Greater Tampa Sertoma Club
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Past Events 2006-2007

SERTOMA SAFEEARS hearing-loss prevention p rogram presentation was held at Seminole Elementary 5/10/07.

The teams:

Greater Tampa Sertoman Club:
President Larry Bane, Chris Crescioni-school coordinator
V.P. Sponsorship Mike Dickinson, Secretary George Jones

Sertoma Tampa Bay District Governor:
Jesse Brown

Seminole Elementary School
Forth grade teachers Kilsys Garcia and Kelsys Batista

USF grad students:
Rachel Creel- grad student - presenter
Jennie Brand, Beth Priest and Vick Gonzalez 

The class:
33 very well behaved, attentive 4th grade students.

The students gathered in the auditorium and sat stage front watching and listening intently as Rachel Creel began her slide show presentation on 'Our Ears'. For some of these kids this may have been the first time they saw how the inner ear not only processes sounds but also how the semicircular canals provide our balance. The kids had quite a comprehensive review of how hearing works and they appeared to be taking it all in, including some of those very long names! The damage loud sounds can do to the hair cells in the cochlea was dramatized with the 'before/after' comparative photos. Rachel taught them that once the hairs are broken, they won't grow back. And once you loose your hearing you'll be sad because you'll miss hearing your friends or music. She asked the class questions such as 'how many of you have iPods?' and a forest of hands went up. And 'how many mow the yard?' Not quite as many. Then 'how many have been to a rock concert?' and the forest sprang back to life. She suggested using hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs. She concluded with Q & A asking what the basic terms were and rewarding those with the correct answer with a 'good job!'

The teachers and the USF team then divided the class into four groups for more one-on-one interaction. The classess did a word search game looking for hearing and hearing loss words in a jumbled list. The Sertoma members provided giveaway kits with the bags promoting SERTOMA SAFEEARS and which contained a package of ear plugs, a 'To Do' list pad, and a 'How Loud is Too Loud' bookmarker. The kids were shown how to put the earplugs into their ears and they were excited to try out the earplugs, busy mashing them so they could fit them in their ears.
Front L-R:USF team:Jennie Brand, Rachel Creel, Beth Priest, Vick Gonzalez
4th grade teachers Kilsys Garcia and Kelsys Batista
2nd row L-R: G.E. Jones, Jesse Brown, Larry Bane, Mike Dickinson, Chris Crescioni

Garage Sale 
Saturday, November 4, 2006 was the date of our annual Garage Sale. Vice-President of Sponsorship Mike Dickinson says, 'Thanks to all who helped with our GTSC garage sale.' Present were Larry Bane,  Andy Cannons, Mike Dickinson, John Crawford, Mike Hajaistron, Richard Herman, G.E. Jones, Ralph Rowe and Allen Landworthy..  A special 'Thank You' goes to Nelson DeMesa, at Independent Resources, for storing items and opening the warehouse at 6 a.m.. We raised over $400.00 for our efforts.

Heritage program - Nov. 10, 2006 Annual Essay contest is held at J. S. Robinson Elementary School in Turkey Creek, FL. The 4th graders essay title is 'What It Means To me to Be A Good Citizen'.  The 5th graders essay title is 'What Freedom Means to Me'. Copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are provided each student.
L to R Alicia Wilkerson-Assist. Principal, Larry Bane-GTSC Pres., Ralph Rowe
Andy Cannons, G.E. Jones, John Martin, Jane Morgan, Principal

At left, John Dempsey, U.S. Army, John Pfotenhauer,U.S.Air Force-retired and the 4th & 5th grade Essay Contest winners L to R: Christina Conrad-3rd Place 5th; Garrett Wright-2nd Place 5th (read by Adrianna Gianini); Adriana Bravo-3rd Place 4th; Jacklyn King-2nd Place 4th; Rachel Farkas-1st Place 5th; Edgar Sandoval- 1st Place 4th

Nat'l Philanthropic Day Awards - was held at noon, Nov. 15th at Higgins Hall. Presented by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Tampa Sertoma Club was nominated by Bolesta Center, Inc . and selected to be the Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year ! The huge hall was filled with representatives from thirty-nine of Tampa Bay's premier education, health and social service organizations and their honorees. WFLA Ch. 8 news co-anchor GAYLE SIERENS and emcee for this event, recognized each sponsor and its honoree. GTSC President LARRY BANE accepted the award on behalf of the club. GTSC members also attending were CHRIS CRESCIONI, JOHN MARTIN and GEORGE JONES.

L to R Bolesta CenterTherapist Aneesha Pretto and Terry Vaz, Office manager , G.E.Jones, Larry Bane, Suzanne Alvarez-Bolesta Board President, Kim Hanna, Bolesta Center Exec. Dir., John Martin, Chris Crescioni



Sertoman of the Year, 2006-2007