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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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.
The Alamo Elementary K-Kids visited their host club on May 11 and demonstrated their leadership skills by running the meeting. K-Kids president Leo Russell (above) presided and all K-Kids officers played a part. Non-officers enjoyed a meal of chicken tenders and French fries while regular club members had to be satisfied with the weekly Luna's buffet. The parent club is proud of the accomplishments of the K-Kids. Service projects of the K-Kids were outlined by PIE chairperson Scott Sheley (below). More pictures of the visit can be found in our photo gallery whose link is at the top right of this home page.
Members of the 2017 Robert E. Lee senior class accept a donation check from Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far right) for their upcoming Project Graduation celebration on May 27. Accepting the check are, from left, Ayanna Thomas, April Gates, Dustin Lopez, Destanie Taylor, Angelica Torres, Kiani Coats, and Daisy Gonalez. The Kiwanis Club is a proud sponsor of Project Graduation for all area schools.
Victoria Marron, grant director for Lee College, shared her path from a child growing up to a single parent in poverty to a dedicated community member and her acceptance into the doctoral program at St. Thomas University. Victoria was born in Louisiana and moved to Baytown as a young student, bouncing between apartments and schools. A life of truancy led her to Judge Tony Polumbo's court, where the Community in Schools program set her on a better path in life. She received an associate's degree from Lee College and moved on to her BS and Masters. She returned to work in the grant department and is proud to now oversee programs financed through LC grants totaling over $6 million. She is dedicated to giving back to the community that valued her as a troubled young adult and is determined to continue to make Baytown a better place for youth on the same path she faced as a teenager. Her story was inspiring to all. Thank you, Victoria, and best of luck as you continue to pursue your dreams. 
Baytown Kiwanis Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelly (left) and club president Renee Rhodes (right) present a donation check to Baytown Christian Academy senior Student Council officers Nathan Cumberbatch and Laci Gray to be used for the senior class of 2017 Project Graduation field trip to Dallas. The Baytown club is proud to help all local high schools fund their annual Project Graduation activities!
DeDe Griffith, interim Vice President of Instruction for Lee College, was our guest speaker at our April 6 club meeting. Her message was titled, "Building Guided Pathways: Student success at Lee College." DeDe covered a variety of approaches the local community college to address "the traditional path for the traditional student." Among those approaches are the programs Academic Beginnings for Children, Jobs for the Future, STEM Accelerator, and Guided Pathways. The LC VP touched upon the transition issues facing students as they leave high school and register for college. The college is working closely with other community colleges and local school districts to insure students succeed in the career pathways they choose. 
Bill Lucas (center), Relay for Life liaison for the Baytown Kiwanis Club, poses with the ceremonial check for the purchase of Club luminaries along with president Renee Rhodes and president-elect Blake Cather. The Club has raised money for the Relay through the sale of luminaries annually. The Club has purchased luminaries totaling over $10,000 since the inception of the event. Bill has been our luminary liaison each year. Thank you, Bill, for helping us support this worthy project.
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."