October was a busy month for us with the fall leadership convention taking place in Truro at the Best Western Glengarry. There were about 100 people in attendance from all over the Atlantic provinces.
The awards banquet was a big highlight for the host club. We garnered three prestigious awards: the Ken Pierce Membership Growth Award, the Boake Efficiency Award (for efficient administration and meeting zone, district, and national requirements), and the Outstanding Club Award (for promoting a standard of excellence for club activities and administration). These are great awards and show that the club is being recognized at a district level.
It's just past Remembrance Day and what a great turnout at the Cenotaph. It was humbling and an honour to just be present at the ceremony.
The Christmas parade is just around the corner. Head downtown with the family on Saturday, Nov. 22 and watch all the gingerbread themed floats take over the downtown. Watch for one in particular with that ever important jolly old man, Santa himself coming to Truro on the Bible Hill Kinsmen float. It should be a fun night for kids of all ages!
On Nov. 29, the Kinsmen will be heading to the Truro Bearcats hockey game to collect the stuffed animals that will be thrown out onto the ice for charity. If you are heading to the hockey game that night, bring a stuffed animal and throw it onto the ice after the first Bearcat goal. This is a great tradition the Bearcats do and the Bible Hill Kinsmen are proud to be able to help.
During this holiday season it's important to remember those who need a little assistance from time to time. This is a stressful time of year for many families and the Kinsmen are happy to say that we will be helping several families through the Christmas Index Program in the area. We urge you, if you're able, to do the same. It truly makes the holiday for families in our area.
There's already been a lot of interest expressed for our second annual Trivia Night taking place Feb. 28, 2015 at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro and we're pleased to announce we've once again partnered with the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. We had nearly 30 teams last year and are hoping to grow that number this year. It's a fun night of socializing and trivia questions, and all the proceeds stay right here in the community. Keep your eyes peeled for the posters, as they should be going up around Christmas time, and get your team in fast as this event will surely fill up quickly. For advance information, email President@biblehillkinsmen.com.
James Faulkner is the club secretary with the Bible Hill Kinsmen. The club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at the Bible Hill village hall at 7:30 p.m.