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The Kinsmen Report: Founder's Night and community generosity highlights of Bible Hill Kinsmen's month

Hello again all from the Bible Hill Kinsmen. We hope you all have been able to shovel out from our wild February.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen recently celebrated their Founder's Night, marking 40 years in the community. Front, from left, Brian Babineau, Perry Kohler, Ken Wynn and Drew Douglas. Second row, Fernando Afonso, Stephen Hamlin, Tim Tucker, Wayne McCormick, Geoff Hamlin, Quinn McCarthy and Mike Michaud. Back row, John Spears, Dave Gillis, Perry Kienzle, Peter Taylor, Mark Thibedeau, Kevin Croft, Paul Gillis. Missing are James Faulkner, Brad McCallum, Andrew St. Coeur, Andrew Keddy, Desmond Ross and Glen MacKenzie.

It's been a busy month for Kin and it marked the club's anniversary with Founder's Night. On Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ont., Hal Rogers held the first Kinsmen meeting. He was searching for the camaraderie that he had felt as a member of the military during the First World War and couldn't find an existing club that fit with what he wanted to do. Thus, 95 years ago, Kinsmen was born.

It's also a special year for the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary. The club marked the event by having a club dinner at the Best Western Glengarry that included some guest speakers, including District 7 Governor Lee Burry. Two life memberships were awarded, to Peter Taylor and John Spears, for their outstanding contributions to the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill, the national and district Kin organizations, and for their continued activities in our community. Congratulations to both Peter and John! This is one of the highest honours a club can bestow upon a member, and both are deserving recipients.

Our other big event was the National Day of KINdness, on Feb. 21. A group of club members went to three local coffee shops to surprise customers with a gift certificate for a free cup of coffee as they entered the building or were waiting in line at the drive-thru. This event is a lot of fun for us, as we can give back to the community in an unexpected way and people are always grateful for free coffee.

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill meets at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. If you're interested in attending a meeting, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at

James Faulkner is the club secretary with the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

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