FROM LEFT: Citrus Sertoma Co-Chairs Maureen Tambasco and Mark Avery (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald)

Local Sertoma clubs merge for greater impact

Citrus Sertoma and Inverness Sertoma Clubs have completed their merger and moving forward will be known as the Citrus Sertoma Club, serving Citrus County.

Doreen Vaughn, treasurer of the Citrus Club said it best, “The new club is Citrus Sertoma 2.0, bigger and better”. Bringing together the east and west side clubs enhances fundraising potential and service to the community.

The merged club, led by co-chairs Maureen Tambasco and Mark Avery, will focus on their successful primary fundraisers; The Floral City Strawberry Festival, the Crystal River Scarecrow Festival, and the Sertoma Golf 4 Kids Tournament at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

The new Citrus Sertoma Club will continue to work hard throughout the year to give monetarily and with their time to Camp Endeavor, a 501c3 summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children; Kids Deaf Baseball Camp at the Villages; Sertoma Youth Ranch which provides youth groups from all over Florida the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at no charge, including physically and mentally challenged children, and the Sertoma Foundation mobile audiology van out of New Port Richey which provides pediatric hearing screenings and evaluations along with fitting and dispensing hearing aids.

The foundation’s focus is rural and under-served communities. In 2018 the Foundation has screened over 23,000 children and 200 plus adults in the greater Tampa region, which includes Citrus County.

And of course, the expanded Club will continue to give back right here in Citrus County in many ways including donations to the Boy Scouts and our Citrus County School District by adopting classrooms each year and providing funding for the Family Resource Center, C.H.I.P.S., and F.F.R.A.

The public is always welcome at Citrus Sertoma meetings which are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Join us Wednesday, September 15th at our new location, the Moose Lodge, 221 S Haid Terrace (off Gulf to Lake Hwy), Lecanto 34461.

For more information about Citrus Sertoma please phone 352-726-2112 or visit it our Facebook Page, @citrussertoma2.0.