Our History

The Lutz Sertoma Club was chartered on July 25, 2000, spearheaded by Jerry Myer, who was then President of the sponsoring Downtown Tampa Noon Sertoma Club. We received great support from the expertise of Jerry and his wife Susan, as well as John and Kathy Tragon, who all gave us guidance and found opportunities for area meetings and trainings and getting to know other Sertomans in our region. For his efforts in establishing our club, Jerry received the “Red Coat Ambassador Award,” one of many in his illustrious Sertoma career.

Our Charter Banquet coincided with the 2000 Sertoma International Annual Convention, which was held in Tampa that year. As a result, many visiting Sertoma International dignitaries were in attendance. During the installation of our Charter President Ted Dixon, then International Director Rainer Jacob remarked that, until that time, he had never celebrated the Sertoma Toast with a bottle of beer – a first for him with our new club!

We initially met at the Holiday Inn at the Bearss/I-275 exit in Tampa, then moved on to Nye Park and several supportive area restaurants. Currently, we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in the lake house at Hungry Harry's Famous Barbeque in Land O' Lakes.

In 2002, the membership voted to officially change our name to the Millennium Sertoma Club, as we felt this would increase our membership potential by reaching out to the surrounding
Land O' Lakes and Wesley Chapel communities.

Our club is unique because we are family oriented, welcoming the children of all ages of our members who become “honoraries” and attend the meetings with their parents. Reg Dickey has remarked that we “grow our own members,” as charter members Jill and Joe Kennedy have produced four beautiful children since our inception, and all four regularly attend our meetings and volunteer with their parents.

Our focus is fund raising to support a variety of organizations in our community, in addition to the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Floundation, the Sertoma Youth Ranch, and Camp Endeavor. We are proud to be “Early Bird” contributors to the Sertoma Annual Fund.

Our club participates in a variety of fundraising activities, which include food vending at both the adult and children's Gasparilla Parades, hosting a Carrollwood Players production, and conducting our annual Clay Shoot, which is now going into its 8th year. Ranch Hands and Millennium Sertomans join together to support the activities of both clubs several times during the year. In addition, we proudly contribute to Support the Troops, where we assist with packing and postage; the Balderamo Lopez Veteran's Home, where we interact with the residents at the monthly bingo game, provide snacks and personalized birthday bags; the Trinity Cafe, where we assist in serving meals to the homeless and regularly provide gift bags of toiletries, socks, or blankets, depending upon current needs; and the Ronald McDonald House, where we have prepared and shared dinner with out of town families of patients who are receiving treatment at area hospitals. We assist at the Bluegrass Cafe at the Sertoma Youth Ranch during Bluegrass Festivals and Kids' Days and provide stuffed animals for their annual Christmas Party. Many of our members volunteer annually to screen the hearing of Pasco County students with member Judy Schiavo, who is a Speech-Language Pathologist. Given any opportunity to speak among Sertomans, Judy will tell you that she has the honor of being a proud recipient of the Sertoma Endowed Scholarship for Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, which supported her graduate education through the Master's Degree Program.

Our Programs Vice Presidents and Directors have provided a wonderful variety of speakers over the years, including Steel Drum and Herald's of Harmony performances at Christmas time, a Mystery Theatre, and presentations by Sertoma dignitaries and representatives of the various Sertoma Sponsorships.

Although our membership has fluctuated over the years, we have been very fortunate to have had the support of many long time Sertomans, including Charter Members Jerry and Susan Myer, Jill and Joe Kennedy and Judy Schiavo; Lifetime member Fred Gossett and Ann Snow, who have been instrumental in our support of the Balderamo Lopez Veteran's home; Dennis Mutchler, who serves as Treasurer and also created and continually improves our website; Mary Jane Johnson, who oversees our Carrollwood Players Fundraiser; and Reg Dickey, who keeps us informed of Sertoma activities and also serves as Club Historian. Our current president, Suzanne Scott, created a historical record of our club activities and also initiated the club liason position for Millennium. Jeanne Hand, or Club Secretary, keeps us informed of news from Sertoma International. All of our members provide unique abilities and talents, and contribute to the cohesiveness and success of our club. In addition, Fred, Jerry, Susan, and Reg have held offices at District and Regional levels. John and Kathy Tragon are still just
a phone call away whenever we need their support.

The diversity of our membership offers us opportunities for networking and fellowship, and we have developed a folksy, inviting environment, which is often mentioned by our visitors and speakers. Jesse Brown, Harvey Rhinehart, John Kerr and other Sertoma dignitaries have commented that they felt right at home whenever they have visited or volunteered with us.

By now, I would guess you can see the pride we feel within our club. In this past year, we were fortunate to have gained our goal of three new enthusiastic, members. Please visit our website - millenniumsertomaclub.org - or be our guest at one of our evening meetings if you are interested in joining a group of very special people – no babysitter needed!

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.
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