Bob Noel Tennis Classic is Approaching!

Bob Noel Tennis Classic 2016

(L-R) Greg Barberee, Bill Lodal, & Jerry Gray

The Mansfield Kiwanis will once again hold their Bob Noel Tennis Classic starting Friday, November 17, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017.  This year we are excited to announce that the tournament will be held at Southern Oaks Country Club Tennis Center located at 13765 Southern Oaks DR, Burleson, TX 76028.  Ernie Abraham is once again acting as our Tournament Director and working directly with our Bob Noel Committee representatives, Katie Watson and Danny Boyer.

The Bob Noel is a USTA Sanctioned Tournament (ID No. 800009917) and USTA members can register online at:

Participants may compete in the following divisions:

Men’s & Women’s Singles & Doubles: Open (FMLC)

Mixed Doubles: Open (FMLC)

NTRP Men’s Singles & Doubles: 3.0-4.5 (FMLC) NTRP Women’s Singles & Doubles: 2.5-4.5 (FMLC)

NTRP Mixed Doubles: 2.5-4.5 (FMLC).

Members of our Club will once again be providing lunch for all participants.  We strongly encourage all Club members to attend the Bob Noel because it is a unique opportunity to serve the Club and get to know your fellow Kiwanians.

The annual tennis classic is held in memory of Bob Noel, who was a dedicated member of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, an accomplished amateur tennis player and a gallant fighter of Alzheimer’s disease. The tennis tournament remains one of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield’s major fundraisers with proceeds from the event benefiting the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the other charitable programs of the Mansfield Kiwanis.

  The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield thanks the following sponsors of the Bob Noel Tennis Classic.  Without their support, the Mansfield Kiwanis would not be able to put on the tournament nor would the Club be able to support its charitable programs to improve the lives of children.  Please help the Mansfield Kiwanis thank the following sponsors with your business and support!

A Team Full of Talent; By: Todd Simmons

Hello fellow Kiwanians.  The MLB playoffs are in full swing.  College football is halfway through the season already.  Hockey and basketball are about to get going as well.  Sports can give us some great analogies for Kiwanis.

First, teamwork is the key.  When you have a great team, it usually consists of players who are great at their position.  We have members who can solicit sponsors;  others are better at record keeping;  some are encouragers; and, we even have some members who can fill in as programs because of their public speaking skills.  We all have a role and if you don’t feel like you are performing up to your capabilities, talk to someone on the board and get involved.

Mansfield Kiwanis Feed the Kids

MHS Key Club Advisor Corey Nieman, Jackie Stover, Phil Stover and Greg Barberee volunteering to pack Feed the Kids bags.

Second, most great teams get young players involved so they can move into a leadership role.  We have some new members who have joined us in the past 12 to 18 months.  And to our club’s credit, those members are getting involved and making their voices heard.  Leadership development is key to future success.

Third, the team needs to develop a workable and executable game plan.  We have a focus – Kids in the MISD.  The game plan involves our fund raisers, Key Clubs, and membership growth.  If we execute those three things, our club will be successful.

Finally, a team must work in concert.  All the players need to be on the same page and work together without internal dissent.  If you have an issue or problem, bring it up to a board member.  If you have a suggestion, let someone know.  The worst thing a member can do is sit in a meeting with a bad attitude.  The next worst thing you can do is criticize other members behind their back.  I do not think we have issues with that in our club, so let’s keep it going.  We have some opportunities this year with the addition of three new Key Clubs.  Continue to be productive difference makers for the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield and 2017-2018 will be one of our best years ever.

Mansfield Kiwanis Volunteering with Habitat

Mansfield Kiwanis Member Todd Omer volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Mansfield Kiwanis Newsletter – October 12, 2017

I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter: Mansfield Kiwanis Newsletter 2017-10-12.  Thank you Todd Simmons for contributing another great article!  Don’t forget, tomorrow is the second Friday of the month and that means we are recognizing our Students and Teacher of the Month.  Please join us tomorrow to celebrate the recognition of these students and teacher.  I am always impressed by the talented students and educators we recognize each month.  We are truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful community!

Finally, Nursing Home Bingo is tonight.  Please come out and assist Danny and our Key Club with this heartwarming service project.

Clay Shoot For Kids Fundraiser – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control have required that the Clay Shoot for Kids be cancelled at this time.  Thank you for your understanding.

This Kiwanis Club of Mansfield is holding its Clay Shoot for Kids on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Alpine Shooting Range.  Funds Raised will benefit the charitable activities of the Mansfield Kiwanis including Feed the Kids, Key Clubs, Builders Clubs and Scholarships for MISD Seniors.  #KidsNeedKiwanis

Cost is $400 for a team of 4 and includes breakfast, lunch and golf cart for your group.  A Doc Holiday Shootout will follow Clay Shoot at $15 per person.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams as well as Top Overall Male an Female Shooter.

Any shooter under 18 must be accompanied by an adult member of his/her team.

To enter, please complete and return the following registration form: KIWANIS CLAY SHOOT FOR KIDS 2017.

Kiwanian Phil Stover Recognized at Community Prayer Breakfast

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Phil Stover was recognized at the Community Prayer Breakfast with the   Gary Whetzel – Heart for the Community Award.

Phil has been a vital member of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield since September 2005 serving in many leadership positions including President.  The award was presented to Phil by Pastor David Alexander from Mansfield FUMC and he included quotes from community leaders about Phi such as: “a volunteer extraordinaire” and “when I think of a community hero [Phil] always comes to mind.  Past recipients include Brenda Norwood and Pastor Mike Ramsdell.

Congratulations Phil! Your dedication to Mansfield children and Kiwanis is amazing. You’ve been such a blessing to our community and to the Feed the Kids Program. Thank you for all the love and service that you and Jackie bring to Mansfield.

Brandon Williams Recognized as Kiwanis Teacher of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was thrilled to honor its September Teacher of the Month, Brandon Williams of Friday, September 8, 2017.  Mr. Williams teaches 7th Grade Math at T.A. Howard Middle School.

Mr. Williams accepted the award with amazing anecdotal stories on his philosophy of teaching, how he became a teacher and gave thanks to God and his mother for the blessings and the influence on his life.

Mr. Williams started teaching in his hometown of Tyler, Texas.  He was inspired to become an educator by his 5th grade math teacher.  Originally hired as a science teacher, Mr. Williams requested that he be reassigned to math since he believed that math was his true calling.  His principal eventually relented and Mr. Williams found himself teaching math at an elementary school struggling to meet its mandated academic achievements.

Mr. Williams recalled his first year teaching and the challenges it presented that included many observations by TISD staff.  These challenges helped him fine tune his craft and at the end of the year his students had a 96% pass rate for the Texas STAAR test, the highest pass rate in TISD for his grade level and subject.

After a brief time away from teaching, Mr. Williams returned to the classroom when he accepted the position of 7th grade math teacher at T.A. Howard Middle School 3 years ago.

Dr. Maria Gamell and other Howard administrators attended the award ceremony.  Dr. Gamell informed the Club of the key role that Mr. Williams plays at Howard not just as a math teacher, but as a mentor and role model to the boys at the school.

Thank you Mr. Williams for your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!

Mansfield Kiwanis Recognize September Students of the Month

September 2017 Student of the Month: Gloria Calderon

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize a Student of the Month for September 2017: Gloria Calderon.  Gloria is a senior at Mansfield Frontier High School and is the President of her Key Club.  She is also active in the Student Council currently serving as the Parliamentarian and previously served as a Vice President while a junior.  Gloria is very active in her church.  She is especially active with her church’s children’s ministry and started a “dance” club for the children.   Gloria also works at Sonic and in her spare time enjoys bowling.

After graduation, Gloria plans to attend Dallas Baptist University and hopes to become a doctor.   Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award was her father, Jorge Calderon.

September 2017 Student of the Month: Emma Tran

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was also honored to recognize Emma Tran as Student of the Month for September 2017.  Emma is a senior at Mansfield High School, has an estimated GPA of 103.32 and is currently ranked 5th in her class of 566 students.  She is President of her Key Club, Captain of the Debate and Speech Club, Secretary of Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Asian American Student Association, and a member of the Bell Guard. Emma also participates in UIL Academic competitions, a committee person for Mansfield Speaks, started Tutoring Tuesdays at Martha Reed Elementary last year, and raises funds for The Movement, an organization that helps individuals in Vietnam.

After graduation, Emma plans to attend college and is narrowing her choice from the following universities: UT, UTA, UTD, A&M, SMU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, and UPenn.

In her free time, Emma enjoys playing sand volleyball, reading, hanging out with friends and spending time/helping out with her family at Temple. Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award were her parents, Tai Tran and Hoang Ly.

The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize these two outstanding students as Students of the Month.  We know each of you will accomplish wonderful things in the future and wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. We also hope that you will consider becoming part of the “K Family” after your graduation from high school by joining a Circle K or Kiwanis Club.