The Belleville Kiwanis Club has brought Christmas cheer to homes in the surrounding area for about five decades. They continue that tradition again in the usual place: the Skyview Drive-In.
This year, Judy Zillen paid homage to this tradition with her second place finish in the Master’s Category of the Downtown Belleville’s 29th Annual Gingerbread Contest. Judy’s creation is entitled “Skyview Drive-In at Christmas”.
Judy is from Belleville, “born and raised,” and she has competed in this annual contest for 12 years.
When asked why she chose us as her model for this year’s entry, she says, “I love tradition in my entries, and what is more traditional than the Christmastime tree lot?
We share your sentiment Judy. Thank you for honoring us in such a special way.
Many left with designer purses, some left with cash, one left with a barrel of booze, and another left with a chance to win over $1,000,000. These were a few of the many prizes given away at the third Belleville Kiwanis Designer Purse Bingo held at the Quail Club last Sunday. The day was filled with good music, great friends and family, cheering, and some “aww S%!.” The energy and the number of winners kept growing throughout the day.
“The thing I love about this event is that everyone leaves with a smile. That makes everyone a winner in my book,” said Susan Grimmer, Club Secretary.
Some fun facts about BINGO are that the game can be traced back to the year 1530 in Italy. If you want a higher chance of winning, bring a friend named Margaret with you. Someone named Margaret is more likely to win more than any other name. Lastly, purple is the most preferred Dauber color.
The Kiwanis Club of Belleville holds Designer Purse Bingo regularly to raise funds to help the kids in the community through various community projects.
Governor Alan J. Arbuckle joined the club members from Divisions 31 and 34 of the Illinois and Eastern Iowa (I-I) District of the Kiwanis International last Friday night at the Quail Club in Belleville. Friends from O’Fallon, Columbia, and Belleville of Division 34 along with those from Alton-Godfrey, Bethalto, Collinsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, and Wood River of Division 31 gathered to hear Governor Arbuckle speak. The Governor’s speech highlighted an evening of warm fellowship and good food. The evening meal was provided by the Bellville West High School Key Club.
Governor Arbuckle spoke of the state of the District. A highlight of his speech for many of us relates to membership, both in count and in quality. He encourages us to move our Divisions and the District from being a good service organization to being a GREAT one. He showed his audience how membership has declined over the years.
In response to this decline, he offered strategies and encouragement to reach out to others to join our cause in making the world a better place for children. He stressed that we must invite, inform, and involve potential members in our Club’s activities. As we do that, he also emphasized the need to make their involvement
meaningful and fun to borrow words from one of his predecessors.
Governor Arbuckle also awarded Distinguished Club honors to the Kiwanis Clubs of Collinsville and Columbia. Presidents Michael Evans of Collinsville and Bruce Doyle of Columbia were on hand to receive the
Governor Arbuckle was joined by his Assistant Governor, Mr. David Daniel, who handles issues for the southern portion of the District.
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.
The Belleville Kiwanis hosted an Inter-Club/Inter-Divisional meeting on May 28. Twenty-one members from the Collinsville Sunrise, Alton, Wood River, and Fairview Heights Clubs joined the Belleville Club for dinner and a powerful presentation from National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia (NFED for short).
Jodi Edgar Reinhardt, Director, Marketing and Communications for NFED presented information about its research that is ongoing and the programs that their organization provides. This International organization began locally in Mascoutah, IL in the early 1980s and helps children afflicted with any mixture of genetic disorders that involve defects of the hair, nails, teeth, skin and glands. For more information, please visit https://www.nfed.org/
After some discussion, Laurie Nichols, President of the Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis Club, will Chair the Committee to establish NFEDS as our inter-Divisional project. More to come.
Sean Louth, Belleville ClubSecretary challenged everyone at the meeting to get the ball rolling by showing personal commitment with a donation. The Kiwanis members in attendance offered $487 to the NFED coffers. Ms. Reinhardt, graciously accepted the donation with a tear in her eye. “This is such a surprise. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much,” she said.