Sertoma Volunteer Wins Service to Mankind Award

Gulf Shores Sertoma Club presented local resident Art Miller with the Service to Mankind Award in appreciation for his voluntary community service. Mr. Miller has continuously supported Sertoma, Rotary and other community service organizations by always being ready to  roll up his sleeves and dig into the necessary work on a variety of fundraisers. This recognition of Mr. Miller’s volunteer work in the community now makes him eligible for district and regional Service to Mankind Awards.

Mr. Miller has been a member of the Pasco community since 1985 after moving to Florida from Massachusetts. His wife, Beverly, often works by his side supporting Sertoma club fundraisers.

He was employed at Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) for more than 30 years, and worked on the annual Hudson Seafest under the WREC banner. His other volunteer work includes assisting at fundraisers for the New Port Richey and Hudson Rotary clubs, Chamber of Commerce, the RAP House, and helping with bowl-a-thons, casino nights, the Chasco boat parade and cooking funnel cakes for Gulf Shores Sertoma Club’s at Chasco Fiesta.

He and his wife are also involved with the “Sharing Our World” therapy dogs organization with special attention for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and school children. Art often helps with the organization’s charitable events which includes the participation of their own Yorkies.

In addition, he often dresses as Santa Claus and, in the spirit of the season, makes appearances at nursing facilities, schools, WREC events, Boys and Girls Club and the Pasco Pediatric Society. His jolly old St. Nick performance is also enjoyed by boys and girls of all ages at Pasco public libraries with a reading night sponsored by the “Sharing Our World” therapy dogs organization.

Many individuals, both children and adults with hearing issues, are reached through financial support given to the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation. A portion of the funds raised with Art’s assistance at the 2017 Chasco Fiesta will help support the Speech and Hearing Foundation with its new initiative of purchasing a van equipped for hearing testing to better offer state-wide screenings to families that do not have the means to come to a screening location.

Gulf Shores Sertoma Club of New Port Richey sincerely appreciates Art Miller as a deserving recipient of the Service to Mankind award. The club has its majority of members that are working women which restricts the number of hours available to give to fundraising activities. Art is a community volunteer who has proven time and again his reliability and willingness to make suggestions for improving fundraisers based on his personal and actual hands-on experience. Art Miller plans to continue his community work especially with West Pasco’s Chasco Fiesta where the club raises most of its funds for community needs.

Hearing Loss is the most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation assists hard of hearing babies, children, and adults to avoid a life of isolation and hear the world around them so they can succeed personally, academically, and socially.

The mission of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing.