New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
E-Newsletter
November 8, 2017


Serving the Children of Mansfield and the World since 1973
NEW MEMBER INTERVIEWS
New Member Interview Series: Sean Gipson and Cynthia Garza
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
Pictured: (L-R) Sean Gipson, Cynthia Garza, and Todd Simmons
by Greg Barberee

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield continued its tradition of interviewing the Club's newest members to introduce them to our Club. Todd Simmons conducted the interview of Cynthia Garza and Sean Gipson and we found out some interesting information about both of them.

Cynthia has lived in Mansfield for 12 years and is a graduate of Mansfield Legacy High School. While attending Legacy, Cynthia was the Key Club President and had conversations with former Kiwanian Cheryl Litke about continuing to be a part of the K family after high school. Cynthia's favorate food is Sushi, her favorite animal is a dog and her favorite colors are black or maroon. Cynthia works as an Account Coordinator for a wholesale mattress company with 5 distribution centers throughout the US. She has worked for this company since graduating from Texas State University and has to travel to each distribution center at least once every year. She is also the only girl in her immediate family and her parents live in the Mansfield area.

Sean moved to Mansfield 11 months ago. He is married and has 4 daughters. Sean's father is also in the area and lives in Lewisville. Sean recently changed jobs and works for Nobilis Health and is their Director of Development for 14 of their facilities. He learned about Kiwanis after meeting Todd Simmons one Thursday night at El Primo's Mexican Restaurant. Sean didn't know anything about Kiwanis at the time but after a few conversations with Todd learned that Kiwanis' passion to improve the lives of children matched his "heart" for working with kids. Sean's favorite food is "anything off the grill" and his favorite color is green. His favorite animals are wolves and has sponsored programs to protect wolves in Montana. An interesting fact that other members may not know about Sean is that he was a DJ for the Texas Tech University radio station while he was in college.

One of the best benefits to being a member of our Club is the friendships that develop among our members. Cynthia and Sean have great stories about why they joined our club. Take the time on Friday to get to know them better and find out more about why they want to be a part of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield.
FEATURE ARTICLES FROM MEMBERS
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
by Michael Crippen

The Smallest Service

In light of the impending Veterans Day, I thought I’d share some thoughts.

I retired from the United States Coast Guard reserve, the smallest of all the military services.

With a military service that is no larger than 46,000 total active and reserve it’s a small and tight knit community as compared to the other military branches. No larger than 20% man power of the smallest of the other military services, it wasn’t abnormal to feel a bit overshadowed.

The Coast Guard, in spite of being the smallest military service has a peace time and war time mission that encompasses so much that so few people are aware of. Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. We have assets that work in every region of the globe and involved in nearly every area of conflict, national disaster or maritime projection of US law.

It wasn’t unusual in my career to be the only Coast Guard representation in a large multi-agency command structure. I often had to explain that we do more than Search and Rescue. Myself and my Coast Guard peers worked diligently to be ‘force multipliers’. Using our efforts in such a way that we acted as fulcrums for the mission at hand to continuously improve our effectiveness. That continuous improvement with fewer resources and assets won a lot of respect from the larger services.

In many of the Kiwanis meetings I’ve attended, it’s not unusual for me to hear someone refer to other organizations like the Lions or Rotary Clubs in comparative terms. They are larger than us in more ways than one.

And that’s okay with me as a member of Kiwanis. I’m used to being in a small organization that many may perceive as the unknown. I have no problem singing our praises. I believe that as a small group we can be creative and intelligent in how we do business and promote our cause. I’m confident we can continously improve our effectiveness. I strongly believe we can be a ‘force multiplier’ for good for kids and families whose lives we touch in the Mansfield community.

So when someone says we’re small or they don’t know who we are, I smile to myself and know we can make a difference.
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
by Todd Simmons

Time to Serve & Grow

Hello fellow Kiwanians and friends. The time change was last weekend. And even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the weather has been more like summer than fall. Much like the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, we are scorching hot right now.

Membership is growing and our fund-raising season has begun. I have a few suggestions for you as we head into the end of 2017.

First, find a way to get more involved with the club. If you have never participated in the Bob Noel Tennis Tournament or the Falalala 5k, ask someone what needs to be done to make these events a huge success. We still need sponsors and any help we can get on the day of the events is appreciated. But there is planning and coordination that needs to be done along the way. Katie Watson is chairing the Bob Noel and Greg Barberee is chairing the 5k. Get with them and get involved.

Second, we have added four new members over the past 12 months. Sharon Baker, Mike Crippen, Cynthia Garza, and Sean Gipson. Schedule a lunch or get a cup of coffee with them. Visit with these new members and get to know them a little better. As we grow, it becomes important to share our history and vision with new members so they can get more invested in what we do.

Finally, continue to share with others the reason you are a member of our club. Personal invites are still the best way to grow our membership. As the city of Mansfield continues to grow and more children move into the MISD, our service becomes even more important and valuable to the community. We need to grow to be able to keep up with the ever-expanding school district.

Thank you for being such great difference makers in Mansfield. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. We have a great mission that touches many lives in such a positive way. Kiwanis is a very special organization because of members like you.



COMMITTEE REPORTS
5K Committee Report

We only have 22 days until the 5K!!! The Run Committee met on Tuesday, 11/7, and agreed that: (1) "Santa" will attend to start run, pose for pictures and hand out awards; (2) the 4 Overall winners will receive "Yeti" style tumblers instead of acrylic awards; and (3) a Kiwanis table will be set up for recruiting at the run. The following members have agreed to perform the tasks below before the next committee meeting.
Tom Denny: seek Kiwanis table cover for run & contact potential sponsors; Gary Mills: contact possible DJ for music for event, make copies of Clay Shoot sponsor list and seek Club members to help solicit sponsors; Brent Dalley: contact new businesses in town for sponsors and in kind donations; Steve Standefer: contact local grocery stores for in kind donations and sponsorships; and, Greg Barberee: update link on Club website, contact MISD about parking, request Ins. Cert., send email to Key Clubs, and forward run flyer to Club.
The Committee still needs help from Club members for the following:
(1) Sponsors, sponsors and sponsors;
(2) Participants;
(3) Share event info links on social media
(4) Golf cart for day of 5K;
(5) Request banners from sponsors;
(6) Fence posts to tie banners too;
(7) Test credit card payments system;
(8) Copies of "run flyer" ready for distribution at 2 local 5K's;
(9) A chair for Santa at the 5K;
(10) a "jolly" special volunteer for the 5K;
(11) Volunteers to distribute flyers at Merideth Hatch Run on morning of 11/18; and,
(12) Volunteers to distribute flyers at Turkey Trot on morning of 11/23.
Please join us at the next committee meeting on Thursday, 11/16/17 at noon at Buffalo Wild Wings!!!
FUNDRAISING
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
Photo of Mayor David Cook @ 2016 Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K
Registration is now open for the Mansfield
Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K to be held on
Saturday, December 2, 2017. The run will
once again start and finish at Katherine
Rose Memorial Park and utilize the Walnut
Creek Linear Trail.
Register now for the early registration fee
of only $25 and to guarantee one of our
long sleeve, performance t-shirts. (The
best 5K shirt in town!) Early registration
ends on November 19th! After November
19th registration cost increases to $30 and
we cannot guarantee a shirt.
For more information about the run, please
visit our website at www.falalala5k.com.

MEMBER NEWS
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
11/8: Phil Stover; 11/13: Greg Barberee;
11/16: Jo Waldrop; and,
11/25: Danny Boyer
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
11/22: Jerry and Cindy Gray
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
Membership Anniversary:
11/1: Darryl Haynes (19 years); 11/6: Jerry Cloud (19 years); 11/15: Jerry Gray (20 years)
Calender of Club Events:

Thu Nov 9, 2017
5:30 pm Mansfield Chamber Business After Hours & Toy Drive
Where: Eterna Health Food Store, 120 N Walnut Creek Dr, Mansfield, TX 76063
7pm Nursing Home Bingo
Where: Mansfield Nursing Center, 1402 E. Broad ST, Mansfield, TX 76063

Fri Nov 10, 2017
Veterans Day observed
6:45am Weekly Club Meeting
Where: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 East Broad Street, Mansfield,
TX 76063

Sat Nov 11, 2017
Veterans Day
11am MHS Senior Class "Pumpkin Bash" Fundraiser
Where: Mansfield High School, 3001 E Broad St, Mansfield, TX 76063

Tue Nov 14, 2017
3pm Legacy Key Club Meeting
Where: Legacy High School, 1263 N Main St, Mansfield, TX 76063

Wed Nov 15, 2017
7am Summit Key Club Meeting
Where: Summit High School, 1071 Turner Warnell Rd, Arlington, TX 76001
3pm Summit Key Club Meeting
Where: Summit High School, 1071 Turner Warnell Rd, Arlington, TX 76001
4:30pm Feed the Kids Volunteer Opportunity: Backpack Program
Where: Mansfield Cares Warehouse, Northside; 150 South 6th Avenue, Mansfield,
TX 76063

Thu Nov 16, 2017
12pm FaLaLaLa 5K Committee Meeting
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, HWY 287 N Frontage RD, Mansfield, TX 76063
3pm Mansfield Key Club Meeting

Where: Mansfield High School, 3001 E Broad St, Mansfield, TX 76063, USA

Fri Nov 17, 2017
All day Bob Noel Tennis Classic
Where: Southern Oaks Golf Club, 13765 Southern Oaks Dr, Burleson, TX 76028,
6:45am Weekly Club Meeting
Where: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 East Broad Street, Mansfield,
TX 76063, United States

Sat Nov 18, 2017

All day Bob Noel Tennis Classic
Where: Southern Oaks Golf Club, 13765 Southern Oaks Dr, Burleson, TX 76028

Sun Nov 19, 2017
All day Bob Noel Tennis Classic
Where: Southern Oaks Golf Club, 13765 Southern Oaks Dr, Burleson, TX 76028

Tue Nov 21, 2017
3pm Legacy Key Club Meeting
Where: Legacy High School, 1263 N Main St, Mansfield, TX 76063

Wed Nov 22, 2017
7am Summit Key Club Meeting
Where: Summit High School, 1071 Turner Warnell Rd, Arlington, TX 76001
7:45am Builders Club Meeting: Orr Intermediate
Where: Mary Orr Intermediate School, 2900 East Broad Street, Mansfield, TX
76063
3pm Summit Key Club Meeting
Where: Summit High School, 1071 Turner Warnell Rd, Arlington, TX 76001
4:30pm Feed the Kids Volunteer Opportunity: Backpack Program
Where: Mansfield Cares Warehouse, Northside; 150 South 6th Avenue, Mansfield,
TX 76063

Thu Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day
CLUB MEETING INFORMATION
New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield meets every Friday morning at 6:45 AM at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E. Broad ST, Mansfield, TX 76063.

Guests are always invited to join us for breakfast!

New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza

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New Member Interview: Gipson & Garza
Why Join Mansfield Kiwanis?

Our Passion: Serving Children
Our service to the children of the world starts in our hometown!

Service Leadership Programs

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield sponsors the following service leadership programs:

  • Mansfield H. S Key Club
  • Summit H.S. Key Club
  • Frontier H.S. Key Club
  • Lake Ridge H.S. Key Club
  • Timberview H.S. Key Club
  • Legacy H.S. Key Club
  • Venus H.S. Key Club
  • Mary Orr Intermediate School Builders Club
Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time. Service Leadership is the next step beyond service learning. Once a young person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader.


Feed the Kids for Summer Program

In 2006 Common Ground created a way to help feed children during the summer that relied on the Federal free or reduced lunch program during the school year by creating the Feed the Kids Program.

Money for this program was in very short supply until The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield heard about the efforts of Common Ground and joined forces to meet the needs of these children. The following year the Mansfield Kiwanis provided substantial financial resources, volunteers and bags to support the Feed the Kids Program.

The number of children served has increased more than four fold since its inception. The Mansfield Kiwanis continue to support the Feed the Kids for Summer Program. Club Member Phil Stover is a Co-Chair of this program.

Additional Service to the Commuity by the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield

•Annually award multiple scholarships to MISD Seniors.

•Monthly recognition of a MISD Teacher of the Month.

•Monthly recognition of MISD Students of the Month.

•Nursing Home Bingo: Each month we, along with members of our Key Clubs, provide a night of “Bingo” at the Mansfield Care Center on East Broad.

•Beautification Days: Our members historically assist with Citywide Cleanup Days.

•Habit for Humanity: We help with volunteers and fund raising for Habitat projects in Mansfield.

•Financial Support to North Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association

Contact Information:

The Kiwanis Club of
Mansfield/Kiwanis Club of
Mansfield Foundation e-Newsletter
Attn: Editor
PO Box 25
Mansfield, TX 76063

Club President: Sharon Baker
Newsletter Editor: Greg Barberee
( greg@imsi-usa.com)

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