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Kinsmen Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake – Celebrated 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 24 active members.  The club meets every 2nd Wednesday from September to June at the Kinsmen Scout Hall.  Our current President is Bob Forbes, with Waldy Heyder our VP.  We are a part of District 1, Zone D within the national framework of Kin Canada. 

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 58 years – Cystic Fibrosis -support the little boxes in many of our local stores.


Active projects include: Kinsmen Annual Car show – 2nd Sunday in August, Kinsmen Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Kinsmen Scout Hall (hosting local Girl Guides & Brownies' weekly meetings), Annual Bicycle wine tour, Euchre social nights, Clean-up of Highway 55 & Bob Howse Trail, and the official Bartenders for 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.