The signs are a-changin'

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June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

CH-CH-CHANGES The Elks Hall officially became the Kinsman Hall during a changing of the signs last Friday. In the bucket, Shaun Woodman, of Direct Signs and Marketing, gets an assist from dad, Peter, to take the old sign down and to put the new one up. MIKE D'AMOUR LLS PHOTOS

The Lloydminster Kinsmen were chartered in the community on Feb. 26, 1928, and have been a huge part of the community ever since.
The club has seen a lot of members come and go over the years, but still remain strong in the community.
We have had membership upwards of 100 and down as low as 11, but still remain a strong, committed group, with the current membership sitting at 23, but always looking for more.
To purchase the Elks hall it just seemed right.
The last 10 years we have bounced around hosting our meetings in numerous different places, but nothing permanent.
With the purchase of the hall, we are hoping to increase membership by having a place to call home, and help out our community by having the hall available to rent for smaller functions.
The Kinsmen over the years have played some pretty important rolls as far as community development. The club is responsible for starting up and funding the outdoor pool, later turning it over to the City for operations.
We have three parks in the community that we are also very proud of.
The Kinsmen also spearheaded the original proposal of the multiplex, and it soon ballooned to something that was beyond our little club, and grew from there to reality.
We donate to many, many organizations in the community, from the one end to the other, from the young to the elderly.
We have made donations to the Pioneer Lodge, minor soccer, minor hockey, gift of Christmas, school safety patrol, Here Comes Santa day, just to name a few.
We are excited for our new venture, and always looking for new members and accepting donations that we as a local club can pass on.
The Lloydminster Elks Lodge has been part of the community for many decades, having been given its charter in 1938.
The Elks and Royal Purple are still going to be active clubs in our community, just on a different level.
—Darcy Wildeman

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