KCCK 93 Years Young

This Saturday it will be exactly 93 years ago that our Club received its Charter, in 1930. To reflect on 93 years of service to our community, Mary Alice will give a presentation on the history of the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent this Wednesday. This promises to be a very informative evening for new and old members. See you all at our meeting starting 6:30pm at the Active Lifestyle Centre.

Syd Kemsley Award 2023


Syd Kemsley was a member of Kiwanis for 65 years. Syd was passionate about Kiwanis and thus served the community and the children of the world throughout his long career. He was a true believer in the Objects of Kiwanis. In his daytime career he served the public as owner of Syd Kemsley Florists. Syd passed away in February 2014 at the age of 98.

The Award

The Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent Golden K established the Syd Kemsley Award in 2009 and presented Syd with the first award. When the two Chatham Kiwanis Clubs merged in 2014 to become the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent, the Board decided to continue the annual tradition of selecting a deserving Chatham-Kent citizen who serves the children of the world and/or this community in the same spirit and passion as Syd Kemsley.

Cathy Telfer

This year the Board of the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent decided to present the award to Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor and Past President Cathy Telfer.
Not only has she served on almost every committee in our club, she has spearheaded many fundraising initiatives, such as the annual Kiwanis Bus Trips and more recently Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Outside of Kiwanis, Cathy has volunteered in a long list of organizations, most notably:

  • Canada Cancer Society
  • Chatham-Kent Hospice
  • Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
  • Ronald McDonald House, London
  • Chatham Women’s Centre
  • Ontario Health Team

The Club is very happy and proud to present the Syd Kemsley Award this year to Cathy Telfer.

DPIL Newsletter December 2023

Last week we sent a newsletter to all the families with children in our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The newsletter was sent through Mailchimp, giving the families the ability to unsubscribe. The list is automatically maintained through the Dollywood Foundation and we cannot edit that list in any way including adding addresses. For members only here the ability to download it. It is the first newsletter of its kind so any comments from the membership would be greatly appreciated.

Fruitcakes and Chocolates

Looking for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers? We are selling Two-Pound Gourmet Fruitcakes for $23 each and RHEO THOMPSON Gourmet Chocolates for $15/bag of five or $3 each

You can request them from any Kiwanis Club of Ridgetown member or send an email to ridgetownkiwanis@gmail.com. They are also being sold at Mittons Jewellers and the Ridgetown Independent News.

CKMF Registration OPEN

The registration for the 78th Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival will open on November 15.

This year the registration period has been pushed back to allow the students, their teachers and parents more time to decide on the classes and the pieces to be performed. The deadline is now January 15, 2024. After that we will allow registrations for another week but with a late registration fee of 50%. The registration is handled through the Music Festival Suite (MFS) and you’ll find the link below.


The rules and regulations to participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival are listed in the syllabus. For your convenience the rules are also visible on the MFS site.


To register for classes you will have to have a profile with MFS, and you will receive a so-called profile ID. As a student, you will need to identify your teacher and your parent or caregiver. This is done through their profile ID’s. In other words, they will have to have a profile with MFS as well.

Good News

If you participated in the Festival last year, you already have a profile and you can just use that! Make sure though that the information is still up to date.


The creation of profiles turned out to be the stumbling block last year. It would be a good idea to start your profile as soon as you can so that there is ample time for help. Creating a profile is free and without any obligation.


There is a lot of help available, see the main Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival page. If you still run into an issue, send an email with your question to help@chathamkiwanis.com and we will try to answer it.

Link shortening

Did you know…

that we make shortened links through our own website? No more worries where those outside cryptic link shortenings will send you! These short links always start with https://www.chatham-kentkiwanis.com/g/ followed by a keyword. The links can point to any internet address. Check out the existing links below and know that we can add any others. Let me know if you want to be able to do it yourself.

KeywordDescriptionOriginal Links
ckmf-donationsCKMF donations https://www.chatham-kentkiwanis.com/what-we-do/musicfestival/donations/
musicfestivalCKMF pageshttps://www.chatham-kentkiwanis.com/what-we-do/musicfestival/
dpil-regDPIL registrations https://www.chatham-kentkiwanis.com/what-we-do/dolly-partons-imagination-library/registration/
dpilDPIL pages https://www.chatham-kentkiwanis.com/what-we-do/dolly-partons-imagination-library/
fbFacebook pageshttps://www.facebook.com/ChathamKentKiwanis/
zoomZoom link https://zoom.us/j/98140145097?pwd=***********************************

PS: The number of clicks on these shortened links is counted. When you’d use these links on Facebook for instance, you will know how often people click on the link!

Kiwanis supports Goodfellows

Last night the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent had the pleasure of attending the Chatham Goodfellows Annual Dinner. It was so inspiring to see such a special group of people whose goals are helping kids. Clare Latimer our President-Elect is shown here presenting a cheque on behalf our Kiwanis Club. We strongly believe it supporting children in any way and are so proud of the Chatham Good Fellows and all of their volunteers.