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Yes, it was 55 years ago that the Kinette Club of Collingwood began serving THIS community’s greatest need, June 11th, 1965. It has been a wonderful journey that has been reflected in so many ways throughout the years. From fashion shows to Cheer for a Year; Adopt A Road Cleanup to Books on Wheels delivered to shut ins; Ushering at the Canadian Idol Tour to hosting TV / Radio Auctions, our time has been varied and amazingly fun. Throughout all of our innumerable fundraising and service projects, we have been able to give back to our Collingwood Hospital, My Friends House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Magic of Children in the Arts, Highschool and Post-Secondary Bursaries, playgrounds, foodbanks and the list goes on and on.

That is what makes this announcement both difficult yet comforting. After 55 years of service, the eight members of the Kinette Club of Collingwood have made the tough decision to close our Club. We are in some very challenging times right now, and we have come to realize that we will not be able to fulfill our mandate, “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”, in this new climate. Sadly, this does end our service to the community, however it does not erase the 55 years of contributions that we have made.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to every member of the community for your support over the years. Merchants, you have been so amazing with your donations and contributions to our efforts. Community members, supporting our fundraising by purchasing tickets, products, attending events. Venues, for allowing us use for our events at little to no cost so we can see more money for the community.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! We are blessed to have been a part of what makes Collingwood the great place it is.

Kin Canada – the Association of Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs is proud to be an all-Canadian service organization made up of outstanding community volunteers. From coast to coast, members are enhancing quality of life in their communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and national pride. The Association boasts a proud 96-year history dedicated to fostering lifelong friendships while “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.”

This is one of the last donations from The Collingwood Kinette Club to Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation to complete their pledge to the purchase of an infant bassinet. The Collingwood Kinette Club members in this photo are: Monika McKean, Terry Baldwin, Robyn Belleghem, Barb McArthur, Danielle Allen, Marsha Brown, Cathie Brillinger & Kim Dadswell, along with Jory Pritchard-Kerr, Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation.

Submitted by: Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation.