Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Bridgeton
Serving the Children of the World

Bridgeton is located in St. Louis County, a suburb located 13 mi Northwest of downtown St. Louis, West of Lambert-St. Louis Airport; off Interstate 70 near the Mississippi River and the Illinois state line. Bridgeton is part of the St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois metro area, and has a population of 15,550.

Bridgeton is one of the oldest communities in the state of Missouri. The original 15 blocks were platted in 1794, shortly after our nation was founded. We also hold the oldest continuous state charter, which was granted in 1843.

Our City's modern history begins much later. In 1950, Bridgeton had a population of 276, less than its population in 1794. In 1950, under its governing body, a Board of Trustees, Bridgeton exercised a special provision in the state's Legislative Charter and unilaterally extended Bridgeton's boundaries through annexations. A series of annexations through the 1950's expanded the city's boundaries from 196 acres to some 17 square miles. In 1966 the City of Bridgeton last revised its Charter and established the current form and operation of Municipal government.

Bridgeton was one of the first communities in St. Louis County to hire a professional planner and develop a comprehensive plan for the city. In 1992, Bridgeton started a complete review of its Comprehensive Plan utilizing broad-based citizen involvement through workshops, committees, and a community opinion questionnaire.

Through the years, Bridgeton's population and economy blossomed. As new subdivisions were developed and new businesses opened and thrived, Municipal services continued to be added, improved and expanded. Parks and community programs were developed to serve all of the City's residents and visitors. Bridgeton became a way of life.

Over the last couple of decades, the City has been challenged with proposals to expand the Lambert International Airport westward. The first proposal was presented in 1989 with a plan known as “F4.” This proposal was discredited and withdrawn. Another plan surfaced in 1995 called "W-1W"and came into being.

Bridgeton remains a strong and viable economic engine for the St. Louis metropolitan area, and it will continue to attract new residents, businesses and jobs. Bridgeton is forever.

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatrict research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed, great things happen.

Objects of Kiwanis

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.