Protecting Our Furry Friends

 
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 
 
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Judge Bates Visits Our Club

 
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.
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Bicycles For Perfect Attendance

 
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.
 
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New Members Installed

 
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.
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Sophomore of the Year Students Recognized

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
 
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Scholarship Recipients 2021

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
 
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Tires, Tires, Tires!

 
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!
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Babies in Baytown Program Featured

 
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/
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A Little WW2 History

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.
 
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Ladies of Kiwanis Celebrate International Women's Month

 
 
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
 
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Lee College Foundation Donation

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.
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Blood Center Provides Update

 
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.
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Drones On Display

 
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.
 
 
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Club Hears From Dynamic Learners

 
 
 
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.
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Partners in Education Update

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
 
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Apple Awards Day

 
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!
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Kiwanis Supports Key Clubs


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.
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Rocking the Red at Lee College


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.
 
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Christmas Fun 2019


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.
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Kiwanis Takes Back Golf Trophy!

 
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.
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Working Hard(ly) at GOSH 2019


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!
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Apple Sale Awards 2018

 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.
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Bay Area Homeless Services

 
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!
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Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Gala

Posted on Jan 10, 2019
 
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.
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Kiwanis Christmas Program 2018

Posted by Santa Claus on Dec 20, 2018
 
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
 
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Kiwanis Has a Butler!

Posted on Dec 09, 2018
 
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).
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Christmas Choirs Entertain Kiwanis

Posted on Dec 09, 2018
 
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
 
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Supporting our Community

Posted on Sep 23, 2018
 
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.
 
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Welcome to the Club!

Posted on Sep 23, 2018
 
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!
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Librarians "Tell it All"

Posted on Sep 14, 2018
 
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
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Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center

 
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. 
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VFW Post 912 Update

 
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.
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Baytown Represents at ICON 2018

Posted on Jul 04, 2018
 
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.
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Painting With a Twist

Posted on Jun 23, 2018
 
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.
 
Painting With a Twist Al Richard 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Winners 2018

Posted on May 17, 2018
 
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!
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2018 Sophomores of the Year

Posted on May 17, 2018
 
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.
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Iron Man Champ Brings Positive Message

Posted on Apr 21, 2018
 
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!
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Celebrating Another Year 

Posted on Mar 29, 2018
 
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!
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Lee College Center for Workforce and Development

 
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.
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No Kill - Baytown Presentation

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 15, 2018
 
Jay Garrett of the Baytown non-profit "A Life to Live" speaks at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. The local non-profit is leading the way to a no-kill Baytown for homeless dogs and cats. The organization provides a foundation for a future community where homeless animals are saved and not euthanized. The group's foster program consists of a network of volunteers committed to saving the live of homeless pets be opening their homes to provide shelter, food, water and care until the pet is adopted. Read more about the organization and its mission at www.adopttosave.org.
No Kill - Baytown Presentation Al Richard 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

United Way Update

 
Melissa Reabold, the new Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, presented an update on the United Way activities over the past several months, including the continued relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey that the organization is undertaking. Also presenting today was Tracey Dillard who is spearheading the recovery efforts for flood victims.
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Top Apple Sellers For 2017

 
Earning bragging rights as the top individual sellers during the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Baytown apple sale were these distinguished members. Placing third with a sales total of 25.25 cases was Chad Merling (left), Virginia Miller (center) was the second-top seller with 42 cases, while Gary Englert (right) was the top seller once again with 67.5 cases. Chad and Virginia received plaques for their performances, while Gary earned the coveted John B Tucker Golden Apple Award. Gary repeated as top seller for the eighth consecutive year. He took over as apple king is 2010 and has not been surpassed since! Also pictured are president-elect Bernie Mulvaney and president Blake Cather.
Top Apple Sellers For 2017 Al Richard 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Goose Creek Education Foundation Update

Posted on Jan 04, 2018
 
Erica Foster, executive director of the Goose Creek Education Foundation, provided the club with an update on the efforts of the foundation. Erica reviewed the activities of the Foundation for 2017 and spoke about upcoming fundraising plans and activities for 2018. She reviewed the annual Student Choice Awards program and the Teacher Grant program. The Foundation will be sponsoring a gosh tournament (golf / fishing) on March 24 at Kingwood Country Club, with all proceeds going to funding of Foundation projects. The Foundation has provided over $830,000 in services to the school district since its inception in 2010.
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Christmas Spirit at Kiwanis Meeting

Posted on Jan 02, 2018
Linda Kelly, Tina Martinez, Linda Krisher, Peggy Loggins, and Cheryl Loggins
 
Kiwanis members were in their "holiday finest" at our final meeting of 2017 on December 21. Ladies of the club (above) wore festive Christmas sweaters while the gentlemen (below) sported Christmas ties at the event. Special guest speaker Randy the Reindeer helped create holiday cheer with his wit and fun reindeer games. Winners of the Christmas trivia game are pictured below the tie-wearing men.
 
Harvey Oyler, Lowell Westerman, John McMillon, Blake Cather, and David Frazier (the Christmas elf)
 
Christmas Trivia Winners
Bernie Mulvaney, Sr., Gene Poirot, Harvey Oyler, Belinda Burch, and Bernie Mulvaney, Jr.
 
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Stephen F. Austin Choir Spreads Christmas Cheer 

 
The 2017 holiday tour of the Stephen F. Austin Elementary Honor Choir made it's way through the Kiwanis Club of Baytown on Thursday, December 14. The group of 43 young vocalists serenaded the club with Christmas classics from old and new. Thanks to the offerings of this wonderful musical group directed by Carol Colvin.
Stephen F. Austin Choir Spreads Christmas Cheer  Al Richard 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

GCM Show Choir Dazzles

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
 
The Show Choir of Goose Creek Memorial High School (above) under the direction of Holly Lewallen entertained our club on December 14 with a variety of Christmas classics. The choir is an annual performer during our month-long Christmas program focus. Below, female members of the Show Choir perform Santa Baby.
 
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GCM Show Choir Dazzles Al Richard 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Swing Choir Entertains

Posted on Dec 08, 2017
 
The Ross Sterling High School Swing Choir provided musical entertainment at the December 7 Kiwanis Club of Baytown's weekly meeting. The choir, comprised of All-Region vocalists from Sterling, provided holiday classics during its performance. Above, Daniel Villaneuva soloed on the classic "Mary Did You Know?" while the full choir, below, poses for a group shot at the end of the performance. Thanks to the RSS Swing Choir for kicking off our Christmas season with such a wonderful show!
 
Swing Choir Entertains Al Richard 2017-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Two New Members Inducted

Posted on Nov 16, 2017
 
Kiwanis Club of Baytown officially recognized two new members to the club at our November 19 luncheon. Joining the club were Stephen McWilliams (second from left) and Lacee Schuman (second from right). Also pictured are the new members' sponsors Gary Englert (left) and Stacie Fulton (right). Welcoming the new members is Kiwanis president Blake Cather (center). We are proud to welcome these two new members to the K Family!
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Members Hear About BBB

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
 
Dan Parsons, executive director of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston, was guest speaker at our November 9 Kiwanis meeting. Dan's informative presentation focused on the history of the BBB and challenges of the bureau after Hurricane Harvey. The club learned that the BBB is a charitable non-profit organization that informs, educates, and advocates on behalf of consumers, helps combat unethical business practices, and provides protection from fraudulent schemes. More information about the BBB can be found at its website: www.bbbhouston.org. 
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Birthday Fun To Start November 

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown started the month on November by celebrating member birthdays for the months of October and November. Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher (far right, above) recognized herself and (from left) Ian Gillespie, Renea Dillon, Al Richard, Scott Sheley, John McMillon, and Jim Maroney as they all celebrated another trip around the sun in 2017. A special recognition was made to John McMillon by club secretary Al Richard (below) as John was actually celebrating his 85th birthday on November 2.
 
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Toys For Tots Campaign 2017 

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
 
Ken Dehart was guest speaker at the November 2 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. Ken, an associate pastor at Faith Family Church, gave a presentation on the annual US Marine Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Faith Family Church has conducted an annual TFT campaign as part of its ministry and the campaign has grown large enough that all gifts and money collected in the Baytown campaign comes back to Baytown. Unwrapped toys for children up thru age 12 are being collected throughout the city and Ken was asking for more businesses to volunteer to collect toys. He explained how children are chosen for receiving toys at Christmas, how the toys are distributed, and how financial contributions are handled. Baytown Kiwanis congratulation FFC and TFT and wishes them the best during the upcoming campaign.
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Kiwanis One Day 2017

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 29, 2017
 
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown, the Ross Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial Key Clubs, the Alamo K-Kids, and parents and faculty members participated in the annual Kiwanis One Day community service project on Saturday, October 28. The groups joined forces to "spruce up" the Alamo Elementary Memorial Garden. Baytown Kiwanis is proud to sponsor five key clubs and the Alamo K-Kids.
Kiwanis One Day 2017 Al Richard 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Chad Merling Named Kiwanian of the Year

Posted on Oct 04, 2017
 
Chad Merling receives his Kiwanian of the Year award from President Renee Rhodes at the annual Kiwanis Club of Baytown Installation Banquet on September 28. Congratulations, Chad, on the leadership role you have taken in our club!
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Dillon Installed at Annual Banquet

Posted on Oct 03, 2017
 
One of the highlights of the annual Kiwanis Club of Baytown Installation Banquet on September 28 was welcoming our newest member to the K Family. Renea Dillon, center, receives congratulations during the installation ceremony from outgoing president Renee Rhodes (right) and sponsor Beth Dombrawa (left). The annual banquet was held at the Houston Yacht Club.
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Backpacks for Harvey

Posted on Sep 16, 2017
 
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.
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Wetlands Center / Nature Center Spotlighted

Posted on Sep 14, 2017
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.
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GCCISD Special Olympics Update

Posted on Aug 24, 2017
 
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.
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GCCISD Superintendent Provides Update

Posted on Aug 19, 2017
 
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!)
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Baytown Kiwanis K-Dollars Donation to Eliminate Project

Posted on Aug 13, 2017
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).
Baytown Kiwanis K-Dollars Donation to Eliminate Project 2017-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Having Fun at District Convention

 
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."
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Installing a New Member

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
 
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!
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Football Coaches Preview Their Teams

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
 
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! 
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Kiwanis Supports Baytown Service League

Posted on Aug 03, 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.
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Be Well Baytown Project Reviewed

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 20, 2017
 
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.
Be Well Baytown Project Reviewed Al Richard 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Family Participates in Baytown Trash Off

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 16, 2017
 
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!
 
Kiwanis Family Participates in Baytown Trash Off Al Richard 2017-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Key Clubs Support Baytown Animal Shelter

Posted by Al Richard
 
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. 
 
       
Key Clubs Support Baytown Animal Shelter Al Richard 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Supports Summer Reading

Posted on Jun 22, 2017
 
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. 
 
Kiwanis Supports Summer Reading Al Richard 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Passing on a Kiwanis Treasure

Posted on Jun 17, 2017
 
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.
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Baytown Kiwanis Signs Lee College Circle K Charter

Posted on Jun 09, 2017
 
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. 
Baytown Kiwanis Signs Lee College Circle K Charter 2017-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Lee College Educational Opportunity Center

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 09, 2017
 
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.
Lee College Educational Opportunity Center Al Richard 2017-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Birthdays

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
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.
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2017 Sophomores of the Year

Posted on May 31, 2017
 
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.
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Kiwanis Hosts Alamo Teacher EOY Luncheon

Posted on May 28, 2017
 
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.
 
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Stuart Career Tech High School

Posted on May 28, 2017
 
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)
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Lee College Gala Sponsorship

Posted on May 28, 2017
 
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.
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2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted on May 19, 2017
 
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).
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Another Successful PIE Year

 
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.
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Kiwanis Supports Peter Hyland Center

Posted on May 14, 2017
 
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).
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Kiwanis Attends Volunteer Luncheon

Posted on May 14, 2017
 
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.
Kiwanis Attends Volunteer Luncheon TAR 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

K-Kids Run May 11 Meeting

Posted on May 14, 2017
 
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.
 
 
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REL Project Graduation Donation

 
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.
REL Project Graduation Donation Al Richard 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Lee College Employee Shares Her Story

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 27, 2017
 
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. 
Lee College Employee Shares Her Story Al Richard 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

BCA Project Graduation Donation

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 22, 2017
 
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!
BCA Project Graduation Donation Al Richard 2017-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Lee College Building Guided Pathways for Student Success

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 08, 2017
 
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. 
Lee College Building Guided Pathways for Student Success Al Richard 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Supports Relay for Life

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 08, 2017
 
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.
Kiwanis Supports Relay for Life Al Richard 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Hears the Ins-and-Outs of Insurance

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 23, 2017
 
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)!
Kiwanis Hears the Ins-and-Outs of Insurance Al Richard 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Supports Special Olympics

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 23, 2017
 
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.
Kiwanis Supports Special Olympics Al Richard 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Sticking it to the Principal

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 16, 2017
 
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.
Sticking it to the Principal Al Richard 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Reaping the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 16, 2017
 
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!
Reaping the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters Al Richard 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

He Lives a Dog's Life

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 11, 2017
 
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.
He Lives a Dog's Life Al Richard 2017-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

February Birthdays Celebrated

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 11, 2017
 
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."
February Birthdays Celebrated Al Richard 2017-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Represents at The Mane Event

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 07, 2017
 
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!
Kiwanis Represents at The Mane Event Al Richard 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

IMPACT Prom Donation

 
Members of the IMPACT Early College High School senior class accept a check from Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far right) and Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelly (second from right) for the school's upcoming prom. The seniors of IMPACT do not have a Project Graduation party following graduation so the Baytown Kiwanis made the donation to the senior prom in lieu of a donation to PG. Best of luck to the seniors of IMPACT! Also in the photo are ECHS principal Laura Reyes (fourth from left) and counselor Robin Galvan (second from left).
IMPACT Prom Donation Al Richard 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

BPD Detective Reviews Newest Villains

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 23, 2017
 
Detective Liz Watkins of the Baytown Police Department presented our weekly program on February 23. Detective Watkins has been with the BPD for six years and is currently serving as an investigator focusing on burglary/thefts, crimes against children, and sexual assaults. Detective Watkins gave a brief overview of her career which includes a stint with the NYPD during the 9/11 attacks, in which she was a first responder on the day of the attacks. After 9/11 she joined the Navy and served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Detective Watkins provided our members with an overview of "jugging," "sliders," and "credit card skimmers." The Club appreciates the outstanding job Detective Watkins did presenting to us today!
BPD Detective Reviews Newest Villains Al Richard 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Anahuac Wildlife Refuge Program

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 16, 2017
 
Stephanie Martinez, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Texas Chenier Plain Refuge Complex located in Anahuac, was guest speaker at our February 16 meeting. Stephanie gave a broad overview of the refuge complex. Some of the activities available at the refuge, which hosts over 200,000 visitors annually, include wildlife monitoring, photography opportunities for bird watchers and naturalists, environmental education, and tours for groups of 15 or more. There is no admission charge to visit the complex, which includes two new visitor centers constructed after Hurricane Ike destroyed the former centers and wrecked havoc on the refuge. The mission of the Refuge is "Protect the Land." The refuge is open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Anahuac Wildlife Refuge Program Al Richard 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

History of the HLSR Reviewed

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 09, 2017
 
Robert Francis, a retired math teacher from Sterling High School, presented an historical overview of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the January 9 regular meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Robert covered the history from its first show in 1932 as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition at the Sam Houston Hall to its current site in NRG stadium as the HSLR. In between, the show was held at the Sam Houston Coliseum for 28 years and the Astrodome for 36 years. The HSLR has become Houston's signature event, setting attendance records along the way that make it the highest-attended single event in the Space City. Thanks Robert for sharing the unique history of this Houston icon!
History of the HLSR Reviewed Al Richard 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

January Birthdays Celebrated

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 09, 2017
 
Kiwanis birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher returned from her honeymoon in time to lead our January birthday celebrations. The members brave enough to accept our birthday wishes were Bill Lucas, left, and David Frazier, right. Asked to tell something about themselves that most people don't know, David confessed his favorite music genre is reggae and Bill confided that his has reached his 82 birthday and will soon be celebrating his 48th anniversary in Kiwanis. Happy birthday, fellas!
January Birthdays Celebrated Al Richard 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Another Member Inducted

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 03, 2017
 
Rod Evans, senior communications specialist for San Jacinto Methodist Hospital receives his membership certificate, membership pin, and membership badge from President Renee Rhodes at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown's February 2 meeting. Rod's membership brings our membership total to 68 and brings President Renee's growth total to +2 for the fiscal year.
Another Member Inducted Al Richard 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Galveston Bay Pollution Report

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 03, 2017
 
Sarah Gossett of the Galveston Bay Foundation updated the club at our February 2 meeting regarding the constant monitoring of Galveston Bay waters for pollutants. Ms. Gossett explained that Galveston Bay is a $4 billion industry for Texas and that one-half of the Texas population lives in the Galveston Bay watershed. The watershed stretches as far north as Dallas and she explained how the general population adds to the pollution of the bay through multiple ways. With the efforts of the GBF, over 99 percent of the waters qualify as healthy as it relates to oxygen and PH levels.
Galveston Bay Pollution Report Al Richard 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

RSS Project Graduation Donation

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 29, 2017
 
Ross S. Sterling High School seniors accept a check from Kiwanis Club of Baytown for Project Graduation 2017. Presenting the check are Kiwanis Community/Youth Services chairperson Linda Kelly (second from right) and Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far right). Receiving the check are, from left, Mallory Jackson, Nazarely Rodriguez, and Bethany Carroll. Kiwanis is a proud sponsor of Project Graduation for our local high schools.
RSS Project Graduation Donation Al Richard 2017-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Baytown Community Development Program

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 25, 2017
 
Members of the City of Baytown Planning and Development Services Department pose with Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes (far left) after their presentation to the club on January 29. Senior Program Manager June Tyler (second from right) spoke about the Community Development Block Grant program and Community Development Technician Sharon Rose (far right) reviewed the process, requirements, and timeline for requesting and receiving block grants. Also present from the department at the meeting were Ferni Greene-Smith (second from left) and Tiffany Foster (center).
Baytown Community Development Program Al Richard 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Represents at Diabetes Ball

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 21, 2017
 
Kiwanis president-elect Blake Cather and his guest represented the Baytown Kiwanis Club at the annual Diabetes Ball on January 21, 2017. Others Kiwanis members supporting the cause at the gala were Gary Englert (whose parents were the honorees of the event), Dave Jirrells, David Frazier, Wayne and Virginia Miller, Roxie Krisher, and Linda Krisher. The Baytown Club is an annual sponsor the event.
Kiwanis Represents at Diabetes Ball Al Richard 2017-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

Hearing From the New Specialist in Town

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 20, 2017
 
Baytown's newest physician, Dr. Shawn Tittle, was the guest speaker at the January 19 club meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Dr. Tittle is a thoracic surgeon specializing in treatment of lung cancer and respiratory illness. Dr. Tittle debunked the myth that all lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking and that non-smokers are also susceptible to the illness. Great strides have been made in the treatment of lung cancer as evidenced by the 90% success rate in the 55-79 year age group. He also praised San Jacinto Methodist's commitment to providing top-of-the-line cancer treatment with the addition of a $2 million robotic surgical instrument specifically for the use with lung cancer patients. The Baytown Kiwanis Club welcomes Dr. Tittle to our community!
Hearing From the New Specialist in Town Al Richard 2017-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

Shaun Mulligan Becomes Newest Member

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 11, 2017
 
Shaun Mulligan became the newest member of the Baytown Kiwanis Club as he was inducted by President Renee Rhodes. Also pictured is Shaun's sponsor, Joe Wilson. Welcome, Shaun!
Shaun Mulligan Becomes Newest Member Al Richard 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Club Learns About Clay Pottery

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 11, 2017
 
Marsha Landers, president of the Baytown Art League, presented the program at our January 12 meeting. Marsha creates clay pottery and described various styles of glazing techniques during her presentation. Her work is on sale at HoustonPotters.com. Club member Mike Wilson made an online purchase of a knitting bowl to demonstrate how easy it is to purchase Marsha's pottery.
Club Learns About Clay Pottery Al Richard 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Celebrates Apple Sale 2016

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 05, 2017
 
Blake Cather (left), the 2016-17 Kiwanis Club of Baytown President-Elect and 2016 Apple Sales Chair, presents the "big check" to current President Renee Rhodes to culminate the club's celebration ceremony at its weekly meeting on January 5th.
 
The club profited nearly $25,000 during the two-week sale in October-November. The annual apple sale is the Baytown club's signature project, raising money that is used to fund the club's contributions to local civic and non-profit organizations as well as provide funding to support five area Key Clubs, a K-Kids Club, and our Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education participation.
 
Great job to all the members who made this year's event a fun and profitable affair!
 
To view more photos from the celebration, including individual award winners and recognition of sponsors, please visit the "Apple Sale 2016 Celebration" photo album by clicking on the link under the "Photo Albums" menu located at the top of this home page.
Kiwanis Celebrates Apple Sale 2016 Al Richard 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Festive Christmas Finalists

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 22, 2016
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown closed the book on another calendar year with its final regular meeting of 2016 on December 22. Members were urged to dress in festive and tacky holiday attire for the meeting. Pictured above are the finalists for Most Festive (with the exception of Dave Jirrels (third from left) who insisted his untucked Polo shirt and novelty tie was festive attire). Congratulations to David Black (far left) and Virginia Miller (fourth from left) for winning the men's and women's division of the Most Festive contest. Dave J was rewarded as Tackiest Male while Donna Mohlman (not pictured) won the Tackiest Female award. Club members also played Christmas Family Feud. The winning team members were Harvey Oyler, Joe Wilson, Shaun Mulligan, Mike Wilson, and Gene Poirot. Merry Christmas from the Kiwanis Club of Baytown!
Festive Christmas Finalists Al Richard 2016-12-23 00:00:00Z 0

GCM Show Choir Presents Christmas Program

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 14, 2016
 
The Goose Creek Memorial Show Choir, under the direction of Holly Lewallen, helped the Kiwanis Club of Baytown celebrate Christmas a few days early by presenting a Christmas program at our December 15 club meeting. The choir features three students who will be auditioning for all-state honors. All Show Choir members made it past at least one round of solo competition during fall contest season. The choir amazed our membership with their awesome performance. Merry Christmas!
GCM Show Choir Presents Christmas Program Al Richard 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

Recognizing Our Wait Staff

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 14, 2016
Kiwanis Club of Baytown president Renee Rhodes, right, presents our weekly wait staff members Sylvia (left) and Sophie (center) with a Christmas token of appreciation for their devoted service to our club each week during 2016. Sophie has been the lead wait staff member since the club moved to Luna's in the summer of 2014. Thank you, ladies, for all you do to make our weekly meetings such a treat!
Recognizing Our Wait Staff Al Richard 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

Austin Elementary Christmas Choir Program

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 08, 2016
 
The Stephen F. Austin Elementary School Honor Choir sang Christmas carols for the club at our December 8 meeting. The group annually visits organizations around Baytown to share holiday cheer. Thanks to choir director Carol Colvin for including Kiwanis on the annual Christmas tour!
Austin Elementary Christmas Choir Program Al Richard 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Birthdays Celebrated

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 08, 2016
Belated birthday wishes were made to Kiwanis members celebrating birthdays in October and November, as well as birthday wishes to Kiwanis members with December birthdays. Each member celebrating an October - December birthday had to reveal upcoming plans for Christmas celebrations to receive their "gift" from Birthday Chair Roxie, who was also celebrating her birth month! Also being honored was Austin Elementary choir teacher Carol Colvin, far left, as she also had a birthday during the featured months.
Birthdays Celebrated Al Richard 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Donates to Diabetes Ball

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 07, 2016
 
Laurie Terry, center, accepts a check for the Kiwanis Club of Baytown's annual sponsorship of the Diabetes Association Gala. Baytown Kiwanis has been a long-time contributor to the event. Presenting the check are Community Services chairperson Linda Kelly, left, and Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes, right.
Kiwanis Donates to Diabetes Ball Al Richard 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rick Merling Substitutes in a Pinch

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 17, 2016
 
When November program chairperson Chad Merling had his November 17 speaker from the American Cancer Society postpone at the last minute, he turned to his father Rick to fill in for the missing speaker. Rick followed the theme of the program by presenting an overview of the Baytown Relay for Life, for which he serves as one of the tri-chairpersons. Rick, himself a cancer survivor, gave a brief history of the annual event that to date has raised over $1,000,000 and stands as one of the leading Relays in the country. Asked which Relay was his most memorable, Rick spoke of the 2014 Relay that raised over $750,000. Thank you, Rick, for bailing out your son and providing an informative program today!
Rick Merling Substitutes in a Pinch Al Richard 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Fulton Is Newest Baytown Member

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 17, 2016
 
Stacie Fulton became the newest member inducted into the Baytown Kiwanis Club as she was officially inducted at the November 17 meeting. In addition to receiving her membership pin, Stacie was also inducted as the new Assistant Treasurer, replacing long-time assistant treasurer Jim Giroir, who gladly handed over the Apple Sales finances to Stacie three weeks ago. Stacie was presented her membership pin and certificate by club secretary Al Richard. Welcome, Stacie, we expect great things from you as our newest member!
Fulton Is Newest Baytown Member Al Richard 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Sophomore of the Year Scholarship Winner

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 17, 2016
Tori Gonzalez, left, a current junior at Goose Memorial HS is presented a plaque and scholarship voucher for $600 from Kiwanis secretary Al Richard at the November 17 club meeting. Tori's mother Brandy Gonzalez looks on as the Baytown club congratulated Tori on being named a 2016 Sophomore of the Year in the Texas-Oklahoma District. Tori was one of 20 sophomores chosen in a two-state competition to receive the SOTY honor. Tori won the award after placing first in local Kiwanis competition and first in Division competition during the spring of sophomore year. Her essay was then submitted to District competition where she was named one of 20 winners from the two-state Texas-Oklahoma District at the District convention in August.
Sophomore of the Year Scholarship Winner Al Richard 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Game Warden Speaks at Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 14, 2016
 
Game warden Dustin Dockery, left, was the speaker at the November 10 Kiwanis noon meeting. Dockery, a Baytown native, stands with November speaker chairperson Chad Merling prior to the meeting. Thank you, Dustin, for your informative presentation!
Game Warden Speaks at Kiwanis Al Richard 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

Hardly Working at the Apple Truck

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 09, 2016
There doesn't seem to be much "work" happening with this quartet at the Kiwanis apple truck. John, Connie, Patti, and Bill seem to be relaxing in the cool shade of autumn and not selling many apples! Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 apple sale a success!
Hardly Working at the Apple Truck Al Richard 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

K-Kids Christmas Card Project

Alamo Elementary K-Kids members decorated Christmas cards at their November meeting. The cards will be sent to troops overseas as part of the Chamber of Commerce "Cards for Troops" annual initiative. Kiwanis is proud to sponsor this service-minded elementary member of the K Family.
K-Kids Christmas Card Project Al Richard 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Club Donates to Butterfly Project

Posted by Al Richard
Community Services chairperson Linda Kelly, center, presents a donation check to Wendy Walker, representing the Gulf Coast Monarch Butterfly Project. The club donated at the Wildflower level for the upcoming fundraiser of the butterfly committee. Looking on is Kiwanis president Renee Rhodes.
Club Donates to Butterfly Project Al Richard 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

GCM Key Rocks Apple Truck

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 31, 2016
Members of the Goose Creek Memorial Key Club arrived en masse Saturday, October 29, to volunteer at the apple truck during the Kiwanis' annual Apple Sale at Conn's parking lot on Garth Road. The area Key Clubs are in a competition to see who can log the most volunteer hours helping Kiwanis raise funds for its annual project budget. The apple truck is open Sunday-Thursday from 12:30pm-5:30pm and on Friday-Saturday from 10:00am-5:30pm. Thanks GCM Key Clubbers for your help!
GCM Key Rocks Apple Truck Al Richard 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

Lee College Foundation Update Presented

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 26, 2016
Pam Warford from Lee College presented the Club with an update from the LC Foundation at our October 27 regular meeting. Pam explained scholarship endowments and explained how scholarships are issued to deserving students. she also presented demographic data about enrollment changes over the past decade at our local community college. Kiwanis thanks this Rotarian for her presentation!
Lee College Foundation Update Presented Al Richard 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Alamo K-Kids Penny War Donation

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 19, 2016
 
The Alamo Elementary K-Kids Club, an affiliate of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown, recently held a Penny War to raise funds for the Kiwanis International EliMiNaTe Project. The EliMiNaTe Project is a worldwide Kiwanis endeavor to eradicate Material and Neonatal Tetanus from the planet. The Alamo K-Kids raised a total of $1,449.57 and donated the proceeds to the project this summer. Holding the check are members of the K-Kids club flanked by Alamo teacher / K-Kids sponsor Judy Jirrels, standing left, and Kiwanis members Harvey Oyler, seated right, and Scott Sheley, standing right.
Alamo K-Kids Penny War Donation Al Richard 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Tales from the Great North Shared

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 19, 2016
Long-time Kiwanis Club of Baytown member Jon Pfennig was today's guest speaker. Jon provided highlights of his recent excursion to Iceland, Norway, and Greenland as part of a National Geographic cruise. He shared a cruise video of the various places visited on his trip to the Arctic region.
Tales from the Great North Shared Al Richard 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Partners in Education in Action

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 06, 2016
 
Kiwanis members were out in "full force" Thursday night, October 6, at the Alamo Elementary Family Night. The contingent was volunteering as part of the ongoing efforts between Kiwanis and our Partner in Education, Alamo. Serving at Family Night were, from left, Brent Curry, Connie Tilton, Renee Rhodes, David Mohlmann, Eleanor Albon, Harvey Oyler, and Scott Sheley.
Kiwanis Partners in Education in Action Al Richard 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

 
Docent Shares Information About Museum

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 06, 2016
Jim King, a docent from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, was guest speaker at the October 6 meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Mr. King talked about the multitude of opportunities awaiting us upon a visit to the museum. He answered questions regarding visiting the museum and shared his particular favorites from his time inside one of Houston's many downtown treasures.
  Docent Shares Information About Museum Al Richard 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Special Thanks for Club Support

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 28, 2016
 
Donna Mohlman presents club president Russell Ballard with a t-shirt in appreciation to the Club for being a title sponsor of the recent Academic Beginnings for Children summer reading project celebration. The Kiwanis Club of Baytown was a proud sponsor of the event held Saturday, September 24 at Town Square on Texas Avenue. Outgoing president Russell's last official act as president was to present the shirt to Harvey Oyler as a birthday gift and recognition of his dedicated service to Partners in Education at Alamo.
Special Thanks for Club Support Al Richard 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Receives Parks Update

Posted by Al Richard
 
City of Baytown director of Parks and Recreation Scott Johnson was the guest speaker at the September 30 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. Scott gave an overview of various park projects "in the works" currently and in the upcoming months. Highlights of his talk covered the Evergreen Point project, the Jenkins Park project, and the remodeling of the boat ramps at Bayland Island.
Kiwanis Receives Parks Update Al Richard 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Gavel Finds New Home

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 24, 2016
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown celebrated its 71st annual installation banquet at Monument Inn in Lynchburg on Thursday, September 22. Officers and directors from 2016 were recognized and new officers and directors for 2017 were installed by Kiwanis Division 28 Lt. Governor Greg Samford. Outgoing president Russell Ballard passed the ceremonial gavel to incoming president Renee Rhodes during the banquet. The ceremonial gavel is issued to the new president each year for him/her to display throughout the Kiwanis year. Congratulations Renee on become the 71st president in the history of the Baytown club! More photos from the banquet can be found by clicking the 2016 Banquet link at the top of this page.
Kiwanis Gavel Finds New Home Al Richard 2016-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Speaker Highlights Big Brother / Big Sister Program

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 07, 2016
 
The Thursday, September 8, 2017 speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Baytown meeting with Dion McInnis. Dion works as marketing manager of the Big Brother / Big Sister program of the greater Houston area. Dion told club members about the commitment it takes to be a Big Brother or Big Sister and highlighted some of the many successful mentorships the program has produced over the years. More information about the program can be found at www.bbbstx.org.
 
Kiwanis Speaker Highlights Big Brother / Big Sister Program Al Richard 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Baytown Hosts I-Lead Training Conference

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 28, 2016
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown hosted the Bayou Bunch Region I-Lead training conference at Baytown Christian Academy on August 27 for club leaders and lieutenant governors from the four-division area. Master instructors Sam Curry and Earl Forbes joined Texas-Oklahoma Governor-Elect John Sheridan at the one-day seminar. The trio of presenters posed with Baytown secretary Al Richard (left) in front of the BCA Key Club banner at the conclusion of the day. Pictured with Richard, are, from left, Gov-Elect Sheridan, Curry, and Forbes.
Baytown Hosts I-Lead Training Conference Al Richard 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Bids Farewell to Tad Patton

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 17, 2016
Members of the Baytown Kiwanis Club attended the memorial service honoring Tad Patton in lieu of its regular Thursday meeting. A two-time Baytown Kiwanian of the Year, Tad passed away August 13 at the age of 92 years old. Tad served as Key Club advisor for our club for many years, helping to charter a new Key Club at Barbers Hill High School. Known for his bow ties, the Club honored Tad by draping a black bow tie over the bell at the service held at Faith Presbyterian Church. We were honored with Tad's service to Kiwanis for over 50 years. RIP, Tad Patton.
 
 
Kiwanis Bids Farewell to Tad Patton Al Richard 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Delegates Meet International Trustee

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 11, 2016
 
Baytown Kiwanis representatives at the annual T-0 convention meet with Kiwanis international trustee Gary Levine (center).  Club members representing Baytown are, from left, Scott Sheley, Blake Cather, Levine, Al Richard, Renée Rhodes, and Eleanor Albon. For more photos from the Kiwanis International Convention and Texas-Oklahoma Convention, please select the "Conventions 2016" photo album link at the top of this page.
Kiwanis Delegates Meet International Trustee Al Richard 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Houston Rockets Pitch Ticket Sales

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 10, 2016
 
Andrew Sidney, Manage of Group and Inside Sales for the Houston Rockets, was guest speaker at the August 11 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown. A transplanted New Yorker, Andrew highlighted his career in professional sports that led him to his current position with the Rockets. Andrew gave an overview of his job duties with the Rockets and answered questions regarding individual and group sales. Members were shocked to hear that the front row, courtside tickets cost $3,200 per game per seat for the 44 home games played in the Toyota Center - a season ticket cost of $140,800 per seat. Andrew mentioned the Rockets have season ticket prices starting at $19 per game per seat for a minimum cost of $836 for one season ticket.
Houston Rockets Pitch Ticket Sales Al Richard 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Football Coaches Visit Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 04, 2016
Goose Creek CISD's three high school head football coaches visited the Kiwanis on August 4 for their annual preview of the upcoming season. The district has new head coaches this year - Bren Jones at GC Memorial and Brett Sawyer at Sterling. David Wilkinson will be starting his third year as head coach at Robert E. Lee. The coaches focused more on their roles as teacher and mentor to the athletes they serve than on the X's and O's of the sport. The trio thanked the community for the assistant provided to the success of all students in Goose Creek and invited members out to the games over the next three months. Pictured are, from left, Sawyer, Jones, Wilkinson, and GC athletic director (and Kiwanis member) Bernie Mulvaney.
Football Coaches Visit Kiwanis Al Richard 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Celebrates July Birthdays

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 28, 2016
 
The Baytown Kiwanis Club celebrated the birthdays of members born in the month of July. Each birthday honoree was presented a magical plane tickets to any destination and had to tell the Club where they would be journeying if such a ticket existed. Birthday celebrants also received a box of candy from birthday chair Roxie Krisher; special thanks to birthday boy Dave Jirrels for sharing his Whoppers with his tablemates! Celebrating July birthdays were, left to right, Mark Alexander, Eleanor Albon, Dave Jirrels, Jim Wadzinski, and David Mohlmann. Happy birthday - we hope you enjoyed the off-key birthday song from your fellow members!
Kiwanis Celebrates July Birthdays Al Richard 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Summer Meals Program in GCCISD

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 27, 2016
 
Natalie Edwards (above), Director of School Nutrition for GCCISD, and Amy George (below), GCCISD School Nutrition Community Outreach and Marketing coordinator, updated the Kiwanis Club on the growth of the summer meals program implemented through the district. Started originally to serve students assigned to GCCISD summer school during summer school time, now includes eight non-campus programs that operate Monday - Friday from June 6 thru August 5. The outreach program has grown to serve over 1,100 children aged 1-18 in Baytown. Nutritious meals are served in partnership with the USDA at Bergeron Park, Central Heights Park, Jenkins Park, McElroy Part, Pelly Park, Roseland Park, Unidad Park, and the Sterling Municipal Library. Congratulations to this outreach program of the GCCISD School Nutrition Department. 
 
Summer Meals Program in GCCISD Al Richard 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

Port of Houston Update Presented

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 22, 2016
 
Pedro Garcia, Small Business Program Manager of the Port of Houston, gave an update to the Club at our July 21 meeting. Pedro explained upcoming construction projects for the Port at the Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals and the Turning Basin. He also provided an update on the dredging of the ship channel to make way for larger container vessels that will hopefully be arriving through the newly-expanded Panama Canal.
Port of Houston Update Presented Al Richard 2016-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Houston Port Economic Alliance Provides Overview

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 07, 2016
 
Denise Smesny, southeast Texas program manager of the Houston Port Region Economic Alliance's "Dream It. Do It." initiative visited the Club on July 7 and explained her role in providing career opportunities and guidance to secondary school-aged students in the greater Houston area. The program provides presentations and information to students regarding careers available to them in residential, business, and industrial fields. Denise is a retired educator having served stints at Goose Creek CISD, Barbers Hill, and Sheldon ISD. 
Houston Port Economic Alliance Provides Overview Al Richard 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Inductee

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 07, 2016
 
Baytown Kiwanis president Russell Ballard, right, presents Satellite member Cheryl Loggins with her Kiwanis certificate of membership and Kiwanis lapel pin during her installation ceremony on July 7. Cheryl, a teacher at Goose Creek Memorial HS, joined Kiwanis several months ago. With teachers celebrating their summer vacation, Cheryl was able to attend the regular Thursday meeting and receive her official welcome into the Club! Her mother Peggy, a retired educator and current permanent substitute teacher, is also a Satellite member of the Baytown organization.
Our Newest Inductee Al Richard 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

Lee College SGA President Updates Local Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 30, 2016
Kyle Diamond, incoming president of the Lee College Student Government Association, provided some insights into campus life for students at Baytown's junior college. Also ranked the top college debater in the United States, Kyle gave Kiwanis members an overview of the many and various activities open to Lee students. Kyle spoke of his path to enrollment and Lee College and his rise to the highest-elected student body post. He emphasized "something for everyone" who attends LC and that the perception of Lee as simply a "13th grade" is wrong. He praised several of his teachers and credited them with helping him discover himself and push him to achieve his goals. With his drive and determination, Kyle would make a great Kiwanian!
Lee College SGA President Updates Local Kiwanis Al Richard 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Surprise Visitor at June 30 Meeting

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 30, 2016
Division 28 Lt. Governor Greg Samford paid a surprise visit to our club at our regular Thursday meeting on June 30. Lt. Gov. Samford gave a brief update on the international Eliminate Project and the recent Kiwanis International convention in Toronto. He also thanked the local club for its contributions to Kiwanis International and the local service our members perform. Thanks for the visit and come again soon, Lt. Governor!
Surprise Visitor at June 30 Meeting Al Richard 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis International Convention 2016

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 22, 2016
 
Kiwanis Club of Baytown President-Elect Renee Rhodes and fellow Baytown member Crystal Ivey "ham it up" on the first day of the Kiwanis International convention in Toronto. For more photos from the KI convention, visit the link in Photo Albums section located at the top right corner of this web page.
Kiwanis International Convention 2016 Al Richard 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Lee College Basketball Presents Program Overview

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 09, 2016
 
Lee College basketball was the topic of our weekly program on June 9 as head coach Roy Champagne (above) and former player Vince Garrett (below) made presentations to the membership. Coach Champagne gave an overview of the recruiting process and told the story of how Vince made his way from inner-city Chicago to Baytown. Coach Champagne explained that character traits trumps raw talent in the recruits he brings to our local community college, emphasizing Vince was a prime example of that philosophy. Vince went from LC to Rutgers and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay after finishing at Lee. He recently played a season in the German professional league but returned to Baytown to work the LC youth camps this summer. Vince feels Baytown is "home" and credits Coach Champagne on making him a better person as a result of his time at LC. Thanks to Roy and Vince for taking time to visit our club!
 
Lee College Basketball Presents Program Overview Al Richard 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Serves Alamo Faculty

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 02, 2016
 
The Kiwanis Club helped serve the staff of our Partner in Education - Alamo Elementary - at the school's annual end-of-the-year luncheon on Friday, June 3. In the photo above, members of the staff make their way through the serving line. Below is a group picture of the Kiwanians who helped set up and serve the faculty. Posing at the dessert table are Scott Sheley (Kiwanis PIE chairperson), Al Richard, Virginia Miller, Linda Kelly, Brent Currie, Harvey Oyler, Dave Jirrels, Chad Merling, Jennifer Jacobs, Gary Englert, and Eleanor Albon. A special thanks to Second Baptist Church of Baytown for their contribution to the staff luncheon. Second Baptist is located directly across from Alamo on North Main Street. For more pictures from the event please click on the "Photo Albums" link at the top right corner of this web page.
 
Kiwanis Serves Alamo Faculty Al Richard 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Reggae Sounds Entertain Kiwanis

Posted on Jun 02, 2016
 
John Davis, stage name One Man Band, entertained at the June 2 Kiwanis weekly meeting with a presentation focusing on steel drums. Mr. Davis, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, gave a brief history of the steel drums before playing a variety of tunes with reggae and calypso beats. Our guest had club members tapping their feet and singing along to his selections which ranged from Bob Marley ("Everything's Going to be Alright) to Frank Sinatra ("My Way"). Thanks to John for such an entertaining program!
Reggae Sounds Entertain Kiwanis Al Richard 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

High School Students Honored

Posted by Al Richard on May 25, 2016
 
High school students were honored at the May 26 Kiwanis Club of Baytown luncheon. Recipients of the annual Kiwanis Scholarship and Sophomores of the Year were honored at the weekly luncheon. The club presented scholarships totaling $10,000 to high school seniors from Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling, Baytown Christian Academy, Goose Creek Memorial, and Barbers Hill. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
High School Students Honored Al Richard 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Alamo Lunch Buddies Visit Club

Posted by Al Richard on May 20, 2016
 
Students from Alamo Elementary were treated to lunch with their Kiwanis lunch buddies at the May 19 meeting of the Club. In this photo, past president Gary Englert sits with his lunch buddy. The Lunch Buddy program is one of several programs sponsored by the Baytown Kiwanis Club in its participation in the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Program. Kiwanis members are paired as mentors for students at Alamo and encourage them to strive for success in school. Kiwanis buddies meet with their Alamo buddies at least once per month during lunch time at the school. For more pictures of lunch buddies, visit the "Alamo Lunch Buddies" link under the Photo Album tag on this web page.
Alamo Lunch Buddies Visit Club Al Richard 2016-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

GCCISD Police Chief Outlines Department

Posted by Al Richard on May 19, 2016
 
Goose Creek CISD chief of police Lupe Garza was the guest speaker at the May 19 meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Chief Garza was Part 3 of the month-long set of programs spotlights departments within the local school district. Chief Garza has been in the district since 2008 and became the district's first police chief when the security department was certified as a full-service police department in 2012. Chief Garza presented information of the various programs within his department, including certified police officers, campus security guards, and school crossing guards. He also highlighted educational programs for students such as DARE, GREAT, and Explorers.
GCCISD Police Chief Outlines Department Al Richard 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

GCCISD Fine Arts Programs Highlighted

Posted by Al Richard on May 13, 2016
 
Goose Creek CISD Fine Arts Director Phillip Morgan presented the club with an update of the local district's fine arts programs during our May 12 lunch meeting. Morgan, on the job since August 2015, gave a brief history of his career before turning his attention to the programs and honors offered to Goose Creek students. The GCCISD fine arts program covers all grades (K - 12) in Goose Creek, starting with art and music programs at the elementary schools and building to award-winning programs in vocal music (choir), instrumental music (band / orchestra), and arts (theatre / visual) at the high school level. Recent successes were highlighted and goals for the programs were presented. Thanks, Phillip, for the great program!
GCCISD Fine Arts Programs Highlighted Al Richard 2016-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Features Goose Creek CTE

Posted by Al Richard on May 06, 2016
 
Renea Dillon, director of the Goose Creek CISD Career and Technology Department, presented the Club with an update of "what's happening" in the district's schools for students in the career and technology arena. A veteran educator, Ms. Dillon has been at the helm of the GCCISD CTE program for six years. She gave an overview of our the recent bond election is improving CTE opportunities for local students, including the implementation of STEM labs (Science / Technology / Engineering / Math) in all junior schools and the expansion of the Stuart Career Center into a proposed CTE High School in the future. CTE endorsements can also be earned in all five GCCISD high schools through the academies program started two years ago. Ms. Dillon has brought a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the district's CTE programs and Kiwanis applauds her for efforts and thanks her for her presentation.
Speaker Features Goose Creek CTE Al Richard 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Takes Home the Gold

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 30, 2016
 
The Kiwanis team of John McMillon, Chad Merling, Gary Englert, and Jim Wadzinski hold the golf cup signifying the club's victory over the Rotary Club in the renewal of the annual golf challenge between the two local service organizations. The foursome posted a scramble score of 59 to defeat the Rotarians by a single shot during the recent Baytown Christian Academy golf tournament. This was the sixth meeting between the two clubs in a golf challenge benefitting a selected charity event. With the win the Kiwanis evened the series at three wins each and we eagerly look forward to next year's tournament. The victory cup is on display at Community Bank of Texas on Garth Road. Great job, Kiwanians!
Kiwanis Takes Home the Gold Al Richard 2016-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Free Lance Writer Shares "The Baytown Project"

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 27, 2016
 
Local free-lance writer and former Baytown Sun sports editor David Berkowitz provided the Club with an overview of The Baytown Project, a project he began two years ago featuring stories about "everyday Baytownians." Berkowitz explained he wanted to do something to fill his time during retirement and used "Humans of New York" as inspiration for his project. The Baytown Project features photos and stories about people he comes upon during his daily activities around Baytown. Berkowitz travels around the city looking for individuals to interview because, in his words, "everyone has a story to tell." The noted author shared some of the stories of persons he has encountered. The Baytown Project can be found on Facebook. Thank you, David, for your excellent presentation. 
Free Lance Writer Shares "The Baytown Project" Al Richard 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Another Trip Around the Sun

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 27, 2016
Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher had only one April Kiwanis birthday to celebrate as she hears long-time member John Mabry tell the club what would be his ultimate destination to celebrate another birthday. Without hesitation John chose Hawaii as his wish-trip. We couldn't agree more! Happy birthday, John. We hope you enjoyed our birthday singing!
Another Trip Around the Sun Al Richard 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

BPD Detective Presents Drug Awareness Update

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 20, 2016
 
Detective Aaron Crowell of the Baytown Police Department presented an update to Kiwanis on April 21 regarding the facts, dangers, and efforts to eliminate synthetic marijuana use in our community. Crowell is part of a task force designed to educate the public about the drug know on the streets as KUSH. Synthetic drugs are unregulated, untested, and highly potent. The use of synthetics increased nationwide over 169% from 2013 to 2014. In Baytown alone, police are reporting an average of three hospital admissions per day for reactions to the drug, which can be ingested through smoking or inhaling. Synthetic marijuana was made illegal in Texas on September 1, 2015, and BPD is working diligently to educate citizens about its dangers as well as tracking and prosecuting dealers and users.
BPD Detective Presents Drug Awareness Update Al Richard 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Hears About "Imagine Baytown" Initiative

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 13, 2016
 
Nick Woolery (above) introduced the Kiwanis Club to the "Imagine Baytown" project currently underway as a part of the city's development of a five-year strategic plan. The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC) is currently gathering information from citizens regarding perceptions of the Baytown community. The SPAC will report its findings to City Council in the near future, helping Council to chart a course of excellence for the city. Helping lead a fact-finding activity was Dan Griffiths (below), the director of strategic planning for Tanner LLC, the consultant working with the city to gather information for the SPAC. Today's activities focused on what Kiwanians feel are Baytown's biggest assets and what each person's first steps would be if he/she were elected king/queen with ultimate power to make any wish happen for Baytown. Baytown Kiwanis thanks Nick and Dan for their presentation and hopes Nick appreciates having his photo made in front of the banner of Baytown's leading service organization!
 
Kiwanis Hears About "Imagine Baytown" Initiative Al Richard 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Ready to Roll

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 13, 2016
 
Kiwanis members Roxie Krisher and Chad Merling test out two of the four bicycles being donated by Kiwanis to Alamo Elementary as perfect attendance incentives for the school year. Roxie and Chad "stepped up to the plate" when Partner in Education chairperson Scott Sheley (standing) made a plea on behalf of Alamo for the Kiwanis to provide the incentives. The trio delivered the bicycles after our April 14 regular meeting. Kiwanis Club of Baytown is a two-time Chamber of Commerce Partner of the Year with its partnership with Alamo Elementary.
Ready to Roll Al Richard 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Mayor Presents "State of the City"

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 10, 2016
 
Baytown Mayor Steve Don Carlos gave the Club a scaled-down version of his annual State of the City address at the April 7 Kiwanis meeting. Subjects covered by Mayor Steve were future development on Garth Road near Hunt Road, the transformation of the San Jacinto Mall, the development of Chambers Town Center, the Alexander Road Kroger rebuild, single-family home growth at Wallisville and Garth, as well as Rollingbrook Drive, future projects for Texas Avenue and Bayland Island, and industrial expansions in the area. Thank you Mayor Steve for sharing with our club - it's always a pleasure hearing from someone from that otheR Baytown service club!
Mayor Presents "State of the City" Al Richard 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

Club Member "Badgers" Another

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 05, 2016
 
Long-time Kiwanis member David Mohlman (right) "badgered" another long-time member Jim Wadzinski (left) at the April 1 Kiwanis luncheon by forcing Jim to wear a Notre Dame cap and lead the singing of the Fighting Irish fight song. The jocularity was the result of a friendly wager placed on a recent NCAA basketball playoff game between Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Mohlman, an ND grad, and Wadzinski, a native of the badger state, agreed that the loser of the Sweet 16 matchup would lead the other team's fight song at a club meeting. Jim was in excellent tune for his rendition. After losing previous wagers against LSU, one would think Wadzinski had learned his lesson risking shame in the name of UW!
Club Member "Badgers" Another Al Richard 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

Kroger Marketplace Opens in Baytown

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 31, 2016
 
David Himsel, general manager of the new Kroger Marketplace on Garth Road, was our guest speaker at the April 1 meeting. A life-long Baytown resident, David got his start in the O'Brien grocery store and has been employed by Kroger for over 30 years. David shared with us several facts regarding the Kroger brand across the nation (over 2700 stores in 38 states) as well as the newest technologies available at the new Baytown store. Of special interest to club members was the on-line ordering feature with drive-thru pick-up slated to begin later in April. The Kiwanis Club of Baytown welcomes Kroger Marketplace into our community.
Kroger Marketplace Opens in Baytown Al Richard 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Teams With Alamo to Beautify Baytown

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 24, 2016
 
Members of the Baytown Kiwanis Club joined forces with the Alamo Elementary K-Kids Club to plant two trees and build an additional flower garden to the existing Alamo garden on March 24, 2016. The project was a part of the efforts of the Keep Baytown Beautiful committee. Congratulations on a winning partnership. The project was spear-headed by Kiwanis' Partner in Education liaison Scott Sheley.
 
Kiwanis Teams With Alamo to Beautify Baytown Al Richard 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Dogs, Cats, and Other Critters

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 24, 2016
 
Kevin Cummings, Coordinator of Animal Services for the City of Baytown, was the guest speaker at our March 24 luncheon. Kevin told the club about his role with the local animal shelter, sharing some anecdotes about the progress being made at the shelter and keeping us entertained with some funny stories built over his years in the animal services (not control, because the animals are always in control) career. Kevin answered numerous questions about dogs, cats, skunks, and cayotes. However, he would not admit that dogs ruled over cats as the best pet to have!
Dogs, Cats, and Other Critters Al Richard 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Astros Ready to Play Ball in 2016

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 09, 2016
 
Jake Winowich, Manager of Inside Sales for the Houston Astros, provided a positive overview of the upcoming baseball season for the 2016 Astros at our March 10 meeting. Winowich has been with the Astros for five years and expressed excitement regarding the 2016 season. Jake walked us through the projected position players and discussed off-season acquisitions made to better-improve the club. Everyone in the Astros' organization expects this year to be better than last, when the Astros made it to the Division Series against the World Series-bound and eventual world champion Kansas City Royals. Jake answered questions from the audience on a wide range of "anything Astros" topics. Thanks to Jake we could almost smell the hot dogs and hear the crack of the bat!
Astros Ready to Play Ball in 2016 Al Richard 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Celebrates Birthdays

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 09, 2016
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown took time at its March 10 meeting to celebrate birthdays of club members born in the months of February and March. Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher (center) had each member introduce themselves, tell us their birthday, and provide us an interesting piece of little-known information about themselves. Celebrating were, left from, Renee Rhodes, Mark Hall, Blake Cather, Chad Merling, Roxie, Jeff Butler, Linda Kelly, and Lowell Westerman. Happy birthday, Kiwanians!
Kiwanis Celebrates Birthdays Al Richard 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Membership Hits 70 With Latest Induction

Posted by Al Richard on Mar 02, 2016
 
Harvey Oyler, left, upped the membership number of the Baytown Kiwanis Club to 70 with his induction at the March 3 meeting. Harvey was sponsored by past president Dave Jirells and has already become an active member of the club, participating in two community service events in his first two weeks after Board approval. Harvey helped direct traffic at the YMCA Gator Bike Ride and read to students at Alamo Elementary as part of our participation as a Partner in Education. Welcome Harvey!
 
Membership Hits 70 With Latest Induction Al Richard 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Economic Development Featured

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 28, 2016
 
B.J. Simon of the Baytown - West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation gave the Club an overview of the foundation's work over the past year. Mr. Simon explained the many economic development projects the foundation had worked to complete and stressed the area is not done expanding. The east Houston area is prime for more growth along the I-10 corridor.
Economic Development Featured Al Richard 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0

Early Childhood Literacy Is Topic of Program

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 28, 2016
 
 
Mike Horner and Donna Mohlmann, pictured above, presented information at the February 18 club meeting about early childhood literacy. Mike spoke about the United Way's Early Matters program. The program aims to lower the statistic that 62% of pre-school children in our area are unprepared for kindergarten. The goal of the program is to have all third graders reading on grade level by the year 2025. Donna's presentation highlighted the work of the Sterling Municipal Library's Books for New Readers program.
Early Childhood Literacy Is Topic of Program Al Richard 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0

BCA Key Club Represents at Gator Bike Ride

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 28, 2016
 
Lexie Wong, center, a freshman a Baytown Christian Academy, is surrounded by classmates who are members of the BCA Key Club before the start of the February 27 YMCA Gator Bike Ride. The Key Club members worked with adults from the Baytown Kiwanis Club to direct traffic as riders from across Texas converged on Lee College. Lexie was participating in the event with her grandfather, Lee College president Dr. Dennis Brown. Surrounding Lexie are, from left, Alyssa Lewis, Morgan Miller, Lexie, Katelyn Brown, and Lacy Gray. Over 20 Key Club members joined the Kiwanians in this annual community service project.
BCA Key Club Represents at Gator Bike Ride Al Richard 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0

Revitalization of Local NAACP Discussed

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 12, 2016
 
Nikki Brooks, a Baytown native, is spearheading the re-establishment of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and spoke about her efforts and the history of the organization at the February 11 Kiwanis meeting. Nikki explained the goal of the revitalization of the East Houston - Chambers chapter of the NAACP will be to advance minorities and bride the gaps between the generations. Also visiting the club this week was Ray Wilson, a founding member of the original Baytown chapter of the NAACP.
Revitalization of Local NAACP Discussed Al Richard 2016-02-13 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Learns About Diamonds

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 10, 2016
 
Local gemologist and jeweler Paul Hargrave presented a unique program at the February 4 meeting of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Paul, a certified diamond expert, gave the club a historical background of diamond mining and answered numerous questions from membership on the top. Interesting tidbits shared included the fact that the world's "youngest" diamond is over 1,000,000 years old and that 80% of diamonds mine in the world are used for industrial purposes while only 20% are mined for commercial use. 
Kiwanis Learns About Diamonds Al Richard 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Two New Members Inducted

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 10, 2016
Dr. Christina Ponce, right, congratulates Ehab Mustafa on becoming a member of the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Ponce introduced Ehah to membership in November and he was officially inducted at the February 11 meeting.
 
Kiwanis President-Elect Renee Rhodes, left, pins Crystal Ivey during the club's induction ceremony on February 11. Renee served as Crystal's sponsor into the Baytown club.
Two New Members Inducted Al Richard 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Top Apple Sellers Recognized

Posted by Al Richard on Feb 08, 2016
 
The top sellers in the 2015 apple sale were recognized for their efforts at a recent meeting. Virginia Miller (left) finished in third place, Al Richard (center) finished in second place, and Gary Englert (right) took home the coveted John Tucker Apple Award again as top seller. Gary has won the award so many times in a row that the club has stopped counting his victories! However, everyone knows that his victories are really a victory for the kids and community.
Top Apple Sellers Recognized Al Richard 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Learns About Coastal Restoration

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 27, 2016
 
Scott Alfa from Natural Resources Conservation Services detailed his work with the agency dedicated to protecting and restoring the coasts of Galveston Bay. Topics covered by Scott included marsh restoration, colonial water bird island improvement, the use of dredge material to create intertidal marsh around the ship channel, the creation of living shore lines, and oyster shell recycling efforts.
Kiwanis Learns About Coastal Restoration Al Richard 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Donates to Diabetes Ball

Posted on Jan 20, 2016
 
Kiwanis president Russell Ballard presents a sponsorship check to Laurie Terry, chairperson of the American Diabetes Association annual fundraiser gala. Laurie, a Baytown Kiwanis club member, has spearheaded this annual event for many years and our club is proud to continue our support of the event!
Kiwanis Donates to Diabetes Ball 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes Our Newest Member

Posted by Al Richard on Jan 20, 2016
 
Blake Cather officially was inducted as the newest, and youngest, member of the Baytown Kiwanis Club on January 21, 2016. Blake, a graduate of Baytown Christian Academy and Texas A&M, joined the club in December. Helping to induct Blake are current president Russell Ballard (right) and sponsor Gary Englert (center). Blake was also presented a Kiwanis shirt as the newest member of our basketball team. We are pleased to have Blake enter our organization!
Club Welcomes Our Newest Member Al Richard 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

Recognizing the Aged of Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 18, 2015
 
Kiwanis took time at its December 17 meeting to recognize club members celebrating birthdays in November and December. Members shared their upcoming Christmas plans during the ceremony, hosted monthly (when she remembers) Birthday Chair Rosie Krisher. Members celebrating are, left to right, Joe Wilson, Scott Sheley, Christina Ponce, John McMillon, Russell Ballard, and Roxie Krisher.
Recognizing the Aged of Kiwanis Al Richard 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Supports Emma's Hugs

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 18, 2015
 
Dena Horne (center), Executive Director of Emma's Hugs, accepts a $1,000 donation from Dave Jirrels, left, and club president Russell Ballard at a recent Kiwanis Club of Baytown meeting. Emma's Hugs is a local charity whose mission to assist families of young children hospitalized in downtown Houston with parking expenses. The Club is proud to be a sponsor of Emma's Hugs!
Kiwanis Supports Emma's Hugs Al Richard 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

Austin Choir Impresses Club

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 17, 2015
 
The Stephen F. Austin Elementary Choir, under the direction of Ms. Carol Colvin, provided Christmas entertainment at our last meeting of 2015. The highlight of the mini-concert was the group's rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas - Texas Style! The 35 members are a sub-group of the school's 100-member Honor Choir. Thank you, Austin Elementary, for sending off to the Christmas break with joy and song in our hearts!
Austin Choir Impresses Club Al Richard 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

K-Kids Make Holiday Cards

Posted by Al Richard
Members of the Alamo Elementary K-Kids Club share holiday cards made at a recent club meeting. Baytown Kiwanis has sponsored the K-Kids Club at Alamo since 2012.
 
K-Kids Make Holiday Cards Al Richard 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

RSS Swing Choir Provides Holiday Entertainment

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 13, 2015
The Ross S Sterling Swing Choir performed holiday classics for the membership at our weekly luncheon on December 10. The groups performed music featuring the girls, the guys, and the combined group.
 
RSS Swing Choir Provides Holiday Entertainment Al Richard 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Entertained by Local Teacher

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 03, 2015
Robert E. Lee High School orchestra director John Yong kicked off the Kiwanis holiday season by providing instrumental Christmas selections on violin and guitar at our weekly meeting December 3. Mr. Yong has been a music educator in GCCISD for 17 years. His son is currently serving as vice president of the GCMHS Key Club. Mr. Yong previously provided a holiday program in 2013 when he conducted his Baytown Junior School orchestra at a club meeting.
Kiwanis Entertained by Local Teacher Al Richard 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Kiwanis Hears the Story of Emma's Hugs

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 18, 2015
 
Dena Horne, executive director of Emma's Hugs, presented the November 19 program to club members. Emma's Hugs is a non-profit Baytown organization whose mission is "to support families and caregivers of those in hospital settings so that they can better focus on their loved one's recovery." The organization provides parking assistance to families experiencing medical issues requiring extended stays in major hospitals in the Houston Medical Center. Learn more about the mission of Emma's Hugs and ways to support the cause by visiting their website at www.emmashugs.com or emailing at emmashugs@yahoo.com. An upcoming event planned to raise funds is the annual Emma's Bayou Bash on March 5, 2016. 
Kiwanis Hears the Story of Emma's Hugs Al Richard 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

New Members Installed

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 18, 2015
 
The Kiwanis Club of Baytown installed two new members at the November 19 meeting. Pictured are new members Jennifer Jacobs (second from left) and Linda Kelly (middle). Welcoming our newest members are Al Richard, left (sponsor of Jennifer) and Dave Jirrels, second from right (sponsor of Linda). Club president Russell Ballard (right) installed the new members. Welcome Jennifer and Linda!
New Members Installed Al Richard 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

NASA Engineer Mesmerizes Kiwanians

Posted by Al Richard on Nov 11, 2015
 
Dr. Gary Kitmacher, a NASA engineer for over 30 years, presented an overview of the US space program to Kiwanis at our November 12 meeting. Dr. Kitmacher's projects at NASA include working on the Russian Mir Orbital Station and completing advanced concept design work for future moon bases and manned Mars' missions. He also served as subsystem manager for the space shuttle program and the current International Space Station. He presented NASA's vision for one day placing man on Mars and the need for further continuance of the exploration of space.
NASA Engineer Mesmerizes Kiwanians Al Richard 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Fall Gardening Tips Received

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 24, 2015
 
Noted local garden expert and former Sterling Municipal Library librarian Kathryn Brown was the guest speak at our October 22 meeting. Kathryn reviewed gardening tips for the upcoming fall and winter months as well as answering questions regarding how to make plants thrive in our locale.
Fall Gardening Tips Received Al Richard 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

County Commisioner Speaks to Club

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 07, 2015
 
Jack Mormom, Harris County Commissioner Pct. 2, speaks to Kiwanians at our weekly luncheon on October 8. Commissioner Mormom, in office since 2011, updated the club on the upcoming bond elections in November. Mr. Mormom highlighted what the passage of the bond would mean to our precinct in the areas of transportation, flood control, animal control, and parks. The four bond propositions, if passed, will not increase our county tax rate. Our thanks to Commissioner Mormon for visiting despite his being somewhat "under the weather."
 
County Commisioner Speaks to Club Al Richard 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

New Board Members Ready to Serve?

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 07, 2015
Two recently-elected Board members, Linda Krisher (left) and Roxie Krisher (right), appear ready to get down to Kiwanis board business at their first board meeting on October 8. The duo may (or may not) have been showing tongue-in-cheek displeasure at the board meeting start time of 7:00am. Either way, the duo has diligently volunteered their service for the next two years! Thank you, ladies!
 
 
New Board Members Ready to Serve? Al Richard 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

New Directors Appointed

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 21, 2015
 
 
The Kiwanis Club installed its 2016 Board of Directors at the recent Installation Banquet at Luna's Restaurant. Elected to the board for the upcoming year, are (left to right, seated) Eleanor Albon, Virginia Miller, Rhonda Skaggs, Roxie Krisher, and Linda Krisher. Standing are (left to right) president Russell Ballard, David Black, Gary Englert, and Chad Merling.
New Directors Appointed Al Richard 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

Passing the Gavel

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 21, 2015
 
Outgoing Kiwanis president Dave Jirrels, right, hands the traveling gavel to incoming president Russell Ballard during the recent Installation Banquet of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. The passing of the gavel has become an annual tradition as the club changes leadership. The traveling gavel sits on the presiding president's desk at work for one year as a constant reminder of the challenge he faces in leading our club through its next fiscal year. Congratulations Russell!
Passing the Gavel Al Richard 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

Officers Installed for 2016

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 19, 2015
 
Officers for 2016 are (left to right, seated) John McMillon, assistant secretary, Dave Jirrels, immediate past president, and Lowell Westerman, treasurer. Standing, Russell Ballard, president, Renee Rhodes, president-elect, Scott Haggard, vice president, Jim Giroir, assistant treasurer, and Al Richard, secretary.
 
To see more photos from the installation banquet please look in the Photo Album section located in the top, right corner of our home page.
 
 
 
Officers Installed for 2016 Al Richard 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

Packed House on Thursday

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 09, 2015
The Club enjoyed one of its most highly-attended meetings of the summer to hear Baytown's new city manager speak. Below is a picture showing the "packed house" for the day!
Packed House on Thursday Al Richard 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Rick Davis Meets the Kiwanis Club

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 09, 2015
Baytown's new city manager, Rick Davis, was guest speaker at the September 10 meeting. Mr. Davis, a former Kiwanian in his previous residence of Utah, spoke of his ties to the Baytown area in being a driving force in his relocation for his new position. He spoke about his priorities for his first year in Baytown and intends on building a strategic planning committee to help shape the city's future. Welcome to Baytown, Mr. Davis!
Rick Davis Meets the Kiwanis Club Al Richard 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Inclusive Playground Check Presentation

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 09, 2015
Kiwanis Club president Dave Jirrels, right, presents a check for $10,000 in support of the James Bowie Elementary Inclusive Playground initiative to, left to right, Scott Johnson, director of the City of Baytown Parks and Recreation Department, Dr. Tom Kelchner, director of GCCISD Special Education, Randy O'Brien, GCCISD superintendent, and Rick Davis, Baytown City Manager. The inclusive playground, which had its ribbon cutting September 10, 2015, was a colaberative effort between the school district, city of Baytown, Kiwanis Club, and Rotary Club.
Inclusive Playground Check Presentation Al Richard 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Police Chief Speaks to Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 02, 2015
Baytown Police Chief Keith Dougherty presented an overview of the Baytown Crime Control & Prevention District (CCPD) at our regular meeting on Sept. 3. Chief Dougherty highlighted how money raised through the CCPD via a 1/8 cent sales tax is utilized to put more officers on the street, better equip all officers, and help make Baytown a safer place to live. The CCPD is scheduled for reauthorization by voters in the upcoming November 3 elections. The CCPD must be unauthorized by voters every five years. The CCPD has been in operation for 10 years.
Police Chief Speaks to Kiwanis Al Richard 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Monica Boyd Literacy Foundation

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 28, 2015
Leslie Favors (left) board member of the Monica Boyd Literacy Foundation presented an overview of the foundation's mission of providing free tutorials to improve reading skills in elementary students who are lagging in reading skills. Leslie told the story of local resident Monica Boyd and her difficulties completing her education due to insufficient reading skills and her goal to help as many youngsters as possible to overcome reading deficiencies at no cost to parents. Inviting Leslie to speak at the meeting was August program chairperson Scott Sheley (right) who complimented Leslie's story with data tying a lack of literacy skills to future troubles in the lives of those who never acquire a command of reading.
Monica Boyd Literacy Foundation Al Richard 2015-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Goose Creek ISD Update

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 07, 2015
Goose Creek CISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Dr. Melissa Duarte and GCCISD superintendent Randal O'Brien took time away from their school district duties (and time away from Rotary) to share a meal and present on the current State of the District at the July 6 Kiwanis meeting. Highlight of the presentation was the announcement that ALL GCCISD schools had earned the highest "Met Standard" status for the 2014-15 school year.
Goose Creek ISD Update Al Richard 2015-08-08 00:00:00Z 0

Chevron Phillips Expansion Update

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 29, 2015
Plant Manager Mitch Krutlilek gave the Club members are update on the plant expansion at the Cedar Bayou CP plant at the July 30 regular meeting. Mitch also gave an overview of the various products that are produced at the plant and their uses in our lives.
 
Chevron Phillips Expansion Update Al Richard 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Lee College President Updates Club Al Richard 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Visitor from Kiwanis International

Posted by Al Richard
Dr. Anne Updegraff Spleth, Chief Operating Officer of the Kiwanis International Foundation, visited the Club on July 9 and gave an update on the Kiwanis Eliminate Project. Dr. Spleth's role as COO of the Eliminate Project is to oversee the fundraising project that is designed to raise $110 million to eliminate material and neonatal tetanus in the world. The fundraising project is the largest in the history of Kiwanis International. Dr. Spleth posed with current Baytown Kiwanis president Dave Jirrels after her presentation.
Visitor from Kiwanis International Al Richard 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

K-Kids Raise Money for Eliminate Project

Posted by Al Richard on Jun 04, 2015
The Alamo Elementary K-Kids Club recently raised $800 for the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project. The goal of Eliminate is to eradicate maternal and neo-natal tetanus in the world. The students staged a "penny war" during the last week of the school year to assist the Kiwanis Club of Baytown's work with this world-wide project.
K-Kids Raise Money for Eliminate Project Al Richard 2015-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

June Birthday Celebrations

Celebrating birthdays at a recent Kiwanis meeting are Virginia Miller (left), Thurman Rowlett (center), and Rhonda Skaggs (right). Thurman seems to be enjoying the company!
June Birthday Celebrations Al Richard 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Learning About Galveston Bay Fishing

Posted by Al Richard on May 14, 2015

Capt. Nathan Gray gave the Club an overview of his fishing guide services during the May 14 Kiwanis Club weekly meeting at Luna's. Capt. Gray has 14 years of experience fishing the local waters for snapper, trout, and redfish. Capt. Gray had members attempt to tie knots with fishing line and bait hooks with artificial bait. We learned there are not many members adept at fishing procedures!
 

 
Connie and Susan struggle baiting their hook!
 
 
Virginia, John, and Renee struggle to tie knots with fishing line!
 
Learning About Galveston Bay Fishing Al Richard 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

Stuart Career Center Program

Posted by Al Richard
April Program Chairperson Linda Krisher (left) stands with Tina Andrade (center) and Kiwanis president Dave Jirrels after the April 30 club meeting. Ms. Andrade, the culinary arts teacher at Stuart Career Center, gave a presentation highlighting the seven programs available to Goose Creek CISD high school students at the district's career/tech facility. Ms. Andrade showed an award-winning video featuring all SCC programs. The program was produced on-site at the campus by GCCISD students. She also showed a video promoting her program and explained the many opportunities available to local students.
 
 
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Eagles in our Midst

Posted by Al Richard on Apr 21, 2015
Local birding enthusiast Paul Gregg gave a presentation over the eagles of southeast Texas at our weekly meeting April 16. Paul shared several stories and pictures from his numerous hours of watching these majestic creatures nesting in and around the Houston area, including the nesting pair in the woods near Evergreen Point Golf Course.
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Lee College Professor Talks Civil War

Posted by Al Richard
Dr. Stu Edwards, a professor at Lee College, entertained the Club at our March 28 meeting with his expertise on the Civil War. Dr. Edwards focused on the unique aspects of the war that differentiated it from other wars that preceded it.
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Club Hears Life Flight Presentation

Posted by Al Richard
Ryan LeNorman, EMS for Life Flight, presented to the Club at our April 2 meeting. Ryan has been a member of the Life Flight team for five years. Club members were treated with his photos and stories of working in this critical care area.
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January Birthday Fun

Birthday chairperson Roxie Krisher has some fun with the January birthday boys - Bernie Mulvaney, David Bloom, and Bill Lucas - at the March 12 meeting. Each birthday celebrant had to answer a question to receive a prize.
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Public Transportation Update

David Jones of the Harris Country Transit Authority updates the Club regarding Baytown's public transportation system at the March 12 Club meeting.
 
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Meals on Wheels Presentation

Posted on Mar 09, 2015
 
Ron Parker from the Baytown Meals on Wheels program was the guest speaker at the February 26 noon luncheon. Ron gave on overview of the current program and its history.
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Club Gets Fire Department Update

Our guest speaker at the February 19, 2015 meeting with Baytown Fire Department Asst. Chief Bill Baylis. Chief Baylis gave us an update of improvements made in the department in the past few years as well as plans for the future. Thank you Mr. Baylis for your informative presentation!
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Kiwanis Inducts Four

The four newest members of the Baytown Kiwanis Club were inducted during the club's weekly meeting on February 19. New members are, left to right, Patti Jett (sponsored by Connie Tilton), Beth Dombrowa (sponsored by Jim Wadzinski), Susan Jackson (sponsored by David Black), and Shane Blackmon (sponsored by Renee Rhodes). Congratulations to our newest members and a hearty "thanks" to our club members for bringing in new members.
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Rotarians Honor Kiwanis

Posted on Feb 04, 2015
Members of the Baytown Rotary Club paid a visit to the February 5, 2015, Kiwanis meeting to present a crystal apple in congratulations for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kiwanis. Presenting the gift was Rotary president Tim Planty to Kiwanis president Dave Jirrels. The two clubs have been partners in serving the Baytown community for a combined period of over 100 years. The Baytown Kiwanis thanks its "brothers and sisters in service."
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Crawin' For The Cure

Posted on Feb 04, 2015
Guest speaker at the February 5 meeting was Andy Cherry, director of sales and marketing for Coastal Flow. Andy's presentation centered around the need to support the upcoming fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "Crawin' For The Cure," the fifth annual crawfish boil and gumbo cook-off on May 30 at the Pasadena Rodeo Fairgrounds. Andy presented a brief a video about the advances that have been made in the treatment of children with Cystic Fibrosis, with emphasis on the need for continued research for this fatal disease. Information on the fund raiser is available at www.crawinforthecure.coastalflow.com.
 
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BPD Presents at Meeting

Assistant Chief David Alford was the guest speaker at the January 22, 2015 meeting of the Club. Officer Alford entertained with updates on the Baytown Police Department and provided helpful tips to keep us all safe in our homes.
 
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Wadzinski Named 2014 Kiwanian of the Year

Former Kiwanis Club president Mark Alexander (right) presents Jim Wadzinski with a plaque naming him Co-Kiwanian of the Year for 2014. Jim served diligently as Program Chairperson for several years and is actively involved in the Baytown community, having also earned the distinction of Citizen of the Year for 2014 from the Baytown Sun.
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Alamo Choir Entertains

Posted by Al Richard
Members of the Alamo choir are pictured entertaining the club at our last meeting of 2014. The Kiwanis Club of Baytown partners with Alamo through the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Program.
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Apple Proceeds Presented to Club

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 10, 2014

2014 Apple Chairperson Russell Ballard (left) presents 2015 Kiwanis president Dave Jirrells, (center) and Kiwanis treasurer Lowell Westermann (right) with a profit check from the recently completed annual Apple Sale. This year's sale surpassed last year's total by over $5,000. Congratulations to Russell for running an outstanding apple campaign!Image

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Sterling Stars Visit Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Dec 10, 2014

Sterling Stars director Jamie Lumpkin outlines the various activities that the local drill team participates in each school year. The Stars were represented at the December 11 meeting by Ms. Lumpkin and the Stars field officers.

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Sterling Star Field Officers provide holiday entertainment at a recent Kiwanis meeting. The Stars danced their football pom routine set to Christmas music.

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Skaggs Named Kiwanian of the Year

Posted by Al Richard

Rhonda Skaggs was named 2014 Kiwanian of the Year by outgoing president Mark Alexander at the annual installation lunchdeon held on September 25th. Congratulations to Rhonda for winning the award for the second time this decade for her work spearheading our involvement with the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education program at Alamo Elementary!Image

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Chinquapin Visits Kiwanis

Posted by Al Richard on Oct 01, 2014

The Kiwanis Club of Baytown welcomed representatives of the Chinquapin Prep Academy at its October 2 meeting. Executive Director Laura Henry, Director of Development Marilu Garza, and senior student Francisco Canamar provided information about the local non-profit college prep school located in Highlands. Ms Henry provided data on student success, Ms. Garza explained her role in the finances of the school, and Canamar gave personal testimony about the impact Chinquapin has had on his life. Pictured below, from left, are Kiwanis president Dave Jirrels, Ms. Henry, Canamar, and Ms. Garza. 

 

 

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New Members Inducted

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 29, 2014

ImageThe Kiwanis Club of Baytown recently added five new members. Pictured are Division 28 LG Greg Samford (left) and 2015 club president Dave Jirrels (right) with the new members. They are, from left, Tina Martinez, Bernie Mulvaney, Josh Bell, Brent Currie, and Harry Heinlein.

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Passing the Gavel

Posted by Al Richard on Sep 24, 2014

Outgoing president Mark Alexander (right) pins incoming president Dave Jirrels as part of the annual tradition of the Baytown Kiwanis Club. Dave is returning for his second term as president of the Club.

 

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Kiwanis Finds New Home

Posted by Al Richard on Jul 02, 2014
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After countless years meeting weekly at Goose Creek Country Club, the Kiwanis Club of Baytown moved to its new home - Luna's Restaurant - on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Traditional patriotic songs were sung as the club opened a new era in its existence in Baytown. The move to Luna's was necessitated by the recent closing of the country club after serving as a social meeting place for Baytown residents for 58 years. Officer elections for 2015 were held and the following Kiwanians were elected unanimously to serve in the upcoming year:

President- Dave Jirrels

President Elect - Russell Ballard

Vice President - Rene Rhodes

Secretary - Al Richard

Treasurer - Lowell Westerman

Asst. Secretary - John McMillon

Asst. Treasurer - Jim Giroir

Newly-elected two-year Board members are: Roxie Krisher, Roy Fuller, Rhonda Skaggs, Virginia Miller, Sandy Denson, and Eleanor Albon.

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Kiwanis Membership Approves "Satellite" Membership Class

Posted by Al Richard on Aug 17, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Baytown has announced a new membership classification recently approved by its current membership that will allow new opportunities for local residents to share in the Kiwanis International mission of “Serving the Children of the World.”

Effective September 1, the local civic organization will begin accepting members under the Satellite classification.

Satellite members of the Kiwanis Club will hold full membership privileges in the international organization that prides itself in “changing the world one child and one community at a time.” However, Satellite membership will be available without the financial obligations of attending a weekly lunch meeting that is currently placed on the club’s Traditional members.

“Kiwanis International has been exploring membership options over the past several years in an attempt to broaden its membership reach within the individual communities currently being served by the organization,” Al Richard, current Division 28 Lieutenant Governor and past president of the Baytown club, explained.

“This satellite membership class will open the doors of volunteerism to more members of our community,” Richard continued. “No longer will Kiwanis members have to attend a noon meeting every week and incur the costs of those meals in its membership dues.”

Under the Satellite class, members enter under a 3-2-1 plan outlined by Kiwanis International. The 3-2-1 plans encourages three hours of volunteerism, two hours of fellowship activities with Kiwanians, and one hour devoted to business meetings each month. These activities will be scheduled at times that best fit the Satellite members’ schedules.

“We feel this unique membership status will open service opportunities to sections of our community that, in the past due to employment constraints, could not join Kiwanis,” Russell Ballard, current Kiwanis president, remarked.

“Shift workers, school employees, and those who commute outside of Baytown daily for employment will now have an opportunity to join a local chapter of a world-wide organization dedicated to improving the lives of children,” Ballard continued. “This membership class is designed to eliminate some of the obstacles that have prevented many individuals from joining our organization.”

Members currently engaged in Kiwanis through the traditional weekly noon lunch meeting format will continue to participate in service activities under the current format and will be actively involved in the Satellite members’ activities.

The two groups will work together in raising funds for local and international Kiwanis projects as well as participating in various charitable endeavors in the community. Kiwanis International is currently involved in The Eliminate Project, a world-wide service effort to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the face of the planet.

Kiwanis International’s prior world-wide service project raised over $80 million to eradicate iodine deficiency disorders around the globe in the 1990’s. That project was heralded by UNICEF as one of the most successful health initiatives of the 20th century.

The Kiwanis Club of Baytown has been active in the local community for over 57 years since its charter in March of 1946. Baytown is a member of Division 28 of the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International. Division 28 encompasses clubs in Baytown, Bay City, Texas City, LaMarque, Pasadena, Alvin, and Galveston.

Currently the Baytown club sponsors service leadership Key Clubs in five local high schools (Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling, Goose Creek Memorial, Baytown Christian Academy, and Barbers Hill). In addition, the club serves Alamo Elementary through the Baytown Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education Program, having twice been named Partner of the Year for its efforts at Alamo. The club recently chartered a K-Kids Club at Alamo, the elementary-based service leadership program of KI.

Kiwanis in Baytown is well-known throughout the area for its annual Apple Sale in the fall that provides all funding used during the fiscal year to support Kiwanis activities. In the past, the Baytown club has been a proud supporter financially and through volunteer services of Special Olympics, Special Rodeo, the Gator Bike Ride, the Jailbreak Run, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and many other annual local events.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the Satellite membership option of the Baytown Kiwanis Club can click on the link “Become a Satellite Kiwanian!” located under the Site Pages button along the left margin of the home page.          

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BCA Key Club Hosts Meeting

Posted by Al Richard

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The officers of the Baytown Christian Academy Key Club ran the meeting Thursday, May 9. BCA president and newly-elected division lieutenant governor Jayce Williams was the presiding officer. Joining Jayce were fellow BCA Key Clubbers Macy Lawson, Jake Dodds, Annie McClennon, and Shainia Perez. The students enjoyed leading the meeting - especially dishing out fines to President Russell Ballard, Mark Hall, Gary Englert, Connie Tilton, and their headmaster, Lt. Gov. Al Richard! The students also contributed to the club's support of the Alamo K-Kids pet food drive by donating dog food to Alamo PIE coordinator Rhonda Skaggs (third from left).

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How to Avoid Injury

Posted by Al Richard

Our second speaker was Vickie Chao from Methodist San Jacinto Hospital who gave a brief overview on protecting our physical health while filling apple orders during our annual Apple Sale. Vickie reminded everyone that proper posture and lifting methods are key to preventing injury.

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Double Program on November 6

Posted by Al Richard

The Kiwanis Club of Baytown welcomed two guest speakers on November 6, 2014. Crissy Butcher of the Baytown Nature Center gave an overview of activities available in the local nature center and introduced us to a baby American alligator as well. Linda Krisher was interested in adopting the little guy but was told that would not be legal.

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2015 Board Installed

Posted by Al Richard

Board Members for the 2014-2015 Kiwanis year were installed recently by Division 28 Lt. Gov. Greg Samford. Serving on the Baytown board this year are, left to right, seated - Eleanor Albon, Rhonda Skaggs, Virginia Miller, and Sandy Denson. Standing, left to right, are Lt. Gov Greg Samford, Don Beck, past president Mark Alexander. Roy Fuller, Chad Merling, David Black, Tad Patton, and 2015 president Dave Jirrels.

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Apple Sale Successful

Posted by Al Richard

The club completed another successful annual apple sale on Sunday, November 12. Under the leadership of new club president Mark Alexander the club sold over 750 cases of apples. That total, combined with the highest sponsorship earnings ever, allowed the cub to surpass last year's profit. The successful sale will ensure that the club can continue to fund its service projects at the same level as year's past.

Congratulations to all team members for helping in this year's sale. Former president Gary Englert once again was the leading seller of apples for 2013.

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Al Marks, Holocaust Survivor Inspires Club!

Posted by Mary Ann Amelang

Al Marks, Holocaust survivor, spoke at the March 7 Club meeting.  His story was one of hardship and courage.  MrImage. . 

Marks, an accomplished pianist, was accompanied by his daughter, Karen Aaron.  Mr. Marks was invited to the club by Linda Krisher, who is the March program chair

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Trio Attends Annual Convention

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President-Elect Mary Ann Amalang, Lt. Governor Al Richard, and member Eleanor Alban represented the Club at the annual Kiwanis Texas-Oklahoma District Convention in Rockwall August 8-10, 2013.

During the event the trio received ideas for increasing Kiwanis membership, communication practices within the District, and tips on making weekly meetings more exciting.

The local Kiwanians also attended the delegates' session to vote on proposed changes to the District bylaws and select the 2015 convention site - Texarkana, Texas!

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GC Memorial Key Clubbers Apple Champs

Posted by MARY ANN AMELANG
Congrats to the Goose Creek Memorial High School Key Club for winning Highest Participation at the apple truck!  Under the leadership of Saumil Datar, Club president,  and Sally Black, Club sponsor, dozens of students pitched in to help sell apples.  We appreciate the many volunteers from the GCM Key Club to make our fundraiser a big success. 

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Kiwanis Float Leads Parade

Posted by AL RICHARD
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The Kiwanis Club partnered with the local Key Clubs to decorate and ride in the annual Baytown Christmas parade. The decorated float placed first in the competition for best entry in the event. Thanks to David Black for his creative ideas to turn the Kiwanis trailer into a Christmas Toyland and the Key Clubs of Lee, Sterling, and Goose Creek Memorial for helping decorate and riding in the parade!
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Back-to-School Event a Success

Posted by AL RICHARD
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The Kiwanis Club of Baytown recently completed its "Back to School" theme month by hosting its annual faculty breakfast for the staff of Alamo Elementary, our partner school in the Baytown Chamber of Commerce Partner in Education program for 10-plus years.

In addition to providing breakfast for 50-plus members of the staff, the Club's PIE committee also hosted a school supply drive during the month of August and presented back packs, crayons, markers, pencils, and folders to the campus for use by needy students. 

The PIE committee also presented Alamo principal Ron Wyatt with a $2,000 check to be used to enhance the school's mission of success for all students (photo above). Newly-appointed PIE chairperson Rhonda Skaggs organized the breakfast while president-elect Connie Tilton organized the supply drive.

Joining Rhonda in serving breakfast on August 19 were Dave Jirrels, past PIE committee chairperson, Tad Patton, the Club's Youth Services chairperson, Harry Heinlein, and Club assistant secretary John McMillon.

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Kiwanians Honored at Officer Installation Banquet

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The Kiwanis Club of Baytown recently held its Officer Installation Banquet where outgoing president Chad Merling passed the torch to an eager Ryan Hightower.  Three Kiwanians were honored at the dinner for their contributions to the club over the last year.
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Kiwanis/Rotary Shootout

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The Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club are holding their second annual Lee College fundraiser Wednesday night during halftime of the Lee College basketball game against Trinity Valley at 7 p.m.

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