On June 3rd, the annual District 2 Convention came to a close in The Pas, MB and the generosity of the 129 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin members from 29 clubs in attendance once again become apparent.
The donation spree began with the announcement by the sergeant-at-arms that fines through the 2 days of meetings for various infractions totaled $278.50. A motion was made that this money be donated to the North of 56 Kin club to help them in their effort to send 13 youth to Winnipeg from Leaf Rapids to take part in the Manitoba marathon.
That was just the start of a series of announcements that just kept getting more and more generous. The Pas Kinsmen, as hosts, set up a penny auction and silent auction for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. A few clubs brought some very nice items to add to the tables and when all was said and done, $2455 was raised to be given to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, one of Kin Canada’s National services projects since 1964. More amazing is that total may still go up. The Flin Flon Kinettes donated a hand crocheted Kin blanket that National President James Doerr submitted the winning bid on. It will now be taken to National Convention where he will donate it to another auction to allow Kin from across the country to bid on.
During the day, we found out over 100 delegates managed to make their way over to Northland Ford and took a quick test drive to support the local high school’s graduating class’ Drive One for your School event, with Ford Canada donating $20 for each test drive going to the school.
The next item was a fun prank that turned into a very serious amount of money. During the festivities on Friday night, a beaver garden statue (the Thompson Kin Club had brought to be their mascot in celebrating the Trappers’ Festival theme for the event) was kidnapped and a ransom demanded for its safe return. The ransom was a donation to the Hal Rodger’s Endowment Fund and the Thompson club asked everyone in attendance for help in raising money to ensure its return. 10 minutes later, $1007 was raised and the beaver returned.
The next charitable act was brought up due to an oversight by the hosts. It was pointed out that on several occasions the convention was referred to as a Kinsmen convention and The Pas Kinsmen were asked to apologize to the Kinette and Kin club members in attendance. Governor John DeBeer then suggested that a $500 donation to Aurora House, the local women’s shelter, might help to make up for the oversights, and the ladies of the room agreed.
During breaks over the two days, trivia games were played with a $2 entry fee, with half to winner and half to the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. This raised a total of $144, as the winner donated the winnings back.
Finally, as has become tradition at District 2 conventions, Vermilion Bay Kinsmen member Scott McEwan donated 9 hand carved plaques to celebrate the weekend. This year saw three unique plaques auctioned off. The three commemorating the bus trip to The Pas raised $270 that was donated to the North of 56 marathon fund. Three plaques made to celebrate the 2010 Fall Leadership Conference in Gladstone raised $320 and went to the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. Finally, the 3 plaques for the current convention raised $675 that is going to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
“It is an incredible feeling watching 129 Kin members raise $7,649.50 in 3 days off the convention floor,” proudly states outgoing District 2 Governor John DeBeer of the Brandon Kinsmen Club. “When my wife, Communications Director Cheryl DeBeer (of the Kinette Club of Brandon), and I visited the Trappers’ Festival in The Pas in February, we saw the impact that The Pas Kinsmen have on their community. We knew that this would be a great place for our District membership to gather and the hospitality would be second to none! And on a personal note, I would like to thank the Northern MB Trappers’ Festival Committee for everything they did, from bartending to hosting the Friday night Mini Trappers’ games.”
In 2015/16, the 44 clubs of District 2 provided $498,267 in donations and support to community groups and 18,729 volunteer hours. We look forward to growing and providing even more in 2016/17.