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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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.
 
 
Dan Parsons, executive director of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston, was guest speaker at our November 9 Kiwanis meeting. Dan's informative presentation focused on the history of the BBB and challenges of the bureau after Hurricane Harvey. The club learned that the BBB is a charitable non-profit organization that informs, educates, and advocates on behalf of consumers, helps combat unethical business practices, and provides protection from fraudulent schemes. More information about the BBB can be found at its website: www.bbbhouston.org. 
 
Ken Dehart was guest speaker at the November 2 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. Ken, an associate pastor at Faith Family Church, gave a presentation on the annual US Marine Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Faith Family Church has conducted an annual TFT campaign as part of its ministry and the campaign has grown large enough that all gifts and money collected in the Baytown campaign comes back to Baytown. Unwrapped toys for children up thru age 12 are being collected throughout the city and Ken was asking for more businesses to volunteer to collect toys. He explained how children are chosen for receiving toys at Christmas, how the toys are distributed, and how financial contributions are handled. Baytown Kiwanis congratulation FFC and TFT and wishes them the best during the upcoming campaign.
 
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown, the Ross Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial Key Clubs, the Alamo K-Kids, and parents and faculty members participated in the annual Kiwanis One Day community service project on Saturday, October 28. The groups joined forces to "spruce up" the Alamo Elementary Memorial Garden. Baytown Kiwanis is proud to sponsor five key clubs and the Alamo K-Kids.
 
Chad Merling receives his Kiwanian of the Year award from President Renee Rhodes at the annual Kiwanis Club of Baytown Installation Banquet on September 28. Congratulations, Chad, on the leadership role you have taken in our club!
 
One of the highlights of the annual Kiwanis Club of Baytown Installation Banquet on September 28 was welcoming our newest member to the K Family. Renea Dillon, center, receives congratulations during the installation ceremony from outgoing president Renee Rhodes (right) and sponsor Beth Dombrawa (left). The annual banquet was held at the Houston Yacht Club.
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown teamed with Mrs. America USA to distribute over 1,000 backpacks to students in Goose Creek CISD who were effected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Representing Mrs. America USA were, from left, Mrs. Arizona Rachelle Youngberg, Mrs. Michigan Jessica Mason-Froehlich, Mrs. Colorado Valerie Daly, Mrs. Oklahoma Emerald Stanley, and Mrs. Texas Sonia Segura. Kiwanis members participating in the distribution were Blake Cather, Stacie Fulton, Chad Merling, Beth Dombrowa, Renee Rhodes, Gary Englert, Al Richard, Harvey Oyler, Donna Mohlman, and Bernie Mulvaney. Also helping were the parents of Mrs. Colorado (mother pictured on far right). The club was pleased and happy that our community was chosen to receive support from Mrs. America USA!
 
Kiwanis members Blake Cather (standing, center) and Al Richard (second from left) distribute a truckload of backpacks to Gentry Junior students (yellow vests) Gentry Junior assistant principal David Yepez.
 
While distributing backpacks to schools throughout Goose Creek CISD, representatives of Mrs. America USA take a break to enjoy Snowflake donuts. The ladies were exuberant in their praise of our famous local donut shop, claiming the treats to be the "best ever had!"
 
Showing support for the Kiwanis Texas-Oklahoma District, Mrs. America Oklahoma (left) and Mrs. America Texas (right) do their best "Price is Right" pose to show a carload of backpacks they would be delivering to schools in GCCISD during the Backpacks for Harvey campaign this week.
Tracey Prothro provided our membership with an update on the Eddie Gray Wetlands Center and the Baytown Nature Center at our weekly meeting on September 14. Tracey is a favorite visitor to our club as she reports on the many exciting things that are happening at the two centers operated by the Baytown Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Stacey Saxon, Goose Creek CISD coordinator for Special Olympics, gave the club an overview of the various programs in which local students participate throughout the school year. The GCCISD Special Olympics team has experienced much success over the course of many years of involvement. The team partners with the Baytown Parks and Recreation to host a regional event each spring. Stacey is a former GCCISD Special Education Teacher of the Year and has over 20 years of experience in the district.
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown participated in the Texas-Oklahoma District challenge to raise funds for The Eliminate Project through the collection of K-Dollars - dollar bills with a K serial number. The club finished second in the competition at the district convention as it presented a check for $1,149 to Eliminate District Coordinator Francine Eikner. Presenting the check to Francine (second from left) are Linda Kelly (left), Renee Rhodes (second from right), and Blake Cather (right).
 
Goose Creek superintendent of schools Randal O'Brien gave his annual "State of the Goose" update at our August 17 meeting. Mr. O'Brien touched on topics covering the most-recent bond implementation, the results and ranking of our campuses based on the most-recent state testing, and the future needs of our district based on demographic projections. It is always nice to hear from our superintendent as we prepare for another school year. (And the Kiwanis bell in the photo looks good next to him!)
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown had its largest contingent in the past 10 years at the 2017 Texas-Oklahoma District Convention in Abilene. Finding time from attending sessions and workshops, the crew got together a posed in the convention photo booth were Scott Sheley (kneeling), Linda Kelly and Al Richard (large window), Eleanor Albon (small window), and Renee Rhodes and Blake Cather (standing). The theme of the convention was Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go."
 
Kiwanis President Renee Rhodes, right, presents a membership certificate and Kiwanis pin to Jennifer Whittredge, our newest member. Jennifer was sponsored into the club by Shane Blackmon. Welcome, Jennifer!
 
Head football coaches from GCCISD spoke at the August 10 club meeting to give a preview of the upcoming gridiron season for our three high schools. Pictured are, from left, GCM head coach Bren Jones, REL head coach Tim Finn, GCCISD athletic director and Kiwanian Bernie Mulvaney, and RSS head coach Brett Sawyer. The Kiwanis club wishes all three teams the best of luck in 2017! 
 
Kiwanis Club Community Services chairperson Linda Kelly, left, and Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes, right, present a $500 check to Service League of Baytown representatives representing to purchase a gala sponsorship in the Service League's upcoming gala. The Service League's signature project in our community is hearing and vision screening for all elementary students and the Kiwanis club is proud to support their efforts with this sponsorship.
 
Dr. Ruth Edwards presented an overview of the "Be Well Baytown" project set to kick-off in the Baytown community on September 24. "Be Well Baytown" is a $10 million initiative (made possible through a grant from ExxonMobil) that is designed to change citizens' lifestyles in order to prevent cancer from developing and to enhance early detection of cancer to treat and cure the disease in its early stages. The project is a partnership between Houston San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Goose Creek CISD, the United Way of Greater Baytown, and the YMCA of Greater Houston. Also attending Thursday's meeting of the Kiwanis Club were Methodist Hospital CEO Dr. David Bernard and GCCISD superintendent of schools Randall O'Brien, as well as other members of the "Be Well Baytown" initiative. Representing ExxonMobil at the presentation was Kiwanis member Connie Tilton.
 
Members of the Kiwanis Family participated as volunteers at the July 15 Keep Baytown Beautiful Trash Off. Key Club members from Goose Creek Memorial and Ross Sterling joined forces with Kiwanis members to man trash collection stations as citizens were given the opportunity to dispose of large objects in the annual community clean-up. We are extremely thankful to Key Club members from Port Neches Groves HS joining our two local Key Clubs at this event. The picture above is a group picture of Key Clubbers from GCM, Sterling, and PNG. Below is the GCM group picture from the event. The event proved once again that the K Family works to make our community a better place to live!
 
 
The Ross S. Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial Key Clubs participated in a joint service project this past spring to recycle old t-shirts into dog toys for the Baytown Humane Society shelter.  Above, Key Club members cut old t-shirts into strips that will be woven into a chew toy for a sheltered animal. Below, Key Club members visit the shelter to deliver the chew toys for the animals. 
 
       
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown proudly supports Academic Beginnings for Children's second annual summer reading initiative. In the photo above, community services chair Linda Kelly, left, and Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes, center, present a check to ABC representative Donna Mohlmann , right, at a recent club meeting. Below are some of the 180 books purchased by ABC with the donation. These books are being distributed around Baytown through the Goose Creek summer Meals on Wheels program that brings nutritious summer meals to school-aged students in our community.