President Tye Friesen and the Lacombe Kinsmen Club celebrated 100 years of Kinsmen in Canada by raising an anniversary flag at the Lacombe Legion. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Lacombe Kinsmen celebrate 100 years in Canada

Club will also be celebrating 70 years in Lacombe later in 2020

Kinsmen across Canada are celebrating 100 years in over 400 clubs across Canada.

The Lacombe Kinsmen Club, which makes up roughly one per cent of all 6,000 Kinsmen across Canada, marked the occasion by raising a Kinsmen anniversary flag at the Lacombe Legion, where the club hosts their meeting.

Tye Friesen, Lacombe Kinsmen president, said the event also marked the beginning of Kin Kindness week and also a great lead-in towards Lacombe’s own anniversary.

“We are going into our 70th year, so this is a good segue towards the Lacombe Kinsmen Club. We were founded in 1950 and we have lots of initiatives we do every year,” Friesen said.

The club recently completed their annual charity auction, which this year supported Team Jigger.

“We also do lots of fundraising for youth sports in around Lacombe and area. Our motto is Serving the Community’s Greatest Need, so we always try to keep that in the back of our minds,” he said.

Friesen said the club is provided direction from the national organization.

“They provide direction on where we need to go and what we need to do. It is definitely strong initiative within all Kin nationally and it is an honour to be part of that,” he said.

Friesen said he initially joined the club for fellowship with other community members.

“It is a great bunch of guys and we all get along well. Our main goal is always to give back to the community and that is why we are here. We all want to help whoever we can,” he said.

Going forward, the club has a busy year planned.

“We have our St. Patrick’s day Ceildh coming up on March 14. If you are interested, any Kinsmen can set you up with tickets. We also have our Golf Tournament June 5, then we start looking towards our 70th Anniversary celebration,” he said.

Friesen added the club is always looking to add to their membership.

“We are always happy to have anyone come on board. If anyone wants to join a great club, they can get in touch with any Kinsmen member,” he said.

The Kinsmen flag at the Legion will fly for one week to mark 100 years in Canada.

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