44 years ago today, a group of likeminded residents banded together and chartered the Oakbank-Springfield Kinsmen Club.
This group has spent thousands and thousands of hours working on service and fundraising projects to give back to the community. It's what we do.
And through it all - YOU - the residents of the RM of Springfield have supported us in those fundraising efforts so we could give back to the community - and to Serve the Community's Greatest Need.
The Kin name is all over the RM - Kin Park, Kin Place, Kin Hall (Cooks Creek), Kin Court (SCI), Kin Skate Park, countless bursaries, and literally tens of thousands of dollars spent supporting individuals and groups in our community who needed assistance. None of it was possible without the dedication of this group, and the support of the residents of Springfield.
Tonight, as the Club gathers for our usual Tuesday night meeting, we will spend some time reminiscing about what has been done, but also plot our course for the future.
The need never goes away.
With that, I will close by saying THANK YOU.
Thank you to those people named on the charter below for starting this group on its service journey 44 years ago today.
Thank you to the countless others who have served this great service club since its inception and over the past 44 years .
And perhaps most importantly - 👉THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE RM OF SPRINGFIELD. 👈
None of what we do is possible without your support.
President: Ryan Masters
Past President: Ron Farmer
Treasurer: Jim McCarthy*
Secretary: Murray Flaten
Oakbank Bar & Grill
Wayne Johnston Autobody
The residents of the RM of Springfield
The Mayor and Council of the RM of Springfield
Roger Woloshyn, a long time past Springfield Kinsmen member, passed away on March the 9th.
Roger was truly not off the same assembly line as many of us, he was unique in many ways and brought such a different perspective to our club. Roger's biggest claim to fame with Kinsmen was Winning the National Public Speaking Contest against the best Kinsmen Speakers in all of Canada. Amazing.... He was a teacher, a visionary, a public speaker, a professional parliamentarian, a history buff, an astrological expert, a great wild berry or fruit wine maker, mushroom picker, motorcyclist, purist and above many more things, a generous and trustworthy friend to many.
At our last Kinsmen meeting , those in attendance supported a motion to send $200 to the Churchill Northern Studies Center. This motion was informally amended by Shawn Brook that if anyone wished they could add to this donation by sending an e-transfer to our firstname.lastname@example.org account and Jim would ensure it would be deposited to the Sunshine Fund and it would be added to the total donation.
To date our total donation is at $500. At this point, I would like to give anyone who knew Roger or who would like to donate to his memory to do so, before I submit our donation to the Churchill Northern Studies Center.
In the words of Roger's daughter, Jill, when I told her of the club's generosity,
"....... a huge Thank You to the Kinsmen for this thoughtful and generous donation in Dad's name . It would make him so happy to know that his communities are supporting one another."
To use the words of one of our current Kinsmen - "Very nice gentlemen".
Proud to be a Kinsmen
Jim and Bo McCarthy