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Service to Mankind Award

Southeast Texas Circle of Hope President Receives Prestigious Sertoma Award – Emmett Hollier was honored by the Port Arthur Sertoma Club with the 73rd Annual Service to Mankind Award

Port Arthur Sertoma Club with Emmett Hollier (left) and Hollier with award (right)
Port Arthur Sertoma Club with Emmett Hollier (left) and Hollier with award (right)

Local nonprofit organization, Port Arthur Sertoma Club, honored Emmett Hollier on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 with their 73rd annual Service to Mankind Award. The prestigious honor was awarded to the Southeast Texas Circle of Hope President for his efforts in the community. Rae Guerrero, President of the Port Arthur Sertoma Club and presenter of the award, said, "Emmett was an easy choice because of his involvement with founding the Circle of Hope as well as all of his other involvement and volunteer activities."

As President of the local nonprofit Southeast Texas Circle of Hope, Hollier's actions have not gone unnoticed by the community. Sertoma chose Hollier because of his volunteerism within the Southeast Texas community, his involvement within his church, and his activism within the Patriot Guard Riders – Golden Triangle and other various organizations.


In early 2010, a high school classmate, Rhonda Tankersly, contacted Hollier about hosting a fundraiser for a fellow classmate, John Bergeron, who was unable to attend their class reunion due to illness. Because of the success of this benefit, the group ended up doing three other fundraisers that same year to help raise money for others in need. Before the 70+ benefits that would come to follow, Hollier was involved with several other organizations such as Nederland Little League, Mid-County Pop Warner Football and Nederland Babe Ruth League. He is an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland and the ACTS program there. He was named Mr. Nederland in 2017 and he's been recognized as part of Hometown Heroes, KFDM's Pay It Forward program and the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas.

Emmett lives in Nederland now, but he grew up in Groves and graduated from PNG High School, class of 1979. He's a proud parent of two children and their spouses, and he is a doting Paw Paw to one granddaughter, Peyton – his pride and joy! He has been employed with Enbridge in Houston for 29+ years.


Sertoma, which stands for “service to mankind,” was founded in 1911. The Port Arthur chapter was founded in 1946 and has honored one individual annually with the award. Previous recipients include people such as Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services, Christina Vara with the Hospitality Center, Walter Umphrey, Sabine Pass Schools Superintendent, Kristi Heid, late KFDM-TV anchor Bill Leger and Memorial High School assistant principal Dwight Wagner.

"I'm very honored by this award. Understanding the volunteerism [of Port Arthur Sertoma Club], and knowing the distinguished recipients that have come before me is just humbling. But it's more about the group and the volunteers. I'm very lucky that God has allowed me to be a small part of [the Circle of Hope]."

A large group of Circle of Hope volunteers were in attendance to witness the presentation to Hollier.


Sertoma’s mission is to improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support. Through their partnership with Trinity Audiology, Sertoma has provided no cost hearing aids for many Southeast Texas seniors in need. Among other things they help raise money for Girls and Boys Haven, sponsor families for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, provide scholarships to local students, volunteer locally and recognize others in the area for their efforts in the betterment of the community.

If you would like to donate to this organization, donations can be mailed to Port Arthur Sertoma Club at PO Box 1563 in Groves, TX 77619.


Southeast Texas Circle of Hope Inc is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization founded in December of 2014. The mission of Southeast Texas Circle of Hope Inc is to assist those in need of help with funds for catastrophic event, medical and /or funeral needs.

In its 8-year history, the Circle of Hope has helped raise over $1.2MM for over 75 people and/or their families. They pride themselves on the fact that not a single board member, volunteer, partner or sponsor receives any compensation for their work and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the beneficiary.

If you would like to donate to this organization, please text SETXCircleOfHope to 44321.

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