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

Our Motto: SERVING THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Luna's Mexican Restaurant
730 W Cedar Bayou Lynchburg Rd
Baytown, TX  77521
United States
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Dustin Butler (left) became the newest member of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown during his induction ceremony on November 15. Dustin was sponsored for membership by Stacie Fulton (center). Performing the installation was president Bernie Mulvaney (right).
 
Kiwanis Club kicked off the holiday season with performances by the Robert E. Lee High School Mixed Choir and the Goose Creek Memorial HS Show Choir at meetings this month.
 
GCM Show Choir
 
 
Robert E. Lee Mixed Choir
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown recently made two donations supporting local organizations who provide valued services to our community. Above, representatives from the Baytown VFW Post 912 accept a sponsorship check for the upcoming Turkey Shoot scheduled for every weekend in October. The Turkey Shoot raised money to support the local VFW post, which is still recovering from damage done by Hurricane Harvey flooding in September 2017. Accepting the check are Commander Harold Sam (left) and Rebecca Silva (second from right).
 
Below Danny McWilliams of the Thin Blue Line Dog Project accepts a check to help defray the costs of training a service dog that will be presented to the family of a police officer who has passed away. Danny is working on training his second service dog after his first project was presented to a family in Michigan last December.
 
Presenting the checks are community service chairperson Linda Kelly and president Blake Cather.
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown welcomed two new members during our regular club meeting on September 20. Joining our ranks are Sandy Garza (second from left) and Breanna Thomas (second from right). The new members were pinned and introduced by their sponsors Sandy Denson (left) and Linda Kelly (right). We look forward to Sandy and Breanna enjoying many years of fellowship and service through our organization. Welcome, ladies!
 
Librarians from Sterling Municipal Library entertained the club on September 13 with book reviews intended to spur us to become lifelong readers. Librarians Leslie Kohlef, Jamie Eustice, and Jenna Harte piqued our interests with books covering topics "Copy That" (books that focus of plagiarism) - "So You've Been Publicly Shamed," "What the Dog Saw," and "Leadership: In Turbulent Times), "Library Love" (true tales of books featuring librarians - "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu," Librarian on the Roof," Summer Hours at the Robbers Library," and "Dewey: The small town library cat who touched the world"), and "What a Way to Go" (books focusing on death - "Killer History," "How They Croaked," and "Stiff."
 
From left: Jamie Eustice, Jenna Harte, Leslie Kohlef
 
Maegan Croker of the Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center located in Dayton was the guest speaker at our club meeting on July 19. Maegan provided an overview of the center's services provided to abused children, including forensic interviews, advocacy services, prevention and education services, and counseling services. The center serves children from ages 0 thru 18, with the 6-12 year age group making up 49% of the total. Though located in Dayton and serving mostly referrals from Liberty and Chambers Counties, it does provide services to portions of Harris County, including Baytown, when needed. More information regarding the work of Bridgehaven CAC can be found on its website www.bridgehavencac.org. 
 
Winners of the 2018 Kiwanis Club of Baytown scholarships were presented their awards at the recent Kiwanis Scholarship Luncheon. Pictured with their certificates are, seated from left, Ashley Crawford (GCM), Jaylen Ramirez (GCM), and Annelysee Lopez (REL). Standing from left are Samantha Glaize (RSS), Israel Robles (RSS), and Victoria Gonzalez (GCM). Not pictured are Gabrielle Cabigquez (GCM) and Emily Thomas (RSS). Congratulations to these seniors and best of luck to you at college!
 
Rebecca Silva, a retired veteran of the US Navy, presented the club with an overview of the history of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Rebecca is a proud member of the local Post 912 and explained how VFW posts are number according to the order in which they were chartered. The organization currently has over 1 million members, with the Baytown post having a membership of approximately 500. The local VFW is still recovering from the $100,000 in damage inflicted by flooding during Hurricane Harvey. The remodel of the building is almost complete and the post has re-opened for its members. The upcoming Turkey Shoot each weekend in October has a goal of replenishing all of the reserves the post expended during the reconstruction, and Rebecca is hoping that this year's event is the largest in history for 912.
 
Winners of the annual Texas-Oklahoma Sophomore of the Year essay contest from local high schools were recognized recently at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown's annual Scholarship Luncheon. From the five local schools winners, one essay was chosen to move on to T-O District competition for one of 15 $600 scholarships. The essays focused on the students' leadership and service characteristics. Local winners are, sitting, from left Durvin Patel (REL) and Tramy Nguyen (RSS). Standing from left are Emily Jones (Barbers Hill), Kyle Mixon (IMPACT), and Elizabeth Easley (GCM). Tramy was also recognized as the Baytown winner and her essay advanced to District competition.
 
Baytown Kiwanis was well-represented at the 2018 Kiwanis International convention in Las Vegas June 28-30. Celebrating at the convention were secretary Al Richard, past president Renee Rhodes, honorary member Eleanor Albon, vice-president Linda Kelly, and president-elect Bernie Mulvaney.
 
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown who were in attendance at our weekly meeting on June 14 were treated to a hands-on activity by our guest speakers, Jeston Rodriguez and Tiffany Beadles of Painting With a Twist. Club members combined efforts to produce the painting pictured below. Above, members who contributed to the creation of the painting are pictured with their final fruits. Participating were: Tina Martinez, Belinda Burch, Bernie Mulvaney, Lynn Foley, Blake Cather (who needed assistance to draw a circle), and Peggy Loggins. Next to Peggy are our guests artists Tiffany and Jeston. Upon completion of the project, the painting was auctioned off with the proceeds going to our K-Dollars fund for the Eliminate Project.
 
 
Pastor Kevin Kleinhenz of Living Hope Church visited to the Kiwanis Club of Baytown on April 19 to promote the upcoming Cover the City Prayer Walk and provide an inspirational message of life lessons he has learned during his career as an Iron Man athlete. The Cover the City walk is the nation's longest one-day prayer walk that covers 40 miles around the perimeter of Baytown. It will start Saturday, May 5, at 7:00am and is designed to covering Baytown in prayer. Participants may choose to walk any number of miles, from one to forty. All participants who walk will receive a medal with additional stickers for the medal for every five miles covered. Information can be found at the website coverthecity.com.
 
Pastor Kleinhenz spoke about his bucket list item to run in a triathlon by the age of 40. He reached that goal two weeks prior to his 40th birthday by completing the Florida Iron Man event in Panama City Beach. He then set a goal to participate in the Iron Man World Championships in Hawaii and has accomplished that goal twice - in 2012 and 2017. During his inspirational talk, Kevin presented life lessons he has learned from his training and competitions. It was truly an honor to have Kevin speak at our meeting!
 
Kiwanis members celebrating birthdays in March were honored at the March 29 regular club meeting. Included in the celebration were, from left, Mark Hall, Linda Kelly, Chad Merling, and Lynn Foley, our guest speaker for the day who re-enrolled in Kiwanis after a 10-year absence! Welcome back, Linda, and Happy Birthday, Kiwanians!
 
Lee College Executive Director of the Center for Workforce and Community Development Angela Oriana provided the Baytown Kiwanis club on March 8 with an update on the activities currently happening in her department.
 
Jay Garrett of the Baytown non-profit "A Life to Live" speaks at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. The local non-profit is leading the way to a no-kill Baytown for homeless dogs and cats. The organization provides a foundation for a future community where homeless animals are saved and not euthanized. The group's foster program consists of a network of volunteers committed to saving the live of homeless pets be opening their homes to provide shelter, food, water and care until the pet is adopted. Read more about the organization and its mission at www.adopttosave.org.
 
Earning bragging rights as the top individual sellers during the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Baytown apple sale were these distinguished members. Placing third with a sales total of 25.25 cases was Chad Merling (left), Virginia Miller (center) was the second-top seller with 42 cases, while Gary Englert (right) was the top seller once again with 67.5 cases. Chad and Virginia received plaques for their performances, while Gary earned the coveted John B Tucker Golden Apple Award. Gary repeated as top seller for the eighth consecutive year. He took over as apple king is 2010 and has not been surpassed since! Also pictured are president-elect Bernie Mulvaney and president Blake Cather.
 
Melissa Reabold, the new Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, presented an update on the United Way activities over the past several months, including the continued relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey that the organization is undertaking. Also presenting today was Tracey Dillard who is spearheading the recovery efforts for flood victims.
 
Erica Foster, executive director of the Goose Creek Education Foundation, provided the club with an update on the efforts of the foundation. Erica reviewed the activities of the Foundation for 2017 and spoke about upcoming fundraising plans and activities for 2018. She reviewed the annual Student Choice Awards program and the Teacher Grant program. The Foundation will be sponsoring a gosh tournament (golf / fishing) on March 24 at Kingwood Country Club, with all proceeds going to funding of Foundation projects. The Foundation has provided over $830,000 in services to the school district since its inception in 2010.
Linda Kelly, Tina Martinez, Linda Krisher, Peggy Loggins, and Cheryl Loggins
 
Kiwanis members were in their "holiday finest" at our final meeting of 2017 on December 21. Ladies of the club (above) wore festive Christmas sweaters while the gentlemen (below) sported Christmas ties at the event. Special guest speaker Randy the Reindeer helped create holiday cheer with his wit and fun reindeer games. Winners of the Christmas trivia game are pictured below the tie-wearing men.
 
Harvey Oyler, Lowell Westerman, John McMillon, Blake Cather, and David Frazier (the Christmas elf)
 
Christmas Trivia Winners
Bernie Mulvaney, Sr., Gene Poirot, Harvey Oyler, Belinda Burch, and Bernie Mulvaney, Jr.
 
 
The 2017 holiday tour of the Stephen F. Austin Elementary Honor Choir made it's way through the Kiwanis Club of Baytown on Thursday, December 14. The group of 43 young vocalists serenaded the club with Christmas classics from old and new. Thanks to the offerings of this wonderful musical group directed by Carol Colvin.
 
The Show Choir of Goose Creek Memorial High School (above) under the direction of Holly Lewallen entertained our club on December 14 with a variety of Christmas classics. The choir is an annual performer during our month-long Christmas program focus. Below, female members of the Show Choir perform Santa Baby.
 
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The Ross Sterling High School Swing Choir provided musical entertainment at the December 7 Kiwanis Club of Baytown's weekly meeting. The choir, comprised of All-Region vocalists from Sterling, provided holiday classics during its performance. Above, Daniel Villaneuva soloed on the classic "Mary Did You Know?" while the full choir, below, poses for a group shot at the end of the performance. Thanks to the RSS Swing Choir for kicking off our Christmas season with such a wonderful show!
 
 
Kiwanis Club of Baytown officially recognized two new members to the club at our November 19 luncheon. Joining the club were Stephen McWilliams (second from left) and Lacee Schuman (second from right). Also pictured are the new members' sponsors Gary Englert (left) and Stacie Fulton (right). Welcoming the new members is Kiwanis president Blake Cather (center). We are proud to welcome these two new members to the K Family!
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown started the month on November by celebrating member birthdays for the months of October and November. Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher (far right, above) recognized herself and (from left) Ian Gillespie, Renea Dillon, Al Richard, Scott Sheley, John McMillon, and Jim Maroney as they all celebrated another trip around the sun in 2017. A special recognition was made to John McMillon by club secretary Al Richard (below) as John was actually celebrating his 85th birthday on November 2.