Two years ago when a local woman was dying from cancer, her sister needed a wheelchair ramp built so she could get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in her final months. On a hot Saturday in June, “the little club that could” along with the St. Johns Housing Partnership, Pie in the Sky and community volunteers, built that ramp.
That little club is the Sertoma Club of St. Augustine and building that ramp was just one of the many ways the group has helped the residents of Hastings.
In celebration of their 100th year of service, I thought it would be nice to look back at just a few of the things this small, passionate group of folks do to make our community a better place.
Sertoma helped paved the way for Pie in the Sky to be, donating the funds to file for the nonprofit status. Each month members deliver food to the homes of more than 65 elderly and disabled folks. Sertoma generously writes the check for the food that these home bound folks might not otherwise have access to.
In Hastings, they have helped build ramp after ramp, including the complicated, multi-tiered ramp for Ray Anderson, a quadriplegic who was recently the recipient of the Flagler College SIFE Reconditioned container.
This small group of dedicated humanitarians help the OUR Center get computers, cameras, printers, desks and chairs for the after-school program. They sponsor food for monthly family nights and purchased a van for transporting the kids to special events.
The Sertoma Club is a good example of an operation which Margaret Mead described many years ago — never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has.
It is the little things and resources pulling together that can make things happen. Four agencies, including Sertoma, pitched in to help get a man a set of dentures. They all helped again when Jerry was trying to get home to his family. Sertoma bought the bus ticket, others gave him some food money for the long trip, and another group gave him clothes and a suitcase. The folks at Sertoma understand and put into practice the ideology that is the embodiment of service to others and a community working together to help each other.
For 40 years in St. Augustine, the “little club that could” has been helping to make our community a better place to live. Let’s all send folks at Sertoma a hearty Hastings Happy Birthday and a great big “thank you” for all they do.
We all know our local library is more than just a library. But a couple of weeks ago they proved it once again. The University of Florida research center called me and said they had potatoes to give away. Never being one to pass up something I can pass out, I started scrambling to find a truck as mine was in the shop. Several folks tried to help out but one reason or another could not make the trip. Finally I called my friends at the library. Terri Beverly didn’t skip a beat, “we’ll get them for you, Malea.” she said.
“Well if you get them you can give them out,” I told her.
In less than an hour, she had picked up 750 pounds of fresh dug taters and distributed them to the lucky patrons who happened to come by. Now that is a full service library.
Thank you, Terri and thank you Doug at IFIS. Lots of folks had some good potatoes.
Speaking of the library, May 7- 12 is National Money Smart Week and there are a few programs coming up. May 12 at 11 a.m. Melanie Morrison with Capital City Bank will be hosting a program to tell folks from 18 years old up, about the importance of ATM cards and direct deposit. During the one-hour program she will also take questions about savings, checking and investment accounts and any other bank related questions.
May 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m, the library will host the first Adult Bingo for Books. Join the marvelous library staff for a fun night out with other adults and win some books.
May 19 at noon the library will host a very special guest, Derek Hankerson, who will discuss Florida’s role in the Underground Railroad. Librarian Kathy Esten says: “He will help us understand cultural density and the southern borderlands. This is such an important piece of our history; we hope that everyone, young and old will join us.”
Check out the library and their many programs for children and adults and who knows, you may get some fresh potatoes, too.
See you on Main Street.