Welcome to HOTO Sertoma Club!
With nearly 100 members, the HOTO (Heart of the Ozarks) is one of many 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.”
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.
Christmas To Remember
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.
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 37th 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 the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield.
The Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma will host it’s Oktoberfest on September 28th – 29th, 2018 in the Expo Center Field at 535 St. Louis Street. Activities included a Family Night, Alpine Good Will Games, Brat Eating Contest, Wiener Dog Races, and Live Music!
Want to get involved?
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) 886-8606 or join us for a free lunch at the Sertoma Event Center every Friday at noon.