Notre Dame Kins­men club seek­ing time

More mem­bers, and com­mu­nity sup­port, needed for 40-year-old club

The Pilot - - FRONT PAGE - BY PATRICK MURPHY Patrick.murphy@tc.tc

The Notre Dame Kins­men Club has been in­vest­ing in the lives of Lewis­porte res­i­dents since 1975

Now the club is ask­ing res­i­dents to make an in­vest­ment in Kins­men.

The in­vest­ment re­quested? Time.

Club mem­ber­ship has been de­clin­ing in re­cent years and the club needs vol­un­teers to join their ranks.

They cur­rently they have 14 ac­tive mem­bers.

“The lo­cal vol­un­teers are drop­ping off,” club sec­re­tary Mike Martin told The Pi­lot. “When the num­bers are small it’s harder for us to do fundrais­ing.”

The club’s fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties — they’ve raised over $3 mil­lion for com­mu­nity causes since 1975 — are a big part of their op­er­a­tion.

Their cur­rent fundraiser is a Chase the Ace.

Thus far the event has not been well at­tended.

It’s held ev­ery Thurs­day evening, 7-9 p.m. at the Kins­men Club and last week the jack­pot was $2598.

How­ever, there were less than 30 peo­ple in at­ten­dance for the event last week. Martin says the club needs more sup­port for this fundraiser.

“We’re hop­ing to get peo­ple in­volved in the Lewis­porte area, at least up un­til Christ­mas. It would mean a nice Christ­mas for some­body,” he said. “You know we’re not be­ing greedy about it, some peo­ple are look­ing to make some big money in this, but if we could get $15-$20,000 on our side, it puts us in a good po­si­tion for a few months.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the Norte Dame Kins­men Club can con­tact Bob Boyd at 709541-5002. Res­i­dents can also at­tend a reg­u­lar meet­ing for in­for­ma­tion.

Meet­ings are held on the first and third Wed­nes­day of the month at the Kins­men Club lo­cated on Cen­ten­nial Drive in Lewis­porte.

PATRICK MURPHY PHOTO/TC ME­DIA

Kins­men Roland But­ler shows off one of many scrap­books de­tail­ing the Notre Dame Kins­men Club’s ac­com­plish­ments through the years. The club is anx­ious to have new mem­bers join.

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