Local service club honoured

By Kassidy Christensen

February 23, 2017 12:00 AM

I DO DECLARE A proclamation ceremony was held Feb. 21 at city hall with Mayor Gerald Aalbers, surrounded by Kinsmen and Kinettes, declaring Monday, February 20, 2017 as Kinsmen and Kinette day, and the week of Feb. 19 to 25, 2017 as Kinsmen and Kinette week. KASSIDY CHRISTENSEN LLS PHOTO

In their 97th year as a service club in Canada, Kinsmen and Kinettes were honoured with an official proclamation at Lloydminster City Hall Feb. 21.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers declared Monday, Feb. 20, as Kinsmen and Kinette day, and the week of Feb. 19 to 25, as Kinsmen and Kinette week.
The Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs have been involved in the Lloydminster community for many years, Aalbers said, and are always working towards a goal to serve their local community.
Aalbers encouraged Lloydminster residents to extend a thank you to any Kinsmen or Kinette they know for their hard work.
“To be a Kinsmen or a Kinette, any service club in our community, takes volunteers,” Aalbers said.
“Those people take time away from their jobs sometimes, sometimes from their families, and pour a lot of energy into it.”
Kin Canada was founded on Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, ON by Hal Rogers.
Leanne Melnechenko, life member of the Lloydminster Kinettes, said the proclamation is a wonderful thank you from the community for their hard work as Kinsmen and Kinettes.
“We do try to put our community’s greatest needs at the forefront,” Melnechenko said.
“We fundraise and do different projects within the community to benefit Lloydminster and it’s nice to get the recognition back from our mayor and from our community.”
Melnechenko said this week it is national day of KINdness (Feb. 25), and the Kinsmen and Kinettes will be holding different events Friday and Saturday in the community.
“We’re planning on doing some meals for the homeless, visiting the men’s shelter and also visiting the hospital and the mall to hand out some random acts of kindness,” she said.
Promoting kindness is a big part of what Kinsmen and Kinettes do, Melnechenko said.
“We believe that it’ll help our communities grow and stay strong if we’re out there showing that we can be part of that change towards good things.”

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