Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fall Brings Opportunities to Serve the Club

By: Todd Simmons

We finally had some Fall weather this week. Changes are on the way as far as the weather, and I for one am excited for cooler temperatures. However, our club is heating up!

We have our Bob Noel Tennis Tournament coming up in less than a month. We have decided to move the tourney to a new location, Southern Oaks Golf and Tennis Club. They have just completed construction of a brand-new tennis facility which is being managed by our friend and supporter, Ernie Abraham. I hope the change will bring a new excitement and more participation for our tourney.

The next upcoming event is the FALALALA 5K. Greg Barberee is working on a new logo and we are expecting great weather this year plus a record attendance for runners. As we discuss these events in our meetings, please think of vendors, friends, and family you know who might be interested in helping us raise funds for the kids in the MISD.

I recently attended a meeting with the Chamber Nonprofit Council and our speaker indicated that over 70% of donations are from individuals. Our fundraiser committee will meet soon and discuss way we can tap into the population of Mansfield to increase our club donations.

As many of you know, the Magic Show is our best annual fundraiser and those monies come from phone calls made to individuals in Mansfield. Let’s keep our club hot through the coming months. Ask someone to visit the club. Thanks for being Difference Makers.

October 2017 Teacher of the Month: Julie Williford

The Mansfield Kiwanis were thrilled to continue their tradition of recognizing outstanding Mansfield educators on Friday, October 13, 2017, by awarding Julie Williford with the October Teacher of the Month Award.  Ms. Williford is a Fourth Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at J.L. Boren Elementary. She has been teaching for 17 years and has spent the last 4 years in Mansfield I.S.D. Ms. Williford returned to teaching Fourth Grade last year after spending the previous two years teaching third grade at J.L. Boren. In addition to her teaching duties at school, Ms. Williford is the Faculty Advisor/Sponsor for the J.L. Boren “Happy Feet” Running Club.  After graduating from Texas A&M, Ms. Williford took her first teaching job as a Fourth Grade teacher at Key Elementary in Arlington I.S.D.  Ms. Williford entertained the Mansfield Kiwanis with stories from her years teaching including a Kindergartner’s advise to “taste words before saying them” and that she was once told by a student that she “smelled like a gummy bear.”  Also attending the presentation of the Teacher of the Month Award to Ms. Williford was Tracy Johnson the Principal of J.L. Boren Elementary. Thank you Ms. Williford for inspiring the children of Mansfield! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition!

October 2017 Student of the Month: Velta Brenya

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Mansfield Kiwanis were honored to recognize Velta Brenya as Student of the Month for October 2017. Velta is a Senior at Timberview High School, has an estimated GPA of 100.618 and is ranked 10th in her class. She is the Secretary of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a member of the National Honor Society, the Historian for the Art Club, and a member of the Christian Club.  Velta is also a regular volunteer at Kindred Hospital and the nursery at her church. Additionally, she is currently enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician Program at Ben Barber.  After graduation, Velta hopes to attend Baylor University and wants to become a Dermatologist. She also enjoys photography in her spare time and previously received the Music Alley photography award. Also in attendance for the receipt of her Student of the Month Award was Velta’s mother, Grace Brenya.  The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize Velta as a Student of the Month. We wish Velta the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.  Congratulations!

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.