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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The Kiwanis Club of Baytown is proud once again to provide a bicycle to one student from each grade level at Alamo Elementary for perfect attendance for the entire school year. Every student with perfect attendance is entered into a drawing for a bicycle and the drawing is held on the final day of school. Pictured at this year's event with one of the winners are, left to right, Judy Jirrels, Jan Heinlein, Alamo Assistant Principal Vicki Sorensen, Dave Jirrels, Gary Englert, and Harvey Oyler.
 
Tournament co-chairman Chad Merling (left) congratulates the First Flight winning team in the annual Kiwanis GOSH Scholarship tournament. Members of the first place team were Scott Tibbitts, Ronnie Anderson, and Wade Niemeyer. The scramble team of Anderson and Tibbitts shot 59 and Niemeyer added a fish score of 7 for an overall team score of 52. The tournament is a fundraiser for providing scholarships to local graduates. Two members of the team golf while the third member fishes - thus giving this GOlf-fiSH event the name GOSH. Kiwanis presented $16,000 in scholarships to graduates of 2022 as a result of this event. Others winners in the event are pictured below.
 
Third place in the First Flight went to the team of Dustin Morris, Russell Reid, and Ryan Falwell. Presenting the winners with their prize is tournament co-chair Chad Merling. More photos from this event can be found the selecting the "GOSH 2022" link under Photo Albums on the club home page.
 
 
Above - Texas-Oklahoma District Governor and Baytown Kiwanis member Brad McKenzie (far right) was in attendance at the 2022 Scholarship Luncheon in which eight local seniors were awarded $2,000 scholarships. Receiving the 2022 Kiwanis Club of Baytown Scholarships were (seated, from left) Jennifer Staley (Goose Creek Memorial), Atharv Shinde (GCM), and Jessica Cochran (Robert E. Lee). Back row, from left, Crystal Smith (Ross S. Sterling), Sakshi Singh (RSS), Punett Singh (GCM), and Lyndsey Fox (REL). Not pictured is Anushka Ranjan (GCM).
 
Below - President Tina Martinez presents the scholarship recipients with their award and payment envelope
 
 
Jessica Cochran - Robert E. Lee High School - L.A. Wilkie Memorial Scholarship
 
 
Puneet Singh - Goose Creek Memorials - Tad Patton Memorial STEM Scholarship
 
Lyndsey Fox - Robert E. Lee High School - Tommie Jones Memorial Scholarship
 
Sakshi Singh - Ross S. Sterling High School - John Tucker Memorial Scholarship
 
Atharv Shinde - Goose Creek Memorial HS - Sally & David Black Key Club Scholarship
 
 
Jennifer Staley - Goose Creek Memorial - Pete Sultis Memorial Scholarship
 
Crystal Smith - Ross S. Sterling HS - John Henderson Memorial Scholarship
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown is excited to sponsor the 2022 GOSH Scholarship Tournament on Friday, May 20, at Kingwood Country Club. The combination golfing / fishing tournament took a two-year break due to Covid but the club is ready to once again host this fundraiser. All proceeds from the event go to providing scholarships to local students. The Kiwanis Club of Baytown is scheduled to award $16,000 in scholarships in May. We would love to have you join our efforts by either participating or taking advantage of one of the sponsorships outlined below. For more information email LSUfan1@comcast.net or call 713.299.4886.
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown is proud to sponsor five Key Clubs in our area. We recognize the Ross S. Sterling Key Club for their recent efforts cleaning up the beach along the Galveston seawall. Kiwanis values the volunteer efforts of its teenage SLP members! Great job, Rangers!
 
Key Club members from GCM, BCA, and RSS were integral workers during the 2021 Kiwanis Club of Baytown Apple Sale. These are just a few of the many students who volunteered their time to make this year's event such a success. Combined, the three Key Clubs provided over 240 hours of service hours at the apple site over the two weeks of the sale.
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown installed its 2021-2022 officers and directors at its annual Installation Banquet September 30, 2020 at the Houston Yacht Club. Congratulations to the new leadership team for the upcoming year. All officers were installed by Texas Oklahoma District Governor Brad McKenzie (standing, middle). Baytown Kiwanis is proud to be the home club of the District Governor. You can view the Photo Album for this event by clicking on the "Installation Banquet 2021-2022" link at the top of the club home page.
 
 
 
Kiwanis was spotted serving the community on a recent Saturday joining Baytown Habitat For Humanity making Baytown a better place to live, work and raise our families! Thank you members for your service!
 
 
Above - President Tina Martinez and Adelena Abshire paint a door.
 
Below - Kiwanian Gary Englert lends a helping paint brush.
 
 
 
 
Below - Chad Merling smiles for the camera!
 
 
 
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Below - Dave Jirrels working on the floor.
 
 
 
 
Above - Judy Jirrels pushes a mean broom!
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown was visited by Candace Thomas, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and Vet Tech with City of Baytown Animal Services. Ms. Thomas shared with us the many things going on at the shelter. First, and foremost, they are a NO KILL SHELTER - meaning animals are not euthanized unless deemed dangerous to the public or injured beyond recovery. Their primary focus points are rescues, fosters and adoptions.

Maybe you have noticed the new facility being built adjacent to the existing shelter on Robert Lanier Dr. The new one is scheduled to be opened by April 2022 and will be almost 4 times larger than the existing facility which is inadequate in kennel space, parking and administrative offices. The new shelter includes plans for 63 dog kennels, 78 cat kennels, pre-adoption visitation rooms, full time veterinarian and plenty of room to grow.

Now, and in the future, volunteers are needed, along with foster caretakers. If you are interested in spending even a couple of hours per week at the shelter, caring for a foster animal or with social communications, please reach out to Candace by phone at (281) 422-7600, their location at 705 N Robert Lanier Dr, or on Facebook @baytownanimalservices.
#KiwanisCares #KiwanisNeedsYou 
 
 
It was our pleasure to have Harris County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates visit our club on Thursday, June 17. Judge Bates has been in office since January 2019 and immediately made an impact as she cleared over 7,000 backlogged cases in her first 100 days.
 
June 14th ended the Covid-19 moratorium and cases can now be heard in person or virtually. And because of new regulations, cases with claims up to $20,000 can be heard in her court.
 
She considers her courtroom as the 'Peoples Court', she is there to listen to all sides and make fair, rational rulings. Judge Bates also mentioned that local law enforcement refer to her as 'the working judge' because of her hands-on approach and common sense attitude when making decisions.
 
When asked what one thing could the community do a little better to stay away from legal issues, she replied, "Watch our children, teach them as they grow - so many problems can be prevented beginning with our children."
 
While we hope none of us end up in court, we are sure Judge Bates is a fair and equitable representative of the law.
 
Shown L to R: Assistant Chief Clerk Ana Clark; Judge Lucia Bates; and Kiwanian Harvey Oyler.
 
Recently the Kiwanis Club of Baytown awarded 9 bicycles to students of Goose Creek CISD Alamo Elementary. The bicycles were awarded based on perfect attendance throughout the 2020-2021 school year. These are photos of a few of the lucky winners of the perfect attendance drawings.
 
Kiwanis and Alamo Elementary are longtime partners in the Partners In Education program hosted by Baytown Chamber of Commerce. Program representative Kiwanian Harvey Oyler does a fantastic job of coordinating the many events and activities - Teacher Appreciation Week, DARE-Say No To Drugs, monthly staff appreciation snack baskets, Perfect Attendance bikes, and more.
 
We appreciate the opportunity to improve the lives of children in our community and look forward to a long PIE partnership.
 
 
Three new members were inducted into the Kiwanis Club of Baytown on Thursday, June 17. We proudly welcome them to Kiwanis and know each of them will be an asset to our work in the community.

Shown L to R: Kiwanis President Sandy Denson, Inductee Judy Jirrels - Retired; Inductee Traci Dillard - United Way; Inductee Martha Barnett - Frank's Collision Repair; and Kiwanian Blake Cather.
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown recently honored the 2021 Sophomore of the Year winnings from our seven area high schools.
 
Brock Glasscock (center) - Ross S. Sterling HS - Overall Kiwanis Club of Baytown winner who advanced to the Texas-Oklahoma District competition.
 
Caden Norris (center) - Baytown Christian Academy
 
Daylor Wilcox (left)  - Barbers Hill HS
 
Alonso Molina - Goose Creek Memorial HS
 
Elizabeth Allen (center) - IMPACT Early College HS
 
Dallas Jones (center) - Robert E. Lee HS
 
Dahize Espriella (second from left) - Stuart Career Tech HS
 
Congratulations to these seven seniors for earning Kiwanis Club of Baytown scholarships for the Class of 2021!
 
Asia Polydore (second from left) - Peter E. Hyland Center
 
Rachelle Booker (left) - Goose Creek Memorial HS
 
Emmanuel Gonzalez (left) - Impact Early College HS
 
Jai Gershmel (left) - Barbers Hill HS
 
Liliana Perez Villarreal (second from left) - Robert E. Lee HS
 
Jimena Ramos (center) - Ross S. Sterling HS
 
Rafael Gutierrez (second from left) - Ross S. Sterling HS
 
 
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.