Membership

The Kins Foundation of Africa

Membership into Kins club is limited to the business people and professionals who understand, truly believe in and agree to abide by the Kins Foundation values. One becomes a rightful member of the Kins Foundation by obtaining the Kins Foundation Card and Badge. Every Kins club member will have a card signed by the Foundation president and bearing a number of the member’s position in the Foundation. The Foundation President/Founder bears card No.1.

Sponsoring a New Member

The bylaws of Kins Foundation clearly outline the procedure for a prospective member to be proposed for Kins club membership. The “proposer” is the key person in the growth and advancement of the club. Without a sponsor, an individual will never have the opportunity to become a member in the club.

The task of the proposer should not end merely by submitting a name to the membership committee. However, by custom and tradition these procedures are recommended in all Kins clubs. The sponsor should:

1. Invite a prospective member to several meetings prior to proposing the individual for membership.

2. Accompany the prospective new member to one or more orientation/informational meetings.

3. Introduce the new member to other club members each week for the first month.

4. Invite the new member to accompany the sponsor to neighboring clubs for the first make-up meeting to learn the process and observe the spirit of fellowship.

5. Ask the new member to accompany the sponsor to the club’s social activities, dinners or other special occasions.

6. Urge the new member to attend the club conference with the sponsor.

7. Serve as a special friend to assure that the new member becomes an active member.

When the proposer follows these guidelines, Kins clubs becomes stronger with each new member.

Females in the Kins Clubs

Women will also be invited to become members in the Kins Club and have similar “public accommodation” statutes as men. Females in the Kins club will be referred to as ‘‘Kinettes’’ while males are referred to as ‘‘Kinsmen’’.

Kins Members Obligations

One of the Major obligations of Kins Foundation members is ‘‘Sharing the Kins Club to others’’. The Kins policy on club membership states: “In order for a Kins club to be fully relevant to its community and responsive to the needs of those in the community, it is important and necessary that the club include in its membership all fully qualified prospective members located within its territory”. Each club has to invite qualified members of all businesses and professions in the club territory into Kins clubs for them to grow.

Only a Kinsman or Kinette may propose a customer, neighbour, client, supplier, executive, relative, business associate, professional or other qualified person to join a Kins club.

Have you accepted your obligation to share the Kins club? The procedures are very simple, and everyone must know at least one person who should belong to the Kins Club at any time. All the main obligations that Kinsmen and Kinettes covenant to include;

  1. Sharing the Kins club to others
  2. Paying agreed dues
  3. Attending meetings?
  4. Contributing to the club service fund
  5. Participating in club events and projects

Kins Tolerance of Differences

Occasionally there is a temptation to criticize the laws, customs and traditions of another country, community, tribe, religion or culture which may seem strange or contrary to our own. In some instances, illegal practices or customs of one nation are completely lawful and acceptable in another.

As members of a transcultural, transboundary organization dedicated to peace and co-existence, it befits Kinsmen and Kinettes to exercise restraint in judging our friends and citizens from other countries, tribes, religions and cultures when their behavior or practices seem unusual to us.

“Kinsmen and Kinettes in all communities should recognize these facts and there should be a thoughtful avoidance of criticism of the laws and customs of one community, culture or country by the Kinsmen of another.” This policy also cautions against “any effort on the part of Kins of one community or country to interfere with the laws or customs of another.” As we strive to strengthen the bonds of understanding, fellowship and togetherness, these policies will always provide good advice and guidance.

Kins Foundation Members Financial Contributions

Every member of Kins Foundation shall have three mandatory financial contributions to make;

  1. Kins Foundation Membership fee: An amount of money for membership into the foundation shall be set by the Board of directors. All money collected as membership fee shall be remitted to the Board to support the activities of the Board and the Secretariat. Upon payment of the membership fee the new member shall be issued the Kins Foundation Membership Card only signed and sealed by the President.
  2. Monthly/Annual Subscription fees: Subscription fees shall be determined by the governing body of each Kins club. It may be paid monthly or annually to support the day to day running of the club activities.
  3. Kins Club Service Fund: Each club shall determine an amount of money to be contributed by club members to support the service fund or community services of the club. The club may also solicit funds from donors, government agencies and voluntary givers to support the fund. Service Fund may also be determined time to time as need arises.