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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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!
 
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.