Welcome to HOTO Sertoma Club!
With nearly 100 members, the HOTO (Heart of the Ozarks) is the second largest of seven 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 Heart features guest speakers 3 times per month. Pictured above is Angela Smith, the president of ADSmith. Angela was our guest for the January 29th, 2016 meeting.
What We Do
The men of HOTO like to do good while having fun doing it. Their primary service project is to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, and their primary means of fund raising is conducting Bingo games every Thursday at the Bingo Emporium on West Catalpa St. Bingo proceeds have amounted to several hundred thousand dollars.
The proceeds have gone toward putting new roofs of Boys & Girls Club facilities, building gymnasiums, purchasing computers, supplying cafeteria equipment, and providing buses and vans to transport the kids.
HOTO, or the Heart, also shows its heart to the kids each year at
Christmas, when it hosts a Christmas party for 100 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. Click here to see highlights from 2015’s event.
The Heart also takes its cooking trailer to varying local events
(especially those that are a benefit for children) to cook and sell bratwursts and hamburgers. While tailgating raises some money, it is looked upon by club members as a fun event as well, and the great food has gained Sertoma many friends.
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 32nd year, and still participates, in cooperation with the other Sertoma Clubs in this area. The Chili Cook-Off, in its history, has raised nearly $2 million for Boys and Girls Club needs.
Another project HOTO helped to develop is the Sertoma Duck Races at Riverside Park in Ozark each summer. This is as a fund raiser for the Care To Learn Organizations of Christian County. Because of that project, HOTO has sponsored a new 4-Cs Sertoma Club in Ozark, which is holding organizational meetings every Thursday at 6 PM at Fremont Hills Country Club.
Second Annual Oktoberfest
The Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma hosted the second annual Oktoberfest on September 18-19, 2015 at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds. Activities included a 5k run, Ride for Kids bike ride fundraiser, Alpine Good Will Games (Stein Hoisting, Barrel Roll, Stein Race, Brat Toss, Carry the Wench, Stein Bucket Race, Barrel Toss, and Pulling of the Keg). There was also great music by bands like Cole Porter & the Oktoberfest Orchestra.
The Third Annual Oktoberfest will be held on September 30th and October 1st, 2016 next to the Springfield Expo Center. Mark your calendars today for this fun event! For more information, visit: sertomaoktoberfest.com
Interested in joining HOTO?
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 (417) 863-1231 or drop by the Event Center at 1645 W. Republic Rd., Ste B2, where we meet for lunch each Friday at noon.