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Keene named Sertoman of the year

The Alexandria Sertoma Club recently named Tom Keene as Sertoman of the Year.

The annual award recognizes contributions to the club in the spirit of service to mankind. Honorees are honored for involvement in Sertoma activities and programs, member recruitment, offices held, leadership contributions, as well as involvement in other activities, hobbies and community service.

Keene has been a member of the Alexandria Sertoma Club for 35 years and prior to that was a member of the New Ulm Sertoma Club.

Following is a list of Keene’s involvements:

● Involved in Sertoma game feeds, ditch picks, socials, and fundraising activities, such as Christmas tree sales and the Art in the Park food stand.

● Chair of the Ice Fishing Challenge weigh-in since the tournament began 14 years ago and sells raffle tickets for the event.

● Helps with Special Olympics programs and District 206 school hearing screenings.


The Alexandria Sertoma Club was founded in February of 1975.

Sertoma’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.

Sertoma members volunteer throughout the community assisting with school hearing screenings, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and other events.

The club hosts the annual Ice Fishing Challenge, runs a food booth at Art in the Park, and keeps two miles of Interstate 94 clean through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Funds raised by the club go back to community organizations, including the Central Lakes Trail and District 206 Dollars for Scholars program.

Sertoma’s largest current donation is the funding of a hearing assistance system in the auditorium of the new Alexandria Area High School.

The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria and holds monthly social events for members, proof of their unwritten motto that they “work hard and play harder.”