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History







History of the
Seminole Club of Greater Orlando

The Seminole Club of Greater Orlando ( SCGO ) is one of a number of local based support groups which were founded as a result of a need on the part of FSU Alumni and Seminole Boosters to provide a medium outside of Tallahassee for uniting in an organized effort for our University.

SCGO's existence makes it possible to bring in many outstanding speakers and to prepare interesting programs at our monthly meetings. We also actively support the recruitment of merit scholars, academic and athletic scholarship funding and endowment, annual booster fundraising drives as well as many other worthy University causes. Additionally, we provide local organization and infrastructure for a variety of social and fundraising events held throughout the year.

It may surprise newer members of the SCGO to learn that Central Florida Seminoles have been gathering in the name of FSU since local dentist Jim Booth organized a club in the 1950's. Members met at Dr. Booth's home in Rio Pinar and at the offices of Dr. Jim Ferdinand and his brother. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that our presence in the Orlando area really began to flourish.

In many ways, the club's rapid expansion during the last three decades parallels Bobby Bowden's success at FSU. The first club meeting after Coach Bowden's arrival drew fewer than 20 people to the Altamonte Springs Holiday Inn. By early 1977 the Bobby Bowden Banquet attracted nearly 200 people to the Harley Hotel. In recent years, more than 500 people participate in the annual golf tournament and banquet that highlights the Orlando stop of Coach Bowden's Spring tours.

Whether it's for socializing with fellow Seminoles, enjoying programs about FSU, or helping with the work of this club, the Seminole Club of Greater Orlando is grateful for your support and participation.

SCGO Puts Its Money Where It Counts

The Seminole Club of Greater Orlando has done many great things to support Florida State University over the years.  Nothing has been more important among them, though, than fund raising.  We all love our school, and our time and energy has a tremendous benefit, but a school, and it's athletic program, runs on money. Since 1978, The Seminole Club of Greater Orlando has been responsible for well over ONE MILLION DOLLARS in contributions.  Below is a list of just where the money goes, and has gone, in that time.  Some of these funds are still not fully endowed, so we invite you to consider helping us finish them.  With your continued support, we can fulfill our commitments and take on more.  We count on you, because Florida state counts on us.

  • Seminole Club of Greater Orlando Endowed Scholarship - $50,000
  • Daryl Bush Educational Enhancement Fund - $50,000
  • FSU Football Locker, in the name of Eddie Diaz - $50,000
  • SCGO Academic Scholarship - $50,000
  • Football Indoor Practice Facility - $25,000
  • Baseball Bullpen Club, Lifetime Member - $10,000
  • Florida State Alumni House - $10,000
  • Basketball Tip Off Club - $500/year
  • Silver Chief - Booster - $3,000 / year
  • Vic Prinzi Endowed Scholarship - $ 1,000
  • Betty Smothers Endowed Scholarship - $ 1,000
  • Norm Thagard Endowed Scholarship - $ 1,000
  • 1993 National Championship Endowed Scholarship - $1,000
  • FSU 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship - $1,000

Seminole Club of Greater Orlando Presidents

  • 2012-2014 - Bill Kidd
  • 2010-2012 - Jay Peeper
  • 2010 - Lenee Kiselich
  • 2007-2009 - Kevin Carmody
  • 2006 - Steve Stutzer
  • 2005 - Andy Chmelir
  • 2004 - Mark Wallick
  • 2003 - JoAnn Stalcup
  • 2002 - Brad Steiling
  • 2001 - Rob Sahlin
  • 2000 - Dexter Chase
  • 1999 - Bill Neal
  • 1998 - Fred More
  • 1997 - Dan Raidt
  • 1996 - Gary Wilson
  • 1995 - Kevin Carmody
  • 1994 - Mike Shurtleff
  • 1993 - Mike Hipps
  • 1992 - Jack Gilliam
  • 1991 - Ken Robinson
  • 1990 - Bobby Miles
  • 1989 - Craig Bethel
  • 1988 - Mike Mallardi
  • 1987 - Mike Poland
  • 1986 - Bob MacLeish
  • 1985 - Debbie Batson
  • 1984 - Stan Creel
  • 1983 - Stan Nusbickel
  • 1982 - David MacLeod
  • 1981 - John Hartlieb
  • 1980 - Willie May
  • 1979 - Tom Drage
  • 1978 - Hugo deBeaubien

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