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 of America
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We were rolling through our meeting today as Chris Napier, who recently retired from ExxonMobil as Senior Application Development Engineer. Napier gave a great presentation on the history of rubber and synthetic rubber production in Baytown dating back to the 1940's, when there was a natural rubber shortage following the war. Moving forward, the vast research and engineering completed by ExxonMobil was, and still is, used in the production of tires of all kinds, from manufacturers both domestic and international.
 
Napier put much of the information into layman's terms using both a breakdown of details in a tire's serial number (see charts below) and cross sections of several different types of tires. The serial number system allows users to find not only the common numbers like width, height and diameter, but also manufacture date, safety code, load index, speed symbol, tire ply composition and even where it was made.
 
It's amazing to think of all the data you are getting in addition to the tire during a purchase. And to think, the roots for much of that started right here in Baytown!
Did you know the German warship Karlsruhe came to the Galveston and Houston Ports in 1935?
 
Our April 23 presentation by Garry Nelson included a story about that visit. It was a step back in time as he talked about his passion - military memorabilia. He focused on the pre-WWII era with helmets, weapons, and other items he has collected over the years.
 
It's always great learning history about our area, thank you Garry for sharing your passion with us.
 
 
The next generation was the subject of the day as Baytown Councilwoman Laura Alvarado presented 
Babies in Baytown
 The First Three Years to our Kiwanis group on April 30.
 
Babies in Baytown focuses on creating resources and improving the mental health of very young children and their families through creating collaborations of community leaders, organizations and parents. BIB leads conversations that help community members make decisions and plans for investing in innovative ways to better help families with young children grow healthy minds and build healthy relationships with others in their community.
 
Did you know 85% of brain development happens by the time a child turns age 3? During these first 3 years of life, the brain is making connections that will become the foundation for all other learning. Babies in Baytown works to make those first 3 years the best possible for each child, despite financial, cultural or environmental barriers.
 
As Kiwanians, we understand how it is both impactful and encouraging to learn of programs aimed at the betterment of the next generation. We hope Babies in Baytown is able to achieve their mission each and every year! For more information about the program, https://first3yearstx.org/
 
 
Ladies of Kiwanis Club of Baytown gather around Martha Barnett (center front row) as March, 2021 is recognized as International Ladies Month.

As a long-time member, Barnett was the first female President of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown and the first female Lt. Governor for our Kiwanis Region.

Thank You to all women past and present who are making a way for the future generation of business women!
#kiwanis #internationalwomensmonth2021
 
 
The Kiwanis Apple Sale is our club's the main fundraiser for our club each year. And like each year before, the 2020 sale was a success, despite Covid-19. But the sale could not move forward each year without our gracious sponsors.
 
Shown with Apple Sale Co-Chairs Renea Dillon and Chad Merling are the 2020 Kiwanis Apple Sale Sponsors:
 
Platinum:
ExxonMobil (rep Connie Tilton)
 
Gold:
Community Resource Credit Union
(reps Richard LeJeune and Tina Martinez)
 
Silver: John McMillan and Peggy Loggins; Goose Creek CISD (rep Susan Jackson)
; Community Bank of Texas 
(rep Steven McWilliams); Chad Merling Insurance (rep Chad Merling)
 
Bronze: Blake Cather; Lowell Westerman; Dave & Judy Jirrels; and Renee Rhodes
 
Silver: Al Richard with fellow member Mark Hall.
 
Thanks to all sponsors for your support of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown! We couldn't do it without YOU!
Dr. Lynda Villanueva, President of Lee College, spoke to our club in February about the many opportunities our community has when attending Lee College.
 
Baytown is fortunate to have a local higher education resource that offers a wide
variety of classes for certificates, Associates Degree, or to transfer to other universities for extended learning. Being an oil and gas community, Lee College has greatly expanded the abilities for students to learn and train in settings that will advance their career. In addition, Lee College is an accredited and nationally recognized institution for innovation and education.
 
Many tuition opportunities are offered to students through the Lee College Foundation. Today, the Kiwanis Club of Baytown presented a donation of $1,000 to Dr. Villanueva for the Foundation.
 
Shown L to R: Kiwanian Tina Martinez, Dr. Lynda Villanueva and Kiwanian Judy Jirrels.
Thursday, March 25th, our club was visited by Alamo Elementary Principal Leah Abate and Coach Tim Bailey (K-Kids Advisor / Sponsor).
 
Kiwanis Club of Baytown is a Partner in Education with Alamo Elementary and Principal Abate listed the many ways the partnership has beneficial - back to School events and monthly snacks for staff; purchasing 200 prs of earphones to be used with Ipads for individual study; providing new bikes for perfect attendance rewards; and awareness ribbons for Red Ribbon week just to name a few.
 
Coach Bailey discussed K-Kids' activities, responsibilities and goals. One very important responsibility the group of 10 students has is to raise, lower and fold the US flag on a daily basis. It fills our hearts to know citizen pride is being fostered at such a young age.
 
PIE (Partners in Education) is a program offered through the Baytown Chamber of Commerce. The Kiwanis lead representative for PIE is Harvey Oyler - and we want to thank him for his outstanding work in keeping us connected with the students at Alamo Elementary.
Shown L to R: Coach Tim Bailey, Kiwanian Harvey Oyler and Principal Leah Abate
 
 
 
 
Dynamic Learners, Inc., represented by co-founder Dr. Joan Ickes and Board Director Karen Coffey, visited our club today to discuss the widespread presence of functional illiteracy in our community, our state, our nation!
 
Dr. Ickes noted that, "Illiteracy is defined as one's inability to read or perform math above a 5th grade level." Dynamic Learners, Inc. is an after-school resource that addresses many factors, including dyslexia and language barriers, that can contribute to functional illiteracy. Board Director Karen Coffey added that the program works cohesively with each school district so as to be a partner in the students' education, not a replacement.
 
Dynamic Learners, Inc. offers scholarships to qualified students, and accepts donations to those scholarships as well. For more program or donation information, they can be found at www.learnerdynamics.com.
 
Nanette Benman of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center spoke to our club Thursday, March 11 regarding the importance of continued blood donations, most especially through a pandemic year like 2020-2021.
-800 donations per day are required to support the needs of our community.
-1 in 7 people will need blood donations in their lifetime, but only 1 in 20 people will BE a donor
-In 1 hour of donating, you can save 3 lives as your blood can be used in 3 different ways - red blood cells, plasma and platelets
-Free Covid-19 antibody testing is available on all donations
Are you ready to be a hero today and give blood? See the attached schedule for local blood drives or visit giveblood.org for more information.
 
Lee High School STEM students put on quite a show today with the drones they brought to our meeting. While the drones were being flown around the room, STEM instructor Lonnie Fox described how the distinguished students were chosen to participate in the program and upon completion they will be eligible to test for an FAA License to operate a drone. That opportunity alone could bring success to many of the 18 students in the class.
As Kiwanians looking to improve the lives of children in our community, we are always excited to see students reaching new heights.
 
 

Former president Blake Cather hams it up with the CFA cow at the Lee College Rock the Red celebration this spring. Kiwanis was a contributing sponsor of the event. 
 
Former President Chad Merling was also in attendance to keep Blake focused.
 

Non-golfer Blake and treasurer Staci visit with the golf marshal at the 2019 GOSH scholarship fun raiser at Kingwood CC. Thanks for supporting the effort!

Key Club members from GCM had a large contingent at 2019 DCON. The club annually places in the top 25 clubs in the Texas-Oklahoma district. The Baytown Kiwanis is proud of its five sponsored Key Clubs. GCM faculty sponsor Sally Black and Kiwanian David Black (far right) chaperoned the high schoolers at DCON.
 President elect Linda Kelly congratulates Staci Fuller and Gary Garner for their efforts during the 2018 Kiwanis Apple sale. Both were Top 10 sellers.
 
Top sellers for 2018 were Renee Rhodes, Gary Englert, and Virginia Miller. President elect Linda Kelly made the presentation.
 
Connie Tilton and Chad Merling also finished as top 10 sellers in 2018.

Bottom Photo: Santa sent his Chief Operating Officer and head elf to lead Christmas festivities at the club’s last meeting in 2009. The duo led the club in another round of Christmas games during the meeting. Top a Photo: Winners of the holiday spirit dress contest were a Renea Dillon, Dave Jirrels, and Sandy Denson.
 
The Kiwanis Club recently reclaimed the traveling trophy in the annual Kiwanis vs. Rotary golf challenge. The Kiwanis team of David Frazier, Chad Merling, Jim Wadzinski (left), and Dustin Butler defeated the Rotarians in the 2019 Kiwanis GOSH tournament in March. Presenting the trophy to Kiwanis president Bernie Mulvaney (right) is Rotary president Suzanne Heinrich. The Kiwanians now possess both traveling trophies having won the basketball shootout at Lee College in January.
 
Bill Eckert, executive director of the Bay Area Homeless Services, was guest speaker today. Bill reviewed the non-profit's mission and provided success stories and data for the 2018 year regarding the successes of the organization. Bill has been executive director since 2011 and is a former Kiwanis-family member, having served as a Circle K club treasurer while in college. Maybe it's time for Bill to return to the K Family!
 
Laurie Terry (center), chairperson of the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation gala for the Bay Area, accepts the Kiwanis sponsorship check from president Bernie Mulvaney (left) and president-elect Linda Kelly (right). The club has been a long-standing supporter of the annual gala.
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown had a surprise visitor from the North Pole for its annual Christmas program today - no Santa was not available so he sent his #1 elf Alfie to the meeting. Alfie told us some fascinating facts about the lives of elves and led us in some reindeer games. Winners In the trivia games are shown below. Merry Christmas 2018 from the Kiwanis Club of Baytown!
 
 
Reindeer Games Winning Team
 
 
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!