The KIN Club of Russell was chartered on October 1, 2011 and is very proud of the work they do throughout the township. Whether it is through fundraising for community initiatives, giving scholarships to local schools, helping increase awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada or member development, the Kin Club of Russell is proud to help the community.
With approximately 6500 members nationwide, Kinsmen, Kinette, and Kin Clubs perform a variety of local fundraising and service projects. each club assesses their community’s greatest needs to determine what projects to undertake and how to distribute funds raised within its local community.
Our goal is to make a difference in your life and those around you. Don't just stand on the sidelines ... get engaged in your community!
If you live in (or near) the Russell area, please contact us and speak to one of our fellow KIN. We would love to hear from you and are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our Club!
Keep reading below to learn more about some of our past and present programs and services.
The Kin Club of Russell has offered the following to its community during the past 6 years:
- Kaiden’s Classic fore Cystic Fibrosis – annual golf tournament with proceeds being donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (over $100,000 donated to date).
- Annual 50’s and 60’s Dance (Rockin the Night Away). Proceeds over the past 3 years have been allocated to our Sports Dome project. (approximately $5,000 each year)
- Trivia night in support of St. Thomas Aquinas Enviro Team to assist with cost of participation at international innovation contest.
- Trivia night in support of project to build an off-leash dog park in Russell township (public/private partnership project)
- Trivia night to raise money required to purchase Reality Tour drug prevention program materials from Candle Inc. for use by Kin Club for the benefit of families in this region.
- Trivia night in support of the Canadian team participating in the World Karate Championships in 2016
- Multiple initiatives to raise funds to help build a sports dome in the township, including a Door to Door canvassing campaign (raising over $24,000), selling lawn signs, using cash donation boxes in retail outlets, a concert, a gala, etc. Over $330,000 raised to date.
- Reality Tour, drug prevention program. This is an innovative new program being delivered by the Kin Club of Russell. We were the first organization in Canada to offer this program. It focuses on opening the lines of communication between parents and youth. It includes dramatic scenes presented by volunteer actors in our community, as well as presentations and question and answer segments with local police and recovering addicts. This program costs approximately $1,000.00 per year to operate.
- Russell Winter Carnival. This 5 day event takes place each February and is organized by the Kin Club of Russell in cooperation with other local service groups and clubs. Local community grants offset the basic costs to offer this event (approximately $5,000.00)
- Kaiden’s Care Kits. A new resource kit for families with newborns diagnosed with cystic fibrosis was developed by members of the Kin Club of Russell. Over $40,000 was raised to create the kits and run a pilot project across Canada. The kits are now a standard resource offered by Cystic Fibrosis Canada via their CF clinics across Canada.
- Poutmasters Fishing Derby. This is an annual event in Russell, offered primarily as a community service for the enjoyment of people of all ages in this region. Profits from 2015, 2016 and 2017 were allocated to our Sports Dome fundraising project. In other years the profits have been donated to other charitable causes.
- Speechcraft. This is a 10 week Toastmasters certificate program offered by the Kin Club of Russell to both club members and residents in this area who are interested in self-development. It is given free of charge. There are minimal costs to running this program by the Kin Club.
- New camp tents donated to Russell Guides (2015)
- Gift baskets donated annually to Russell Ladies Night, organized by Russell Agricultural Society. Baskets auctioned as part of the fundraising initiatives at the event. Beneficiary groups have included the Alzheimer Society, Fragile X, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, D.I.F.D., and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
- Donation of auction item(s) to Brainmatters annual fundraising gala. See www.brainmatters.ca. Volunteers also provided for the gala.
- $300 was donated in 2016 to the Embrun Fire Department for their Community Safety program which printed & distributed fire safety manuals to grade 3 and grade 4 students in the village of Embrun.
- $250 bursary donated each year for the past 4 years to Russell High School and to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell. Given to students active in volunteering.
- Donation to Russell Village Women’s Institute to support their program which plants and maintains flower baskets and planters throughout the village of Russell.
- Donations to Calvary Fellowship Ottawa and Harvest House in support of their programs in appreciation for them providing guest speakers at Reality Tour events
- $50 per year donated to the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, provides financial help to those seeking post-secondary education. 2014-15 marked the programs’s 20th anniversary. The HREF Board of Trustees carry out the Fund's purpose to promote, encourage and sponsor educational programs and activities.
- $5,123.00 donated to Fort Mac, We’ve Got Your Back community fundraiser held in 2016. Money was raised for first responders to the Fort McMurray fires.
- The Kin Club of Russell also donates time by its volunteers to local projects, including, but not limited to, working the admission gate at the Russell Fair, volunteering at the registration desk for the annual Great Strides Walk for cystic fibrosis in Stittsville, assisting in local e-waste days, taking care of registration for the Jonathan Pitre Butterfly Mile walk (Nov 2016 – event raised over $80,000.00 for Debra Canada).