The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle meets at Beef O'Brady's (Plaza behind Dunkin' Donuts on Hwy 80)
on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of Month:
      Regular Semi-monthly Dinner Meeting
    Open to the public (meals ordered from the menu)
  • 2nd Tuesday of Month:
    Monthly Board Meeting
    All club members are welcome to attend

We invite you to visit the various sections of our web site and then come join us in person at one of our meetings.

For meeting info contact Arlene Bettencourt at the United Way Building in LaBelle (Dial 211 and follow prompts)

Some Past Speakers

The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle had a very interesting meeting recently with 4 guest speakers! Joe Thomas with the LaBelle Heritage Museum talked about the River Cruise during Swamp Cabbage - Plans have been made for 4 trips on Saturday February 27th. He also talked about a logo contest for the museum and a $500 prize for the winning entry! If you are interested in becoming a member or supporting the museum,
contact the LaBelle Heritage Museum at: (863)674-0034
or E-mail:
The museum is located at: 360 Bridge Street.
For more information visit their website:

The other speakers were Steve, Amanda and Tyler Nisbet. They gave a wonderful overview of the history of Boy Scouts and talked about some of the activities that Boy Scout Troop 514 will be involved in. Tyler, who is a member of Troop 514 even entertained the club by singing a song!

Pictured: Kiwanis Club of LaBelle President-Nikki Yeager, Joe Thomas-LaBelle Heritage Museum, and Steve, Amanda and Tyler Nisbet.

Mike Gatch

At a recent Kiwanis meeting, LaBelle club members learned some surprising new facts about recycling from Mike Gatch. He works for Henry County and is a well educated advocate for recycling!
You can visit Hendry County's website for more information about recycling:
or you can call Hendry County Special Districts 863-675-5252
* Hazardous Waste Disposal 863-673-0508

Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle is excited to welcome Mike Gatch as their newest member!

Pictured: Kiwanis Club of LaBelle President-Nikki Yeager and Mike Gatch

Kiwanis Club of LaBelle learns about Public Health

Joseph D. Pepe, Ed D., MSA; the Interim Health Officer/Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry & Glades Counties was a guest speaker at a recent meeting for the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle.

Joe gave a very informative Power Point presentation about the role of Public Health, the various programs at the Health Department, the Public Health System and some Public Health initiatives such as the Healthiest Weight Initiative. Additionally, he discussed the community partnerships that have been developed and their focus on helping residents in Hendry & Glades Counties become healthier.

Pictured left to right: Nikki Yeager-President Kiwanis Club of LaBelle, Joseph Pepe - Interim Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health Hendry & Glades Counties, and Helen Mead-Kiwanis Club of LaBelle)

Talkin' Monkeys Project

At a recent LaBelle Kiwanis meeting, Deborah D. Misotti, Ph.D. of the Talkin' Monkeys Project was the guest speaker. The Talkin' Monkeys project is a primate sanctuary that provides a life-long home for animals that have been rescued from an abusive (private) home or released from a research laboratory or breeding facility. Their main focus is to provide a home for these animals but they also strive to connect people to earth-friendly lifestyles.
The Talkin' Monkeys Project incorporates Earth-friendly activities into their daily operations. They reduce, reuse and recycle whenever and wherever possible and they love share their knowledge and experiences to everyone! "Dr. Deb" shared a very interesting story about meeting Jane Goodall and how Ms. Goodall was impressed with the Talkin' Monkeys Project.
The sanctuary tries to focus on things that we all can do to make a difference. Their program introduces concepts such as volunteerism and sustainable living. Volunteerism is important for The Talkin' Monkeys Project. Donations of funds and items that help keep the primates safe and happy are important and always welcome, but the hands-on help is always needed just as much.
Volunteering at the Talkin' Monkeys Project is such an important role at the sanctuary. Volunteers can assist with mending toys for the primates, feeding the primates or help to clean cages. The Talkin' Monkeys is a 501c3 nonprofit sanctuary.
If you're interested in learning how to become a volunteer or for more information, please contact Debbie Misotti at
Phone: (863) 983-2335
Visit their website at:
Meet the Primates:

Pictured: Deborah D. Misotti, Ph.D of the Talkin' Monkeys Project and Mary Ruth Prouty, President for the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle