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Kinsmen Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake – Celebrating 50 Years in 2020



The local Kinsmen Club of NOTL was founded April 11, 1970. Ed McCarthy was the first President. Charter member Monty Slingerland was treasurer and is still an active Kinsmen member. The club roster currently has 26 active members. The club meets every 2nd Wednesday from September to June at the Kinsmen Scout Hall. The current President is Bob Forbes.


Kin Canada is an all Canadian Service Club founded in 1920 by Hal Rogers from Hamilton, Ontario as an all Canadian club to serve the community. It provided young men returning from World War I, an opportunity to serve their local communities. The first national project was to send milk to England during World War II. Kin Canada is celebrating 100 years.


Kinsmen Motto – “Serving the community’s greatest need”

National project for the last 56 years – Cystic Fibrosis -support the little boxes in all the local stores


Current projects include: Kinsmen Car show – 2nd Sunday in August, Easter Egg Hunt, Kinsmen Scout Hall, Bicycle wine tour, Euchre nights, Clean-up of Highway 55 and Bob Howse Trail and the official Bartenders for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Major Donations

  • $15,000 to refurbish the Virgil Centennial Arena – 1985

  • $15,000 sponsor for building Credit Union Arena - 2004

  • $10,000 NOTL Community Centre 2010-12

  • $  5,000 NOTL Library renovation 2016

  • $ 50,000 to Cystic Fibrosis 1970 -2020

  • $ 85,000 to refurbish Kinsmen Scout Hall for Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Brownies, Pathfinders, Maple Leaf Montessori and providing an affordable hall rental for community events


Our major annual donations include Minor lacrosse, Figure Skating, Jr. B Thunderhawks Lacrosse, Red Roof Retreat, Kinsmen Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas parade sponsor, NOTL Rangers Basketball, Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital and Wall of Fame.