How many times have you seen newspaper photos of our members donating to various charities like the Young at Heart Soup Lunches, Carson Valley Food Closet, been the recipient of a Scholarship or hearing aids, or danced the Chicken Dance at our Oktoberfest? All of these activities demonstrate what our Sertoma name means......SERvice TO MAnkind. Our International organization celebrated its 100th anniversary April 11, 2012. Our local club is in its 42st year of providing support to Carson Valley and Douglas County. In those 40 plus years we’ve given thousands of hours and dollars to the Food Closet, Young at Heart at the Senior Center, China Spring and Aurora Pines Youth Facilities, Family Support Council, City of Refuge, Boys and Girls Club, the Fishing Derby, Suicide Prevention, DAWG, W.A.V.E, Moxy-Up, Douglas High School Culinary Program and many youth organizations and Douglas County non-profits.
Our members, past and present, have been instrumental in making the Carson Valley Swim Center a reality, getting the land donated to start China Spring, installing Hearing Loop equipment at the Senior Center, the local library, expanding the Food Closet and even lending hands to build the first Ranchos VFD building. We put on the one and only Chicken Stampede back in 1982 that became the precursor to some years of actually having a Douglas County Fair. We started the annual Truck Pull and hosted many Barn Dances at the Fairgrounds.
All of these activities are part of our heritage and are a history of a lot of hard work and fun. We do them to be a part of our community, and to raise funds to provide our type of Service to Mankind like hearings aids, hearing loops, book and vocational scholarships, soup lunches, and support for our active troops and veterans around the globe. And when we get a Thank You note from a hearing aid recipient that says “Thank you, there’s a whole new world out there for me to listen to and enjoy”, that makes it all worthwhile.
Internationally we are well into our second 100 years. Locally we’re at 42 and counting, making plans for even bigger and better activities in the future. If you would like to find out more about what we do, and why, please visit us on Friday mornings, 7:00 a.m. at C.O.D. Casino. We will even offer you a cup of coffee.
To read about the parent organization, Sertoma, Inc., the website is https://sertoma.org
Officers 2022/2023 Year
Board of Directors
President - Kathy Johnson
President Elect -Pat Smith
Secretary - Nancy Humphries
Treasurer - Sue Cooke
Sgt at Arms - Peggy Furtado
Sponsorship - Dianne Ford
Fundraising - OPEN POSITION
Membership - Christine Miner
Programs - Kathy Schuman
Public Relations - Birgit Okamoto
Social Events - Eva Lundberg
Chairman of the Board - Joe Cooke
Quartermaster - Joe Cooke
Club Shirts - Martha Voss
Speech/Hearing Committee - Chuck Vickrey
Scholarships - Bob Centanni
Beer Wagon Coordinator - Joe Cooke
Coat Drive Chair - Eileen Behr
Webmaster - Birgit Okamoto
Facebook - Sue Cooke
Attendance/Records - Kathy Johnson
Health/Cheer - Pat Smith