Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.