Sertoma Youth Ranch Governance and Management:
The Ranch is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors with officers elected and directed by approved By-Laws. The full board meets once per month, and committees meet before official board meetings. The Operations & Maintenance Chair Person, a volunteer as are all Board members, serves as the Ranch Director and oversees the Ranch Manager who is contracted by the Ranch. Nearly all non-routine maintenance and work done at the Ranch is performed by volunteers. When maintenance is beyond the ability of a volunteer, only then is the service contracted.
Joy & Red Kreuser, Ranch Managers
July 2018 to Present
Red and Joy took over as Managers in July 2018. Many will remember them as our roving firewood vendors for the past few years, driving around in their Red (what else?) pickup. Now you’ll likely see Joy on her golf cart picking up trash, keeping the bathrooms and grounds spotless and collecting camping fees. Red can mostly be found on one of our tractors, mowing and working on many projects. They live in the Residence with their dogs Dunkin, Donut and General, and enjoy spending time with their extended family. Say hello when you see them and introduce yourself!
Steve Schadt – Vice President and Past President
Steve is the son of one of the Ranch founders and has been coming to the Ranch since he was a teen and directly involved since 1976.He became a board member in 2000 and is currently the president. Steve is also a charter member of the Ranch Hands Sertoma Club.
There is almost no job at the Ranch that Steve has not pitched in with. He has cleaned toilets, mowed grass, cooked in the kitchen, and for a time was the ranch manager. He ran volunteers for 6 years and ran publicity for another 6 years.Steve stays involved to see the Ranch improve so Florida’s children and youth groups can enjoy the beautiful outdoor environment as he did.
As a co-founder of Sertoma Youth Ranch back in 1973, Jesse has spent a good part of his life involved with the Sertoma Clubs. He was Charter President for the Hillsborough Sertoma Club starting in 1969, which he repeated 7 times. He has been the District Governor three different times – 1990 to 1993, 2005 to 2007, and 2008 to 2011, Director from 2011 Ranch Board from 1973 to 1985, 1990 to 1992, and is a current member of the board.
He received a very much deserved Sertoma Lifetime National Award in 2012. Also noted is a perfect attendance in the 44 years as a Sertoman.
Besides his Sertoma life, Jesse was in R&D as a Chemical Engineer for rockets and guided missiles from 1956 to 1958. He also owned 3 Auto Parts stores from 1960 to 1981. Most recently he was an insurance agent from 1981 to 2005.