Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Kankakee
Serving the Children of the World

Kiwanis Scholarships

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club awarded nine $1,000 scholarships at its annual Scholarship Reception held Monday, May 18, at the Quality Inn and Suites. Winners were selected on the basis of academic achievement, need and school and community activities. The Kiwanis Scholarship Committee is chaired by Dan Hollowell. The winners are, back row, from left: Reileigh Turro, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School; Mollie Wright, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School; Cassandra Thomas, BBCHS; Nicole Parmely, Grant Park High School; and Leegan Boudreau, Manteno High School. Front row, from left, Elizabeth Coghlan, Kankakee High School; Heather Funk, BBCHS; Keyla Justice, St. Anne Community High School; and Baylee Harrison, Momence High School. Money for the scholarships is raised through the annual Kiwanis Peanut Sale and the Kiwanis Winter Warmup 5k.

 

Arion-Sousa Award winners

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club held its 91st annual Student Leadership awards ceremony Monday, May 11, at the Quality Inn. The club honors an Arion-Sousa award winner at each high school in Kankakee. This award honors the top student in music at each school. The award can be either for instruments or for voice, at the discretion of the school. This year’s award winners include, back row, from left, Kenzie Berggren, Central High School; Kayla Ronchetto, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School; Charles E. Miller III, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School; Joseph Dorsey, Herscher High School; and Nicole Parmely, Grant Park High School. Front row, from left, Darzanae Crite, Kankakee High School; Emily Yantes, Manteno High School; Brittney Hippman, St. Anne Community High School; and Daven Douglas, Momence High School. The program was coordinated by Bruce Fitzpatrick.

 



Kiwanis Student Achievement Winners

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club named its Student Achievement award winners Monday, May 4, in a luncheon at the Quality Inn and Suites. The awards, the 36th annual for the club, honor students in elementary, middle and junior high schools. Selections are made by the faculty at each school based on academic excellence, leadership and service. This year’s honorees were, top row, from left: Maiah Caise, St. Paul’s Lutheran School; Anna Barker, Aquinas Catholic Academy; Dezavier Crite, Montessori Magnet School; Drake Provost, Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center; Levi Berg, Grace Christian Academy; and Laruen Cox, Bradley Central Middle School. Front row, from left: Dominik Koziol, St. Joseph School; Faith Provost, Maternity BVM; Callie Goering, St. George School; Jennifer Wei, Kankakee Junior High School; Melinda Rardin, Faith Baptist Academy; and Ben Hansen, Kankakee Trinity Academy. The awards program was organized and conducted by Dr. Bert Jacobson, of the Kankakee Kiwanis Club.

 

Male Leadership Winners

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club held its 91st annual Student Leadership awards ceremony Monday, May 11, at the Quality Inn. Students, one male and one female from each high school in Kankakee County, are selected by faculty on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and voluntarism. Here are the male leaders, back row, from left, Jordan Douglas, Kankakee High School; John Gordon, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School; Jomarri Jones, St. Anne Community High School; Logan Cailteux, Central High School; and Brody Ryan, Herscher. Front row, from left, Joseph Simmons, Grace Christian Academy; Brian Acosta, Momence High School; Kevin Kramer, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School; Dallas Drotts, Kankakee Trinity Academy; Lucas Robbins, Manteno High School; and Connor Clausen, Grant Park High School. The program was coordinated by Bruce Fitzpatrick.

 

Female Leadership winners

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club held its 91st annual Student Leadership awards ceremony Monday, May 11, at the Quality Inn. Students, one male and one female from each high school in Kankakee County, are selected by faculty on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and voluntarism. Here are the female leaders, back row, from left, Tabitha Mattox, Grace Christian Academy; Madyson Garcia, Kankakee Trinity Academy; Hannah Clark, Grant Park High School; Leegan Boudreau, Manteno High School; and Jenna Lawler, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School. Front row, from left, Elizabeth Coghlan, Kankakee High School; Adrienne Anderson, Central High School; Alexxis Velazquez, Momence High School; and Julia Bollwitt, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. Missing from the photo, Keyla Justice, St. Anne Community High School; and Skylar Brinkman, Herscher High School. The program was coordinated by Bruce Fitzpatrick.


Robinsons honored

The Kiwanis Club of Kankakee nominated David and Lesley Robinson, as a couple, as volunteers of the year for 2015 in the Civic Category.

Both have made substantial contributions.

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club has a 95-year history of serving youth, including both the Children of the World and local children. The club raises — and spends — more than $30,000 a year to support a wide variety of children’s charities, including scholarships, youth leadership awards for elementary schools, high school leadership awards, the YMCA and the YWCA, Boy Scouts, coats for needy local children, shoes for needy local children, art projects and science enrichment classes.

In the long history of the club, the Kankakee Kiwanis has changed presidents every year. David Robinson was the first person — in the history of the club — to serve consecutive yearly terms as president. That volunteer position means coordinating fund-raising, presiding over weekly meetings and guiding the club’s good works. Kiwanis has 60-plus members who contribute to the community in many ways. The president helps draw out the best in all of them.

Under David’s leadership, for two years in a row, the local club was honored as the top fund-raising club in peanut sales for charity in Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The club raised more than $30,000 each year. The club also awarded four Zeller Fellowships to members for charitable works. Those awards were firsts for Kankakee.

Lesley Robinson, even though she is not a member of Kiwanis, is the race director for the Winter Warmup 5k, a new Kiwanis event now going into its fourth year. For many years, Kiwanis has focused on only one fund-raiser, but the increasing needs of the club and community, have spurred us to try a second. Organizing a race from scratch is not easy. The club had to secure and measure a course, order shirts and awards, create entry forms and organize a new groups of volunteers, including our own club members, to staff the race. Lesley has done this, getting both club members and interested youth, to volunteer.  We think it’s extraordinary that one of the most giving members of our club — is not even a club members.

The club thanks — and honors — Dave and Lesley Robinson.
 

Zeller Awards

The Kankakee Kiwanis Club awarded Walter Zeller Fellowships to members (from left) Ken Bade, Ed Meents, Jerry Jurina and Wes Walker. The Zeller Fellowships include a medallion, lapel pin and certificate. They were given for longtime support of the club and its many charitable works. The Zeller Fellowships are awarded by local clubs as a means of support for the wowrldwide drive by Kiwanis International to defeat Neonatal Tetanus.

Dave Robinson, Kankakee

Kiwanis Club President with certificate awarded to Kankakee Kiwanis for being #1 in peanut revenue in Illinois and 3rd in the nation
 
Ashley Paluzzi being inducted as new member

                             
Our club is proud to sponsor and be involved with many community service and fundraising activities. Below you will find a listing of the upcoming events.

No meeting - July 4 Holiday

Location
Tucci's -
1560 N State Rt 50
Bourbonnais, IL, 60914
United States
Date
Monday - July 3, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00