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Kin Canada – Kin Canada is the nation's largest all-Canadian service club organization. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. The Association boasts a proud 90-year history dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.’

Membership – More than 7,000 members belong to approximately 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male and Kinette clubs are predominantly female. Kin clubs have a mixed membership of men and women.Clubs undertake a wide variety of local fundraising and service projects. Each club operates autonomously when determining how it fundraises and distributes the funds raised within its local community.

More than $1 billion raised – Since its founding in 1920, Kin Canada clubs have donated more than $1 billion to Canadian causes, communities and individuals in need, as well as to disaster relief efforts beyond our borders.

History – The Association was founded by Harold (Hal) Rogers on Feb. 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario. After returning from the First World War, he missed the camaraderie of the men he had served with. Looking to join a club, Rogers decided to join Rotary but his application was rejected because it was Rotary's policy not to admit two members from the same business establishment; Rogers’ father, with whom he worked, was already a member. As a result of this rejection, Rogers and a small group of men gathered for a dinner meeting and became the first Kinsmen club - The Kinsmen Club of Hamilton.

Mission Statement – Committed to changing lives and making Canadian communities a better place to live.

Kin Motto – 'Serving the Community's Greatest Need'

National Charity – Kin Canada has been a partner in the fight against cystic fibrosis since 1964. During this time, Kin members have raised nearly $40 million in support of the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The 2017/18 National President is Terri MacCannell

National Headquarters – Located at 1920 Hal Rogers Dr., in Cambridge, Ont., about 100 km west of Toronto. Seven full-time staff provide administrative services to approximately 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs. Grant Ferron is the Executive Director.

FOUNDER HAL ROGERS 

The founder of our Association was H.A. (Hal) Rogers. Founder Hal was born in London, Ontario on
January 3, 1899. For a time he worked in a bank before moving to Hamilton to take up employment in his father's plumbing sales business. The family business did not prevent seventeen-year old Hal from
enlisting in 1916. 

Hal Rogers had a distinguished military career with his regiment, the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. Hal was gassed at Paschendaele and later wounded by shrapnel near Amiens. He carried some German steel in his right leg.

Hal returned to Canada in 1919 along with thousands of his fellow soldiers. After re-entering the plumbing business, Hal applied for membership to the Rotary Club but was rejected. Since his father was a member, the Club already had a plumbing salesperson representing that vocation. Rotary's loss was our gain. 

Hal decided to start his own service Club. As Hal saw it, young men should preserve in peace the ideal of service to Canada. Encouraged by his father, Hal invited 11 young men to the Namking Cafe in Hamilton to start the first Kinsmen Club.

This first Kinsmen meeting was held on February 20, 1920 and from there the Association grew. Hal
served as President from 1920 - 1923. He kept his interest in the Association in spite of moving to Toronto and starting his own career as owner of a publishing house.

During World War II, Hal chaired the Kinsmen "Assistance for Britain" committee and was instrumental in the Milk For Britain program. In 1948 he was made an "Officer of the British Empire". In 1959, he was made a Life Member of the Association. This was presented to Hal in Prince Albert by a prominent past Kinsman, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. In 1980, Hal was made a member of the Order of Canada in Ottawa.

On September 15th, 1994, Founder Hal passed away at the age of 95 years. The life of the Canadian
nation has been enriched by the good idea of "Kinship" spread and served by Founder Hal Rogers 0.B.E.,0.C.
Our History- The Kinette Club of London was formed in November 1940 after the Kinsmen Club of London needed help during the war years.

Then: Second World War: Milk for Britain project

Responding to a radio appeal for milk for British children, founder Hal Rogers rallied Kin members across Canada to raise funds for the purchase of powdered milk. The goal for the first year was to raise enough money to purchase one million quarts;  within nine months, Kinsmen and Kinettes supplied more than three million quarts.By the end of the Milk for Britain campaign, the Kin family raised close to $3 million and sent 50 million quarts of milk to Britain. Rogers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1948 to recognize his efforts as the Chairman of Kinsmen's Milk for Britain wartime project.The wartime effort helped found 41 new Kinsmen clubs and the formation of a new women’s branch of the organization: Kinettes.


Kinette Club of London- We are a group of women of all ages, that enjoy volunteering, having fun and meeting new people!

The Kinette Club of London meets once a month at Community Living London, 190 Adelaide St S; the third Thursday of each month via Zoom!

Call us at: 519-461-1073​

Our meetings run from September to June.