Founded in 1923, Belleville Kiwanis have had a strong history of supporting the community over the years, with the local primary purpose of serving the children of the area. This week, the local service club donated $21,480 to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation as part of an agreement to boost a historical endowment at the Regional care facility. The Kiwanis Club of Belleville Endowment Fund was first established in 2002 at the hospital under the guidance of former President Ralph Porter. During Ralph’s term the Board in consultation with long serving Kiwanian H. (Doc) Turley voted to utilize the funds ($30,000), provided by Doc Turley, as a sustainable solution to the hospitals equipment needs. Since this time period, the investment has matured considerably and so recently members made the decision to top the fund up to $100,000 as a part of a strategy to better serve the hospital. Speaking on behalf of the club, Marj Buck commented, ‘We are extremely pleased that the club has voted to increase this endowment.’ Our mandate has always been to help in the promotion and adoption of higher social standards. Steve Cook, current Executive Director at the Belleville General Hospital Foundation said, it’s fantastic to have this level of support from our local Kiwanians, the group have been very active over the years donating in excess of $54,000 outside of any perpetual investment income.’ While this is great news for both organizations, the relationship does not end there. Belleville Kiwanis Club members have also pledged their support for further initiatives, announcing that Marj Buck and Lisa Solski will lead a Regional Campaign coming early next year called – Kiwanis Weighs in for Kids. The group hopes to raise a further $30,000 by engaging more regional service groups and face off in a weight loss challenge fundraiser. Watch our website and social media for more details on this exciting fundraiser.