The future of the Delhi Kinsmen pool has prompted talks of re-establishing a Kin Club in the community.
Possible closure of the pool was up for discussion during the recent Norfolk County budget process,
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Brent Stefan, a previous president of the Kinsmen Club of Delhi, has announced that he has full support from Kin Canada to charter a new club in Delhi after a two-year absence.
Stefan wrote an open letter to the citizens of Delhi and surrounding communities to explain the history of the club and the reasons he wants to start a new group.
“It’s about what we can do as residents to ensure these facilities not only remain open but grow to serve the needs of our community into the future,” he wrote in the letter.
Plans on Stefan’s radar include the likes of saving the pool and purchasing a new scoreboard for minor baseball.
“The swimming pool thing lit a fire under my butt because I’ve been thinking and thinking about it but the timing is right,” Stefan said. “I’m a huge believer in Kinsmen and I truly believe that Delhi needs, and will be successful with another club.”
Stefan said that no one really knows the history of the pavilion with the pool, arena, and ballpark being purchased by the Kinsmen in the 1940s and later being handed over to the Township of Delhi.
“There’s a lot of history that goes back into the 1940s and ’50s that people either overlook or don’t know about,” said Stefan. “Part of the meeting is going to be a bit of education of the past of the Kinsmen, what we’ve done and how successful we were.”
He added he bleeds red and white (the Kinsmen colours) and has held multiple positions throughout different Kinsmen clubs, and he is currently a member in Simcoe’s group.
“We need to have a service club in order for our kids to have the ability to do things,” said Stefan. “Without service clubs where are the clocks at the arenas coming from, the Zambonis? There’s so many things in the community that are lacking because there’s no service club.”
At a minimum, 15 people are needed to create a new club. As of the morning of Feb. 18, Stefan has had 48 people show interest in attending an information session. He is looking for men and women over the age of 18 that have a goal of bettering the community.
There will be an information session at some point in March for everyone to learn about the club and what the commitment of being a member is like.
“I’d really like people to come to the meeting,” said Stefan. “I’m going to encourage people to please come to the information session.”
If you are interested in attending the event, contact Stefan at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-410-1818 to get more details.