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 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.
 
 

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!