Membership Category

2017 Convention Follow Up

It was great seeing everyone at Convention this year. For those who missed out, don’t worry, we’ll catch you up on a few key details!  Find out who joined the Board(s) and won some of the year’s biggest awards.

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Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth Quinley, a three-time award winner of Sertoma’s Hard of Hearing or Deaf scholarship, spoke about her personal hearing health journey at Sertoma’s National Convention in April 2016. The scholarships Quinley received through Sertoma allowed her to pursue her dream of audiology, and inspired her to join the organization to continue giving back. Watch her story!

If you’d like to make a contribution to Sertoma’s Annual Fund and assist in helping students just like Elizabeth, please donate now!

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2016-2017 Board Openings

Are you looking to become involved in Sertoma at the national level? There are three board openings for 2016-2017: Two Directors-At-Large (2 & 3 Year Term) and one Vice President. Being involved at the club and district levels are great ways to prepare for the National level. If you are ready to fulfill the responsibility of the future of Sertoma please consider running for a Board member position.

Advice from current and past Board members on what it means to be on the National Board:

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10,000+ Sertomans’ Stories. Endless Possibilities.

At our last National Convention our focus was on Story Telling. Not just any story but our story. We heard how important it is to tell our story so that others become interested in Sertoma. So I thought this would be easy. I had two great ideas but which one to pick. So here goes…

How many of you have had your hearing checked and it was fine? Then you have it checked again and find out it isn’t. I started by having my hearing checked at a regional convention. I thought I had done a good job and was very surprised when they indicated I should see a professional.

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Start Working On Your Club Budget

About this time each year clubs should be putting their budget together for the next year. The club treasurer puts together a preliminary budget that should be voted upon before July 1, 2015. When drafting the budget it is important to reflect on the mission of the club and to set goals for the year that fulfill the mission.

As a member of a club, some tips you should consider for the budget:
  • Who are your club sponsorships?
  • How much does the club give each year?
  • Are we supporting Sertoma’s Hearing Health programs?

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The Next Chapter of Sertoma Service and Philanthropy

Do you want others to join you in Sertoma service and philanthropy?

There is once upon a time, stories of the good old days. There is also, once upon a time, imaginative stories where anything seems possible. Our future requires that we embrace both aspects of once upon a time.

Do you want others to join you in Sertoma service and philanthropy? Then you need to share your Sertoma story.  It is not a story of what you did, but of how helping others made you feel. People want good feelings in their life. If you have a story that touches them,

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WHY??

The most often asked question in Sertoma is “How do we get people to join?” The answer to that is depends on the more important question of “Why, why does your club exists?” In asking someone to join the club, volunteer for service, or donate you are asking them to share in your why. Identifying a strong, compelling connection to your why is how you get people to join or be involved.

The same is true if your club is struggling with a lack of energy and enthusiasm. Are the current members excited and engaged with the club’s why?

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Follow the Leader

I was researching new approaches to generating ideas and building successful strategies. During my reading I came across this story of the Pine Processionary caterpillars.

A famous French naturalist, Jean-Henri Fabre, conducted an interesting experiment with Pine Processionary caterpillars. He took several caterpillars and placed them in single file around the rim of a flowerpot. Each caterpillar’s head touched the end of the caterpillar in front of it so that the procession formed a full circle. Fabre placed pine needles, which are the favorite food of the caterpillars of this type, in the middle of the circle formed by the procession.

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