyone who came by for a slice of pizza, a burger and fries, poutine, or maybe just a drink. Exhibition week remains our biggest, and longest running fundraiser, which helps our club give that money right back to the community through a number of initiatives. We say it every year, but the celebrations and events get bigger and better and we can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

Dave Gillis was elected club president for this year, and has been excited to hit the ground running. A number of projects are planned, including our Trivia Night, now in its 5th year (can you believe it?), and the Book Fair. Stay tuned for details on those and more.

Perry Kohler is our vice-president for 2017-18. The rest of the executive members are myself, Quinn McCarthy, Allison MacDonald, Henry Vissers, Stephen Hamlin, Brad McCallum, Peter Taylor, and Perry Kienzle. It’s also worth mentioning that one of our members, Geoff Hamlin, is serving as Deputy Governor for our Kin zone this year. It’s a lot of work and a huge honour, but is very exciting.

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 an Open House/Buddy Night on October 5th. It’s a chance for anyone who has an interest in joining the Kinsmen to get a closer look at what it is we do and meet members of the club. It’s our first meeting of the month and there’s a meal beforehand.

Even if you can’t make it out for the 5th, 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, check us out on Facebook, or visit our website,

James Faulkner is the Communications Director for 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.