Winner of Kiwanis Art Award – SWIC 2018

Winner of the 2018 Kiwanis Art Award presented at SWIC Schmidt Art Gallery

Abigail Scott from Belleville West High School won the Kiwanis Art Award with her darkroom photography entitled “Light Torture (Millstadt School). The award was presented at the SWIC Schmidt Art Gallery on March 22 during the opening reception of the 2018 High School Student Show and Art Competition.  Sean Louth, Secretary, and Rodger Allison represented the Belleville Kiwanis Club at the event. Art Teacher Dan Kraus accepted the award on Miss Scott’s behalf.

Dan Kraus (l), Belleville West Art Teacher, and Sean Louth (r), Belleville Kiwanis Club Secretary stand with the winning artwork.


Belleville West Key Clubbers attending 68th Annual I-I Key Club District Convention.

Representatives from Key Clubs at the Belleville West High School and the Governor French Academy attended the 68th Annual I-I District Key Club Convention & Leadership Conference on March 9-11, 2018. They were joined by Faculty Advisor Jennifer Stauffer along with Officers and members of the Belleville Kiwanis Club, Patti Thomas, President, Al Thomas, Treasurer, Gary Heath, and Susan Grimmer.

This was an action-packed weekend filled with speeches from leaders throughout the USA, training sessions, caucus and council meetings, as well as District orders of business. Even when the attendees were having fun they were working by spending time networking and getting to meet new people who may one day become partners on service projects.

Bellville Kiwanis Club joins Key Clubs at Convention in Springfield.

“It is a wonder to see the young and talented leaders of tomorrow embrace the challenges before them with strong character,” said Gary Heath, former District Governor for the Illinois and Eastern Iowa District. “I am most impressed at how they handle challenges with the highest degree of professionalism. Our future is in good hands.” added Al Thomas, Treasurer of the Belleville Kiwanis Club.

Incumbent Lt. Governor for Divisions 31-34, Miss Sydney Stauffer, pins her successor, Miss Grace Roerick.

The incumbent Lt. Governors for Divisions 31-34, Miss Sydney Stauffer and Miss Kim Haguewood passed the mantle to their successor Miss Grace Roerick. Sydney plans to continue her work with the Key Club further expanding her leadership talents. We wish her good fortune.

The Belleville West and the Governor French Academy Key Clubs won individual and club honors. These clubs with a combined membership of 63 active members came home with the following awards.


Oratory Award Winner Amber Curtis (l) with Faculty Advisor Jennifer Stauffer (r).



1st Place Oratorical Award
Amber Curtis, Belleville West

Distinguished President
Abril Hunter, Governor French Academy
Grace Roerick, Belleville West

Distinguished Vice President
Ayanna Steward, Governor French Academy
Gabby Holmes, Belleville West

Distinguished Secretary
Breanna Goyea, Governor French Academy

Distinguished Statistical Secretary
Breanna Goyea, Governor French Academy

Distinguished Treasurer
Courtney Smith, Governor French Academy

Distinguished Editor
Hannah Cason, Belleville West

Distinguished Senior
Sydney Dye, Governor French Academy

Distinguished Junior
Danyelle Scott, Belleville West

Distinguished Sophomore
Noah Phillips, Governor French Academy
Hannah Cason, Belleville West

Distinguished Freshman
Aidan Truckenbrod, Governor French Academy
Kayla Carver, Belleville West

100-Hour Honor
Abril Hunter, Governor French Academy
Aidan Truckenbrod, Governor French Academy
Breanna Goyea, Governor French Academy
Courtney Smith, Governor French Academy
Savannah Tiemann, Governor French Academy
Sydney Stauffer, Governor French Academy
Alexis Eagen, Belleville West
Brianna Moore, Belleville West
Gabby Holmes, Belleville West
Kyla Goleaner, Belleville West
Nicole Laflen, Belleville West

Belleville West
2nd Place Single Service Award
2nd Place Overall Achievement
Club Bulletin/Newsletter
Kiwanis Family Relations – SUPER
Public Relations
R.I.O.T Award
Early Bird Dues
On-Time 100% Reporting
100% Reporting

Governor French Academy
1st Place for money per member for Eliminate Project
Interclub Award
R.I.O.T Award
Early Bird Dues
On-Time 100% Reporting
100% Reporting


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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. Continue reading “Past Key Club Lt. Governor Speaks to Kiwanis”

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.