Kiwanis Club of Baytown


P.O. Box 178, Baytown, TX 77522-0178

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Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Baytown Established March 12, 1946

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

Baytown Kiwanis Club


We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Luna's Mexican Restaurant
730 W Cedar Bayou Lynchburg Rd
Baytown, TX  77521
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Members of the K-Kids Club of Alamo Elementary made a lasting impression on their principal prior to Spring Break. The kids taped their principal, Steve Livingston, to the wall as a reward for meeting their reading goals for the year. Steve is not only the principal of Alamo, but he is also a Satellite member of the Baytown Kiwanis. Helping the students apply the tape is K-Kids sponsor Judy Jirrels.
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown was privileged to have one of our own present the March 23 program. Local Farmers Insurance agent Chad Merling provided an overview of the various types of insurances and gave insight into the "little things" we need to be aware of when renewing our policies. And to his credit, Chad never made a pitch to promote his insurance agency, thus avoiding the dreaded $1 Kiwanis fine for promoting business during club meetings! Thank you, Chad, for an informative program (so glad Bill Lucas was there to help you out along the way)!
Representatives from the Baytown Parks and Recreation department visited the club on March 23 to receive a Kiwanis donation as a Bronze sponsor of the upcoming Baytown Special Olympics. Accepting the check from Kiwanis Community Services chairperson Linda Kelly are William Grubb (left) and Clifford Hatch (center). Kiwanis is proud to have a long-term relationship of support for Special Olympics.
Ryan Wilkinson of Rheem was our March 16 guest speaker and explained the benefits of installing a tankless water heater in our homes. Ryan explained the four main reasons to consider moving to a tankless system - 1) no leaks, 2) high efficiency, 3) space savings, and 4) smaller in size. However, Ryan also explained the differences in the two water heating systems and gave pros and cons of such an installation. Ryan's visit was arranged by March program chairperson Shane Blackmon, our resident plumbing expert!
Baytown Kiwanis was a contributing sponsor to the annual Mane Event gala to raise funds for Bay Area Homeless Services, Inc. Representing the club at the event were president Renee Rhodes and president-elect Blake Cather. Blake was proud of the fact that he has been invited to three galas in the past three weeks and asked that his selfie with Renee be posted on our web page. Here you go, Blake!
Danny McWilliams, a member of the Baytown Police Department and former K9 patrolman, was guest speaker at our March 9 regular Kiwanis meeting. Danny has turned his expertise working with police dogs into a side business of training house pets (dogs only; no cats) for local families with "out of control" pets. Danny explained the nuances of training family pets and gave us insight into the training and partnering with police dogs. Danny's works are highlighted on his Facebook page "EastexK9." Danny kept us entertained with tales of his work as a K9 patrolman and personal stories of house pets he has trained.
Kiwanis members who celebrated February birthdays were honored at the Thursday, March 9, weekly meeting. Each celebrating member had to reveal a "bucket list" item before receiving their birthday treat from Birthday Chair Roxie. Celebrating February birthdays were, left to right, Blake Cather, Rode Evans, Shane Blackmon, Renee Rhodes, and Lowell Westerman. To nobody's surprise, Blake was the youngest member in the group and Lowell was the "most experienced."
Members of the IMPACT Early College High School senior class accept a check from Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far right) and Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelly (second from right) for the school's upcoming prom. The seniors of IMPACT do not have a Project Graduation party following graduation so the Baytown Kiwanis made the donation to the senior prom in lieu of a donation to PG. Best of luck to the seniors of IMPACT! Also in the photo are ECHS principal Laura Reyes (fourth from left) and counselor Robin Galvan (second from left).
Detective Liz Watkins of the Baytown Police Department presented our weekly program on February 23. Detective Watkins has been with the BPD for six years and is currently serving as an investigator focusing on burglary/thefts, crimes against children, and sexual assaults. Detective Watkins gave a brief overview of her career which includes a stint with the NYPD during the 9/11 attacks, in which she was a first responder on the day of the attacks. After 9/11 she joined the Navy and served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Detective Watkins provided our members with an overview of "jugging," "sliders," and "credit card skimmers." The Club appreciates the outstanding job Detective Watkins did presenting to us today!
Stephanie Martinez, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Texas Chenier Plain Refuge Complex located in Anahuac, was guest speaker at our February 16 meeting. Stephanie gave a broad overview of the refuge complex. Some of the activities available at the refuge, which hosts over 200,000 visitors annually, include wildlife monitoring, photography opportunities for bird watchers and naturalists, environmental education, and tours for groups of 15 or more. There is no admission charge to visit the complex, which includes two new visitor centers constructed after Hurricane Ike destroyed the former centers and wrecked havoc on the refuge. The mission of the Refuge is "Protect the Land." The refuge is open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Robert Francis, a retired math teacher from Sterling High School, presented an historical overview of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the January 9 regular meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Robert covered the history from its first show in 1932 as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition at the Sam Houston Hall to its current site in NRG stadium as the HSLR. In between, the show was held at the Sam Houston Coliseum for 28 years and the Astrodome for 36 years. The HSLR has become Houston's signature event, setting attendance records along the way that make it the highest-attended single event in the Space City. Thanks Robert for sharing the unique history of this Houston icon!
Kiwanis birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher returned from her honeymoon in time to lead our January birthday celebrations. The members brave enough to accept our birthday wishes were Bill Lucas, left, and David Frazier, right. Asked to tell something about themselves that most people don't know, David confessed his favorite music genre is reggae and Bill confided that his has reached his 82 birthday and will soon be celebrating his 48th anniversary in Kiwanis. Happy birthday, fellas!
Rod Evans, senior communications specialist for San Jacinto Methodist Hospital receives his membership certificate, membership pin, and membership badge from President Renee Rhodes at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown's February 2 meeting. Rod's membership brings our membership total to 68 and brings President Renee's growth total to +2 for the fiscal year.
Sarah Gossett of the Galveston Bay Foundation updated the club at our February 2 meeting regarding the constant monitoring of Galveston Bay waters for pollutants. Ms. Gossett explained that Galveston Bay is a $4 billion industry for Texas and that one-half of the Texas population lives in the Galveston Bay watershed. The watershed stretches as far north as Dallas and she explained how the general population adds to the pollution of the bay through multiple ways. With the efforts of the GBF, over 99 percent of the waters qualify as healthy as it relates to oxygen and PH levels.
Ross S. Sterling High School seniors accept a check from Kiwanis Club of Baytown for Project Graduation 2017. Presenting the check are Kiwanis Community/Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelly (second from right) and Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far right). Receiving the check are, from left, Mallory Jackson, Nazarely Rodriguez, and Bethany Carroll. Kiwanis is a proud sponsor of Project Graduation for our local high schools.
Members of the City of Baytown Planning and Development Services Department pose with Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far left) after their presentation to the club on January 29. Senior Program Manager June Tyler (second from right) spoke about the Community Development Block Grant program and Community Development Technician Sharon Rose (far right) reviewed the process, requirements, and timeline for requesting and receiving block grants. Also present from the department at the meeting were Ferni Greene-Smith (second from left) and Tiffany Foster (center).
Kiwanis president-elect Blake Cather and his guest represented the Baytown Kiwanis Club at the annual Diabetes Ball on January 21, 2017. Others Kiwanis members supporting the cause at the gala were Gary Englert (whose parents were the honorees of the event), Dave Jirrells, David Frazier, Wayne and Virginia Miller, Roxie Krisher, and Linda Krisher. The Baytown Club is an annual sponsor the event.
Baytown's newest physician, Dr. Shawn Tittle, was the guest speaker at the January 19 club meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Dr. Tittle is a thoracic surgeon specializing in treatment of lung cancer and respiratory illness. Dr. Tittle debunked the myth that all lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking and that non-smokers are also susceptible to the illness. Great strides have been made in the treatment of lung cancer as evidenced by the 90% success rate in the 55-79 year age group. He also praised San Jacinto Methodist's commitment to providing top-of-the-line cancer treatment with the addition of a $2 million robotic surgical instrument specifically for the use with lung cancer patients. The Baytown Kiwanis Club welcomes Dr. Tittle to our community!
Shaun Mulligan became the newest member of the Baytown Kiwanis Club as he was inducted by President Renee Rhodes. Also pictured is Shaun's sponsor, Joe Wilson. Welcome, Shaun!
Marsha Landers, president of the Baytown Art League, presented the program at our January 12 meeting. Marsha creates clay pottery and described various styles of glazing techniques during her presentation. Her work is on sale at Club member Mike Wilson made an online purchase of a knitting bowl to demonstrate how easy it is to purchase Marsha's pottery.
Blake Cather (left), the 2016-17 Kiwanis Club of Baytown President-Elect and 2016 Apple Sales Chair, presents the "big check" to current President Renee Rhodes to culminate the club's celebration ceremony at its weekly meeting on January 5th.
The club profited nearly $25,000 during the two-week sale in October-November. The annual apple sale is the Baytown club's signature project, raising money that is used to fund the club's contributions to local civic and non-profit organizations as well as provide funding to support five area Key Clubs, a K-Kids Club, and our Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education participation.
Great job to all the members who made this year's event a fun and profitable affair!
To view more photos from the celebration, including individual award winners and recognition of sponsors, please visit the "Apple Sale 2016 Celebration" photo album by clicking on the link under the "Photo Albums" menu located at the top of this home page.
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown closed the book on another calendar year with its final regular meeting of 2016 on December 22. Members were urged to dress in festive and tacky holiday attire for the meeting. Pictured above are the finalists for Most Festive (with the exception of Dave Jirrels (third from left) who insisted his untucked Polo shirt and novelty tie was festive attire). Congratulations to David Black (far left) and Virginia Miller (fourth from left) for winning the men's and women's division of the Most Festive contest. Dave J was rewarded as Tackiest Male while Donna Mohlman (not pictured) won the Tackiest Female award. Club members also played Christmas Family Feud. The winning team members were Harvey Oyler, Joe Wilson, Shaun Mulligan, Mike Wilson, and Gene Poirot. Merry Christmas from the Kiwanis Club of Baytown!
The Goose Creek Memorial Show Choir, under the direction of Holly Lewallen, helped the Kiwanis Club of Baytown celebrate Christmas a few days early by presenting a Christmas program at our December 15 club meeting. The choir features three students who will be auditioning for all-state honors. All Show Choir members made it past at least one round of solo competition during fall contest season. The choir amazed our membership with their awesome performance. Merry Christmas!
Kiwanis Club of Baytown president Renee Rhodes, right, presents our weekly wait staff members Sylvia (left) and Sophie (center) with a Christmas token of appreciation for their devoted service to our club each week during 2016. Sophie has been the lead wait staff member since the club moved to Luna's in the summer of 2014. Thank you, ladies, for all you do to make our weekly meetings such a treat!
The Stephen F. Austin Elementary School Honor Choir sang Christmas carols for the club at our December 8 meeting. The group annually visits organizations around Baytown to share holiday cheer. Thanks to choir director Carol Colvin for including Kiwanis on the annual Christmas tour!