The Red Deer Kinette Club for women and the Red Deer Kismen Club for men will be joined by a third like-minded volunteer service organization — the Loose Moose Kin Club of Central Alberta for both men and women.
Kin president Craig Smallwood said it was decided there should be a local club that both men and women can join.
He said the club held its charter meeting on Saturday, and so far, 18 people are looking to join, with a gender split of about 50-50.
“I do think people do want to volunteer, but they have to find a niche that fits them. And that’s what we tried to do: create a new niche in one of our clubs so people would want to join,” Smallwood said.
The central Alberta Kin Club is one of about seven Kin Clubs already operating in Alberta. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Club volunteers all raise money for community charities.
“Some of our clubs can survive in communities with 500 people, so at 100,000, we thought there was definitely room for three,” he said of Red Deer.
He said the big fundraising effort for Red Deer Kinsmen is the annual Kinsmen Dream Home, while Red Deer Kinettes tend to focus on raffles and some fundraising events. Central Alberta Kin Club wants to make fundraising events its priority.
He said all the clubs have the same core values, but with a different twist. They also help each other with their projects.
Smallwood said holding meetings on Saturdays will make them accessible to a different group of people. The other clubs meet on Tuesday or Wednesday. And group activities planned for Kin Club will be more laid back, such as Red Deer River rafting.
The next Kin Club meeting is set for June 22, with the location and time to be determined. For more information, visit The Loose Moose Kin Club on Facebook.