Celebrate the Redevelopment of The Red Deer Area With the Kinsmen!
If you've been in Red Deer for long enough, there's a good chance that you have at least one fond memory of The Red Deer Arena. Whether you were cheering on your favourite hockey team or you used the facility for a birthday party or other get together, this area, which has been around for more than 60 years, is a vital part of our city. In order to meet the demands of Red Deer's growing population, the city has decided to give us a brand new area which will be completed by mid-2018 and will be used for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Although our new area will lead to more opportunities for sports, music, and other forms of entertainment, it also means that we'll have to say goodbye to one of our city's most iconic buildings.Read More
Celebrate the National Day of KINdness with the Kinsmen!
There's something about giving back that's difficult to express through words. As a service club, we're always looking for new ways to give back to Red Deer. We're beyond thankful for the opportunities we've been able to be involved with and the ways Albertans have helped us (including our fundraisers and our annual Dream Home Lottery); in order to celebrate our relationship with the community, we're excited to announce a day that each and every Kin can't wait for: the National Day of KINdness!
Kinsmen Supporter Spotlight: Janice Resch of Century 21!
Without our sponsors, the Dream Home Lottery wouldn't be the same.
Although the sponsors we work with come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, there's one core reason why they've partnered with us time and time again: they see the value in improving the lives of Central Albertan through local initiative. They understand the difference that our events have on the community and have made and will continue to make. Whether it's through their hard work and materials, or a financial contribution, each sponsor is an important part of each of our events.
But do you know about these businesses besides their name and location? We're creating a new feature, the Kinsmen Supporter Spotlight. Each month, we'll be speaking with one Kin-affiliated sponsor to learn more about them and their relationship with the Kinsmen. This month's supporter is Janice Resch from Century 21. Janice has had a long history with our club and we're proud to kick off this series by asking her about how much the Kin Clubs and Red Deer mean to her.
Community Spotlight: The Family Services of Central Alberta
2015 is almost over and the holidays are in full force. Although many of us have plans to spending this time with our friends and family over a delicious Christmas feast, the end of December is stressful for many people. Emotions run high, and coupled by the fact that our economy isn't in the best position, we need to spread awareness about the various services available to the public. That's why we're proud to support the Family Services of Central Alberta (also known as F.S.C.A) with their endeavours. As a social group that is always trying to improve Red Deer, we understand how important they are to the community; we're also proud that we get to work with an organization that shares our values.
Join us on the Ice at Bower-Kin Place!
When was the last time you visited Bower Kin Place? Although it's accessible year round, there's something special about lacing up your skates during the winter months. Whether you plan on rounding up your friends for a weekend hockey or you take your young ones out on the ice for their first skating lesson, outdoor rinks provide an opportunity for everyone to stay active and have fun during a time when most people spend their days indoors.
Volunteering with the Kinettes at Breakfast with Santa!
Christmas came early this year in Red Deer! What better way to celebrate 2015 and the upcoming holidays than with your friends and family? Volunteering is one of the most important parts about our club and we're always looking for ways that we can give back to our community. From helping the Red Deer Food Bank by packing, stacking and sorting boxes to contributing to the Red Deer Action Group Society, we're working to make Red Deer better one project at a time!
Volunteering at the Red Deer Food Bank!
With Christmas right around the corner, food banks are about to experience an increase of people that require assistance. Alberta has always been known as a province with abundant resources, but because of the recent economic developments, more people are beginning to rely on food banks and similar support groups in order to supplement their needs. We need to work together to ensure that no one will have to worry about how they'll feed themselves and their families; one way that the Kinsmen have been able to help is by volunteering at the Red Deer Food Bank. We've spoken about how important they are to Red Deer before, but we recently visited their facility to give them a hand.
Teaming up with the Red Deer Action Group Society!
As a club that is built on the motto of "serving the communities greatest need," part of the Kinsmen's duty is to assist each and every person in Red Deer and the surrounding area. We do this through volunteering and financial contributions and we've been able to meet and make friends with people from all kinds of backgrounds. One of those groups we've been able to help out is the Red Deer Action Group Society. We've been a longtime supporter and we're proud to be recognized as a major contributor.
Following Up with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery!
Last month, we told you a bit about the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and how their services are an important part of Red Deer and Central Alberta's history (if you missed that post, read it here before proceeding). Besides organizing a multitude of programs and events, the nonprofit has been able to showcase the talents of many artists and creatives. In order to help the Museum + Art Gallery gain a better insight into their members, the Kinsmen donated the funds required to purchase SUMAC, a new program that helps nonprofits with their duties.
Now that the Museum + Art Gallery has been able to use the new software, we thought we'd follow up with them to see how SUMAC is making their job easier and ask them about their current exhibits.
Need Funding? Apply for the Kinsmen Community Grant!
As a service club, the Kinsmen exist to improve the lives of Canadians and their communities throughout the country. Our own chapter has had a long history of helping people in Red Deer and has gotten attention thanks to events like the Dream Home Lottery, but one aspect of our organization that some people might not be aware of is the Kinsmen Community Grant. Thanks to this fund, we have the opportunity to contribute and follow our motto of "serving the community's greatest need."