Traditionally, most Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs take the summer off to relax and spend some much-needed time with family. The September long weekend marks the new year for most clubs and three clubs from District 2 held huge events to get the year started.
The DUNREA FLEA MARKET is a joint project of the Kinette and Kinsmen Clubs of Boissevain. It is put on every year on the first Sunday of September. It brings vendors from all across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and some even from the states. This is where you can find antiques, collectibles and other great treasures. There are over one hundred vendors inside and outside
The Dunrea Flea Market was started over 20 years ago by a gentleman by the name of Dollard Mailhot. He gave his profits from the flea market to the local rink in Dunrea. When the market became too large for the grounds at Dunrea, Mr. Mailhot offered the project to the surrounding towns of Killarney, Minto and Boissevain. Part of the original agreement for Boissevain getting the rights to the Dunrea Flea Market, was that the name stayed. This is why The Dunrea Flea Market is in Boissevain. A bit confusing, but now you know! When the flea market moved to Boissevain it was run by Mrs. Brenda Nixon and Mrs. Mitch Guenther who ran it for about 5 years. They dealt with all of the vendors that attended. The Boissevain Kinettes and Kinsmen, along with the Boissevain-Morton Library would volunteer at the gates to help with set up and take down. Four years ago, Brenda and Mrs. Guenther were ready for another person or group to take on the project. They approached the Kin clubs who jumped at the chance and worked with the clubs for a year to show them the ropes. Boissevain Kinsmen and Kinettes have been at it ever since!! The Boissevain-Morton Library continue to provide volunteers to run the gates and the Flea Market makes a donation to the Library for this service.
A little further North, The Pas Kinsmen held the first annual True North Tough Mud Run. The club spent some of their down time this summer constructing 18 obstacles that covered a 5-km
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course stretching to the east side of the town of The Pas. With 160 entries from The Pas, Flin Flon, and Swan River, the club was able to bring a party atmosphere to town.
The Kinsmen designed and worked the course with the help of some very dedicated volunteers. There were 32 youth aged between 10-13 that ran the full 5 km course. As well, a mini course was set up for kids under 10 on the high school track. The Pas Kinsmen plan to be back next year with a few new obstacles and even more competitors to showcase The Pas and demonstrate how much fun fitness can be.
Head a little further north still and the Thompson Kin club threw a movie in the park. A little after 8:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast played to over 400 people that gathered for the event. The event was free for everyone to attend, and the Kin club set up a concession with water, pop, kool-aid, popcorn, candy bags and even candied apples. The highlight was the number of kids that came dressed as their favorite characters.
The weekend also saw the Vermilion Bay Kinette Club run a concession at the local ball tournament.
And to cap the weekend off, The Winnipeg Kinsmen who run the Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo have announced that they will have a special $100,000 guaranteed jackpot on September 16th with $1 from every card sold going to the Canadian Red Cross to help the Manitoba Wildfire Evacuees.
In 2016/17, the 44 clubs that make up District 2 (Manitoba and NW Ontario) raised a combined $1,027,143 and volunteered 30,293 hours for their communities. The clubs in District 2 strive to serve their community’s greatest needs.