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Sertoman of the Year


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Congratulations to Jim Hargis, this year’s Sertoman of the Year!

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Another great evening at the Carrollwood Players.  Incorriptuble was funny and a little irreverent. The evening enjoyed by all of our guests.   Another successful fundraiser!


Breakfast With Santa at the Old Lutz School


Carrollwood Players - Deathtrap

Thanks to everyone that attended this great performance.  


Regional Sertoman of the Year

Steve Brody stopped by the club to present the Regional Sertoman of the Year award to Judy Schiavo

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Time to Celebrate


Garrett Brown receives a check from President Dennis Mutchler as the first recipient of the Susan Myer Memorial Scholarship.

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We celebrated the announcement that Judy Schiavo was named the Regional Sertoman of the Year

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District Service to Mankind Banquet

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 The club attended the District Service to Mankind banquet where we had the honor of presenting our club winner Bob Helms to the district. While he didn’t win the district award, we are all proud of the work he does with ToyMakers of East Lake.   

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 Our own Judy Schiavo was presented with the District Sertoman of the Year award by Governor George Arwood.   All of us are extremely  proud of Judy and appreciate all of the hard work that she does for Millennium Sertoma Club.  Congrats Judy!

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Congratulations to Bob Helm our Service to Mankind winner.

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Sertoman of the Year


Congratulations to Judy Schiavo, this years Sertoman of the Year.

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Gigantic Meeting


Service to Mankind winner, Sertoman of the Year, and installation of officers. We had a meeting that included everything.  Thank you to everyone.  It was a great Sertoma evening!

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Stand your ground


Toby Tedrow stopped by the club and talked about Florida’s stand your ground laws.  Very interesting discussion about a controversial topic.

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Support the Troops workday

A group from the club and some friends spent a fun morning at Support the Troops packing boxes for troops that are deployed.

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TOYS!

 Bob Helms, from Toy Makers of Eastlake talked about his organization that makes wooden toys for children  in local hospitals.  His organization gives out about 12,000 toys each year. Check out their web site at http://toymakersofeastlake.org/ for more information.

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Carrollwood Cultural Center

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Paul Berg, Executive Director of the Carrollwood Cultural Center, stopped by to talk about the center.  They have everything from plays to art exhibits to summer camp and even a farmers market.  For more information go to http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org/

New Member Induction

We recently welcomed Patty Murphy to the club.  Mary Jane Johnson performed the induction ceremony. Congratulations!

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Fox On The Fairway scores Hole in One

We had a great time at the Carrollwood Players event and raised lots of money for our charities.  Here is a little of the fun:

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Reg Dickey doing his best to be a golfer.

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Suzanne Scott and Susan Myer check in our quests

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Jim Hargis stuffing tickets in the raffle bags

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Judy Schiavo keeping the raffles straight

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Jerry Myer and John Tragon tending bar

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A great crowd!

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The end of a great performance

Breakfast With Santa

The Club participated in the Annual Breakfast with Santa event benefitting the Old Lutz School.  We broke out the griddle and made sausage and bisquits for the hungry crowd.

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Retirement….now what?

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Pat Keeley joined us to talk about her life and what she is doing now in retirement.  She has written books and has more to come.  Her advice, do what you love and don’t wait.

Annual Hearing Screening at Stewart Middle School

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During the annual hearing screening  Suzanne Scoot checks one of the students.

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Mary Jane Johnson conducting a test

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Jeanne Hand checking the results

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Mary Jane Johnson

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Jerry Myer check out Susan Myer’s hearing

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Reg Dickey waiting for lunch.


One of Our Own - Judy Schiavo

Click here to view a great article about Judy Schiavo that appeared in the recent Carrollwood Cultural Center's newsletter "Centerpieces." 

Quantum Leap Farm

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Dr Edie Dopking from Quantum Leap Farm stopped by to thank us for continuing to support them and to talk about the many therapies the farm has,  The mission is:

Quantum Leap Farm exists to help children and adults of all abilities grow strong, achieve therapeutic goals and overcome challenges by engaging them with horses.

2015-2016 Installation Banquet - Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant

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Service to Mankind Winner Alex Cooks Passes Away

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Following is from the family of Alex Cooks, a previous recipient of our Service to Mankind Award:

It is with great sorrow that Alex’s Southern Style BBQ announces the tragic loss of Alex Cooks Sr. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Cooks has been a pillar in the Tampa community since he founded Alex’s Southern Style BBQ with his business partner, James “Jimbo” Coates in 1994. Located at 5362 W. Village Drive, Cooks has been serving BBQ slow cooked over a wood burning fire pit to the Carrollwood, Northdale and Citrus Park neighborhoods for over 20 years. Although Cooks was secretive about his renowned sauce outside of the family, all of his sons were actively involved in the restaurant and his second oldest, Jorden Cooks, is currently involved in the day-to-day operations of the business. In the fall of 1999, Cooks started what would become Alex’s Xmas for Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit which provides bikes for under-privileged children on Christmas Day. To date, over 20,000 new bicycles have been donated to children in the Tampa area through his charity. An organ donor, Cooks’ legacy will live on by saving others. Cooks is survived by his wife, Aimee, and his four sons, Alex Jr., Jorden, Chazz, Dwayne and grandson Jorden Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Alex’s Xmas for Kids. To make a donation please visit www.alexsbbqtampa.com Kids/ Community page.

Carrollwood Players - “Breaking Legs"

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Thank you to all of these wonderful people who made the recent performance of “Breaking Legs” at Carrollwood Players a great success.  I am sorry of I don’t know all of your names but you are very special people that help us in our goal of Serving Mankind. I hope to see all of you at our next event.


Sweet Adeline!

The club was treated by a quartet named Flexible Four from the Haralds of Harmony.  Great muisc, some laughs, and a truly nice evening.  Check out the videos below! Be Patient, sometimes it take a while for videos to load.



2015 Gasparilla Kids Parade



Key West


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Dr Bob Kierstein, University of Tampa, gave an interesting talk to the club about the history of Key West.


Old Lutz School Christmas Breakfast


Club Annual Christmas Party



Hazel Robles accepts a check for the Sertoma Annual Fund


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Quillen Family Demonstrates their Tae Kwon Do skills

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Camp endeavor 40th Anniversay Celebration


Hearing Screening at Stewart Middle School

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Millennium Sertoma Club members recently participated in the hearing screenings for Stewart Middle School

Youth day at the Ranch

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Judy Schiavo with the Kennedy clan ar a recent Youth Day at Sertoma Youth Ranch

Visit from the Gov

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District Governor George Arwood stopped by to talk about what’s new in Sertoma and then fill us in on his acting career.  One of his favorite was My Fair Lady where he played Colonel Pickering.  He did forget to wear his Sertoma pin and was appropriately fined.

Regional Sertoman of the Year

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Our own Reg Dickey was awarded the Regional Sertoman of the year from Harvey Rhinehart (l) and Jerry Myer (r)

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District Sertoman of the Year

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Congrats to Reg Dickey on being elected District Sertoman of the Year!!  (pictured about receiving the Club Sertoman of the Year award  (Jerry Myer, Reg Dickey, John Tragon)

Camp Endeavor Appreciation Day

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Several members of the club traveled to Dundee, FL for the Camp Endeavor Appreciation Day.  This event marks the end of camp for the year.  To celebrate the students put on a show for the parents and everyone that donates to the camp.  Starting with the signing of The National Athem and ending with American the student entertained us in their own unique way.

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2014 Installation Banquet

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Anticipating the installation

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John Tragon installs new president Dennis Mutchler

Sertoman of the Year

Reg Dickey receives the Sertoman of the Year award from Jerry Myer and John Tragon

The 2014 Installation Banquet was held July 8th at Elsa’s.  Past International President John Tragon was on hand to perform the duties.  Reg Dickey was awarded a well deserved Sertoman of the Year award for all of his work over the last year.  We are looking forward to a challenging and rewarding Sertoma year.

Honoring Those in our Community

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SERVICE TO MANKIND AWARD


Each year the club selects a member of the community that would not normally receive recognition an award for their contributions,  Pictured above is Mike Matteson receiving the award from club member Reg Dickey.  


Mike Matteson grew up in Buffalo, NY in a strong Catholic family, learning how to get along with his 5 brothers.  He describes himself as a techy and has spent a career in the telecommunications industry. His hobbies include reading about and visiting displays for music and military history.

 

15 years ago, Mike said he ‘just happened’ to meet a person who told him about Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. (BBBS).  Having been blessed by a strong family background, the thought of becoming a mentor for a kid facing adversity sounded like something he was called to do. He was told that the kids often came from single or low-income households or one where a parent is incarcerated. Not being married or having any kids of his own, Mike thought it would be a positive challenge to become a Big Brother to a kid who might need a boost in confidence or just some help in avoiding risky behaviors.

 

Mike says his family background setting helped provide him with the foundation whereby he could offer suggestions and provide a healthy level of friendship to a little brother. Over these past 15 years, each of his 7 kids was different and each of their family settings was different but there were similarities.  Often, the family was unable to provide the time and guidance the boy needed.  The reasons varied from financial issues to the parent just not having the time to devote to their child.  

 

For example, 9 year old Victor was one of several kids within a family that was struggling.  One weekend, Mike rang the door bell ready to pick up Victor for a Saturday afternoon of planned activities. Disappointment set in when it became apparent that no one was home.  No one bothered to let Mike know.  Mike had worked hard trying to make a connection with Victor, even teaching him how to properly use silverware during a meal. Without cooperation from the mother plus the day the family Pit Bull tried to “eat his face” Mike decided that he could no longer work with Victor. This is just one story of the many Mike has faced but not all were disappointing.  

 

Another little brother was Lewis whose mother was too busy to be involved in any of his school activities including attending any parent teacher conferences so Mike stepped in and saw to it that Lewis has a representative at the conferences. At one such meeting, one of Lewis’s teachers told Mike that Lewis is quick to tell her about his big brother Mike and how important he is to him. That, Mike said, is my reward.

 

Currently, Mike is the big brother to Gauge, a 15 year old student at Gaither High School where he participates on the JV football team and the soccer team.  Gauge loves sports and so does Mike.  Since Tampa Bay has a good sporting selection, any weekend you might find Mike and Gauge at a Rays, Bucs or Lightning game.  If they don’t have tickets, then they just ‘hang out’ at Mike’s home watching games or movies on tv.     This relationship has worked well for the past 5 years as they have much in common.  When asked what were the positive strokes you got from serving as a big brother, Mike said Gauge told him that he had three role models in his life and Mike was one of them.

 

Over these past 15 years Mike has had a very positive effect on these kids. Who knows how their lives would have turned out without the impact of big brother Mike. We read in the newspaper almost daily acts of violence by troubled youth. Acts either to themselves or to others.  Mike’s relationship to these youth will most likely have a long lasting impact not only on them but on the people with whom they come into contact as they grow and mature.  

 

On their website, Big Brothers Big Sisters describes mentors, like Mike, as volunteers who develop strong and enduring relationships that change children’s lives for the better, forever. Mike has demonstrated that and more with his 7 little brothers over the past 15 years and that is why the Millennium Sertoma Club is pleased to select Mike Matteson as our 2014 recipient of Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award.  

International President Visits

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Sertoma International President Tim Hazel visited the club to talk about Sertoma.  He focused on where we have been and where we are headed, and the bumps in the road of transition.  He envisions Sertoma with many more members that are not what we consider the traditional Sertoma members to try and attract gen-x and the millenials to the clubs.

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International President Tim Hazel, Millennium Sertoma club President Fred Gossett, and International Director Jesse Brown.

All in the Family

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Millennium Sertoma Club is proud of Jerry Myer being named the Southeast Caribbean Region Sertoman of the Year.  But he is not the first in his family to receive that honor.  Daughter Jill Kennedy received the same honor in 2004.  We are proud to have two great Sertoman’s as member of Millennium Sertoma Club.

Service to Mankind 2013 - Jeff Darrey

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In most of our nation’s cities, homelessness has been a recurring challenge as to how best to help those who, after losing their job, find they can no longer afford to stay in their home.  With no home or income, the source of their next meal becomes a real concern.  

About 13 years ago, as an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida, Jeff Darrey was asked by Father Mike Moore to look into improving the church’s food bank to help meet the needs of a growing homeless population.   He looked at over 21 different operations involved in feeding the homeless, hungry and working poor.  Some were food banks while others were soup kitchens where guests snake through a line and are served on disposable tableware or handed a bag lunch with a sandwich.  


Jeff began to develop a vision for a free sit-down restaurant for the needy. Guests are greeted, seated and served a hot, three-course meal on tables set with cloth, china, silverware and a flower center piece.  His search resulted in the start up of the Trinity Café in 2001. 

Initially, Trinity Café opened its doors from St. Peter Claver Church on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa, Fl.  As the number of homeless needing to be fed increased, they moved a few blocks away to the Salvation Army building on Florida Avenue.


Today, the Trinity Café serves its guests from its newest quarters in a renovated building on Nebraska Avenue. The new facility equipped by both purchased and donated items, has a restaurant quality kitchen and more dining space. Over 240 guests are served daily.  The doors open at 11:30a.m. and those with tickets, freely given out mid-morning,  are invited in and seated at tables holding 6 guests and a host.  The host teams up with a server to make this a special time in the life of those on the street.  


After some introductions, the meal begins with a hot soup or chilled salad, then a protein-rich entrée with two tasty side dishes, followed by dessert, fruit juice and bread with butter.  This respite helps restore a bit of dignity to lives turned bleak by the street. 


Jeff is married to wife Sharon and they have four adult children. In addition to the Trinity Café, Jeff spends about 4 hours each week serving his church as the Eucharistic Minister for homebound and terminally ill.


In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for Trinity Café, Jeff is also Chairman of the Board for Catholics for Cameroon whose mission is to build a new Cathedral in Nkambe, Cameroon, in West Africa. 

Jeff is a member of Legatus, which is a global organization of Catholic CEO’s, where he served on their international Board of Governors from 2008-2011. 


In his spare time, Jeff enjoys kayaking, biking and reading extensively about homelessness and lives of the saints.

Jeff is more persistent and determined than most. He set a goal to feed the homeless by opening this free restaurant. If not for his vision and insistence Trinity Café would never have opened nor would it have survived. Jeff is single-handedly responsible for overcoming every obstacle and hardship ever faced by the café. 

Since 2001, the Trinity Café under Jeff’s guidance has served over 848,000 meals to the homeless, hungry and working poor.  On their website, one sentence stands out. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”. 


The Millennium Sertoma Club is proud to have the Trinity Café as one of our sponsorships and is pleased to be able to submit the person and work of Jeff Darrey as our 2013 Service to Mankind recipient. 

District Service to Mankind Winner!

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Millennium Sertoma Club’s nominee for the Service to Mankind award walked away from the District Service to Mankind Banquet a winner.  Ken Escobio, escorted by member of the club, was crowned the Central Florida District Service to Mankind Award winner.

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A New Year Begins

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Members of the Millennium Sertoma Club met at Mrs. Tea’s Garden in Lutz to formally install the officers for a new year.  Our members enjoyed a dinner buffet, followed by Bunco, installation of Officers, and the presentation of the Sertoman of the Year to Ann Snow.  Past International President John Tragon installed the new officers.  Thanks to all that attended.

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Who Dosen’t Like Cupcakes?

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Kellie Taylor from Mrs. Teas Garden joined us and gave us all lessons on making cupcakes, well at least decorating them.  We all took a turn in making our own cupcakes featuring icing spaghetti, strawberry preserves sauce, chocolate truffle meatballs, and white chocolate cheese.  Everyone enjoyed consuming their artistry upon completion.  Thanks Kellie for a great presentation.

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International President Visits

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Sertoma International President John Kerr joined our club to talk about Sertoma.  John talked about some of his travels over the last year in small panes, for Chili Cookoffs, and Freedom Festivals.  He reported that Sertoma is in good shape and the endowment is strong.  John also talked about some of the things that Sertoma is considering as it focuses on its main mission of speech and hearing.  We talked about looping where people that wear hearing aids have the ability to cut out the background noise and just hear the speakers in auditoriums, churches, or any other place with a lot of people and noise.  Eighty percent of the current hearing aids have the ability to using the looping technology and very soon all hearing aids will.   Pictured above are Harvey Rhinehart District Governor, Jesse Brown International Director, Fred Gossett Club President, and John Kerr International Presiden

Murder at the Grill

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Members of the club dressed for a cookout in the 1950’s only to discover the host Tom Dooley murdered with a BBQ fork.  Everyone had a great time trying to figure out who was the culprit:  Chubby Cheddar?  Bobby Sox?  Johnny Angel?  Barby Q?  Ivan Spudnik?  NO  It was the beautiful Miss Kansas City, Tiara diamond.  A fun time for everyone. (Joe Kennedy is going to sleep with one eye open from now on)

Membership Dinner

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The Club welcomed prospective new members at a membership dinner at Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant.  After dinner,  VP Membership Reg Dickey talked about what Sertoma is and what Millennium Sertoma Club does.  Then Steve Overton spoke about what service means highlighting it with stories from his years with NewsChannel 8 as their investigative reporter.  It was a great evening capped off with our newest member Jaquie Pena.

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Helping Hand for the Holidays

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As we have in years past,  we reached out to help a family in need over the holiday season.Reg Dickey delivered our gifts to the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church Learning Center to be given to Shante Baldwin and family..  Looks like they will have a good Christmas as follows:

 

Mother Shanti -- 6 gifts plus Holiday pretzels and $25 gift card to                           Sweetbay

Cedric -- 5 yrs. old  --  4 gifts plus soccer ball

Cevion -- 2 yrs old twin -- 4 wrapped gifts

Savion -- 3 wrapped gifts

A child's tool kit for twins

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Helping Others

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Jada McMillon stopped by the club and talked about Positive Spin.  Their vision is to have all families experience economical, educational, physical, emotional, and social success in a safe, nurturing, and diverse community.   They work with families in the area to help keep them out of the child welfare system .  The club donated part of our fund raising money to help them achieve that goal.

Having Some Fun at the Meeting

Having a little fun at our recent meeting, we played Mennonite Manners.  Reg Dickey, Jeanne Hand, and Suzanne Scott.  Congrats to Jeanne the big winne

Kicking Off A New Year

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With a lot of fun and the help of Past International President John Tragon and his wife Kathy, we gathered at the Beef O’Bradys on Gunn Highway to install our officers, thank David Calnan for a great year, and let Fred Gossett take over for another great year of serving our community.  Visit the 2011 Installation Banquet page for more photos from the evening.

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We were joined by Ray Rogers from Camp Endeavor to talk about what is going on at the camp.   He reported that the camp is in great shape but that they always need our help.  He invited all of us to become members of Camp Endeavor.


We were also joined by Garrett Brown, who received a scholarship to the camp last summer that was possible by a donation from the Millennium Sertoma Club.

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Garrett was born profoundly deaf.  His parents discovered that he was profoundly deaf during a routine visit to the doctor at the age of 9 months.  The doctor asked if he was babbling and the family said no.  After 2 days of tests, it was discovered that Garrett was profoundly deaf.  He now has Cochlar Implants in both ears, and to hear him speak, you would never be aware that he cannot hear.  Garrett talked about his experience at camp, his first time away from his family for any period of time.  He sharpened his skills with signing at the camp, and had a great time.   One of the highlights was lighting a candle and sending it out on the lake their last night.  Garrett is looking forward to attending Camp Endeavor again next year.

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Garrett was joined at the meeting by his mother Barbara Brown, his father Gary Brown, and Rebecca Hill an ASL teacher.


For those of you that did not make the meeting, it was awesome to see that the money we raise is helping out and appreciated by those that need it.  Thanks for joining us Garrett!!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We stopped at the Old Lutz School to sing Christmas Carols for the crowd and present a check for the proceeds from the Breakfast With Santa event held a the school.  The club made biscuits and sausage to sell and presented the Old School with a check for $123.  The school is collecting fund to defray the cost of installing new windows.

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Now stay on Key

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We were entertained by a quartet from the Heralds of Harmony.  With a little fun, they entertained us and introduced us to the group that not only entertains but contributes to the community.  The group will hold their annual Christmas show on Dec 5 at the Mahaffey Theater and on Dec 11 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.

Neighborly Care Network

 

Ketterer from Neighborly Care Network talked to the club about alternatives to nursing homes for our aging families.  Neighborly Care Network provides social, health, pharmaceutical, nutrition, transportation, and other vital services that enable older adults to live more independently in their community.  There was a spirited round of questions asked by some in the club that were a little closer to that magical age.

11th Annual Leadership Roundup

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The Millennium Sertoma Club convened at Beef O’Brady’s for the 11th Annual Installation Banquet.  Past International President John Tragon installed the new officers and urged them to continue their SERvice TO MAnkind.  The new officers are:



Chairman of the Board    Reg dickey

President    David Calnan

Secretary    Jeanne Hand

Treasurer    Dennis Mutchler

Sgt At Arms    Mary Jane Johnson

VP Fundraising    Charlie Layne

VP Membership    Fred Gossett

Dir Membership    Ann Snow

VP Programs    Terri Burgess

VP Publicity    Mary Jane Johnson

Dir Publicity    Suzanne Scott

VP Sponsorship    Jerry Myers

Dir Sponsorship    Judy Schiavo

Historian    Suzanne Scott

Webmaster    Dennis Mutchler

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“I Choose"

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Suzin Carr and her son Chandler joined us to talk about their book, “I Choose”.  We had a reading by the author and a walk through of the printing process.   For more information go to www.illuminatedpublishing.com.  You can order the book online at amazon, just search for “I Choose”.  Suzin wrote the book and was attempting to illustrate it when her son Chandler said he could draw better than that.  So the words belong to Suzin and the pictures to Chandler. 

    The club also finalized the distribution of over $7000 in funds raised over the year.  Beneficiaries include Lopez Veterans Home, Migrant Ministries, Boy Scout Troop 12, Pine View Middle School,FAAST, Pace Center for Girls, Self Reliance, Trinity Cafe, and Support Our Troops. 

School Days

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Mitch Smithey and his wife joined the meeting to talk about his run for the school board of Hillsborough County.  He talked about State Bill 6 currently in front of Governor Crist, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to the school district and what he wants to do if elected.  Both Mitch and his wife teach at Lutz Elementary School

Yummy Sauce

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Michele Northrup from Intensity Academy joined our meeting and gave us all an insight into the start and creation of a collection of sauces that she began three years ago and grew into a business that is selling 100,000 bottles a year..   They use Chai Tea instead of water to flavor the sauces.  Starting with a carrot based hot sauce, the collection now includes Chai Thai Teriyaki and a Chilpote Ketshup that everyone raves about. Winners of many awards, they taste great and well worth a try.  Pictured above is Michele and her son Christian showing off their sauces.

Small Business Development Center

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Jerry Karp from the Florida Small Business Development Center joined us to present the club with all of the benefits that the organization provides to small businesses and to people looking to start a small business.  Located in offices on Channelside Drive, the SBDC offers free services to assist in writing business plans,  analyzing markets, and how to bid on government contracts among other offerings.  Jerry Karp is a Certified Business Analyst that will be located in the Lutz/ Land O’Lakes areas.

Have you seen the billboards?

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Gasparilla 2010

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Members of the Millennium Sertoma Club manned some food and bead booths to raise money.  Pictured above, Joe, Jerry, Jeanie, Charlie, and Gerard are ready for the the hoards to appear

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Honoring Alex Cooks

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Our Service to mankind winner Alex Cooks (read his story in the Service Winner section) and his wife Aimee picture (pictured above) attended the District Service to Mankind Banquet where he was presented as our nominee.  They were joined by members of the Millennium Sertoma Club including President Reg Dickey.


Pictured below left to right:  Jeanne Hand, Ted Dixon, Judy Schiavo, Reg Dickey, Susan Myer, Jim Hargis, Jerry Myer and Aimee and Alex Cooks

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Happy New Year

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We started out the new year by presenting our Service to Mankind award to Alex Cooks of Alex’s BBQ.  Alex collects and gives out bicycles to children in need throughout the area.  Check out the service winner section for more information about Alex.  As we approach the new year, we are finalizing the Gasparilla Parades and the Clay Shoot.  It will be a busy few months for the club as we enter our big fund raising time.

Great way to end the year!

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We finished up the year with lots of items on the agenda.   Fred Gossett was awarded the Energize Sertoma pin by President Reg Dickey (I think he was a little chocked up in the presence of such a great Sertoman).  Dennis Mutchler was awarded the Sertoman of the Year award, and we finished up the night singing Christmas carols at the Old Lutz School

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It’s A Wonderful Life


Millennium Sertoma Club presented the Carrollwood Players rendition of “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  This fund raiser included cocktails and hors d'oeuvres prior to the performance.  Playing to a packed house, the Carrollwood Players presented a stirring rendition of the classic story.  We capped the evening with drawing for door prizes and awarding of 50/50.  It was a fantastic evening, a great fund raiser, and a fitting kick off to the Christmas season.

Busy, Busy, Busy

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Lots of things coming up, check the calendar to make sure you know where to be and when.  David Calnan is shown above receiving the President’s Cup Award for all he does to keep the club running smoothly.  Are you prepared for the distribution of backpacks at Trinity Cafe, Carrollwood Players event, cooking breakfast at Lutz School, Gasparilla, Bingo at Lopez Veterans Home, and the Clay Shoot?  Lots of things going on and lots of places to Serve Mankind.

I Cannot tell a lie ……….

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Jorge Fernandez from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department gave a great demonstration and discussion on the lie detector that they use.  Terry Burgess bravely was strapped to the machine and grilled for hours on end till she confessed that her boss was the best supervisor she ever had.  (alright it was 2 minutes and 3 questions.  We also inducted our newest member Jim Hargess into the club and awarded Suzanne Scott with the prestigious coffee cup award from the President.

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PAC Meeting

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Reg Dickey, Jeanne Hand, Susan and Jerry Myer, David Calnan, and Dennis Mutchler attended the Sertoma District of Central Florida PAC meeting.  Jesse Brown reviewed the things that the district is currently working on including billboards, a web site, Public hearing aid containers, and the upcoming Fall District Conference in Sarasota.  The forms and due dates for all secretaries and treasurers was also reviewed.  Harvey Rhinehart also reviewed the Annual Fund, where is the funds are used and where they come from.  The meeting wrapped up with each club reviewing what they had planned for the coming year.

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Coffee, Beanie Babies, and Postage

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Bob Williams from Support our Troops (www.ourtroopsonline.com) spoke to the club about the need that his organization fulfills.  He provides those things that our troops need over and above what they are supplied. These items include coffee, beanie babies, coffee, snacks, and coffee.  But most of all, they need postage.  The organization spends between 8 and 35 thousand dollars each month to ship the items overseas.

A Visit from the Governor

Governor Jesse (no i) Brown visited the club and filled us in on what is happening in the world of Sertoma.  The PAC meeting is scheduled and the Fall District Conference is being planned.  The club also welcomed back David Calnon after his “vacation”, then reviewed the books and the plans for the upcoming year.  Everyone roll up your sleeves, it’s going to be a busy year!

Plan, Plan, Plan

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As we waited for Vinny and Judy to arrive, the club held a board meeting/Club Leadership Conference to plan out the new year.  We reviewed budgets, membership, and fundraising.  We have a big year ahead with not only a Clay Shoot, Carrollwood Players, Gasparilla, but are also planning on holding a first ever fishing tournament.  Get ready for a busy year.


Barbara, Judy, and Vinny attended the Camp Endeavor Appreciation day and brought back some great pictures.

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Camp Endeavor

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Jeff Nunemaker from Camp Endeavor stopped by to give a status report on the Camp.  As with the rest of the economy, the donations to the camp are down this year.  Jeff indicated that they have done a lot of things to hold down costs like shutting off the electric when cabins are not in use, water shut off valves, and eliminating the monthly trash fee by removing the dumpster.  Through the cost cutting, they have been able to provide for all the campers this summer.  Sponsorship Chairman Jerry Myer presented a check to the Camp for $500 from the club.


Club President also presented Jeanne Hand with a Sertoma Mug for all her help as Secretary of the Club

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Installation Banquet - 2009-2010

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Past International President John Tragon joined us in Yankee gear to install the club officers for the new year.  Beef O’Brady’s hosted the event that was  attended my 25 club members and guests.  Wings, beer and lots of fun to welcome our new officers.

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Ronald McDonald House


The club visited Ronald McDonald House in Tampa and brought dinner along.  The cupboards were stocked to overflowing so the families wouldn’t have to worry about what to eat.

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Tampa Bay History Center



Manny Leto from the Tampa Bay History Center gave the members an overview of the newest addition to the Channelside District.  The center highlights the early settlers to the area, the changes to the area over the years, and of course the cigar industry.  Not only is the center a rich history of the region, it is also a very energy effective structure.

That’s Fine By Me

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Many items were discussed at this meeting that will effect the days ahead.  We will be holding a membership dinner, western themed, at Hungry Harry’s on June 2nd at 6:30pm.  Also note that the meeting on May 26th will be held at Ronald MacDonald House.  


A set of fun fines was approved by the club.  In conjunction with the fines, we noted that the meeting times are as follows:

                            6:30 to 6:45 - social time

                            6:45 to 8:00 - meeting


Here are the fines, be forewarned:

                                                $1

                                Late to the meeting (6:45 start time)

                                No pin

                                No Notebook

                                Cell Phone Rings


                                                $5

                                Answering Cell Phone


The officers for the 2009-2010 year are as follows:


        President                      Reg Dickey

        Secretary                      Jeanne Hand

        Treasurer                     Dennis Mutchler

        Sergeant-at-Arm        David Calnan

        VP-Membership        Fred Gossett

        Dir - Membership      Ann snow

        VP-Fundraising         Charlie Layne

        VP-Sponsorships       Susan Myer

        Dir-Sponsorship        Judy Schiavo

        VP_Programs             Jerry Myer

        Dir-Programs             Mary Jane Johnson

        Historian                     Suzanne Scott

So……. How are we doing?


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Judy Schiavo presented the club with a survey to find out how we were doing.  Some of the suggestions that were presented were a greeter assigned for each meeting, beef up the club public relations, add another fund raiser (possibly a 2nd play), and adding some information to the brochure concerning the dues structure.  President Reg Dickey certainly appreciated all the work that Judy does for the club and presented her with a Sertoma coffee mug (see picture above)

Clay Shoot and Gasparilla


A great meeting!  A presentation by Brenda Ruehl of Reliance Center of Independent Living talked about what the agency does and who they help.  The Center has received help from Millennium Sertoma in the form of proceeds from our fund raisers.


Speaking of fund raisers we received reports from Gasparilla of almost $3000 and the Clay Shoot of almost $3000.  What an awesome feeling knowing we are going to help some needy people and organizations.


President Reg Dickey presented an award to Ted Dixon and Jerry Myer thanking them for all their hard work.

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Deer Creek Sporting Clays

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Joined by our Fearless leader Reg Dickey, Millennium Sertoma Club held its 4th Annual Clay Shoot to raise money for Lopex Veterans Home.

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Convention Cruise

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Millennium Sertoma Club was well represented on the Carnival Fascination during the Southeastern Regional  Convention.  Everyone returned with a few extra pounds and new Sertoma friends.

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Board Meeting

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At our monthly board meeting the club began to finalize the remaining tasks for the Clay Shoot.  Everyone is encouraged to get sponsors, shooters, sell gun raffle tickets, and sell quilt tickets.  Reg urged everyone to do something each day to help promote the event.

Service to Mankind

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Each year, Sertoma Clubs are asked to nominate  a person that exemplifies the ideals of Sertoma but is not a member of a Sertoma Club.  Millennium Sertoma Clubs winner this year was Leigh Dittman.  Leigh was diagnosed with Brittle Bone Disease not long after she was born.  She now receives treatment from the Shriners Hospital in Tampa for her condition.  


Quoting from a report citing her recognition by Shriners:


In appreciation of the care Leigh receives at the Tampa hospital, the Dittman family began raising money for Shriners Hospitals. “It was actually Leigh’s idea,” said Ellen. “She says Shriners Hospitals helps her, so she wanted to help them.” Beginning with Leigh’s fourth birthday party in 2004, the Dittmans asked that in lieu of bringing gifts, guests donate money to Shriners Hospitals. Due to the overwhelming response from           loved ones and the community, Leigh and her family decided to make it an annual fundraising event. 


    Approximately 300 people attended Leigh’s seventh birthday party in August 2007. The event included included a welcome and thank you from the birthday girl, a bagpipe performance by Tampa Bay area firefighters, silent and live auctions, and more. More than $42,000 was raised this year. In total, Leigh’s birthday party extravaganzas have resulted in more than $132,000 in donations to the Tampa Shriners Hospital. 

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Everyone in the Christmas Spirit

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To celebrate the holiday season, we started out with Hammerheads Steel Drums.  Mark Jenkins explained what a steel drum was and how it was made.  They then entertained the club with some awesome music. (Reg even got in a little dancing)


Everyone was in a festive mood.  Judy and Suzanne even provided us with some fantastic desserts to go with our meal.

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Sertoma Youth Ranch

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Sertoma Youth Ranch is one of three state sponsorships of Sertoma.   Located about 30 minutes north of Tampa, the ranch is often used to entertain kids with communications disorders.  In the meantime, money needed to help maintain the property and facilities is made by sponsoring events such as the Blue Grass Festival held over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Millennium Sertoma Club has been one of the main clubs helping make these events successful fund raisers by cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, chili-dogs, and serving meals from the kitchen.  This group of Sertomans spend about 6 hrs. volunteering to maintain the kitchen.

It helped the ranch and as you can see, we had fun! 

Happy Thanksgiving


The club discussed plans for the upcoming months.  For Thanksgiving, the club gave a $100 gift card to Kelanie, a seventh grader at Pine View Middle school that has a Cochlear Implant.  Plans were also made for the Kids day at Sertoma Youth Ranch.  Thanks to The International Independent Showman’s Association’s  Dee Dee Starkey and Steve Ianni who donated a multitude of stuffed animals for the kids.  Details were also finalized for working at the Blue Grass Festival at the Ranch.

Visit From The Gov

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Charlie Glen, District Governor, Central Florida District joined the club to talk about everything that is happening in the district.  The big is push is for name recognition from the theme “You Should Hear What We Do” to advertising and official colors.  Charlie has also been working on a district website that is to include a directory of services offered by Sertoma members.  


Sertoma has recently changed from Sertoma International to Sertoma Inc and also has a brand new logo.  Everyone has been having trouble with the new names after all the years of old one.


Reg also presented Mary Jane Johnson with a new coffee mug in appreciation of all her hard work on the recent Carrollwood Players event.

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PAC II Meeting

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 Members of the Millennium Sertoma Club attend the recent PAC II meeting in Tampa.  Dignitaries from the new Sertoma, INC were Mike Simpson South East Carribean Regional Director, Carol Moore current president of Sertoma Inc, and Woodrow Hudson Chairman of the Board of Sertoma Inc.


     Items discussed were member retention, building clubs, and Sertoma name recognition.  We learned the offical colors of Sertoma were blue and yellow and that Sertoma servers over 50 million people with speech and hearing services.


     Sertoma Inc President Carol Moore talked about her theme for the year “Believe In Sertoma.  She concluded her remarks by saying “I Believe in each of your, to make a difference”

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Cookout at Lopez Veterans Home

On a recent Saturday morning, many members of the Millennium Sertoma Club gathered at the Lopez Veterans Home to cook lunch.  The fare included hamburgs, hot dogs, beans, and mac and cheese.  The gang jumped in and sliced onions and tomatoes and fired up the grills.  The patients enjoyed the break from the routine.

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Trinity Cafe

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Trinity Cafe is a non-profit organization started in 2001.  The cafe serves a hot lunch daily, Monday thru Friday, to 175 homeless and hungry people.  Located in the Salvation Army building at 1603 N. Florida Ave., volunteers from the community come to serve the delicious and nutritious meals prepared by 5 star chef Alfred Astl.  Millennium Sertoma Club is proud not only to provide financial assistance but to supply some of the volunteer help. Recently, a group from our club distributed back packs to each guest at lunch and helped serve the meals.


About Sertoma
Founded in 1912, Sertoma is the third oldest civic service organization. Sertomans total about 11,000 members in clubs throughout the United States. Every year Sertoma clubs raise more than $20 million for community needs. Through these projects, as well as grants and scholarships, Sertoma clubs return those funds to their respective communities. Sertoma’s primary service project is assisting the more than 50 million people with speech-language and hearing disorders.
© Millennium Sertoma Club 2017