In my first week as Communications Coordinator here at Kin Canada Headquarters, I’ve been familiarizing myself with the club’s communication avenues, including, of course, the website and its member discussion forums. Currently, our most active discussion topic is Grandfathering the K-40. The status of these affiliate clubs is a little confusing; so from the office newbie, here are the highlights of K-40 and K-ette.
Kin Founder, Hal Rogers, established the Kinsmen to create service opportunities and fellowship for young men. Keyword: young. The 1926 Kin constitution and by-laws fixed the maximum age for active members at 40.
As the original members aged, their love for Kin and community only grew and in 1935, the first K-40 clubs were formed to allow older Kinsmen the opportunity to stay involved with their peers. K-ette clubs soon followed. K-40 and K-ette members fell outside the active club membership as the Kin constitution and by-laws did not change to include them. They did not pay dues and were structured to be more of a social club that could lend support and expertise to their Kinsmen, Kinette, and Kin Club counterparts.
In 1991, the active membership upper age was raised to 45, and then eliminated altogether in 1999. While some K-40 and K-ette groups do still exist, and their contributions are much appreciated, Kin Canada is now moving toward maintaining an active membership diverse in age. Youth and experience now work together in one club to serve the community to the best of their collective abilities.