This past weekend saw a plethora of events throughout District 2 as our Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs started to get their year rolling.
In Flin Flon, the Kinettes hosted their second annual “Capes and Gowns” for the youth of the community. The event saw 108 youth and 82 adults dress as their favorite superheroes and princesses. The afternoon consisted of scavenger hunts, face painting, photo booths, arts and crafts and plenty of dancing. “We are very committed to delivering a successful family fun event to the community and feel this event will only grow,” states committee chairperson and longtime Kinette, Krista Eastman.
Down in Stonewall, the Kinette Club took part in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Despite the rain, the team of 6 Kinettes, one cancer survivor and a husband walked the entire relay and raised over $1300 for cancer research. Just down the road, the All Saints Kinsmen Club in Winnipeg, once again broke out their BBQ and helped out at the St. Amand walk. They fed and marshalled over 500 people.
The north had even more going on as the Thompson Kin Club helped out at the Aurorafest 150. This was a new event that celebrated Wildlife and Wilderness. The club started by bringing Rudy the Raven out to opening ceremonies on Saturday, September 16th. Past President Robyn Foley emceed the Multicultural Feast of Nations on Friday and the entire club came out Saturday, September 23rd to serve hot dogs, cookies and drinks to festival participants.
““It is very important to the Thompson Kin Club that we network with other community groups and be an active part of our community,” explains past President Robyn Foley. “The Aurorafest 150 committee approached our Kin Club for volunteers and some public appearances of our mascot, Rudy the Raven. We jumped at the chance to work with Aurorafest 150, Spirit Way, and other organizations to make this 10 day event a success.”
In The Pas, members of the Kinsmen Club stayed very busy as they started their weekend on Friday night serving 480 hot dogs and selling 50/50 tickets for the OCN Blizzard home opener. The club was marking their 18th year running the very successful and award winning “Goals for Cystic Fibrosis” campaign. Then on Saturday, the club teamed up with the local Rotary Club to run Ford’s Drive One 4UR Community. Along with the $20 Ford of Canada gives for each test drive, the club ran a BBQ and car wash to help raise money for a new local outdoor rink to be built.
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. All the clubs in District 2 strive to serve their community’s greatest needs.
Stonewall Kinettes toughing out Thompson Mayor with Rudy the Raven
the rain at the annual Cancer Walk
Flin Flon Kinettes dressed as their Little girls enjoying a photo op A pretty princess enjoying the Face
favorite princesses paint booth
The Pas Kinsmen working hard washing cars
And Cooking up some great food