On August 15-18, 19 members of District 2 made the long voyage to Sarnia, Ontario for Kin Canada’s 98th annual National Convention. For many, it was their first convention, and their experiences over the weekend will surely not be forgotten for some time.
District 2 once again showed why they are known as one of the strongest districts in Canada, winning their third consecutive Outstanding District Award under the leadership of 2017-2018 Governor Dave Roberts. The district was also represented well through other awards, with Kinette Marie Miles winning the Outstanding Maple Leaf Award of Distinction, Gord Patterson winning a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Flin Flon Kinsmen receiving an honourable mention for their service project, the Pub-Putt Fundraiser for CF. Members of D2 were active throughout the weekend as moderators, presenters, Speakers’ Competition participants, auctioneers, and toastmasters.
Along with the awards presentations, there were also many presentations and seminars held on topics such as volunteer screening, social media strategies, emotional intelligence, diversity in Kin clubs, possibility thinking, and community development. Members in attendance can now bring that knowledge back to their home clubs and share with their own members.
One of the perennial highlights of Convention is the final tally of service dollars and volunteer hours. This year as an association, Kin Canada raised:
- $20,082,012 in service dollars
- 422,284 service hours
- $1,256,695 towards Cystic Fibrosis
As a district, D2 raised:
- $943,918 service dollars
- 31,048 service hours
- $65,279 towards Cystic Fibrosis
The timing of National Convention is great for building enthusiasm and pride at the beginning of the new Kin year. The members at Convention always come home excited and enthusiastic to get started on more projects and begin another year of Serving the Communities’ Greatest Need.