Belvidere Board of Realtors® Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients


BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS (May 22, 2019) – The Belvidere Board of Realtors® is pleased to announce the recipients of three $1,000 scholarships. A graduating senior at Belvidere High School, Belvidere North High School, and North Boone High School receive an award. These recipients are known as ambitious and talented students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their community and academic studies. 

“Each year I am amazed at the quality of the applications we receive. Applicants are passionate about using their talents to benefit their community and are dedicated to their academic studies,” said Ron Taylor, President of the Belvidere Board of Realtors®. “We offer these scholarships because it is important to help the next generation succeed in achieving their educational goals and aspirations.” 

Kevin Jenks, a graduate of Belvidere High School, will attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to pursue his interests in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He is a four-year NIC-10 Scholar Athlete and youth bowling coach. 

Autumn Grose, a graduate of Belvidere North High School, will attend Northern Illinois University to pursue a career in Nursing. She has volunteered more than 200 hours of her time helping patients and their family members navigate their way around a local hospital. 

Ava GuoMeiXi Parris, a graduate of North Boone High School, will attend the University of Iowa to pursue a career in Nursing. She has been an avid volunteer for years serving in the Leo Club for the Capron Lions.

The Belvidere Board of Realtors® has issued scholarships to graduating seniors in the region since 1979. The awards are made possible by partnering with Belvidere District 100 and North Boone District 200 high schools to reach interested students.

For more information on the Belvidere Board of Realtors® scholarship program, visit, https://belvidereboardofrealtors.com/.




Belvidere Board of Realtors® Invests in Eagle Scout Service Project for Village of Poplar Grove Dog


BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS (March 22, 2019) – The Belvidere Board of Realtors® presented a $500 donation to Ian Neibarger to help with completion of his Eagle Scout Service Project at Wednesday’s Poplar Grove Village Board meeting. Neibarger took on the daunting task of raising funds to plan and construct a dog park by revitalizing a vacant piece of property across from Poplar Grove Village Hall. 

“For the right buyer a dog park is a great selling point. Dog parks, pocket-parks, and play grounds are all features that are appealing because they create more socially interactive and vibrant communities,” said Ron Taylor, President of the Belvidere Board of Realtors®. 

Neibarger approached the Village of Poplar Grove back in 2017 with his aspirations to create a dog park. “There were a lot of moving parts to make sure Ian’s vision could become a reality,” said Owen Costanza, Village President. “Not only did Ian have to reach his fundraising goal, but the Village purchased additional land to ensure sufficient space and brought in Region 1 Planning Council and McMahon Associates as essential partners to assist him with design planning.”

Eagle Scout Service Projects are designed to encourage Scouts to become involved with planning and development. To be a leader in benefiting their community. Ian Neibarger stated, “I knew that creating a dog park was going to be challenging, but I wanted to work on a service project that would really benefit my community for the long term. I am very thankful for all the community support and motivation.”

The dog park which is roughly 1.5 acres will be located along the Long Prairie Trail and is expected to be open in the summer of 2020.

Belvidere Board of Realtors® is Helping to Enhance the City of Belvidere with a New Community Pavilion


BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS (March 4, 2019) – The Belvidere Board of Realtors® has received a $2,500.00 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make the City of Belvidere a better place to live by transforming an unused space into a vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy. 

The Belvidere Board of Realtors® will use the funds to assist the City of Belvidere to construct a pavilion at General Mills Park adjacent to Christi Lane and Highline Street that will offer shelter for kids during summer programs, allow park patrons a shaded location to relax; moreover, spur outdoor public use for neighborhood community development. 

“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Ron Taylor, President of the Belvidere Board of Realtors®. “Placemaking grants can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better.”

“General Mills Park is a shining example of Community concern caring, and cooperation. Many partners came together to create this gift to the families of one of our most challenged neighborhoods,” commented City of Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain. He continued, “General Mills, Byron Bank, the City of Belvidere, the Belvidere Police and Fire Departments, Fiat Chrysler America, the Belvidere YMCA, the Community Action Agency of Boone and Winnebago Counties, the Illinois Realtors®, Kids Around The World, Corday Construction, as well as private donors like Jeanne Baker, coupled with many hours of community sweat equity allowed this grassroots endeavor to become a success, many thanks to all!”

Realtor® Associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these placemaking projects. The Belvidere Board of Realtors® worked with the National Association of Realtors® to obtain the grant. Placemaking grants help Realtor Associations partner with other stakeholders to plan, organize, and implement community projects.

For more information on the National Association of Realtors® placemaking program visit,  https://realtorparty.realtor/community-outreach/placemaking.