Recognizes outstanding Sertoman's for exceptional contributions to the club and in the spirit of service to mankind.
2013 Sertoman of the Year
Townwest Sertoma Club
Mr. Wesley Harmon
Wesley Harmon has been an important asset ever since he joined our club.
Wes has traveled the United States and Europe extensively. Wes has been in every State of The Union and most National Parks. Wes has handled a team of mules, can skid logs, has plowed fields, mowed and raked hay, and operated a hay bailer. You might not think a retired banker could do that but Wes can. He has the admiration of at least one former city boy in Townwest Sertoma as well as the rest of the members. He is also an 'ex-biker' so to speak but not with the normally accepted connotations.
Wes is not afraid to get his hands dirty. A few years ago, this writer remembers with fondness working with him to assemble a lighted wooden oil rig as part of the Townwest's Christmas decorations in Chandler Park. His quiet, methodical ways are a pleasure to observe.
He has served as Vice-President, President, and Chairman as well as helping on many committees. He has always been available to help with our Law Enforcement Banquet, Yard Sale, and Golf Tournament. WE can all learn valuable lessons from Wesley regarding community service. We are very proud of him and say again, “Congratulations Wesley!” WELL DONE!
2012 Sertoman of the Year
Townwest Sertoma Club
Mr. Bob Schwarz
Mr. Enthusiasm, Bob Schwarz retired from American Airlines in 2008 and was looking for something interesting to do. He soon saw a story about the Frisco 4500 steam engine restoration project on the evening news and decided to join the Townwest Sertoma Club. He came expecting to work on the engine and became a spark plug in the club.
His desire to work on the engine was fulfilled when he teamed up with Townwest Sertoma Club project manager Mike Massey. Their passions for the railroad and this train in particular led them to spend hundreds of hours working together. They started scraping the rust and railroad grease that had caked on the engine since 1942. It had accumulated since the engine rolled off the assembly line. Bob describes his many hours of scraping and sanding with a visual image from the movie “The Karate Kid” with circular motions of both hands. Transforming a 400 ton pile of rust into a beautiful blue and silver steam engine was no easy task. Many volunteer hours had been spent before his arrival but he was eager to jump in.
The Townwest Club has been rewarded with Bob’s travel experience and motivation. He has guided the club on road trips that included a train ride in Missouri and leisure stops at great chicken restaurants. He is a planner and organizer, leaving few details unchecked.
Bob has a unique ability to analyze a situation and figure out ways to solve problems. He used that skill many times when he worked at the American Airlines maintenance base in Tulsa. Skilled technicians and workers would come to him with problems as they tried to repair or replace parts. Bob often designed special tools or combinations of existing tools and had them built to accomplish the job. He watched many people come to the Townwest Sertoma sponsorship Route 66 Village and express interest in donating to the restoration of the old steam engine. Bob designed a donation post, contacted donors who contributed parts and/or labor. It took a couple of weeks to get the posts designed, fabricated and in the ground. Now, he and sponsorship partner Mike Massey stop in and recover the donations. They turn it over to the club treasurer and use the money for the sponsorship restoration project.
He watched club President Sherry Heim report on a regional conference with a PowerPoint presentation. In her pictures were examples of the club’s award winning display. Bob noted that there was no stand for the club’s banners. He designed and produced stands for the banners that can be used for club activities and conferences.
One of the common attributes of Sertoma Club members is their willingness to help when the call goes out. Bob has consistently responded when the club, or club members called for assistance. He has put aside his own priorities to be there when needed.
In one example Bob and his wife Linda left an early morning Sertoma meeting to help club member Roy Heim to raise a trolley car and move it, an hour-long task.
They left the meeting and met in Sand Springs where the old trolley waited for attention. The work crew was going to simply jack up the trolley, back a trailer under it and lower it onto the trailer for a one-mile move. After three hours of jacking and blocking, the trolley was just the right height. The trailer started backing under the trailer and almost hit a low hanging cast metal bracket. Bob stopped the operation. There were no more shoring materials available to raise the trolley higher. Bob suggested digging a trench for the trailer wheels to lower it the needed distance. The crew “lowered the earth”, loaded the trolley and finally moved it, five hours after they started.
Bob has served the Townwest Sertoma Club as Sargent-at-Arms. He has been recognized by the club for his untiring work and dedication to the club. Bob has an eye for details and that includes the wearing of the Sertoma pin for meetings and functions. As Sargent-at-Arms he renewed the weekly inspections of members for their pins. He has motivated the club with his enthusiasm and leadership skills.
Bob accepts the award from President Mike Massey and District Governor Bobby Sanderson
Ed Massey, Townwest Sertoma Club 2011 Sertoman of the Year and Oklahoma District Sertoman of the Year
Townwest Sertoman of the Year Ed Massey brings many talents and energy to the club. Since becoming a member of Townwest in November of 2004, his contributions have been monumental. His history of service is extensive. Included in that history is service as board member and president of the Daniel Webster High School Alumni Foundation, United Auto Worker Local 1895 Vice-President and trustee representing the Ford Glass Plant in Tulsa, volunteer high school wrestling coach at Tulsa's Daniel Webster High School, volunteer bus driver for the Trinity Baptist Church in Tulsa, volunteer helper at the Boy's Ranch and numerous other community oriented service activities.
As a Townwest Sertoman, he has served in the offices of President, Sergeant and Arms, Board Member and Chairman of the Board. He has served on numerous ad hoc committies, offering his electrical skills and his work ethic to help accomplish challenging projects. He has been an ardent participant in the restoration of the Frisco 4500 Meteor steam engine, Murray Hill Club Car and Frisco 1157 Caboose. He has heartily supported Red Fork Main Street activities centered in the revitalization of southwest Tulsa.
Ed has used his journeyman electrical skills to upgrade Tulsa County's Chandler Park "Lights on The Hill" Christmas experience drive through for the past five years. He has attended and supported all of the club's activities with hands-on action and has taken the lead in many of the club's fundraising activities. He always seems to be leading the charge when it comes to "getting it done". He is no doubt, a model for other club members when it comes to displaying the Sertoma "can do" attitude.
Even though he exhibits a tough work ethic, his family can tell you that he likes to relax and have fun. He seems to have a keen sense of when to get things done and when to just kick back and take it easy for a while. He can sometimes be heard saying, "Don't sweat the small stuff".
Townwest's Sertoman of the year always carries around a big smile. He loves a good joke and likes to laugh. His pleasant personality, sense of humor, patience and compassion for others, make him "SERTOMA READY" at all times. He has been and continues to be an integral part to the success that Townwest Sertoma has achieved in serving the needs of the community.
Our Sertoman of the Year reflects the high ideals of Sertoma. His sacrifice of time, energy and resources are models for his fellow Sertomans to take note of. The club members proudly present Mr. Ed Massey, our club Sertoman of the Year.
On December 14, 2011, Oklahoma District President Bobby Sanderson and State Secretary Marcia Boutwell presented the Oklahoma District Sertoman of the Year Award to Ed Massey.
Roy Heim, Townwest Sertoma Club 2010 Sertoman of the Year
Roy Heim has been a vital part of Townwest Sertoma Club since joining in 1987. He received his Good Enthusiastic Member (GEM) award in 1988. He received the Centurian Award 1989 and an Oustanding Achievement Award. He was selected as Sertoman of the Year in 1991. He served the club as President in 1990-1991 and as The Law Enforcement Awards Banquet Committee Chairman and Master of Ceremonies from 1988 until present. He was selected as District Sertoman of the Year in 1991-1992. He received his Sertoma Life Membership in 1991. During a time of absence from the club in 2001-2002, he also received the Service to Mankind Award.
Roy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and moved to Tulsa with family when he was 4 years old. He grew up on the “Sand Springs Line” and attended Tulsa Public Schools, graduating from Central High School in May 1965.
Roy joined the Air Force just after graduation where he was trained as a Load Master for the C-130 aircraft. He served 18 months in Viet Nam flying cargo, troops and explosives around the war zone. He received the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross, USAF Air Medal with 4 clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Expert Marksman Award, and Combat Crew Wings.
After serving his country, Roy returned to Tulsa and joined the Tulsa Police Department graduating in June 1970 from the academy. He was a member of the Tulsa’s first Special Operations Team (SWAT). He attended Tulsa Junior College, graduating in 1975 with Associates Degree in Police Science. He retired from Tulsa Police in 2003 and working as a civilian eventually retiring from the city in 2008.
While working at Tulsa Police Department, Roy received the Tulsa Police Medal of Honor, Life Saving Medal, and Department Commendation Medal. He had many accomplishments in his 30 years with the department because he always tried to do things better, more effectively and efficiently, and less expensively. Roy was known as “the cheap detective” because of the innovative ways he could accomplish a task without spending much money in specialized equipment.
In 1989, after leaving a Townwest Sertoma meeting at Ollie’s for work one rainy morning, Roy found a car overturned in a ditch at the expressway entrance. He stopped to help another man pull the woman out of the car, saving her from drowning. He received several awards for his heroism including an Oklahoma State Senate Citation.
In 1993 Roy was selected to train with FEMA as a trainer for the Mass Fatality Incident Response Course along with several other Oklahomans. The training team spent the next couple of years conducting training courses throughout the state until the 1995 bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Roy received many accolades for his role working with the Oklahoma State ME’s Office. He continued to teach and to work with the National Disaster Mortuary Response team on plane crashes, floods, tornadoes, and eventually the 9-11 disaster at the World Trade Center in New York.
Roy has been a member of the Oklahoma Division of International Asso. For Identification since 1987, in 1993 he joined the IAI and the International Association of Blood Pattern Analysts. In 1992 he was a charter member of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR) and served as its President in 2001. In 1998, Roy received the ASCR Distinguished Member Award, one of only three given since its inception. He was recognized in 1999 by Law and Order Magazine for establishing the first volunteer homicide squad “The Gray Squad”.
Before his retirement from the Tulsa Police Department, Roy earned his bachelor’s degree in 2002 from Langston University with a degree in Liberal Studies. He was recognized as “most outstanding student” along with his wife, Sherry. In 2004 they graduated from University of Oklahoma with master’s degree in Urban Studies.
Roy served the Southwest Tulsa community as Tulsa District 8 Planning Chair for 4 years. In 1990, when we changed our form of government, Roy served on the City Charter Transition Committee for training the new City Council. As result of his research, he wrote the recommendation for implementation of the Mayor’s Action Center.
Roy joined the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce in 1991. In July 1992, Roy founded the Southwest Tulsa Historical Society along with about 16 other people and was elected President. He has been re-elected to that position 17 times since then.
Roy has served his community on the Southwest Tulsa Planning Team, on Mayor Bill LaFortune’s “Vision Summit Steering Committee” in 2002, and was appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Refuse and Recycle Task Force in 2009.
In 2003 he joined a group of train enthusiasts to keep the City of Tulsa from selling its historic Frisco 4500 steam engine as “Save the Old Frisco 4500” committee. He suggested that the Townwest Sertoma Club take on the project of restoring the old engine and bring it to Southwest Tulsa for display. In 2009 Roy was appointed as Route 66 Village Site Manager,
Roy has chaired the Sertoma Law Enforcement Awards committee since it was started in 1988. He has acted as the Master of Ceremonies for each banquet; recruited the banquet speaker; gathered the nominations and presented them to the club for voting; coordinated the list of attendees and worked with caterer on meal set up; and for the first several years he designed the banquet program.
Roy serves the club as “unofficial photographer.” He also developed and has maintained the club website for several years. He has worked on compiling the club history through old records. Roy served as the 2009 Oklahoma Fall District Conference Host Club Chairperson.
He is currently working on a project with the Berryhill Serteen club to take photos of all the headstones in Clinton Oaks Cemetery. These will someday be available on-line for genealogists and family members to see.
Susan Reynolds, Townwest Sertoma Club 2009 Sertoman of the Year Susan Reynolds has been with the Townwest Sertoma Club since October of 1994. She has two sons, Brett and Ben. Brett attended the Oklahoma Christian University and Ben attended the University of Central Oklahoma. Susan is married to Townwest Sertoma Club member Ron Reynolds. They make a dynamic team that often take on projects together.
Susan has been teaching school since 1981. She has been teaching science classes at Berryhill secondary schools since 1983. She is a very dedicated teacher who goes the extra mile for her students. Extracurricular school activities are among her favorite interests. She can be spotted at just about every ball game and concert that takes place at Berryhill. Susan likes to travel, attend plays and concerts.
Susan has been a Townwest Sertoma Club member since October of 1994. Her presence has been very much felt throughout Townwest Sertoma. Her attendance at weekly meetings is exemplary. She was a faithful bingo worker when Townwest was working bingo as a fundraiser and sometimes even showed up to help when she was not scheduled.
She has been a sponsor, or co-sponsor of the Berryhill SERTEEN Club for many years, coordinating with other teachers and club members. The club has exceeded many expectations through the years thanks to Susan and the others involved in guiding students. They have been recognized by Sertoma International for their Big Brother and Sister Program that pairs secondary students with others in the elementary school.
Susan has represented Townwest Sertoma on the Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Board (SHARP) since October of 1997. She faithfully attends meetings, works on the programs and reports to the club the needs and activities of the SHARP Board.
She represents the club on the Happy Hands annual drives for sponsors and needs in an effort that raises both funds and supplies for children with hearing disabilities. Susan is a club representative on the Tulsa Speech and Hearing's annual Super Sunday Dinner and Auction. Whenever there is a need in the community you will probably find Susan there helping to solve it. She is well-known for getting the job done in many things, including the Sertoma projects. Susan has been a very pleasant addition to the Townwest family and has been a great club worker.
Mike Massey, Townwest Sertoma Club 2008 Sertoman of the Year
Mike Massey's heart is almost as big as his imposing frame. He is a true friend of those he meets and is always ready to take the lead in any project that comes along. His first love, well, maybe not the first, is restoring the Frisco 4500 Steam Engine and companion cars. Mike joined the Sertoma Club during a drive by the club to support the restoration of the steam engine for Tulsa. He found that club members were involved not only in the engine, but many other community projects. This was a good fit for a man who stood up for getting things done, instead of talking about doing something. His enthusiasm for club projects ranks at the top of the list. If the club is doing something constructive, he is there.
Sue Massey, Townwest Sertoma Club 2007 Sertoman of the Year
Sue Massey has been a member of the Townwest Sertoma Club since November of 2004. In that three year span she has been an integral part of the successful endeavors of the the club. She she joined the Sertoma family, she admitted that she had never been much of a "joiner" but that she felt a special attraction to Townwest, mainly through the club sponsorships. Once inducted, she wasted no time in shedding the "never been much of a joiner" cloak as she jumped feet first into nearly every aspect of the club operation.
As a long time resident, she has consistently supported community projects in this history rich part of the Tulsa area. Her seventeen years of employment at the Expo Square on the Tulsa Fairgrounds put her in close proximity to many huge events germane to the success of the City of Tulsa. She brought those experiences to Townwest and has generously shared her expertise in furthering the Sertoma cause. Her organizational skills are exceptional and are evident in every project she embraces. In three years she has served as a member on the Board of Directors, was Vice-President of Programs, and President Elect. She has served on numerous ad hoc committees. She is the Chairperson of the club's yearly yard sale, one of the two primary annual fund-raisers sponsored by Townwest. Since she has held that position the amount of funds raised through that event has quadrupled.
Our Sertoman of the Year participates in every club activity. She is quick to step up to volunteer to serve. Her attendance at weekly meetings is outstanding, and her participation in club socials is exemplary. Outside of Sertoma she enjoys family time, especially with her husband Ed and canine child, Abby. Her commitment to family, church and community is testimony for her concern for others. Our Sertoman of the Year has a particular fondness for the morning newspaper. It has been rumored that no one, save no one, messes with her paper before she has the opportunity to read it. In fact, the last person to ruffle the morning paper before she had the opportunity to read it, was last seen on a rail headed out of town! Our Sertoman exhibits a positive attitude to go along with her pleasant demeanor. She has a great sense of humor and isn't afraid to share it with others.
Darla Covey Hall, Townwest Sertoma Club 2006 Sertoman of the Year
Darla Covey Hall joined the Townwest Sertoma Club in 1989 about the time she was running for the first City of Tulsa Council seat for District 2. She was elected to the City Council and continued to attend meetings. She was prompt in meeting attendance and carried on with her independent insurance business and city council work while being very involved in the Sertoma activities. Darla is always the first of the group to raise her hand and volunteer for Sertoma projects.
Maggie Shiroma, Townwest Sertoma Club 2005 Sertoman of the Year
Maggie Shiroma was selected as the Townwest Sertoman of the Year for her dedication to the work by the Townwest Sertoma Club. She is always at the meetings and supports the club's fundraising and sponsorships.
Joe Dutton, Townwest Sertoma Club 2004 Sertoman of the Year
Joe Dutton practices enthusiasm and community involvement through the Sertoma Club and other organizations. He does more than attend meetings. He volunteers and gets things done.
Gene Griffith, Townwest Sertoma Club 2003 Sertoman of the Year
Sertoma's main man 031704 Gene Griffith, a mentor with the Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, shows photos of one of his classic cars to Kenneth. Griffith, a longtime west Tulsa businessman, was recently honored for his community service by Townwest Sertoma. DAVID SCHULTE / Tulsa World
Gene Griffith, a longtime west Tulsa businessman, calls himself a "joiner" for belonging to more than a dozen civic organizations. However, it would probably be more accurate to say Griffith is a giver. Throughout his life, Griffith, 75, has given himself to his community so it could be a better place to live. Townwest Sertoma recently named Griffith its top Sertoman for 2003-04, qualifying him for the district award April 10 at Forest Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow. Sertoma supports programs for people who have speech, hearing and language disorders. The organization also sponsors projects that promote freedom and democracy, assist young people, and benefit a variety of community needs.
Griffith is an active Sertoman and has supported the organization's many sponsorships, including its main fund-raiser, a hearing-aid program for the elderly and children, said Randy McGoffin, secretary and treasurer of Townwest Sertoma. "He's a great guy," McGoffin said. "He's a real asset. Gene is the consummate Sertoman. He is very active, not only in Townwest, but in the community." McGoffin praised Griffith for promoting the organization's annual Law Enforcement Banquet that honors area law enforcement officers. Proceeds from the banquet are used to buy hearing aids.
Griffith has consistently sold the most advertisements, among members, for the Sertoma publication that provides a biography for each police officer, McGoffin said. To Griffith, the banquet recognizes an underappreciated group of people. "We don't give the people enough credit who put their lives on the line for us, especially right now," he said. "And, they really appreciate it. It's something that they really feel good about and somebody needs to do something besides fuss about them."
Griffith, who owns American Auto Group, 601 E. Main St., Jenks, and American Limousine Service, 4424 S. 33rd West Ave., established himself in the west side community when he co-founded Heath-Griffith Funeral Home in 1972. Griffith sold the business in 1992. He recently became a mentor for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, 3015 E. Skelly Drive. For the past six months, Griffith has been a big brother to a 10-year-old boy, Kenneth, who lives with his mother at the Charles Page Family Village. Bonnie Daniel, case manager at Big Brothers and Sisters, said although Griffith is one of the organization's oldest brothers, he is a good mentor to Kenneth, whose father died about four years ago in an automobile accident. Because the two share an interest in classic cars and hunting, Griffith and Kenneth are a good match, Daniel said. "He's like a grandfather figure," she said. "He has grandchildren that were about the same age, so he could bond together well."
At least once a week, Griffith and Kenneth have a night out. The two frequently go out to eat or bowling. "It thrills me to see how it thrills him to buy whatever he wants to eat," Griffith said. To Griffith, serving as a big brother is his way of giving back to those who influenced his life when he was growing up, he said. By David Schulte World Staff Writer
Pam Burgess, Townwest Sertoma Club 2010 Sertoman of the Year
Pam Burgess was named Townwest Sertoman of the Year for her extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment to the Sertoma Club's goals.. Pam has worked for years with the Berryhill SERTEEN Club, the annual Law Awards Banquet and club projects.
Susan Boling Reynolds, Townwest Sertoma Club 2010 Sertoman of the Year
Susan Boling Reynolds has been an officer in the Townwest Club and has coordinated many of the club's sponsorships and activities. She has been the club's SERTEEN Sponsor for several years and the club's SHARP representative. Susan is faithful in her attendance for the regular Wednesday morning and outside commitments. She is always ready to volunteer for club sponsored activities. Susan has worked with Pam Burgess on the club's annual Tulsa Area Law Awards Banquet program and promotion.
Tim Hallman, DVM, Townwest Sertoma Club 2000 Sertoman of the Year
Dr. Tim Hallman stands out in the crowd whether it is volunteer work or his own profession as a Doctor of veterinary medicine. He has been a vital part of the Townwest Sertoma Club and played a leadership role in fundraisers and sponsorships.
Truman Divine, Townwest Sertoma Club 1999 Sertoman of the Year
Truman Divine worked as a teacher at Berryhill Public Schools for many years before retiring to a semi-active life. He continued to drive busses and assist at the school with many activities. He has been a favorite teacher and mentor to many of the students who passed through his classes.
Truman has been an active Townwest Sertoma Club member many years. He has served as Sergeant-At-Arms, Vice-President, President and Chairman of the Board. He has been active in fundraising and club sponsorships.
Wesley Harmon, Townwest Sertoma Club 1998 Sertoman of the Year
Townwest Sertoman Wesley Harmon is a model community activist. He is the go to guy for getting things done in Southwest Tulsa. Wesley served as Vice-President and President of Community Bank in Tulsa for many years. During that time he led the bank to support many students, schools and community organizations with financial contributions, professional leadership and personal motivation.
Wesley joined the Townwest Sertoma Club and continued to work for the community through the club. He has served as Sergeant-At-Arms, Vice-President, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. His leadership and guidance has helped the club increase membership and maintain financial solvency. He supports the club's fundraising and sponsorship activities through hands-on leadership.
He used his woodworking skills to build a wooden oil derrick replica for Tulsa County's "Lights On The Hill" Christmas tour display. The derrick lit up a corner of the park and promoted the historical significance of the Red Fork Main Street.
Susan Boling, Townwest Sertoma Club 1997 Sertoman of the Year
Susan Boling joined the Townwest Sertoma Club and hit the ground running, participating in all of the fundraising and sponsorship activities. She uses her skills as a parent and teacher to bring new excitement to the club in the youth sponsorships.
Randy McGoffin, Townwest Sertoma Club 1996 Sertoman of the Year
Randy McGoffin has been the heart and soul of the Townwest Sertoma Club for many years. He has volunteered to hold the Secretary/Treasurer position for over 10 years. During that time he has maintained excellent records and produced regular reports to the national organizaton. He has guided the club through financial decision making and planning. The continuity has given the club a steady course to proceed through regular activities, sponsorships and fundraising.
Randy has participated in all of the fundraising activities for the club and has guided sponsorship programs so they kept on track with the intended goals. He has inspired new and old members alike with his leadership and enthusiasm.