Robotics Team 931 Destination: Deep Space

Robotics Team 931: Perpetual Chaos

The Kiwanis Club of Belleville is one of the sponsors of the Gateway STEM High School Robotics Team 931, Perpetual Chaos. The team’s mentor and coach is Frank Dressel, a member of the Belleville Kiwanis. The team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which is highly competitive. This is the 18th year of competition for Team 931. The game this year is a bout between two alliances of three robots battling to place hatch covers and cargo to win the match.

Team 931, Perpetual Chaos competed in the St. Louis Regional this past Friday and Saturday against 48 teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. Our team finished qualifying rounds with a 5 and 5 record for 17th place and were not picked up for the Saturday afternoon playoffs.

A weekend highlight for the team was the selection of junior and team co-captain Chibale for the STL Regional FIRST Dean’s List. The Dean’s List Award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. It recognizes the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding students. Chibale will be invited to Houston for the World Championships to compete with other regional winners April 18-20 for the best ten Dean’s List winners.

Team 931 also spent time helping Rookie Team Culture 7746 from the Innovation Concept Academy at Blewett who finished a respectable 34th place. “Lots of teams helped them finish their robot as well as keeping it running and we’re real proud to be one of them,” said Frank. This shows that, while the competition is intense, they help each other across the finish line.
The robot is now back in the bag and the team is looking forward to the Mid-Missouri Regional in Sedalia the first weekend of April for another chance to earn an invitation to the Championships.

Belleville Kiwanis Celebrates Long Time Member’s 90th Birthday

The Belleville Kiwanis Club pulled off a surprise birthday bash for their oldest and longest active member: Dan Wolford. His sons, Dave and Drew, were key in making this gathering a success. They were able to bring him to the party without him being none the wiser that a crowd of old friends were waiting for him as guest of honor. Brian and his Denny’s crew accommodated the birthday boy and his friends during a busy breakfast hour. These good friends, who work closely together in the service of children locally and throughout the world shared many a laugh that day.

Dan Wolford has directly and indirectly touched the lives of hundreds of thousand of children in the Belleville area. He inspired others to make the world a better place on a few fronts. He worked as an agriculture teacher and a vice-principal at Belleville West High School.
His work there was not enough for him. He joined the Kiwanis 57 years ago in 1962 in order to expand his service to children. He took on many leadership roles, which included President and Vice-President of the Belleville Kiwanis Club. He received many awards to include the prestigious Amador Award, which is given to those who have demonstrated over an extended period of time, extraordinary personal dedication of one’s time and resources to the pursuit of charitable, benevolent and community service activities consistent with the Objectives of Kiwanis. This describes Dan perfectly.

Patti Thomas, President of the Kiwanis Club of Belleville says, “Dan Wolford is such a kind-hearted and generous man who has devoted much of his professional & personal life to helping kids. Our club is pleased to name our scholarship for a graduating Belleville West Key Club member in Dan’s honor.” This scholarship award of at least $500 goes to the most deserving graduating Key Clubber.

Dan also brings the Kiwanis and Key Club members to his farm for a year end celebration of food, fellowship, and fishing. It is a tradition that lives on as a joyful reward for service to the children of the world.

Thank you Dan for all you do. Happy Birthday!

Key Clubs Take Top Honors at DCLC

The Kiwanis Club of Belleville congratulates the Belleville West and Governor French Academy Key Clubs for taking top honors at this year’s District Convention and Leadership Conference. Both of these Clubs were designated a DISTINGUIDHED CLUB and will be recognized at the International Convention in Baltimore, MD.

BELLEVILLE WEST earned four 1st place trophies:.
1st Place Overall Achievement
1st Place Single Service for our Sleep Out For the Homeless Project
1st Place Poster design created by junior Delaney Holiday
1st Place Oratorical presented by senior Danyelle Scott

Additional club awards include:
Club Bulletin Award
Kiwanis Family Relations
Distinguished President – Erica Gruenewald
Distinguished Secretary – Isabella Hoolihan
Distinguished Treasurer – Kayla Carver
Distinguished Senior – Abbey Haas
Distinguished Junior – Onna Harlen
Distinguished Sophomore – Chase Capello
Distinguished Freshman – Mason Hagarty

100 Hour Awards
Abbey Haas
Onna Harlen
Isabella Hoolihan
Bailey Mrsich
Savannah Tiemann

Abril Hunter received the $1000 Cunard Scholarship

Distinguished President – Abril Hunter
Distinguished Vice President – Breanna Goyea
Distinguished Secretary – Aiden Truckenbrod
Distinguished Treasurer – Courtney Smith
Distinguished Senior – Sydney Stauffer
Distinguished Junior – Lili Smith

100 Hour Award
Breanna Goyea
Abril Hunter
Taylor Johnson
Courtney Smith
Sydney Stauffer
Ayanna Steward
John Stewart
Aiden Truckenbrod