Greetings Fellow Kin
As I write this I’m curled up in front of the fire, just home from our local Remembrance Ceremony. It was colder than usual this year, -5 C before we factor in the wind that was blowing off the head of the mighty Niagara River. Despite the cold a large crowd had turned out, each year over the last several we’ve witnessed the crowds grow. Many young people taking time from their busy lives to actively participate in the act of Remembrance. As I watched Canadians young and old facing that cold, huddled in coats and wrapped in blankets; and as I watched my nephew and his fellow cadets stand vigil as they’d been doing since the wee hours of the morning, I couldn’t help but feel pride at being Canadian.
It’s the same feeling when I see a group of KIN come together for Fall Leadership Conference, a service project or fellowship. In those settings we find such a strong sense of community that is truly heartwarming.
That feeling was truly present at Fall Leadership Conference just a week ago. I always find it to be rejuvenating. Maybe it’s the education, or perhaps it’s just that it’s our first chance in the new KIN year to get together with old friends and make new ones. This year was no different. The weekend was filled with education and fellowship that created KIN memories that will last a lifetime. Kudos to the Stayner and District Kinsmen for reminding us that we need to have a healthy balance of business and fun. For organizing events for our non KIN spouses so that the weekend became something that couples could enjoy together. The efforts they put forward to make this an FLC to remember showed in the number of delegates we had. It’s been years since we’ve seen numbers like that. Hopefully this momentum continues for Spring Convention and that we see record numbers in attendance. I encourage your clubs to already start planning on who will be attending. Pencil June 1-3 into your calendars as I know the Fonthill and District Kinsmen are also looking forward to providing the District with a fabulous convention experience.
To all those who attended FLC I want to thank you for taking the time to join us on that weekend. With such busy lives, time is often at a premium and the fact that you chose to spend some of that precious commodity with your KIN family is appreciated. I also want to acknowledge two very special clubs who made the journey to Collingwood in force. Both the Grimsby and London Kinettes each had 10 members in attendance. Kudos ladies!!
So now with FLC completed we return to our clubs to begin prepping for what is for many of our clubs their busiest few months. KIN seems to be synonymous with Christmas. As we listened to the Deputy Governor updates during our Friday council meeting we repeatedly heard reports of upcoming Santa Claus Parades, Senior’s Christmas Dinners, Tree Lighting Breakfast with Santa, toy drives and food hamper programs. Apparently fellow KIN we do Christmas and we do it well. I can’t help but think that these projects as well help rejuvenate our membership. To watch the magic in a child’s eyes as you hand them a cup of hot chocolate at a Santa Claus Parade or to see that grateful smile of a parent as you drop off a food hamper and gifts, can’t help but give you that special KIN feeling. It is why we do what we do.
So fellow KIN as you embark on this very busy time of year I encourage you to take a few moments at each event to pause and appreciate what that project means to your community. Let yourself live in that moment and let it rejuvenate you. The Christmas season can be very chaotic and tiring but that few minutes can bring a whole new perspective to light. Enjoy what we do!
And in closing fellow KIN I hope that this season you are able to enjoy all those traditions that your own family hold dear and that make the season special for you. May your holidays be filled with family, friends, good food and fellowship and when we meet again in 2018 may it bring you and yours health and happiness.
From my home to yours, Happy Holidays.
Happy Fall and Welcome Back!
Autumn has always been my favourite season. The leaves begin to change on the trees, the days get shorter and cooler, and smells of autumn; from hot apple cider to warm pumpkin pie, seem to be everywhere. The kids are back to school, falls fairs are underway and last night I tied up the skates for the first game of the season. I look forward to Autumn, to me it the best of the comforts of home. I pull my hoodies from the back of the closet, I stack the wood box beside the fireplace and I make sure that I always have hot chocolate and apple cider on hand. I swap out the summer linens for the warm, snuggly duvets and throw blankets. I’m ready for curling up on the deck or in front of the fire.
But I also love Autumn, because it is the beginning of another KIN year. Like the child off to school with new shoes and a backpack full of school supplies, so do our members arrive for that first meeting of the year; refreshed from the summer break and ready to greet old friends and hopefully make some new friends as well. In the early meetings of the fall, our clubs set budgets, finalize plans for the year and strike committees. The excitement of planning the KIN year is evident and the energy is often palpable. The fellowship at those first few meetings is also unique as we catch up with our fellow KIN who we might not have seen over the summer break. We begin to reengage as a club. The feelings of autumn in KIN also leave me with that warm, comfy home feeling.
Not only does the fall see the clubs set their goals and priorities but your District council have also set their various goals and objectives. Following along our campaign platform, we have set our goals based on Fellowship, Mentorship (building leaders), Personal Development and grassroots Service.
We will be promoting our goal of fellowship by encouraging the rebirth of the interclub. We want KIN to reconnect with others in their own zones. Our goal is for each zone to add two more Interclubs for this KIN year.
In addition the Deputy Governors will be seeking potential new zone leaders to participate in zone mentorship programs. Interested in maybe participating on a zone team in the future? These new mentoring programs not only help find our future leaders but help develop them as well. Find out what is all about now; contact your DG for more information. As well from a personal development front in the months to come we will be highlighting the individual awards that KIN members can participate in.
And finally our last goal for this year focuses on grassroots service. With the announcement at National Convention of over $18 000 000 being donated to Canada we have proven time and again how much we give to our communities. Often though clubs become so focused on fundraising that grassroots service gets lost in the process. Being one of the founding principles for the association we would like to see those clubs whose focus are primarily fundraising consider doing one additional Service project. Service projects help reengage our membership and afford those feel good moments that remind us why we are KIN. It also helps us build our brand in our community, those projects often provide excellent fellowship opportunities and when done in the community give us that chance to demonstrate that we are the club people want to be part of. Might even help your club recruit a few new members.
Your Deputy Governors will have more information on each of these goals and they will be addressed at Club Leadership Seminar in Listowel on September 30th and during Fall Leadership Conference November 3rd -5th in Collingwood. Hoping to see you all at both of these events.
So for now fellow KIN enjoy all the great joys of Fall including the beginning of a new KIN year, and may our paths cross soon.
Yours in KIN
Here we are, entering the "home stretch" for the 2016-2017 Kin Year, and what a year it has been! District One, you should be proud!
Proud of the great membership numbers.
Proud of the support and donations to Cystic Fibrosis.
Proud of the submissions for awards both personal and for your club.
Proud of the impact that your fundraising has made within your communities.
Proud of the personal growth of your members by attending Club Leadership Seminar, FLC, Zone Conference and Spring Convention.
Proud of your part in making Kin Canada the strong and vibrant association we are a part of.
We are so very proud of all of you and have been truly blessed to be a part of YOUR growth this past year.
Our Kin "summer break" will soon be upon us. For some, a chance to sit back and relax and enjoy social time with family, friends and Kin. For others, it's the busiest time of year with your club and Kin Family with a multitude of projects and fundraisers. To you all, enjoy what our "break" brings to you. Remember all of your successes and joys of this year, and plan your goals to meet and or beat them next year.
We are looking forward to the Building on the Basics team and what they will offer this District. Debbie and team, here's to you! We know you will rock it!!
Don't forget to fill out and submit your Accredited Delegate form. We are looking forward to representing District One in Halifax this August, and would be honoured to carry your clubs' wishes with us.
Til next we chat ....
IT'S ZONE CONFERENCE TIME AGAIN!!
We simply cannot believe that we are already into March and have two Zone Conferences completed at time of writing. Truly, where has this Kin year gone? Apologies to all for the late update, we have been remiss in making this page current.
Zone Conference travel is so much fun as we are able to spend the day with members of the association that we may not see at FLC or Spring Convention. We have the opportunity to listen to clubs reporting on their events during the year, talking about their successes, their challenges and their goals to finish the year. We are able to see those who take on the challenge of public speaking or submitting awards, and their joy when awarded for their efforts. We also have the pleasure of seeing your Deputy Governors putting all of their skills to work to give you a fun, informative and productive zone conference.
Take the time to thank your Deputy Governor for the countless hours of travelling and working they do on your behalf. District One would not be what it is without their tireless efforts.
A member of the District Executive will be visiting each zone conference and sharing important information with you through their presentation. We are there FOR YOU, so if there is anything that you would like addressed, please don't hesitate to talk to your representative.
Safe travels on the road all, we shall see you soon.
WELCOME BACK KIN!!!
Can you believe that the kids are heading back to school today and that's a sure sign that we are back into the swing of all things Kin as well.
We are excited about the upcoming year and all of the great things that you as members have to look forward to, coming out of National and supported by your District Executive.
National Convention in Edmonton this year was nothing but inspiring. The movement toward better educated Kin is exciting to say the least. The affiliation with Toastmasters will open many doors for our membership, both in Kin and externally to Kin. Thank you for bringing this to us. The creation and implementation of Kin U is exciting beyond words. Education at our finger tips! Education for which we will be given certification of course completion to use in our personal / professional lives is one of many goals for the future. WOW .. great job National Education and Training Committee!
Member recognition is also high on the radar and the new National President's Commendation Letter for those you wish to have acknowledged for their hard work, is a great way to get this started. Thank you National Awards and Recognition Committee!
We are looking forward to sharing much of the information from National Convention and a lot of our District specific information with the membership at the Club Leadership Seminar on the 17th of September. We hope that all of the membership takes advantage of this learning opportunity and attends. Please contact Co-Ordinator Lisa to reserve your space and your meal asap.
In the meantime, enjoy watching the kiddies head back to school and be ready for a great learning year yourselves and we head Back to the Future .. Part Deux .. the Adventure Continues ..
Guess what week it is? You may not think it is something special, however this week is National Volunteer Week! National Volunteer Week runs from April 10th to April 16th and gives us the chance to thank over 12.7 million volunteers.
Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to bloom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.
I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your time, energy, ideas and support as a member of Kin Canada. We are so very lucky to have the opportunity to give back during our lives, and I am gratful you have chosen the nation's largest all Canadian service club organization to do that with.
Please keep doing what you're doing - you are all awesome!!!
Yours in Kin,
Where is the time flying?
We can't believe it is already zone conference season in District One. We hope you take the time to attend your zone conference over the next while - your Deputy Governor's have worked hard to put this day together and there is a lot of business to cover.
Our Distict One Spring Convention is about 75 days away!!! If you haven't done so already, please ensure you register for the weekend - it's going to be awesome! We are unable to provide a detailed agenda at this time, however below you will find a rough agenda that is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will do our best to provide any clarification.
We are so excited to have National President Kim Peters, National Vice President Candidate Terri MacCannell, National CF Liaison Helen Meinzinger and Cystic Fibrosis Director of Community Engagement Alice Awweh joining us for the entire weekend!
The entire Back to the Future Team is looking forward to seeing you over the next few months!
Happy 2016 District One!!!
As we enter into a new year, we have no doubt that each and every member of District One is going to continue doing great things for their community's.
This year, why don't you...
Wake Up & Be Awesome.
Try, Try, Try.
Live Life Colourfully.
Create Every Day.
Dance in the Rain.
Do What You Love.
Think Outside the Lines.
BELIEVE YOU CAN.
As we post this today there are only about 4 months left until Spring Convention in Fort Erie. The BTTF Executive is already working on what will be an awesome weekend! And some little birdies from Fort Erie have mentioned they have some pretty cool plans up their sleeves. Registration forms will be out the beginning of February, don't miss it!
We are very excited to be meeting with our Back to the Future Council at the end of January in Stratford. The weekend long meeting will be covering lots of different topics. Our face to face meetings are extremely valuable and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates with us!
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you invite us out to any of your upcoming events. Our calendars have started to fill up and we don't want to miss a thing!
All the best in this first month of 2016 - we will definitely see you around the District!
Wow can you believe it is already December?! The countdown is on to spend time with family and friends celebrating the holiday season... and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to a break!
Just a quick shout out:
We know this time of year is super busy, but don't forget that we are here to help you out with anything you need. There have been numerous parades, events and celebrations - this year is going to end on an awesome note!
From our families to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and all the best in 2016!
Catch ya on the delorean!
Yours in Kin,
Katie & Curtis
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
- Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
We are very excited to announce our line up of workshops being offered at Fall Leadership Conference in London on November 6-8, 2015. If you haven't done so already, make sure to book your hotel room and register with the St. Thomas Kinsmen ASAP - you don't want to miss out on this educational and fun weekend!
UPDATE: See draft agenda for the weekend here... final agenda will be circulated prior to FLC with the electronic brochure
If you have any questions about the workshops being offered or events throughout the weekend, feel free to contact us.
Katie & Curtis
Hey District One!
We hope that your first meetings of the year are off to a great start! We would like to say thank you to everyone who attended our Successful Kin Seminar on Saturday September 12th in Cambridge. With over 60 District One members in attendance, we are very grateful for your support and eagerness to learn. Thank you to our awesome presenters - you brought back a form of education that we are thrilled to have been able to share with everyone!
Below you will find our President / Vice President handouts from our breakout seminar. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Deputy Governor or any of the BTTF Executive - we are here to help!
We are working on finalizing our FLC seminars... stay tuned for the final verdict on the awesome topics we will be covering to bring you more education and fun!
See you around!
Katie & Curtis
Welcome to the 2015-2016 Kin year! We hope that you are all taking the time over the summer to relax and unwind after a fantastic year with the GO team. We know there are plenty of events still happening over this next month and we are very excited to come out and support you in any way that we can.
As you are relaxing over the summer break, think about some potential new ideas that you can share with your club… different fundraisers, service projects and socials.
Please mark it on your calendar to attend the BTTF Successful Kin Seminar hosted on Saturday September 12th at the Preston Kin Club. The BTTF team has put together a day of education (and fun) for all members of District One. Contact Co-Ordinator Monika (mmckean [snail] rogers [period] com -> mailto:mmckean [snail] rogers [period] com) for further information and to save your spot. We are really looking forward to this day and hope you enjoy the new “spin” we’ve taken on education.
We will be heading to National Convention on August 19th in Brandon Manitoba – celebrating with a Back to the Future theme (how awesome is that). If you have anything you would like us to inquire about or mention when we are there – please let us know ahead of time. We are looking forward to bringing back some exciting information and education presented at National!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and the beginning of the new kin year. Do not hesitate to contact any of the Back to the Future team for anything you may need… we are here to help you!
Catch you on the delorean!
Katie & Curtis
Hello District 1,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support this past year. We have had a wonderful journey with the members of the district.
As our year comes to an end, a new one begins. Your continued support and belief in this Association will move this District to number 1. Let’s “Serve our community’s greatest need “and look forward to the upcoming year.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Governors Jo & Marty
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