About Our Club
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.