Sophomore of the Year Scholarship Applications Available

logo_kc_twolines_bw7947CBC504ECD59D54C9CA5DE2BAAD6E11A84A7C67D4CB308981E412CF015A0D8DDD03DBDE1EC0062651D82EF5C91115FC38168A3B8331A424795AF1329E25D2FBB733667CE310BA9C891AB8C1FFF3F892A1A731900B732ADFB6FE90B6BB25E40506DBD921B62AF83489AA0BEach year the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis Foundation presents $600 Walter Hurst Sophomore of the Year scholarships to deserving students in the Texas-Oklahoma District.  What is the Sophomore of the Year Scholarship?

Walter Hurst was a long time member of the Texas-Oklahoma Foundation Board and financial supporter of the Texas-Oklahoma Foundation.  He proposed and lobbied the Texas-Oklahoma Board for three years to start a scholarship fund for sophomores. Finally in 1979-80 they agreed to start the “Walter Hurst Sophomore of the Year Scholarship.” In recent years, the program has normally been referred to as “Sophomore of the Year or SOTY.”

The Scholarship award is not based on academics, but on leadership qualities. A goal of SOTY is to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores, and to encourage and prepare the next generation of civic and corporate leadership for America’s future.  A second goal is to help sophomores gain experience and confidence in following written instructions when applying for scholarships.  A third goal is to educate people in the schools and communities about the Kiwanis organization.  The number of scholarships awarded from year to year depends on the amount of money available from the Texas-Oklahoma Foundation. Each club in the District is asked to contribute a minimum of $5 per member as an annual gift to the Foundation. Special recognition is given to District clubs for a gift of $10 per member.

The District SOTY awardees are given a personalized plaque and a congratulatory letter that includes instructions on how to redeem the award after enrolling in a college or university.

All sophomore students are eligible to apply and are not required to be members of Key Club.  Please click on the link below for a copy of the SOTY Application!  Also, please click on the Calendar of Important Dates for information on deadlines.

2016-2017 SOTY Application

2016-2017 SOTY Calendar of Important Dates

Mansfield Kiwanis Install New Club Officers

Mansfield Kiwanis Board 2016-2017

(L-R) Darryl Haynes, Steve Standefer, Nick Young, Todd Simmons, Steve Hallford, Danny Boyer, & Jerry Gray.

On Friday, September 30, 2016, Mansfield Kiwanis’ own Todd Simmons, Lt. Gov. for Division 39, installed the new club officers for 2016 – 2017.

Lt. Gov. Simmons officially welcomed and installed Steve Hallford as the new Club President. Steve recently completed his service as the Club President Elect and is prepared for the seamless transition into the President’s position.  Also installed were Darryl Haynes and Steve Standefer as the Club’s Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Darryl and Steve are returning to leadership positions that they held with distinction for the Club in the past. Nick Young was welcomed and installed as the newest Director to the Club’s Board of Directors. Current Club Directors Danny Boyer and Jerry Gray also attended the meeting and were recognized for their continued leadership with the Club.

After the “official” installation, Steve Hallford’s first act as President of the Club was to recognize Todd Simmons for his leadership of Mansfield Kiwanis during the last year and presented Todd with a plaque to show our Club’s appreciation for Todd’s service and passion as the Club President. Steve also reiterated to the Club that we will be holding an election soon to fill leadership positions that remain open as a result of Club members that unfortunately had to leave the Club because of outside commitments. If you are interested in serving as the Club’s President Elect, Vice President, or Director, please contact Steve or our nominations committee, Danny Boyer.

Please visit our Club Online Photo Album to view additional pictures from the installation at:

Todd Simmons Installed as New Lt. Gov. for Div. 39


On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Todd Simmons was installed as the new Lt. Gov. for Division 39 during the annual Passing of the Banner Banquet.  Todd will serve in his position from October 1, 2016 until September 30, 2017.  Todd has been a great asset to the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield during the last year as our Club President and we look forward to his leadership of Division 39!

US Army Speaker Tour Visits Mansfield Kiwanis

army-tour-photo-2016-09-09On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Mansfield Kiwanis were honored to host the US Army Speaker Tour and hear from Captain Ken Kovach, who commands the local Dallas Recruiting Company; Ms. Donna Mallet, from the Army ROTC program at Virginia Tech University; and, Charles Green, also with Army ROTC recruiting and from Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Kiwanis International has a formal partnership with the US Army because of the shared core values of service and leadership.  Thank you Pam Rodrigues for setting up this amazing program.  Please click on the link below to visit the photo album of the meeting.  All photos are courtesy of Brandon Wade.

US Army Speaker Tour Album