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Sertoma of Greater Sarasota

Sertoma of Greater Sarasota

Enterprise 1 - Companies with 1-25 Employees-Renewal


For more than 100 years, volunteers known as Sertomans serve communities across the United States. Originally known as Co-Operative International, each member takes pride in the colorful history of the Co-Operative Club International and Sertoma International. This history is based upon information gleaned from old SERTOMAN and THE CO-OPERATOR magazines on file at Sertoma Headquarters.

On April 11, 1912, three Kansas City, Missouri, business men, Dr. George W. Smith, Dr. Charles E. Allen, and newspaper publisher William R. Rowe, enticed community leaders to get involved. Now entering the 2nd century of service, Sertoma community leaders are engaged in improving the quality of life in communities by making a difference for those who suffer from hearing loss.

Established in 1956, Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota is a service group of more than 90 members from the local business community that raises funds to help area children and adults who face speech, language and hearing challenges. Sertoma stands for "Service to Mankind," and we do lots to support the local community, like our Sertoma Kids Speech and Language Center that provides services to area families, regardless of their ability to pay. But we are also a club where members from all backgrounds, interests and ideologies come together to share good times and enjoy being with one another.

Service is part of the Sertoma name (Service to Mankind), and since its founding in 1956 Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota has helped make our community better and stronger through grants, scholarships, and volunteer service hours our members provide each year. Our members come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but the one thing we all share in common is a desire to help and support one another and our community. We feel confident in saying that you won't find a friendlier, more cohesive service organization than Sertoma Sarasota. From our annual golf tournament (which has raised more than $1 million for local charities since its founding almost 30 years ago) to monthly happy hours and socials, holiday parties, and Southwest Florida's biggest and best food, music, and craft beer festival, My Hometown Fest, Sertoma Sarasota members know how to have fun.

Impact of Sertoma Speech & Language Center of Sarasota

-Currently we serve 53 children.

-71% of our clients receive some amount of assistance.

-Our client’s range in age from 18 months to 16 years of age.

-Our clients are from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

-We receive referrals from Early Steps, Pre-School Diagnostic center, pediatricians, neuropsychologists, All Children’s Hospital and other private practices.

-Most of the children are improving although some require a team and an inclusive program to meet all their needs. We work with the schools and other agencies to make those connections happen.

-We are beginning to see adult clients.

-We are putting together a maintenance group called Loud Crowd on Mondays for patients affected by Parkinson's and other neurological disorders.

-We are at our forever home: 2750 Stickney Point Rd, Suite 210, Sarasota

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Enterprise 1 - Companies with 1-25 Employees-Renewal


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