2022 Tom Tebbenhoff Memorial Award

A new scholarship to promote education in Fine Arts has been established in memory of Tom Tebbenhoff a long-time member of the Belleville Kiwanis Club who had a passion for photography and theatre. Tom graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Theatre major.

This award will be given to a graduating Belleville West Senior who will be pursuing a degree in Art or Theatre Arts.

The first recipient Mason Hagarty’s impressive background in theatre includes lighting, box office, and serving as student tech director on a number of shows as well as membership in the school’s Thespian Troup. Additionally Mason serves on technical crews for several professional theatres and venues in St Louis.

In addition to theatre involvement, Mason has performed in several of the school’s choirs and has assisted with music instruction. Mason is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been active in community service and leadership activities as an officer in the Belleville West Key Club.

Congratulations Mason!

Belleville West Key Club at District Convention

2022 Illinois and Eastern Iowa Key Club District Convention March 11-13. Club awards include 1st place overall club achievement, 1st place scrapbook, 2nd place Tshirt award, 2nd place video award, 1st place Single service award, 3rd place Kiwanis Nueroscience Research Foundation Award, and several individual awards.

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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 – Success!

On Saturday, October 19th we built cars for local young people with spina bifida. The cars were custom modified for both safety and access. A great time was had by all, including the new car owners who raced around an impromptu track in the Belleville West cafeteria.

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.


The Southwestern Illinois College held the SWIC Student Art & Design Show from April 25-May 9. Each year, the Belleville Kiwanis awards a cash prize to a promising young artist.
Mr. Joshua Fischer won this year’s JIM MASSEY by BELLEVILLE KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP for his work entitled “Universal Auditorium”. The work is a silver wire and copper jewelry piece.
“Joshua’s work has an astronomy feel to it. It usually has planetary imagery,” said Paula Haniszewski, SWIC Art Department Chair. One can certainly see that in his winning piece.
The Belleville Kiwanis is a strong supporter of student art. In addition to the SWIC Student Art & Design Show, awards are provided for the High School Student Art Show & Congressional Competition as well as the Art on the Square held in Belleville each year.

eCycle a Success

The Belleville Kiwanis Club held it’s annual eCycle collection between Crehan’s Irish Pub and the Skyview Drive-In on May 4, 2019. Partnering with Power Recycling, the Club collected over 10,000 pounds of recyclables that would have otherwise made its way to the landfill.
“This illustrates the impact that a small organization can have when they partner with the community. This is all stuff that will stay out of the landfill,” said Patti Thomas, President of the Kiwanis Club of Belleville.

The Kiwanis volunteers had little time to rest during the three hours collecting appliances, old TVs, lawn mowers, grills, computers, bicycles, and a variety of other home and office materials. The proceeds will go toward helping children in the Belleville community.