2010 Service to Mankind Award

Sertoma Club of Georgetown has named Georgetown resident Norm Peters as the 2010 recipient of the club’s Service to Mankind Award. Norm Peters is on the left with Sertoma's Jim Wilson.

The Sertoma Club of Georgetown has named Georgetown resident Norm Peters as the 2010 recipient of the club’s Service to Mankind Award for his longtime exemplary community service in both the local and international communities.

Peters has provided civic leadership in Georgetown as a founder of The Caring Place, a local service organization addressing the needs of lower income families. He served as president of The Caring Place and as a board member for many years and continues to be involved in Caring Place activities.

Internationally, Peters is a co-founder of MEDICO, a non-profit humanitarian service organization providing assistance in Central America for over 20 years. He was the first Board Chairman and has served on MEDICO’s Board and in a team leadership capacity since its inception in 1990. To date, 130 teams of volunteers from around the globe have provided free medical care and health education to over 200,000 underserved people in remote mountainous regions in Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama.

Through its mission brigades, MEDICO has established dental fluoride programs in primary schools, funded numerous water sanitation projects providing potable water to communities where the only water available was from contaminated streams and provided cleft-lip and palate surgeries to many children whose families would never have been able to afford the needed surgery to provide life as a normal child. Other procedures addressed include orthopedics, urology, hand and ear deformities, cataracts, clubbed feet and, most notably, separation of conjoined twins who were born connected at the top of their heads.

In addition to his involvement in founding The Caring Place, Peters also helped found and served as the first Board Chairman of the Georgetown Area Community Foundation (now the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation), a locally based foundation that provides valuable funding to various organizations in Williamson County. He is currently a member of the Sun City Rotary Club after  having been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and Georgetown Sertoma Club, where he was a tireless participant on several committees.

Born and raised in Cedar Falls, IA, Peters earned a BA degree in music at the University of Northern Iowa. He shared his skills and love of music through his leadership in a professional music group, the Mark V, singing as a backup group for Duke Ellington in Chicago nightclubs, teaching high school music in Iowa, directing many church choirs and leading the Sweet Adeline’s women’s barbershop group for many years.

Peters’ professional career encompasses college administration with Stephens College in Columbia, MO, before he moved to Georgetown to work on the development staff of Southwestern University, and then serving as Vice President for Development for St. Edwards University in Austin for three years.

He also spent 25 years officiating high school and college basketball and was selected as one of the volunteers to serve with the Olympic Games when they were held in Salt Lake City in 2000.

Peters, along with his wide, Lynda, have been honored as the recipients of the Woodrow B. Seals National Award from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for exemplary service to their church, their community and their international humanitarian service. They are members of the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown and have three children and six grandchildren. He has been an independent financial adviser since 1976.

Commenting on Peters’ selection, Paul Hooper, president of the Georgetown Sertoma Club, said, “With Norm’s local and international community service resume, he is a most deserving recipient of the Georgetown Sertoma Club’s annual Service to Mankind Award.”         

The award was presented to Mr. Peters at the annual dinner on February 22, 2011.

At the annual Heart of Texas District convention in April Norm was named the receipient of the Heart of Texas Service to Mankind Award. Each club submits their winner for consideration by an independent panel. The Heart of Texas region consits of the San Marcos, Austin, Jollyville, North Austin, Round Rock, Marble Falls, Waco and Georgetown clubs.


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