Past Key Club Lt. Governor Speaks to Kiwanis

Marissa Thomas, former Lt. Governor for Key Club District 31/34, spoke to local Kiwanis clubs during a recent gathering. Peppering her speech with humor, she focused on how the Key Club and the Kiwanis played an instrumental role in her academic and career successes. She was goal oriented and driven to succeed from her early days when a friend convinced her to attend her first meeting, assuming secretarial and leadership duties within the club, and then taking on the role of Lt. Governor for District 31/34.
Marissa described how, as Lt. Governor, she made friends across the State and worked hard to make Belleville West Key Club much more competitive against powerhouse clubs such as Murphysboro. She set the bar of success for those who succeeded her. “I was welcomed to my position as the Lt. Governor by Gary and Patty Heath, who are members of two local Kiwanis Clubs. It’s funny to now think I knew them way before my parents did,” says Marissa.

Interestingly, there was another incident where Marissa blazed the trail for her family’s involvement in the Kiwanis. She was the recipient of the Belleville Kiwanis Club Scholarship long before her parents involvement. Since then, her parents, Patti and Al Thomas, serve the Belleville Kiwanis Club as the President and the Treasurer respectively.

During her college years, Marissa’s involvement with her

Key Club Representatives L-R Maddie Grimmer, Marissa Thomas, Jacob Stauffer, Nate Thomas, Sydney Stauffer, Grace Roerick, Antwan Stith (not pictured Sean Louth)

sorority and Circle K proved to strengthen her organizational and leadership skills. Involvement with the organizations on campus showed her the importance of creating personal networks.
“I think of Key Club as the foundation for many of my skills, as leadership, networking, and responsibility which led me to where I am today,” Marissa said.

Other former and current Key Club members joined Marissa during the event including past current and future District 31/34 Lieutenant Governors.

Marissa Thomas works for the CDC in Washington, DC focusing on Congressional Legislation. —


Looking for BINGO Sponsors

Join the Belleville Kiwanis Club in helping the children in our community by sponsoring a round of BINGO at the second Designer Purse Bingo at the Quail Club at 8303 Concordia Rd. in Belleville.

Your sponsorship will help the community while reaching out to potential customers. Here’s what you get:

$100 Sponsorship
• Poster with your logo and business information on the front of the caller’s table
• Logo/info on all tables
• Announcement of the sponsoring organization before during and after the round

$50 Sponsorship
• Poster with your logo and business information on the front of the caller’s table
• Announcement of the sponsoring organization before during and after the round

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in memoriam Pattie Heath


Patricia A. “Pattie” Heath

Patricia A. “Pattie” Heath, age 67 of Collinsville, IL, born July 9, 1950 in St. Louis, MO passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at her residence.

Pattie worked as a legal secretary for Erdmann Law in Fairview Heights, IL. She was an Air Force veteran, a member of Navigation Church in Collinsville, IL, and Aglow. She was very involved in Kiwanis having served as District Governor for the Illinois/Iowa District, Lt. Governor of Division 34, and past club secretary for the Fairview Heights Kiwanis.

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New Members Pinned


L-R Julia Hommel, Rodger Allison, Billie Snively, Michelle Eastman

President Patti Thomas pins new members Julia Hommel, Rodger Allison, Billie Snively, and Michelle Eastman at the Belleville Kiwanis Club Holiday Party on December 28, 2017. New members are vital to the strength and vitality of any organization. Bringing fresh ideas and energy to the Belleville Kiwanis Club, these members have already made an impact by helping to make the Christmas Tree Lot a success. Other areas they are instrumental in the Club’s success is the Designer Purse Bingo, media relations, and Cub Scout Charter.



After the grand success of the inaugural Designer Purse BINGO held last fall, it returns on February 18, 2018. There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with the Belleville Kiwanis Club as we raise money for projects that benefit the children in our community. Join us at the Quail Club at 8303 Concordia Rd. in Belleville.

Yes Ladies! You too can leave the afternoon’s festivities with a purse or purses from designer brands Coach, Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke, and Kate Spade. This is not for the feint of heart though. The competition is intensely fun!

Guys, this is that perfect gift for your Valentine! Your gift allows your sweetheart to get together with friends and meet new ones as she competes for her own designer purse. She will come home with a bounce in her step and a smile on her face after such a fun day out with the girls. She may even have a new expensive purse on her arm.

All of this is for only $30 in advance or $35 at the Door. Price includes 6 paper cards for 10 games plus 2 drink tickets. Increase your chances for $5 per 6 additional cards. Continue reading “DESIGNER PURSE BINGO RETURNS FEBRUARY 18”