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Tis Almost the Season

Sadly 2019 has gone by in the blink of an eye. But our spirits are boosted by the knowledge that so many friends old and new will soon be visiting us at the Belleville Kiwanis annual Christmas tree lot which will open for the season on Black Friday after we participate in the Optimist’s Santa Parade.
Come out a find the perfect tree, wreath, grave blanket or pine roping.
Bring your camera and make some family memories.
See you all soon!

Go Baby Go – Belleville 2019

Ever since first learning of the project known as Go Baby Go in late 2018, the members of the Belleville Kiwanis Club have been researching and planning to host a car build for children in the Belleville, Illinois area. Members visited a build in the Chicago area hosted by the Kiwanis Club of River Forest- Oak Park to observe and learn about the logistics of hosting a successful build.

Go Baby Go events consist of a group of volunteers custom modifying ride-on cars for kids with special physical challenges which impact their ability to be mobile like non-challenged kids. For these kids, the cars are more than playthings. They represent opportunities for improved mobility, increased socialization with non-challenged siblings & peers, and in some cases may even incorporate elements of physical therapy.

Planning for these events takes months as the car recipients are selected and their health care teams provide information regarding the sorts of modifications needed for the individual child. The considerations are numerous —does the child need additional support devices such as a 5 point harness to allow them to sit erect in the car? Does the child have limitations of feeling or use of their legs? Is a system needed to allow for proper transportation of IV bags? Planning also involves working with engineers to ensure the safety of the electronics and parts used for the modifications.

The 2019 Belleville build will provide cars to 5 children from the greater metropolitan area all with the diagnosis of Spina Bifida. Children will be coming from Belleville, Sparta, Highland, Wentzville, and Imperial to be fitted for their individual car and should leave the event with their cars. There is no cost to the families for these vehicles.

Go Baby Go was started at the University of Delaware with a mission focused on increasing mobility and quality of life solutions for children whose access to such may be limited during their early developmental years. It was intended to be an innovative movement for inclusiveness.

For more information about Go Baby Go Belleville 2019 contact the Belleville Illinois Kiwanis Club via the contact us button on our webpage, via belleville.il.kiwanis@gmail.com, or follow us on our Facebook page Belleville, Illinois Kiwanis Club. We will be sharing pics from the event and plans for similar future events.

Purse Bingo Fall 2018

Make plans now to attend the Fall 2018 Designer Purse Bingo which will be held October 14th at the Quail Club. Tickets will be $30 in advance and go on sale September 1st.  Groups of  8 or more may reserve tables when all tickets are purchased together and a group name is provided.

We are expecting to be sold out prior to the event so don’t delay if you want to play.  Proceeds benefit some really great programs for kids in the Greater Belleville area.[gview file=”http://belleville-il-kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/10.14.18-Save-the-Date.pdf”]

Jennifer Stauffer Recognized for Dedicated Service to the Community

Jennifer Stauffer awarded the Luis V. Amador Mediallion for dedication and service to the community.

Belleville Kiwanis Club member Jennifer Stauffer was recently honored with a Luis V. Amador Medallion award for her dedication to service in our community as well as her work with the Key Club, a leadership and service group for high school students.

Jennifer established a Key Club at Belleville West.  Key Clubs are student organized and student led.  In her role as advisor, Jennifer has helped hundreds of students develop leadership skills and become active in service to the local community.  These students contribute thousands of hours of community service annually to various projects and organizations in the Greater Belleville area.

The Luis V. Amador Medallion Award was established to honor the contributions of the former medical director of the Spastics Paralysis Research Foundation by extending a special recognition to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service within his or her community.

The SPRF is a research foundation supported by Kiwanis clubs in Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Spastic Paralysis is not a disease itself, but a symptom of various diseases or medical conditions of the central nervous system. Funded research has included diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. Other research has been purely scientific in the development of medical equipment and techniques used to study the nervous system.  Researchers supported by this foundation are located in both Iowa & Illinois.  Two researchers are also based in St Louis including one at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

 

To learn more about SPRF, visit  http://www.sprfoundation.org/.

Ladies Day Out

[gview file=”http://belleville-il-kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/flyer-8.17.pdf”]Make plans now to come out to the Quail Club Sunday, October 1, 2017 for a new fun event — Designer Purse Bingo.
Coach, Michael Kors, & Kate Spade. These are the prizes going home with the lucky game winners. One winner for each of the ten games.
What a great way to enjoy a day out with friends while helping the Belleville Kiwanis Club raise funds to benefit programs for kids in our community.
Ticket price includes 6 paper tickets for 10 games and two drink tickets. Additional cards are available for purchase $5 for 6 cards. Players must be 18 or older. $30 in advance or $35 at the door.
Bring your own snacks but all beverages must be purchased on site.
Doors will open at 1:00 with bingo starting at 2:00.
This event is expected to sell out quickly so buy your tickets now.
Tickets are available online at www.glo-bingo.com. Scroll down to October 1. Click and select the number of tickets. For more information or to purchase physical tickets email Belleville.il.kiwanis@gmail.com.

Art on the Square High School Competition 2017

Art on the Square High School Competition 2017

The 2017 submissions to the Art on the Square High School competition by the area high school art students were once again diverse. The students utilized various mediums and subjects to inspire a wonderful assortment of interesting pieces. The works submitted are selected by the various high school art teachers and then evaluated and judged by an independent panel.
The Belleville Illinois Kiwanis Club is proud of the gifted students in our area. We support the high school portion of the Art on the Square by sponsoring cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries.
Make sure to schedule a visit to the high school competition in May 2018. There will surely be something that everyone will find visually appealing.