Sertoma Past Presidents
Sertoma Club of Venice
Annual Santa's Breakfast
The Sertoma Club of Venice was chartered in 1976 as part of Sertoma International, a leading nonprofit civic service organization for more than eight decades. Since 1912, professionals have banded together to provide help for their communities, to foster friendships, and to learn more about the needs of mankind.
Sertoma exists for the high and noble purpose of Service to Mankind. Over the years, Sertomans have sponsored thousands of Speech and Hearing clinics for children throughout the world.
The Sertoma Club of Venice, largest Sertoma club in the United States, is made up of professional men and women who are dedicated to serving each other, the community and those who need Sertoma's help.
As our main philanthropy, the Sertoma Speech Clinic of Venice is operated solely on the fundraising efforts of our members and the generosity of those who support the cause of children's speech therapy.
Our Clubs also sponsor projects that promote freedom and democracy, youth causes and any other local community needs identified by Clubs. Sertomans hold fundraisers to support these service programs. Each year, Sertoma Clubs raise and return more than $20 million for community projects. Founded as the "Stand Together Club" in 1912 in Kansas City, Mo., Sertoma is the third oldest service organization. Our name was changed to "Cooperative" Clubs, and finally to "Sertoma" in 1950. Our motto is "Make Life Worthwhile."
The first non-U.S. Sertoma Club was chartered in Windsor, Ontario, in 1946. The first Mexico Club was chartered in Mexico City in 1956. The Sertoma Foundation was founded in 1960 to raise money for Sertoma's charitable programs. The Foundation's Endowment has more than $10 million today. Women, who were welcomed as members of Sertoma in 1985, comprise about one-third of our current membership.
The highest honor Sertoma bestows on a non-member is the Service to Mankind Award recognizing outstanding volunteer community service. Each Club selects a winner, who competes with other Clubs' winners at the District, Regional and International levels. The top winner is announced at the International Convention.
OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Stephen Lingley, President-Elect Bill Rhodes, Past President Kit McKeon, Secretary Seth von Marschall, Treasurer Sandi Raasch & Judy Braham, Attendance Ernie Skinner, Sgt-at-Arms Laura Benson & Ben Kligbeil, Directors at Large Courtney Green, Roxie Sima & John Vidas
COMMITTEE CHAIRS & CO-CHAIRS
Membership Dan Policastro, Membership Co-Chair John Yunker, Communications Courtney Green, Communications Co-Chair Andrea Arnold, Sponsorship Bruce Haltiner, Programs Brett Stephens, Social Kelly Olliver, Social Co-Chair Kurt Dwyer, Speech Clinic Lynn Joyner, Speech Clinic Co-Chair Bob Anderson, Manpower Pam Holic, Health & Cheer Sherrey Welsh, Publicity Harold Prion, Publicity Co-Chair Pam Johnson, Students of the Month Bon Vedder, Awards Kit McKeon, Wine Feast Sandi Raasch & Roxie Sima, Fireworks Chair Jan Kleckner, Fireworks Co-Chair Erin Silk, Santa’s Breakfast Kent Masden, Cheeseburgers in Paradise Ben Klingbeil & Beau Walker