The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall celebrates 87 years

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The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall celebrates 87 years
Kinsmen Rick Shaver and Robin McIntosh are ready to cook up some fun this Family Day at the Cornwall Civic Complex (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall will have a lot to celebrate next week.

Starting on Family Day, Feb. 17, the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Cornwall will be celebrating Kin Canada’s 100th anniversary and the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall’s 87th anniversary with a week’s worth of fun activities.

Kinsmen Club of Cornwall President Robin McIntosh said that his father Claude raised him with a sense of community responsibility and that was one reason why he wanted to become a Kinsmen.

“I’ve always wanted to help our and give back to the community, and that’s what being a Kin is all about,” he said. “The Kinsmen have been community leaders throughout our 87-year history.”

McIntosh pointed out some of the important fundraisers, events and features that the Kinsmen Club brought to the Cornwall and Canada.

During the Second World War, as Great Britain was suffering through the blitz and wartime rationing, the Kinsmen Club of Canada collected milk for Britain.

The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall has left its mark throughout the city. In the west end, there is the Kinsmen Minor Soccer field; in the East End during the summer, there is the Kinsmen Farmer’s Market.

The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall has donated consecutive chains of office worn by the Mayors of Cornwall.

The Cornwall Kinsmen Club also started the Kinsmen Music Fest, which for 60 years, has promoted and nurtured musical talent in Cornwall’s youth. They also started a local lottery that grew into WinOntario, a province wide lotto.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 17, The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall and the Kinettes will kick off their week long celebrations with free events at the Cornwall Civic Complex including a pancake breakfast, skating, and free swimming a the Aquatic Centre.

Tuesday, will have a special edition of Kinsmen Bingo. The game will have a big prize of $9,950 with the full game worth $5,000. Cards are available at participating stores and those without Cogeco can play at the Legion or Lola’s.

On Wednesday night the Kinsmen will be inviting the Boys and Girls Club and other organizations to the Port Theatre for a movie night.

Thursday, will see the Kin Can National President in Cornwall for the Service Club Dinner, which he will be hosting alongside Service Club President and Kin Peter Morgan.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the Kinettes and the Kinsmen will be hosting teas with seniors at residences throughout the city.

The Kinsmen and Kinettes are inviting the community to come and celebrate this special week with them.

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