Tampa East Sertoma celebrates 50 golden years of community service.

TBAE speaks to Tampa East Sertoma

Written by Kayleigh Bentley

Tampa, FL (June 23, 2015)

 Serving as Tampa's local source for education, culture and the arts for nearly 30 years, Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network is continually dedicated to gaining diverse community partners for the benefit of our supporters, that can represent a number of different backgrounds, ages, and causes. When long time senior supporter of TBAE and member of the Tampa East Sertoma Club,  Jim Weiss, reached out to TBAE to speak at one of their meetings, we had no doubt such an affiliation would benefit the diverse population of Hillsborough County. 

Our first encounter with the Tampa East Sertoma was met with the warmest of welcomes, as TBAE Network’s Marketing Development Coordinator, Jessica Sturges presented all our station has to offer at the Club’s monthly meeting. From Classic Art Showcase, to Original Programming like Evening Tide Talks, TBAE Network is dedicated to encourage the pursuit of intellectual achievement and the joy of learning, as well as showcasing innovative and accessbile programming that exemplify the highest creative quality. Much like the Tampa East Sertoma Club’s dedication to serving the community and giving back to the less fortunate, TBAE supports outreach efforts to those of all backgrounds and ability- and want to ensure our programming is accesible to any one who is interested in art or education. This is one of the many reasons TBAE now offers hearing impaired programming, a fact that the Sertoma Club greatly supports. 

Tampa East Sertoma is a 501(c)(3) non-profit international service club represented by men and women dedicated to service to the community. Sertoma was founded in 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri and is the third largest civic service organization. Sertoma clubs now total more than 800 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. And although the organization’s primary focus has been in assisting children with speech and hearing disorders, Sertoma also aids other community projects including those that assist youth.

TBAE was more than honored to have been invited to speak to the members of Tampa East Sertoma, and look forward to growing our relationship further in the future, to benefit a wide variety of new and special audiences in the Tampa Bay area and beyond!



For more information, contact:

Bill Smith at 813.433.6051

Carl Brown at 813.340.3104




Tampa East Sertoma celebrated 50 years of service to the community during their annual June officer installation banquet.  More than 70 charter, past and present members joined the celebration, reminiscing and toasting the club's 50 'golden' years of commitment to helping others.      

In the summer of 1965, twenty-five businessmen joined together motivated by a desire to give back to the community, and in October the group became an official Sertoma charter club named Tampa East Sertoma. Sertoma stands for SERvice TO MAnkind, a perfect fit for the group's mission.

Since that time, the club has donated more than $1,500,000 and more than 30,000 service hours to both financially and physically support local organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, the Bolesta Foundation, God’s Pedal Power Ministry,  Support Our Troops, Seniors in Service, Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, Hillsborough House of Hope, All-Sports Community Services, Early Childhood Council, Sertoma  Youth Ranch, and Sertoma's Camp Endeavor.

What keeps this club going after 50 years?  Without a doubt, it’s the personalities and dedicated spirits of its members that make the club succeed.  The camaraderie, fun and friendship the members share is special.  That’s the spirit of Tampa East Sertoma – having fun while helping others.  For 50 years and counting.  



Tampa East Sertoma 2015-16 Club officers (l-r):

Ray Morgan, Mark Crofoot, Jim Weiss, Carl Brown, Hugh Prince, Tim McMurry, Bill Smith, Jim Bransford , Sig Johnson, Jesse Brown and George Arwood.

Membership information:

Tampa East Sertoma meets every Tuesday at 12:00 in the USF area.  Anyone interested in the club is welcome to join us as our guest for lunch to meet our members, enjoy one of our many guest speakers and to see what we are doing for our community.  Our Membership Vice President, Jim Bransford can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or can be called directly by phone at: 813-245-1406 for our current meeting location.

Also, feel free to visit our webpage at: http://www.tampaeastsertomaclub.org/ to learn even more about club.