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

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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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. 
 
 
Bill Lucas (left), a Kiwanis member for 47 years and a member of the Baytown Kiwanis for over 35 years, presents a belt buckle once belonging to Baytown Kiwanis legend Herbert V. Herbert to Scott Sheley, the 2016 Kiwanis Rookie of the Year. Herbert was a long-time member of the Baytown club, serving as president in 1965 and continuing to serve the community, earning the title of Kiwanian of the Year 20 years after serving as president.
 
Baytown Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes, seated, flashes a presidential smile as she signs documents to re-charter the Circle K club at Lee College. The Kiwanis board voted unanimously at its June board meeting to assist students in returning the Kiwanis family presence to our local community college. Joining members of the Kiwanis board in the picture were Texas-Oklahoma Circle K Adviser Hunter Faubion (fourth from left), Circle K International student trustee Jennifer Tuttle (fifth from left), and 2017 Division 28 Key Club lieutenant governor Bobby Scherer (third from left), a recent graduate currently enrolled at LC and assisting in the recruitment of new Circle K members. The new club plans to grow by recruiting 2017 Key Club graduates who are moving on to Lee College. 
 
Representatives from the Lee College Educational Opportunity Center were guest speakers at the June 8 meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Director Dr. James Todd, pictured above, reviewed the center's purposes and activities, explaining the mission of the center is to serve those looking to better themselves through post-secondary education. He reported that 67% of clients at the center must qualify as low income (less than $34,000 income per year) and first generation college student (no family members who have attained a Bachelor's degree). Also presenting was Vicki Haberman, one of three education specialists employed by the center. She walked membership through the steps she takes in assisting prospective students meet entrance requirements and gain financial aide in order to attend LC.
Kiwanis Club of Baytown opened the month of June by celebrating members enjoying birthdays during the months of April and May. The only members willing to be recognized were Tina Martinez (left) and Virginia Miller (center). Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher (right) congratulates the members for making it another year. The birthdays girls were serenaded with an off-key rendition of the Happy Birthday Song.
 
Honored at a recent Kiwanis meeting were the six finalists in the Kiwanis Club Sophomore of the Year competition. Receiving recognition were, from left, Hannah Christianson (Robert E. Lee HS), Soham Datar (Goose Creek Memorial HS), Priscilla Garcia (Ross S. Sterling HS), Maria Gelves (IMPACTY Early College HS), Christian Rhodes (Barbers Hill HS), and Elizabeth Newport (Baytown Christian). Elizabeth was also name the Baytown Sophomore of the Year and Kiwanis Division 29 Sophomore of the Year. Her essay has been entered into the Texas-Oklahoma District finals with a chance of winning one of 20 scholarships at the T-O District convention in August.
 
Members of the Alamo Elementary faculty (above) make their way through the serving line at the annual End of Year faculty luncheon sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. Kiwanis has proudly been Alamo's partner in education for over 15 years. Serving the teachers at the luncheon were Kiwanis members pictured below. They are, from left, front, Peggy Loggins, Eleanor Albon, and Renee Rhodes. Back row, from left, Brent Curry, Chad Merling, John McMillon, and Scott Sheley. Not pictured, but in attendance, was Al Richard.
 
 
Dr. Cap Roder, newly-named principal of the new Stuart Career Tech High School that is scheduled to open in August, was guest speaker at our May 25 meeting. Dr. Roder discussed the GCCISD plans to offer comprehensive high school curriculum at Stuart Career Center for the inaugural freshman class this year. The school will accept 100 students annually for a maximum population of 400 by 2020. (Blurry photo courtesy of Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes)
 
Kiwanis Club of Baytown president Renee Rhodes presents Lee College Foundation board member Gary Englert with a $1,000 sponsorship check for the annual Lee College Foundation Fall Gala. Kiwanis is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the LC Gala.
 
Representatives of the Baytown Kiwanis Club and Alamo Elementary were recognized at the annual PIE luncheon on May 16 for our continued partnership through the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Program. Accepting our participation award for 2016-17 are, from left, Kiwanis PIE coordinator Scott Sheley, Alamo assistant principal Vicki Sorenson, Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes, and Kiwanis president-elect Blake Cather. Kiwanis is proud to have been recognized as Partner of the Year in 2007 and 2012 by the Chamber of Commerce.
 
The 2017 recipients of the Baytown Kiwanis scholarships are pictured with their certificates awarded at our annual Scholarship and Sophomore of the Year recognition luncheon on May 18. Seven local seniors received $1,500 awards to pursue their college education. Pictured are, from left, seated, Nicole Stidham (Baytown Christian), Laci Gray (Baytown Christian), and Leslie Bautista (Goose Creek Memorial). Standing, from left, are Angela Tallent (Ross S. Sterling), Luis Torres (Ross S. Sterling), and Dominic Borbon (Goose Creek Memorial). Not pictures is Matthew Frickey (Robert E. Lee).
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown made a donation to the Peter Hyland Center Senior Spotlight, an annual celebration of the graduates at the GCCISD alternative high school. Pictured with the ceremonial "big check" are PHC students and their principal Michelle Verdun (second from left). Making the presentation are Kiwanis Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelley (left) and president Renee Rhodes (right).
 
Members of the Baytown Kiwanis Club were honored at the annual Alamo Elementary Volunteer Luncheon. The club has been a Partner in Education with Alamo for over 10 years and was twice named Partner of the Year by the Baytown Chamber of Commerce. Representing the club at the luncheon this year were, left to right, Virginia Miller, Chad Merling, Alamo assistant principal Vicki Sorenson, Scott Sheley, Alamo counselor Christina Richardson, and Harvey Oyler.