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Who We Are

We are a dynamic group of volunteers enriching our communities through service while embracing national pride, positive values, personal development and lasting friendships.

The Objective Of The Association

The Objects of the Association are to promote and direct service work through fellowship amongst its members, to the end that:

  1. They may enjoy personal development through Kin;
  2. They may be improved and educated in modern business and professional methods and ethics;
  3. The involvement of each in the enrichment of their community may be stimulated;
  4. A spirit of co-operation, tolerance, understanding and equality among all nations and peoples be fostered and that unity of thought and purpose throughout Canada be established toward this goal; and
  5. The Association’s constitutional authority be upheld.

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Sometime in 1932, the Kinsmen Club of Kingston came to Cornwall in order help being the process of forming a new club and on April 20th, 1933, with 15 men, the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall was chartered.

Charter President Cliff Beach soon had the Club involved in its first service project, Give a Man a Job, which resulted in over 1,200 hours of odd-job employment for those seeking employment. Since 1964, the Club has honored our first President by providing Cliff Beach Bursaries annually to local Secondary Schools.
1933FireThe Fire on August 7th, 1933, a Civic Holiday, which destroyed a large part of the Cornwall business district including the living quarters of 36 families, saw the Club taking responsibility for assisting those families in being resettled. Members of the Club manned the 24-hour Fire Relief Bureau, which was set up to appeal for funds, food, clothing, and furniture. This project resulted in every family being housed in living accommodations, at least equal to those before the Fire.
A Club project in 1935 was to start an annual Children's Christmas Party at the Palace Theater, for those children who would not, because of no fault of their own, enjoy Christmas. This continued for many years.

We joined with the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs in 1940 to stimulate the sale of War Saving Stamps and Certificates. In addition, in that year we again jointed with the Kiwanis Club to provide entertainment to troop trainees at the local military training camp in Cornwall.

From 1941 until 1945 the Association of Kinsmen Clubs joined in a project call, Milk for Britain campaign where 50 million quarts of milk were sent to Britain. We supported this campaign, raising and turning over $4,000.00 for this project.

1943 saw us provide a new car for the Children's Aid Society and in that year we again joined with the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs in a benefit hockey game in support of the Russian Relief Fund, where money and clothing were sent to Russia. In 44, we did this again.

In 1945, we undertook several projects. One project was to present to the newly incorporated City of CORNWALL with the Mayor's Chain of office. In addition, that year a Kinteen Club was sponsored, which provided dances for teenagers, where members were the chaperons. Moreover, in 1945 the Club joined with the Kiwanis, Lions and Legion to formalize the Cornwall Service Club Council.

In 1946, the Club fully supported the new Children's Ward addition at the Cornwall General Hospital.

Continuing to support the youth of our community, in 1951,  Elmer the Elephant was a school safety project. In addition, in that year the Kinsmen Little League Baseball started with several hundred boys taking part, this continued for many years.




Kin Fast Facts

Founded by Hal Rogers on Feb. 20, 1920, Kin Canada is the nation's largest all-Canadian service club organization. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. The Association boasts a proud 93-year history dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.’

Membership: Around 6,500 members belong to approximately 480 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across Canada. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male, Kinette clubs are predominantly female and Kin clubs have a mixed membership of men and women.

More than $1 billion raised: Since our founding in 1920, Kin Canada clubs have donated more than $1 billion to Canadian causes, communities and individuals in need, as well as to disaster relief efforts beyond our borders. In the 2012/13 Kin Year, our members raised more than $20.5 million and spent over 300,000 hours (that's 34.7 years!) organizing and executing hundreds of fundraisers and service projects in their communities. Not content to simply write cheques, if there's work to be done, Kin Canada clubs do it!

National Charity: 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.

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