Membership Classifications

  • ACTIVE MEMBER: Must be age 19 or older, of good character and community standing and must reside or practice their vocation or profession within the territorial limits of their club. Should not be a member of another service organization.
  • HONORARY MEMBER: Honorary Membership is an award and not truly a membership classification. Honourary Membership is awarded for a period of one year in recognition of some distinguished task performed for the community or club. Any person can be elected/awarded to this category and may be re-elected from year to year. This person does not pay dues, but is entitled to all the privileges of any active member except holding office and voting.
  • LIFE MEMBER: Life Membership is also an award and not a membership classification. Life Membership recognizes outstanding contributions to Kin. A potential Life Member has to meet certain criteria, including the length of time served in Kin, to qualify for the honour, and the club proposing the honour must apply to the national headquarters to obtain permission to confer the honour. Life Members are greatly respected for their dedication and knowledge. By virtue of being awarded a Life Membership, the individual enjoys all the privileges of any active member.
  • K-40 / K-ETTE: Is there life after you’ve done it all? You bet! Many clubs have a K-ette or K-40 Club, which is an auxiliary club composed of club alumni who would generally have reached the age of 40 when the association still maintained an upper age limit for active members. Those members may meet once a month and / or attend the club’s general meetings. Their expertise in the field is often called upon for either advice or as helping hands at functions. With the removal of the upper age limit there is a possibility of less activity in these clubs.
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Associate membership is a pilot program being evaluated by Kin Canada. Associate Members are members of Kin Canada, and therefore gain the right to refer to themselves as a Kinsman, Kinette, Kin member or a member of Kin Canada. Associate Members have the flexibility to choose their home club affiliation. And unlike traditional members, attendance at meetings is optional. Voting privileges will vary from one club to the next; however all Associate Members will have full voting privileges at annual national conventions. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age; be of good character and good community standing; and be sponsored by an Active Member.