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
a small town in southern Germany together with
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 since 1993 to Downers
German 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 30 years.
Last year was the ninth 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.
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 a
Bob Jacobs wishing the
North and a South High School student have been added to our
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. Include "Bob Jacobs Fund" on the
payee or the memo line. As a 501(c)3 charity all contributions are