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Hello Fellow Kin!

My name is Lori Dawn Antaya and I am your Zone D Deputy Governor for the 2019-2020 Kin year. This is my first year in this position. I started my kin career in September of 2014 after being asked to come to a meeting while sitting around my neighbours back yard fireplace with a group of her friends. I joined the wonderful group of ladies in the Kinette club of Stevensville. While with them, I was Sunshine girl, Registrar and Vice-President. In September of 2018 I transferred to the Kinette club of Fort Erie and it has been fun to see how diverse the different clubs, even within the Town of Fort Erie can be!

I asked Past Deputy Governor Courtney if I could join her Zone team to learn just how the Association works at the Zone level. I set out to learn all there was about my Risk Management position and what it would take to be the Deputy Governor for this great Zone!

I live in Crystal Beach, a village within the town of Fort Erie. I have been married for 20 yrs to my wonderful husband Marcus who is a Fort Erie Kinsmen. We have three teen boys, Jack-17 is a rock who looks after his brothers when we must be away for Kin functions. William -16 is a happy young man who was born with Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy. He is our Angel on Earth. Finally, Gracen- 13 Is always willing to help with Kin functions whenever possible. I hope that all three can learn from our experiences about how fulfilling it can be to be a member of a volunteer organization such as Kin Canada.

I am looking forward to my year as Deputy Governor for Zone D. I am hoping that I can grow and learn while serving the clubs in the Zone to the best of my ability.

Yours in Kin,

Lori Dawn Antaya
Deputy Governor – Zone D


Hello Fellow Kin!

So far Zone D is off to a great start for the 2018-2019 Kin year. With the first round of club visitations & installations being completed November 7, the team and I have had a great time meeting with all the clubs and members in our Zone, and participating in their meetings, as well as hearing about all of their upcoming events and projects!

Zone Ds clubs have been holding regular meetings as well as starting to kick off their projects and events for the year. In October the Fonthill & District Kinsmen held their annual Fall Craft Show, the Grimsby Kinettes held a Help Squash ALS fundraiser, Dunnville made a generous donation to help a member in their community with getting a prosthesis, the Stevensville Kinettes & Kinsmen Sunday Dinners as well as their Halloween Party. Some clubs have been lending a helping hand with their community’s local food trucks just like the Fort Erie and Stevensville clubs, and others have held Road Tolls.

This year, the Zone D team is focusing on areas within our zone that we hope could improve with the success of the clubs, and individual members. We are working towards increasing communication throughout our Zone to encourage interclub participation as well as hosting a Zone Interclub and CF Night. We will also be coming out to events and projects, life nights, and any other time a club requests us to come out! We will also like to work towards increasing membership across the zone as well provide information and promote participation in awards.

As we move into November, there are some exciting things planned for our Zone! The Grimsby Kinettes will be holding their annual Trivia Night and many clubs will be participating in their local Remembrance Day services. With the holiday season right around the corner, many of the clubs are starting to collect items for food and clothing drives, planning for hosting a Senior Christmas’s, and participate in their town parades, and in the new year, the Fort Erie Kinettes are planning to host a new members seminar. As a Zone we have a very busy, but exciting year ahead of us and the Zone D team and I are looking forward to everything the clubs have planned for the upcoming year!

Courtney Lee
Zone D Deputy Governor

Good Day Fellow Kin
As we are starting to roll into the last stretch of this Kin year, I have to thank everyone in Zone D for their wonderful Fellowship, patience and guidance throughout this year.

Thank you everyone who attended Zone Conference… M*A*S*H ‘Welcome to the Swamp’ hosted by the Fort Erie Kinettes and a huge success. We had 65 Kin in attendance. Congratulations to our Zone Award Winners:
Joke Off – Danni Gresko (Grimsby Kinettes)
Public Service Award – Grimsby Kinettes
Max Westlake Public Relations Award – Grimsby Kinsmen
District One Kinette Public Relations Award – Grimsby Kinettes
Myrtle Wilson Memorial Service Award – Grimsby Kinettes
Terry Strugar Kinette of the Year – Tracy Spalding (Grimsby Kinettes)
Ferne Carter Memorial Speak Off Award – Debbie Ruffley (Fort Erie Kinettes)

Congratulations to Deputy Governor Elect Stewart Ruffley (Fort Erie Kinsmen)
Next Year’s Zone Conference will be hosted by the Fonthill Kinettes. Looking forward to it Ladies!!!

Our Zone has been very busy throughout the year and is going to continue well into June.
Some the events we have going on in the next few months are:

April 10th Cayuga Kinsmen start up their Sunday Brunch $10 pp/$5 12 and under. Note Brunch is now on the second Sunday of the month

April 16th- Stevensville Kinettes 40th Anniversary
Contact Pres. Linda Houser at sparkylh@hotmail.com or 905-382-2032 for ticket information

April 30th Grimsby Kinsmen 50th Anniversary
Contact LM’s Denny Pyatt 905-945-2874 or Rick Manners 905-309-0386 for ticket information

April 24st to 26th Fonthill and District Kinsmen are hosting their 20th Annual Home and Garden Show
Please contact fonthillkinsmen@hotmail.com for more information or 905-346-8208 or visit www.fonthill.ca

May 6 – 8 Fort Erie Kinsmen will be hosting District One Spring Convention at the Clarion in Fort Erie
Please contact LM Dan Strugar for more information dstrugar@sympatico.ca

June TBA – Niagara on the Lake’s Annual Lawn Bowling Interclub. More information to follow.

Please continue to watch this page for updates and new events within the Zone.
DG Eileen

2014-15 Zone D Report

Dear Fellow Kin,

It is with a sad heart that I am advising the passing of our good friend, Life Member Rick Shular, Hal Rogers Fellow, and Past Governor of District One. Rick passed away earlier this morning after a brief and courageous battle with Cancer. Rick was a long-time Kinsmen, and a long-time councillor for the Town of Fort Erie. He accomplished much during his life-time for which he will be long remembered He always thought of others and did what he could to make life better for those not as fortunate as us. Rick will be sadly missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Benner's Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie.

Details on visitation and the service can be found at the following link;


There will be a Kin Walk Through (open to all present and past Kin members who may wish to attend) at 7:30 on Thursday evening. We will convene in the funeral home chapel prior to the walk through. As there will also be both a Legion and Masonic service during the first visitation Thursday night it will likely be quite busy. Knowing that those that have travelled to take part in the walk through will likely want to visit with each other and the Fort Erie Family of Kin, those attending are invited back to the Fort Erie Kin Club Room, located in the Leisureplex, a two minute drive from the funeral home, immediately following the walk through for light refreshments and a chance to visit.

The Fort Erie Family of Kin asks that you please remember Rick fondly in your prayers and pray also for Sue to give her comfort and the strength she will need in the upcoming days.

Yours in Kin,


If you require any further information please feel free to contact
Zone D Deputy Governor and member of the Fort Erie Family of Kin

Debbie Ruffley

home 905 871 5208

President's Roundtable

On October 8th the clubs of Zone D were hosted by the Niagara on the Lake Kinsmen for our annual President's Roundtable. As is always the case with the Zone D Clubs the hospitality and fellowship offered by our host club was second to none. Following a fabulous meal of Bar B Q Pork Tenderloin with all the fixings and topped off with homemade apple pie and apple crumble we settled in to complete the lengthy agenda before our food comas kicked in.

We had a lengthy agenda as with the new voting procedures and resolutions from National there was a great deal to discuss. We also passed our Zone Budget and introduced our team goals and incentive programs. Both the Zone Membership and Zone CF/Service Directors are offering incentive programs to the clubs in our Zone to continue the success we've had in the past few years.

We introduced our Single Leadership Advisory Committee who will hopefully develop a motion and strategy to allow the Zone to move forward with single leadership.

We introduced our Zone Leadership Mentoring program and already have 3 Kin who have expressed interest in participating. I see a bright future for the leadership of Zone D in the years to come.

We've embraced our past by reinstituting two travelling Kin baskets. The Kinette's basket is entitled "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" while the Kinsmen's is "the Ultimate Man Cave". Look for a basket to visit your club soon.

As well we are bringing back a Family Day to focus on friendship and fellowship to be enjoyed by all the Zone members and their families. It will be held in late June or early July at Windmill Point Park and will be a funfilled day of games, good food and fellowship. More details to follow in the upcoming months.

We have a busy few months ahead of us in the Zone as many of our clubs hold multiple projects leading up to the Christmas season. Look for your Zone Team out at these events.

Below you will find the individual Club President's Reports that were prepared for the Roundtable Event. Thank you to all the president's that took the time to prepare them

Yours in Kin

DG Deb

Club Zone Reports

Kinette Club of Fort Erie

President Sharlene Stafford
Treasurer Louise Albert
Secretary Eileen George
Director Yvonne Lauder
Director Susan Chrysler

Our first meeting of the year was on August 19, 2014. The meeting before the meeting was to discuss the issue of the New Charity Bingo coming to Uncle Sam’s Delta Bingo Hall. There are significant changes for the volunteers at the hall. We are no longer handling money or selling cards or having to do numerous reports. Now the greeters will be acting more as symbol of our organization, meeting and greeting the customers and telling them about us and how we best serve the community of Fort Erie.

Our club uses the funds of the bingo to support the following organizations: Heart Niagara, Cystic Fibrosis, Christmas Angels, High Schools bursary to FESS, RCBHS, Lakeshore, Meals on Wheels, COPE, Douglas Memorial Hospital, Salvation Army Mobile Truck, we keep funds aside to help individuals that might be in crisis, such as with gas cards, food cards.

Currently we have 12 active due paying members and 4 members who have requested Leave of Absence but wish to still be involved in our projects.

One project that is ongoing is that members volunteer on the Salvation Army Mobile Truck on the third Monday of each month to serve food to the Greater Fort Erie, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, and Crystal Beach. We also contribute the fresh fruit to the hot dinner that we serve. During this time we have served anywhere from 85 to 165 people. A lot of them are children. Also would like to mention that the mobile truck serves all of Niagara area. Monday, Fort Erie, Tuesday Port Colborne and Welland, Wednesday Niagara Falls, Thursday St. Catharines, Friday Grimsby and Beamsville, Saturday St. Catharines. They are low on food. They are getting food from the food banks, which kind of defeat the purpose. So please consider passing this on to the zone so that can contact their local Salvation Army and donate food or food cards to them to help.

Immediate projects will be the Fort Erie Santa Claus parade where we make an excellent showing and won a prize. This year parade is November 22, 2014.

The executive is excited for this year of Kin as we try to make every meeting a social and educational event for the members. At each dinner meeting we will be inviting guest speakers to come and talk to us about their organizations and maybe even have some surprises.

We would like to invite all sister Kinette clubs in our Zone to our Death by Chocolate meeting which will be held on February 12, 2015 in honour of Valentine Days.

This is my report.
President Sharlene Stafford

The Kinsmen Club of Fort Erie
To date, the Kinsmen Club of Fort Erie has had 3 dinner meetings in this fiscal year. We have wrapped up the reports from our events over the late spring, summer months including the Sports Wall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremonies in late June 2014, the Parking Lot activities at the lot owned by the Molinaro family in Crystal Beach over two long weekends in July and August 2014 and our participation in the annual Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament held on the Labour Day weekend on September 2nd, 2014. We are pleased to report these events were all successful and raised much-needed dollars both for our general account and for various charitable causes including refunding the cost of the PSA tests for men. We also participated in several golf tournaments including one put on by the Fort Erie Kinettes as well as the Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Heart Niagara tournaments. We are major sponsors for both of these tournaments.
We continue to seek out new members plus retain our existing members. We lost one member already as he is unable to make our meetings due to other commitments and can’t commit to participating in our Club activities.
Our treasurer presented the budgets for both our general and charity accounts for this fiscal year. They were duly motioned, voted upon and approved.
All of our annual fundraising activities, charitable projects and other activities are being planned for this fiscal year. Several members have suggested additional fundraising programs. They are being further developed and will then be presented to the Club in a more formal manner for consideration and approval. We are already an active club conducting several fundraising activities, including those mentioned above plus weekly bingos and projects such as the Gift of Love and the Great Strides Walk. Our biggest concern is manpower as we are spread pretty thin already. Any new projects may need to be partnered with our sister club, other clubs or local organizations.
Looking forward, we want to continue the tradition of having Founder’s Night and have tentatively set a date of February 20, 2015. Our Club is prepared to host this event. Founder’s Night started off as an interclub for the three Kinsmen Clubs in Greater Fort Erie (Fort Erie, Ridgeway-Crystal Beach & Stevensville) and has grown over the years to include many of the clubs within our Zone.

Respectfully submitted,
Kin LM Larry Graber - President

The Kinsmen Club of Cayuga
Cayuga kin are hard at it again , we have had a 3 club wing and games night , we have a member that has been on leave for a year or so return and is back to help us get this club up and rocking ! Welcome back Kin John . As for project , our monthly brunches are going well and we have a Halloween Bash with cash prizes for best costumes , date , October 31st at our club !

Pres . Murray

Kinsmen Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Overall, the Kinsmen Club of NOTL is having another great year.
• 22 members – same as last year
• We lost 2 members that moved to different cities or changed jobs
• We gained 2 local members with good roots in the community
• Includes 4 life members
• 1 members attended National Convention in Toronto in August, 2014
• Hosting President’s Round Table October 8, 2014
• Hosted the 16th Annual Car Show Aug 10, 2014 – over 400 cars and over 1000 in attendance
Donations to date = $2650
• Hospice Niagara - $100
• NOTL Figure Skating Club - $500
• Tim Horton’s Summer Camp - $50
• Wellspring Niagara - $1000
• Niagara Rangers Basketball - $500
• Mike Mazzuocco CF double lung transplant - $500

Community Support = 724 hours to date
• Bartending fundraiser – 3 community groups this fall = 4 Kin x 6 hours = 72 hours (Priceless)
• Assisted NOTL Library to remove fence for new community garden -12 Kin x 4 = 48 hours Kinsmen Scout Hall hosts Girl Guides and Brownies on Monday evenings and Pathfinders on Tuesday evenings – 4 Kin x 25 hours = 100 hours
• Annual Kinsmen Car Show 20 Kin x 20 hours = 400 hours
• Annual Kinsmen Bike Wine Tour 6 kin x 10 hours = 60 hours
• CF collection – 1 x 20 hours = 20 hours
• Use of Kinsmen Sign for community events 4 Kin x 6 hours = 24 hours
Future Projects
• Bartending to support Kinsmen and Community Projects
• Easter Egg Hunt – Community Centre
• Hosting Hot Tub Banquet
• Ongoing improvements to Kinsmen Scout Hall
• Annual collection of CF bubbles
• Christmas Parade 2014

Kinsmen Club of Grimsby

• We're off to a good start this year with our 13 active members. We meet Tuesdays and we're technically six meetings in now plus one night of fellowship and games which we hold anytime there is a 5th Tuesday in a month. We're expecting to be one member stronger by our next General meeting as well!
• Some of our notable upcoming events include a roadside cleanup to keep our town beautiful, as well as a very popular Halloween event among kin being held on November 1st, open to all of Zone D to attend. There will be music put on by a kin DJ and also snacks and games. The event is free to attend and is a BYOB event, or a cash bar is also available for anyone who wishes to enjoy our selection. Future upcoming events also include handing out hot chocolate for 2 local Santa Clause Parades.
• Unfortunately it appears as though I will be the only member of my club attending FLC this year. I look forward to learning new skills related to carrying my club into the future.
• Yours truly,
• Tom Clavel
• Kinsmen Club of Grimsby

Kinette Club of Grimsby
• As of September this year our club has 9 members, however, our club will soon be installing 2 new members making 11 members in total.

• We are just finishing up our Babysitting Course that happens twice per year in September and January that runs each Thursday evening for six weeks. The first four weeks include a variety of lessons from the fire department, the police department, and childhood educators. The fifth week is the exam night and the sixth week is our graduation night where we provide the parents with knowledge of what their children learned, along with recognition of all the educators and of course all of our outstanding students.

• Our annual Trivia Night is coming up on November 22nd, located at the Peach King Arena in Grimsby. $15 per person, teams of 8.
• All are welcome to attend and we will always make sure that everyone has a team to play on. Snacks included. Cash bar.

• We are also selling tickets for our annual quilt draw which will be drawn on December 3rd. Tickets are $2/each or 3/$5. Each of our quilts have been lovingly hand made by our amazingly talented Life Member Helen Zylstra of the Kinette Club of Grimsby.

• Our two new members are young and excited and we are looking forward to their fresh ideas on how to better serve our community!!!

• Yours Truly,
Debbie Clavel - President of the Kinette Club of Grimsby

Welcoming another Kin Year

The Devoted, Determined, Dynamic and some time Devilish clubs and members of Zone D are prepping for another great Kin year. With many clubs already set to meet early next week and with a slate of projects ready to begin it will be another fun filled year for my team and myself. I'm looking forward to my second term as Zone D's single leadership DG. We do have a few obstacles to overcome as we found out at last years Kinette Zone Conference that our single leadership vote from the previous year, should have been ruled out of order, so we will be striking a committee to develop an action plan and motion so we can move forward.

We will be starting our Kin year with Executive Seminars in mid September, President's Round Table just before Thanksgiving and then Charter Night for the Fonthill Kinettes on November 4th. Again this year my team and I have made a committment to the Zone to assist in as many of their projects as possible to lend manpower and allow the club members themselves to get out and interact with their own communities duing events.

We have a few new ideas to try this year including a new mentoring program for the Zone to try and develop strong leaders to step into the role of DG in the coming years. We also are looking forward to enacting the membership program. Zone Membership Director Stewart Ruffley, coming off his win at National is looking forward to taking the floor and is looking forward to the membership numbers rising. Zone Cystic Fibrosis/Service Director Bill Harris, just can't get enough and will be trying to replicate the success he and Katie had last year with District on a smaller scale in the Zone, lets up those donations people and get with Online reporting !!!! And finally Zone Secretary/ Treasurer Eileen Newton-George will once again be my wing woman, making sure I am ontrack on budget and also helping to wrangle Stew and Bill, cause lets face it that won't be an easy task.

Looking forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

Yours in Kin
DG Debbie

Zone D Convention Report

It’s been a busy few months in Zone D and it does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Although all of our clubs officially break for the summer that does not mean that they aren’t continuing on with the good work they do. This is a snapshot of what Zone D has been up to:

Cayuga – Just recently hosted an Interclub at which they installed their newest member. They also are participating jointly with Caledonia in the first Haldimand Great Strides Walk. Their monthly brunches are continuing as well.

Caledonia – Caledonia as well will be hosting the Great Strides Walk, and while on my official visitation I was quite impressed with the work these two clubs have done for this inaugural event. I’m sure it will be an amazing day.

Dunnville – Is still actively participating in all Zone events as well as the tri meetings with Caledonia and Cayuga once a month. They have their fireworks sale coming up later this month and we wish them luck with it.

Fonthill – Just completed their annual home show at which the soon to be chartered Kinette Club of Fonthill got some hands on experience assisting with the running of the project.

Fort Erie Kinsmen – The Fort Erie guys have not only been busy on projects but also with recruitment with one new member installed and another two on the horizon. They will host their Sports Wall of Fame dinner in June.

Fort Erie Kinettes – The girls have also been busy with two major projects almost running simultaneously. They are hosting their 10th annual Women’s Day Brunch May 4th and their Prom Project will take place the following Saturday, May 10th.

Garden City KIN – Hosted both Kinsmen and Kinette Zone Conferences which took a great deal of planning for this small club. Both conferences were in differing and unique venues and were successes.

Grimsby Kinsmen – Just recently hosted their annual home show which included Dave Sopha and the Portraits of Honour. They and the Grimsby Kinettes recently traveled to Dave’s studio for an evening of fun, fellowship and the inspiration that comes from seeing an artist in their studio.

Grimsby Kinettes – The girls just recently completed their rain barrel sales project and as well they hosted the potential Fonthill Kinettes at their last meeting, allowing the Fonthill girls the opportunity to see a club in action.

Niagara On The Lake – The guys hosted the Zone for Founders Night and it was the perfect setting to present Rick Pozzenbon with his Life Membership. They will also be GEARING UP for the annual car show to be held in August.

Ridgeway Crystal Beach KIN – Having acquired a new clubhouse in November they are actively developing plans and seeking revenue for renovations. They also will be working in support of the annual music festival.

Stevensville Kinsmen – The guys continue to work in conjunction with the Kinettes on their monthly community dinners. They also we be participating in fireworks sales over the May long weekend.

Stevensville Kinettes – In the next few weeks the girls will be hosting SpringFest, one of their major projects for the year, and they also will be assisting the Kinsmen with the fireworks sales. They are also continuing with ongoing projects like their community dinners.

From a Zone perspective; I will be staying on for another year as DG of Zone D. With our goal to move to single leadership and mentorship of potential leaders we are maintaining the Zone team just shift them around a little. Stewart Ruffley will be moving to the portfolio of Membership. Eileen Newton-George having dropped that portfolio can now focus all her energy on the portfolios of Secretary and Treasurer. We need to clean up the Zone awards and review the Zone House rules so look for more to come on that. As well we will be welcoming Bill Harris from Cayuga onto the team in the role of Cystic Fibrosis/Service Director. I promised him we would wait a whole 48hrs after District Convention to call the first team meeting.

All in all it’s been a great year in the Zone and I look forward to building on that as we move forward. Hope summer is good to everyone and that we all return recharged and ready to jump into another great KIN year.

DG Debbie

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Zone D Club addresses

  • Caledonia Kinsmen Club 151 Caithness St. E. Caledonia ON N3W 1C2
  • Cayuga Kinsmen Club Box 17 Cayuga ON N0A 1E0
  • Dunnville Kinsmen Club Box 113 102 Main St W., Dunnville ON N1A 2X1
  • Fonthill & District Kinsmen Club Box 906 Fonthill ON L0S 1E0
  • Fonthill Kinette Club Box 233, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0
  • Fort Erie Kinette Club P.O. Box 26 Fort Erie ON L2A 5M4
  • Fort Erie Kinsmen Club Box 133 Fort Erie ON L2A 5M6
  • Grimsby Kinette Club P.O. Box 442 Grimsby ON L3M 4H8
  • Grimsby Kinsmen Club P.O. Box 44 Grimsby ON L3M 4G1
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Kinsmen Club P.O. Box 222 Virgil ON L0S 1T0
  • Ridgeway Crystal Beach Kinsmen Club Box 329 Ridgeway ON L0S 1N0
  • Stevensville Kinette Club P.O. Box 190 Stevensville ON L0S 1S0
  • Stevensville Kinsmen Club Box 176 Stevensville ON L0S 1S0
  • West Lincoln Kin Club P.O. Box 340 Smithville ON L0R 2A0

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