Bob Jacobs' Fund

It all started in 1985 with one phone call to Mr. Bob Jacobs in Downers Grove from a fellow Kiwanis member in Kansas City.

Bob helped put the assistant mayor, Heinz Steidle from

Bietigheim-Bissingen which is a small town in southern Germany, together
with Mr. Alan Roselieb, band leader for Downers Grove South High School.
Funding by the Kiwanis Club of Downers Grove has helped in having families of our band and orchestra students in hosting as many as 75 to 90 students plus adult chaperons each year over the past ten visits to Downers Grove.
German BandGerman music students pose outside the Tivoli Theater

Since then, the cultural and musical exchange has taken on a life of its own. Their students come to Downers Grove on alternate years with our students traveling to Germany, forging connections for over 1,000 students from both communities over the course of 35 years.

This year will be the eleventh District 99 tour to Germany. The ensemble is a District 99 honors orchestra made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors include Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr Craig Roselieb, Mr Brayer Teague and Mr. Glen Williams.
In Fall 2018 we will host German string musicians and in June 2019 we will host German band musicians.

The Kiwanis Club shares Bob Jacobs passion for and belief in what music does for the human spirit and will continue our support for hosting the German Students during their visit. Scholarships for 
  Bob Jacobs
Bob Jacobs wishing
the students well
a North and a South High School student have been added to our support through
recent generous donations from the Jacobs' family and  friends. We ask for your help for this worth while endeavor. Please send your donation payable to the "Kiwanis Club", PO Box 12, Downers Grove, IL 60515, or use the Give button. As a 501(c)3 charity all contributions are fully deductible.