World’s largest rodeo fast approaching
Don Nichols “Cowboy Don” serves on the speakers bureau of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He recently spoke to Baytown Rotarians about the upcoming 20 day event which will be held Feb. 27 through March 17, 2024.
He mentioned dates to remember this year:
Feb. 23 is the Houston City Hall Rodeo Roundup
Feb. 22 through 24 is the barbecue cookoff. Feb. 23 is Go Texan Day so wear your western duds. Feb. 24 is the Rodeo Run wheelchair run, 5- and 10-K run and the 10 a.m. parade.
Nichols says Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has given $600 million to Texas youth and education since its beginning in 1932. The speakers committee was formed in 1970.
There are over 35,000 volunteers each year during the event. For more information, visit


Baytown Sun photo by Carol Skewes

Rotary International 2023-2024

Win a car at Rotary's Shrimp & Catfish Festival

The Rotary Club of Baytown will hold its annual Shrimp & Catfish Festival Saturday, May 4 at Baytown Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This new location will feature all the same fun activities for children in the courtyard between City Hall and the Community Center. Meal tickets are under way at $15 per meal, which will include fried fish, boiled shrimp, French fries and all the fixin’s. Two meal tickets are included in each raffle ticket sold at $100 each. Grand prize is the choice of a 2024 White Toyota Rav4 XLE or a 2024 Black Toyota Tacoma SR Double Cab. For raffle tickets and meal tickets, visit: or ask any Rotarian.
Baytown Sun photo by Carol Skewes
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Dr. Tom Kelchner received the David Kadjar Dedicated Service Award from Past President Marc Pinney for his service to the club. Kelchner is District 5890 Governor Nominee scheduled to serve as governor in 2025-2026.
Paul Wankowicz received the New Rotarian Award from Past President Marc Pinney for immersing himself in club service since he became a Rotarian this year.
Rotarians visit the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center Aug. 2, 2023
Pictured standing from left, Ledell Johnson, Blake Hutto, Dr. Jade Cox, Doug Walker, Rusty Senac, Chris Navarre, Pam Warford, Paul Wancowikz and Gilbert Santana. Seated are Eddie V. Gray and Dariia Chugueva, summer intern at The Baytown Sun.
Photo by Carol Skewes