November 26, 2013 by Kent Baumbach and Kent Macauley
Laura Spradlin, the director of the newly formed Williamson County Serving Center for the Salvation Army, spoke about the center at the Tuesday morning Sertoma meeting. This is not a thrift store like we have in south Round Rock , but is able to help with rent, utilities, a food pantry, and a clothing closet. In some cases people in transition are sent to Travis county for lodging .
The plan is to be in their current location on Williams Drive for one year and then move to the east side of IH 35 into a larger facility.
This holiday season, Laura is looking for volunteers to help with the annual “Ring the Bell” campaign for donations at Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Sam’s Club, as well as make donations.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
November 21, 2013 - by Molly Clarke
Social Security Disability Benefits and Hearing Loss
Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits can help to cover day-to-day expenses, medical bills, and the cost of assistive devices.
Unfortunately, qualifying for disability benefits can be difficult and frustrating. To help simplify the process, we have provided you with an overview of the benefits available to you and we will help prepare you to begin the application process.
Disability Benefit Options
The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates two different benefit programs. These are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSI & SSDI are disbursed in monthly payments with the intention of helping to cover the basic costs of living including food, housing, and clothing. Below are the differences between the two programs:
• SSI is intended to serve disabled individuals who earn very limited income. To qualify, applicants must fall within the financial parameters set by the SSA. There are no age requirements for SSI benefits, so this program is often a good fit for children, teens, and young adults.
• SSDI is intended to serve disabled workers and their eligible family members. To qualify for SSDI applicants must have worked, earned income, and paid Social Security taxes for a specified amount of time. For this reason, SSDI benefits are best suited for adults who have worked for a significant amount of time.
For more information about these two programs, visit the following page: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disability-tips/difference-between-social-security-disability-insurance-ssdi-and-ssi.
November 19, 2013 - by Ken Baumbach
Faithful Navigator Paul Holder of the Knights of Columbus presented the Fourth Degree Patriotic Service Award to Round Rock Sertoma in recognition of outstanding Leadership, Community Support Activities, Public Services, and by meritorious acts of Americanism, Patriotism and Pageantry in celebration of the Fourth of July, 2013. The award was accepted by President Mike Strong.
The award was given by the #2245 Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.
Nov 15, 2013 – by Mike Strong
Nine brave (or somewhat crazy) fund raisers comprised of five Sertomans, three Serteen moms, and one Serteen dad got up at 2 AM on Friday morning on Nov 15th to make their way to the 3 AM carpool staging area. The sleepy crew then continued on to the Circuit of the Americas Raceway, the world’s newest and most technologically advanced Formula One race track. Their mission was not to race million dollar cars, but rather to spend the rest of their 14 hour day raising monies for people in need in our community.
The shuttle bus got lost in the dark at 4AM, but they eventually arrived at the gate by the concession stand they would operate. Unfortunately, that gate was locked. Eventually the group got in, got oriented, and started a long, fun day of serving visitors from around the world who had come to see the preliminaries for the US Grand Prix.
Ironically, after the race, we were all completely deaf. ;o)
Fun was had by all, but there were some aching backs and feet at the end of the day. Towards the end of day, as fatigue set in, there was more than one attempt to sell a Chilli Pheesteak, instead of a Philly Cheesesteak. Getting back to the cars was an adventure in itself, and I’m sure everyone slept like a rock that night, but they all went to bed with one more enduring memory of good times with their Sertoma brothers and sisters, in service to mankind.
Thanks, to Charlie Arroyo for sharing the pics from his smartphone!
November 12, 2013 – by Ken Baumbach
This week we had a lively presentation from Jermaine Shorter of United for the People. Jermaine Shorter decided to start this non-profit with the goal of providing a single location for people to help others without funding going into corporate pockets or hidden fees that reduces the amount going to the cause. United for the people was chosen as the company name because the name itself speaks of the purpose and commitment of the organization: To unite people so that together we may resolve many of the problems and issues that have been complained about for decades. To do this, transparency is vital to the success of the organization. Mr. Shorter background is very diverse due to his extensive travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His decision to start the organization came from his experiences growing up in the South and actually witnessing true poverty during visits to 3rd world countries. His vision is to leave the world better than they way he found it and by providing resources to help others, he is doing just that.
United For The People is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Any contributions made to United For The People may be tax deductible. Please contact a tax professional for more details. Their Mission Statement is: To service Veterans and the community with it’s needs by providing housing, education, employment, services and savings. Our goal is to support growth for Veterans, individuals, families and small businesses by providing resources that will promote unity and to help lead to building a better tomorrow…together.
The Round Rock Area Serving Center teamed up with the U.S. Army to sponsor the 2013 “Hike for Hunger”. The soldiers marched two miles with over 1000 lbs of donated canned goods in a display of community spirit and support. It was a big success. Thanks, go to the Army Recruiting Center for their service to their community.
Round Rock Sertoma is very proud of our own Captain Tasha Robles, who significantly helped with the event.
Sept. 20, 2013 – by Mike Strong
On September 19th, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce assembled for their largest banquet and awards event of the year. The first person to be honored was our own Will Williams.
The current mayor and several former mayors were present, along with city council members, community leaders, and corporate sponsors.
Will Williams was an orphan until adopted by his parents when he was 13 years old. Will’s adoptive father had a long career in the United States Army. When he retired he cleared 800 acres and began farming in Carolina. Will attributes most of his character, wisdom, and good fortune to his parents and how they raised him.
1st Sgt. Williams always attempts to deflect praise and to give credit to others as he humbly reminds everyone that it was a team that accomplished the things for which he’s honored; however, he is often reminded in return that while it’s appropriate to acknowledge all of those who have helped, he’s worthy of the honor because he is the catalyst that makes these programs, campaigns, and events happen. When it was not something that he himself initiated, his partnership can be often credited with making what others started a much greater success than what they would have been without his support.
Former mayor, Nyle Maxwell, presented the prestigious award to 1st Sgt. Will Williams. Below is the complete script of former mayor Maxwell’s commendation of our much loved, admired, and respected, 1st Sgt. Will Williams:
The Innovation in Philanthropy Award is our first award tonight. The spirit of this award recognizes those in our community who strive to create new and innovative ways of making a difference in the lives of others. Past recipients have made extraordinary efforts to improve our community not only by enhancing the lives of those in need, but by also insuring that this community continues to be a place of caring integrity for all.
There are many people who get involved in their community and volunteer, but not many like tonight’s honoree who not only gets involved, but leads. Who not only offers his time, but dedicates his life. Who not only helps, but takes charge and makes things happen where others cannot see the way. Will Williams is all of the above and more…he has simply devoted his life to the service of others.
A First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Will served our country for over 20 years before retiring in Round Rock in 1996. He bought a nice house in the Kensington neighborhood and had every right to live a quiet life with his lovely wife Deborah after so much sacrifice. But that’s not Will. Seeing a need for a neighborhood WATCH program, Will not only established the program with great success, he turned the Kensington Neighborhood Association into one of the strongest associations in the city. But he didn’t stop there.
September 28, 2013 – by Mike Strong – Round Rock SERTOMANs were well represented at the 2013 NAMI WALKS fund raiser this morning. Many club members and Round Rock Highschool ZOI Serteens followed their team captain, First Sgt. Will Williams in the 5K walk to the Texas capital. NAMI helps families trying to cope when mental illness afflicts a member of their family. Round Rock SERTOMA has also supported NAMI with funds from SERTOMA’s other fund raisers. We thank those who are serving these families in need.
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