Rocky Mountain House Kinsmen
October 15th, 1956 the “The Kinsmen Club Of Rocky Mountain House” became an official Society through Alberta Registries. From the day the Rocky Mountain House Kinsmen Club was founded the club has impacted the Rocky Mountain House community and surrounding area. The Kinsmen and Kinette clubs have evolved and expanded, and include men and women aged 19 and up.
The Rocky Mountain House Kinsmen Club is part of Kin Canada, an all-Canadian service organization made up of dedicated member volunteers who serve their community’s greatest needs through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects.
Since its founding, the Rocky Kinsmen Club has contributed more than $500000 to the community and surrounding area.
Kin Canada has close to 500 Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs from coast-to-coast. Clubs typically raise more than $18 million per year; almost $1 million of this is donated to cystic fibrosis research and care, our national service project.
About Kin Canada
Kinsmen and Kinettes are members of approximately 480 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs that belong to the National Association of Kin Canada. Each club decides what causes to support through fund raisers and community service projects. Every year, clubs elect an executive team that consists of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Many clubs will also include a registrar and Bulletin editor(s). The role of the executive team is to manage the operational details of the club. The club president also acts as the liaison between the club and the zone deputy governor.
Serving the Community’s Greatest Need
Volunteers enriching Canadian Communities through Community Service, Leadership and Partnership
Strong, Healthy and Engaged Canadian Communities
Excellence, Integrity, Accountability, Compassion, Pride, Fellowship and Inclusiveness
Around 6,500 members belong to approximately 480 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across Canada.
More Than $1 Billion Raised
Since our founding in 1920, Kin Canada clubs have donated more than $1 billion to Canadian causes, communities and individuals in need, as well as to disaster relief efforts beyond our borders.
Clubs are grouped into fifty-four zones within each district. Elected deputy governors oversee zone operations.
Zones are grouped into eight districts across the country. Each district is led by an elected district governor. The district executive team includes vice governors, deputy governors and committees, all of which support the clubs. Current Governors.
National Board of Directors
The 11-member National Board of Directors includes the Kin Canada president and vice president. The board meets face-to-face quarterly and holds meetings once a month via teleconference. They define the Association’s vision, policies and ends (purposes) based on the membership’s needs.
Kin Canada’s headquarters is located in Cambridge, Ontario. Eight full-time staff provide administrative services to the clubs. Ric McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. He represents the paid and unpaid staff, and ensures the Association moves toward its mission and objects in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
Six National committees work on special projects and act as a resource to fulfill the various mandates for each department at Kin Canada, as well as help achieve goals set out to further the Association.
Funding of Kin Canada’s National Association
Kin Canada’s national Association does not receive money raised in the community. Kin’s national office in Cambridge, its programs and services, are financed through the members’ annual dues and additional revenue generated from activities such as Kin Canada’s internal sales division.
Harold A. Rogers was Hal Rogers born in London, Ontario on January 3rd, 1899. Harold (Hal) moved to Hamilton, Ontario to work for his father when he was appointed Manager of the Standard Sanitary Co. Ltd. Soon after the move, on May 1st, 1916, Hal, at the age of 17, enlisted with the 173rd Argyle and Sutherland Battalion. After further training in England, and anxious to get to the front lines, he transferred to the 54th Kootenay Battalion CEF, 4th Canadian Division, 11th Infantry Brigade. He fought at Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70 and Ypres, where his leadership skills in the field led to his promotion to the rank of Corporal and a recommendation for a commission. Before it could be acted upon, he was gassed at the Passchendaele front (Ypres) and wounded at the Amiens front. After hospitalization in England, he returned home to Hamilton in January 1919.
Missing the camaraderie of army life, Hal decided to join the local Rotary Club where his father was a member. Because a once fundamental rule of the Rotarians was to only have one member from each employment classification and as he worked as a salesman in the plumbing industry for his father, Hal’s application was rejected. (It was a humorous recollection of Hal’s for many years).
Not a person to be outdone, Hal, then 21 years old, decided to create a new club. As a result of his initiative, a small group of like-minded men gathered for a dinner meeting on Feb. 20, 1920 and formed what became known as the Kinsmen Club of Hamilton – Canada’s first Kinsmen Club.
Throughout his life, Hal Rogers believed in the value of education. In his own words, “providing and promoting the finest and most effective education possible for our young people” was a noble endeavour. In 1946, Hal received the Order of the British Empire and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.
He was dedicated to the concept of education throughout his life. His commitment is evidenced in his many years as a Trustee on the Forest Hill Board of Education. His devotion to the concept of education for young people was recognized by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which named him the first recipient of the coveted Lamp of Learning Award in 1950. The Lamp of Learning is awarded annually to a non-teacher who has contributed to the furtherance of education in the Province of Ontario.
The concept of developing an endowment fund for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of education was approved enthusiastically by Founder Hal. Consequently, after he died in September 1994, the Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada established the Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund in his memory.