Feb 052015

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors has been updated due to recent changes.

President: Joe Schaefer
President-elect: Will Williams
Vice President Fundraising: Ed Harding
Vice President Sponsorship: Deke Kittrell
Vice President Membership: Rick Lindstrom
Vice President Programs: Terry Swets
Vice President Community Service: Sheri Scholz
Treasurer: Dennis Graffious
Secretary/IT Chair/Webmaster: Phil Ward
Sergeant at Arms: Scott Mynar
Director of Awards: Cindy Blankenship
Director Attendance:
Director Communications/Publicity: Frank Alvarez
Director Serteens: Sarah Brunet
Director Social: Geri Carson

Congratulations to all for stepping up to serve the organization and the community!

Oct 212014

The 27th Annual Round Rock Sertoma Denim & Diamonds Casino Night and Robert Floyd Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Announced!

Friday, November 7, 2014
Lone Oak Barn in Round Rock
1810 N County Road 122, Round Rock, TX 78665
6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. the gaming begins…
  • This year’s event will feature a wide variety of games including; blackjack, roulette, craps and the 2nd Annual Robert Floyd Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.
  • The event will include participation of celebrity servers, from throughout the Central Texas area and incredible prizes to be had through both a raffle and live auction.
  •  You will also have an opportunity to meet representatives from this year’s beneficiary charities at: Blue Santa, Hope Alliance,  Brown Santa, and Just Because.

Click here to go to our ticket ordering page



Oct 142014



Hutto High School presents its 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony and Air Show on Friday November 7. The event is sponsored by a consortium of public and private organizations that devote time, talent and money to this extraordinary occasion, which continues to be one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in Central Texas. School assemblies are at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Both are open to the public. The air show features approximately 20 vintage aircraft and a jumper will begin at 1:45 p.m.

The purpose of the Veterans Day event hosted by the Hutto ISD has been to educating pre-k to high school students about civic virtues such as service, honor, and sacrifice.

To win a ride in one of the vintage World War II aircraft, a drawing will be held during the 3rd quarter of the Hutto Hippo game vs. Waco University on October 31.

Residents and school children of Hutto in all likelihood will be able to step outside of their homes and schools and watch the planes fly overhead. Skydivers will descend at the high school’s practice football field. Also, the main hallway in the school will be transformed into a museum of tributes to veterans.

Tickets are $20 per person or $50 for 3 people. To purchase a ticket, go to: contact@americanlegionhutto.org or call Paul Lister at 512/759-4700, ext. 6076 or buy a ticket during any Hutto Hippo home football game.

Come and show your appreciation for our retired, veterans and active duty servicemen and women.

Oct 142014


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County Commissioner Ron Morrison visited with Round Rock Sertoma members at the October 7 meeting. Commissioner Morrison spoke about roads, the environment, taxes and jobs that are impacting positively and negatively the growth of Williamson County.

Regarding the transportation and county roads the key highlights were:

  • The county has a $22 million budget;
  • The county is spending no bond money on developing new or improving county roads;
  • He expects the county Road & Bridge Tax to increase because of increasing traffic and need to move traffic and trucks to market;
  • Bond dollars will be spent on improving County Road 110 in the coming months;
  • It has taken 15 years to get O’Connor Road online and to connect to the Highway Toll 45;

Pertaining to environmental issues, the main points the Commissioner spoke about were:

  • The county is dealing with 50 different salamander species in the area which limits the use and access of land for development purposes;
  • The county has bought several hundred acres of land to limit the development of those areas that have been identified with “endangered species” like the salamander;
  • The county has recently bought land along highway  95 to protect the endangered species leading to Killeen;
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Williamson County has 75 parts per billion in particles of carbon, which is slightly above the regulated limit of 70 particles per billion – in an effort to protect the air;
  • The EPA has designated Williamson County as needing to achieve the goal of 60-70 parts per billion;

On the job creation front, the Commissioner addressed the following:

  • Tesla wanted to locate in the Hutto/Taylor area but decided to go to Nevada;
  • Tesla considered purchasing 800 acres of land;
  • Tesla would have employed approximately 6,500 people

The Commissioner addressed several other topics briefly such as:

  • The county has a AAA credit rating;
  • People may want lower taxes but because of increased activities and growth in the area, this has led to greater increases in property taxes;
  • The State of Texas mandates that the County fund indigent care which translates into about $5.6 million;
  • The county currently is paying about $700 per month per person for their health care.
Aug 262014

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Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of TyRex Company, John Bosch (pictured above, far right) honored the Round Rock Sertoma Club on August 12 for its mission to serve mankind. Walsh is the creator and founder of a non-profit organization with the purpose of fostering and encouraging more good deeds by founding “Recognize Good.” The Recognize Good Foundation created a new category to honor others – a service clubs category.

With the help of Recognize Good, PET Mobility Project in Round Rock has taken off and is serving more people in need. “PET” stands for Personal Mobility Transportation. Such a mode of transportation is a cart made for a child or adult who has lost the use of their legs and is unable to be mobile without such a vehicle. These carts are operated by using their arm strength to move the carts around. Many of these people overseas have lost the use of their legs due to war and polio. Adults can do their shopping as necessary and kids can go to school.

Since 1994, more than 44,000 PET carts have been built and distributed to people in 100 countries around the world. There are three workshops in the United States – one of which is in the Austin/Round Rock area, one in Africa, one in Australia and five new ones fixing to open up in the U.S.

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The PET carts are heavy duty in construction so they can withstand rough ground and terrain. Many of the PET carts built in the Austin/Round Rock workshop is given to people in the Austin/Round rock community as well as to people in Mexico, Honduras and India. The local PET workshop started building 10 of these vehicles on a monthly basis.

In 2010, the lease on the garage that the workshop was used had expired and the company that was leasing it to Austin/Round Rock PET Project needed the space for other business purposes. As a result, the number of built PETs declined to 5/month. Jon bosh associated with TyRex In 2012, the company invited the Austin/Round Rock PET Project to use the empty warehouse that the company has. Now, the Austin/Round Rock PET Project is able to build approximately 20 such vehicles per month.

At the end of the Sertoma Club meeting presentation, John Walsh presented the Sertoma Club with two PET vehicles which he acquired for the club with a license attached to each vehicle. There is available space on each vehicle, which the Sertoma Club can use to advertise or promote various causes.

Aug 262014

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On August 12, the Fort Hood 85th Civil Affairs Brigade partnered with the City of Round Rock and was honored for their service and partnership with the city. The President of the Round Rock Sertoma Club, Joe Schaefer presented the Fort Hood 85th Civil Affairs Brigade with a plaque of appreciation.

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The unit also presented Mayor Alan McGraw with a framed ceremonial black knife for his support of the brigade. The Mayor and the city have supported the brigade, many of its members residing in Round Rock and even taken tours of Fort Hood. The 85th Civil Affairs Brigade also marched in the Sertoma Round Rock 4th of July Parade. Master Sgt. Terangelo Davis said, “The community supports the military and this is our way of giving back.”

Aug 192014

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Sertoma’s chairman Mike Strong (front row, left) and President Joe Schaefer (front row, middle) stand with members from ZOI and the Pflugerville dance team to present a check of $5,000 from the 5th Texas Rubber Duck Race to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ development coordinator, Emily Franke (front row, right).


AUSTIN, TX (August 18, 2014) — Hundreds of Central Texas families gathered at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, Texas on the 4th the lake to race for charity at the Round Rock Sertoma Club’s 5th Duck Race. The event raised $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas (RMHC Central Texas) to help families with critically ill or injured children in Austin-area hospitals.

Held in conjunction with the Round Rock Frontier Days and the 4th Sertoma parade, this annual holiday celebration was fun for the entire family with arts and crafts, games and live entertainment featuring the famous Sam Bass Shoot Out, the Chili Pepper eating contest and the Celebrity Duck Race.

From March 1 until July 4, ducks were sold for $5 at retail venues by various organizations to help raise money for nonprofit organizations in Central Texas. The two main beneficiaries were Dell Children’s Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.

In 2010 when one of the celebrity duck racers dedicated his winnings in honor of RMHC Central Texas, the Round Rock Sertoma Club chose RMHC Central Texas as one of the main beneficiaries. Since 2011, Sertoma has raised over $20,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas to help families with critically ill and injured children.

“We are so honored to be a beneficiary of the annual Central Texas Rubber Duck Race,” said Missy Strittmatter, Director of Development of RMHC Central Texas, “It is always a great to see how thousands of families and organizations rally together for this annual 4th to support Central Texas families with critically ill and injured children in the hospital.

For more information about RMHC Central Texas, please visit www.rmhc-austin.org.

For more pictures, visit www.flickr.com/photos/edawg/sets/72157645776333049/.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs, RMHC Central Texas provides stability and resources to families to keep them together as their critically ill or injured children receive treatment in Austin-area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House is a 30 guest room, nurturing home-like environment and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are located within three Austin hospitals. For more information, visit www.rmhc-austin.org.

About the Round Rock Chapter of SERTOMA

The Round Rock Chapter of Sertoma, a nonprofit 503 (c)(3) organization, raises funds for many charitable community organizations and helps those in need within their community with direct volunteer efforts. With a core mission to improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education, support and assistance, Sertoma also supports other efforts centered around rising needs of the community including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center. For more information, visit www.rrsertoma.org/.

Aug 052014

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In July, the Round Rock Sertoma Club at its weekly business meeting handed out checks to 5 worthwhile causes in our community –Dell’s Children’s Medical Center(pictured above), Ronald McDonald House, Blue Santa, Brown Santa and Just Because.

Dell Children’s is a truly one-of-a-kind place that gives Central Texas families access to a wide range of healthcare services. Children are cared for with a family-centered approach that keeps patients close to loved ones at all times. And our dedicated multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists and nurses are all committed to a single purpose: making your child feel like a kid again.

With 29 years of service to Austin and Central Texas, Austin’s Ronald McDonald House offers families a place to sleep, eat and relax while their children receive medical treatment at one of the area’s nearby hospitals. Austin’s Ronald McDonald House provides a restful, comfortable place for families to sleep, creating a “home-away-from-home” for families living outside of Austin.

Blue Santa is a non-profit based entity organized by the Round Rock police department which was established in 1978 for the purpose of delivering toys and food to families in need, primarily during the Christmas season. Every year, the number of families in need has grown and Blue Santa currently serves 1,600 individuals. For more information about Blue Santa or want to help Blue Santa, go to http://roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=719.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department established Williamson County Brown Santa with the goal of providing assistance to families who live in Williamson County but are outside the city limits of a town in Williamson County that does not offer a similar program of assistance. Brown Santa donations are utilized to purchase toys, books, and other items needed to make a child’s Christmas brighter. For more information about this or to support Brown Santa, go to www.wilco.org/County/Departments/SheriffsOffice/BrownSanta/tabid/2332/language/en-US/Default.aspx.

The “Just Because Christmas Project” was created in the 1980s as a non-profit. The program is meant to help families that don’t meet the requirements of other holiday support programs such as families that live outside the city limits of Round Rock. “Just Because” tries to identify families in need through local agencies such as schools, the Williamson County Health District and others, then they are matched up with sponsors who provide non-perishable food and gifts for children. Sponsors come from the community at large. To learn more about this project go to: www.saintwilliams.org/node/1977 or call Tino Hernandez at 512/259-5746.

By Frank Alvarez and Ken Baumbach

Jul 152014


 Pictured: Karl Hanner giving check for $750 to Jan Hunter (CFO of YMCA).

 Tiger Hanner’s adopted UT duck that placed 3rd in Celebriduck race this year.  Tiger is the son of long-time Sertoman Karl Hanner.  He gave the $750 prize to the YMCA of Greater Williamson County.  Congratulations to all!

Jul 112014

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The person selected for the 2014 Sertoman of the Year Award is a very special person. The efforts of this person as a remarkable employer, supportive community member, and strong Sertoma leader make this person a perfect selection for Sertoman of the Year.

In the past this person owned a small business for 15 years. As an employer there were many challenges of being both a good mentor and a trainer. Most of the staff were young students which meant there was a high turnover and employees lacked work experience.

For many of them, it was their first job, so they had a lot to learn about responsibility, customer service, and skills specific to their position as well as people skills.

To help these employees be as successful in their job as they could be, this person counselled these young people and was the model of professionalism that each sought to become. The employees learned structure and respect, along with their job-specific duties.

Having employed over 300 new workers during the span of ownership, this person was able to watch the young people grow, be successful, and move on to better things—be that a military career, college, or even owning a successful personal business.

This person serves as a baseball umpire and works extremely long hours every weekend making sure the game runs smoothly at youth baseball tournaments in central Texas.

This person also mentors and trains new umpires, and provides evaluations that determine whether or not the new umpires are able to properly conduct tournament baseball games.

But it doesn’t stop there …

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