Heart Of The Ozarks Sertoma Club
With nearly 100 members, the HOTO is the largest of six Sertoma Clubs in the Springfield, Missouri area. Sertoma is an international 501(c)3 not for profit civic organization, and like “HOTO”, the name “Sertoma” is also an acronym, meaning “Service To Mankind”. The men of HOTO are made up of an eclectic mix of Springfield and area residents; lawyers and plumbers; merchants and salesmen; bankers and investment advisors; realtors and insurance agents; builders and architects.
They like to do good while having fun doing it. Their primary service project is support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. And their primary means of fund raising for this service is conducting weekly Bingo games at the Bingo Emporium on West Catalpa St.
HOTO, or the Heart, also shows its heart to the kids each year at Christmas, when it hosts a Christmas party for 75 of the most deserving children from the B*G Clubs, providing them with a customized gift as well as a traditional holiday meal. Known as “A Christmas To Remember,” this annual events causes a warm feeling among members that equals that of the children.
The Heart also takes its cooking trailer to all the Bearfest Village events before home football games at Missouri State University, to cook and sell bratwursts and hamburgers. While tailgating raises some money, it is looked upon by club
In Springfield, the name Sertoma is most closely associated with the annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off. The Heart of the Ozarks club was the originator of that event, now in its 29th year, and still participates, in cooperation with the five other Sertoma Clubs in this area. The Chili Cook-Off, in its history, has raised nearly $1.5 million for Boys and Girls Club needs.
The Heart is always looking for new members who would like to help serve the community while having fun doing it. If you are interested, call our office at 863-1231 or drop by the Sertoma Building 318 S Campbell. We meet for lunch every Friday at noon at the Sertoma Building. Join us.