|This section relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (August 2011)|
|Founded||February 20, 1920|
|Type||Service / NGO|
|Key people||National President
|Slogan||Serving the Community’s Greatest Need|
|Language English and French|
Around 7,000 members belong to about 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs from coast to coast. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male-only while Kinette clubs are predominantly female-only. Kin clubs have a mixed membership of men and women. The Association was founded in Canada and there are no clubs outside of Canada.
In 1920, Harold A. Rogers, known in Kin Canada circles as “Founder Hal”, founded the first Kinsmen club in Hamilton, Ontario. Rogers, a 21-year-old, had just returned from World War I and his father, a well-known Rotarian, encouraged him to join the Rotary Club. Rogers was rejected because the Rotary Club would not allow two members from the same business establishment. Not a person to be outdone, Rogers 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 February 20, 1920 and formed what became known as the Kinsmen Club of Hamilton – Canada’s first Kinsmen Club.
Prominent former members
Prominent former Kin members include:
- Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
- Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn.
- Ontario Premier Ernie Eves.
- Ontario MPP Bruce Crozier.
- British Columbia minister Rich Coleman.
- Newfoundland and Labrador MHA, MP, 12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador John C. Crosbie.
- Senate of Canada MHA, MP, Former Liberal Senator for St. John’s East, Newfoundland and Labrador Eric Cook.
- Newfoundland and Labrador MHA, Former Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador Len Stirling.
- Newfoundland and Labrador MHA, 9th Mayor of the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador William G. Adams.
Each club raises funds and determines how to spend those funds in its community. Together, the clubs raised CAD $18.32 million in the 2010-2011 Kin year.
The Kinsmen Field House, a sports venue in Edmonton, was created with Kin funding.
Since 1964, Kin Canada has supported Cystic Fibrosis Canada, raising as much as CAD $1 million a year for cystic fibrosis (CF) research and treatment. To date, Kin have raised more than $39 million for CF. This makes Kin the country’s largest single fundraiser for cystic fibrosis.
Kin Canada Bursaries
Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, provides financial assistance to eligible persons in their quest for higher learning. Kin Canada established the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund upon the passing of founder Hal Rogers.
Kin Canada Foundation
The Kin Canada Foundation is an incorporated and federally chartered charitable organization established in 2005 to help Kin Canada achieve the objective of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”. The Foundation’s primary goal is to work hand-in-hand with Kin Canada to help resource and develop many of the programs provided for the benefit of the members across Canada.
Organ Donor Awareness
The Kin Organ Donor Awareness Campaign (Kin-ODAC) was established in 2001 at National Convention to improve awareness and education about the importance of organ donation across Canada.
Telemiracle is a telethon organized by the Kinsmen and Kinettes in Saskatchewan, Canada for the benefit of the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation, a Kin Canada affiliate in Saskatchewan. Initially broadcast on both CTV and CBC affiliates in Saskatchewan, it is now broadcast, commercial-free, exclusively on the province’s CTV stations.
The first telethon, in 1977, raised more than CAD $1 million, which at the time was considered a record for per capita telethon fund-raising in a 20-hour period (the province had a population of only about 1 million people at the time). The telethon passed the $2 million mark for the first time in 1983. And in recent years, the telethon has routinely raised between $3.0 and $3.5 million each year.