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Hear Us Out – Here’s Why You Need CELEBRATE SOUND!

Want to be a part of an amazing national fund and awareness-raising event that helps promote hearing health in our communities? Join Sertoma in giving the gift of sound. Host a CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk in Silence® event today!

CELEBRATE SOUND is a turnkey fundraising project that allows your community to come together to raise funds and awareness for your organization and Sertoma. With more than 50 million people living with hearing loss, it is critical to educate our communities on issues like noise-induced hearing loss.

When you partner with Sertoma, your local organization will receive 50% of the net income to go to a local cause of your choosing.

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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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Sertoma Scholarships Available

Each year, Sertoma provides 100 scholarships through our Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Communicative Disorders scholarships. These scholarships aid students who are continuing their education, and because of the financial support of donors like you, we are able to continue our vision of creating communities of change.

The Communicative Disorders scholarship is open to all full-time audiology or speech-language pathology graduate students in the United States. March 31 is the deadline for all Communicative Disorders scholarship applications, and each scholarship is worth $1,000. Applicants may reapply each year as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. Click here to learn more about the Communicative Disorders scholarship.

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International Week of Service

Join us for the International Week of Service on March 25-31; a fantastic partnership opportunity that brings service clubs together to better their communities! Simply invite members from another service club organization to take part in your club’s pre-existing event that week, or team up and host an event together!

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Sertoma Elections 2017

Sertoma elections will be held in March to determine the roles of Sertoma Vice President and Director at Large.  Online member voting will be available March 31 – April 9. Chapter voting ballots will be mailed out February 21, and must be postmarked on or before April 3.

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The Incredible Impact of the Annual Fund

Have you ever wondered what the Annual Fund money does? It allows our National Affiliates to make a positive impact on daily basis. Without your support to the Annual Fund, this would not be possible.

Over the past decade, our Adopt-An-Agency National Affiliates have received hundreds of dollars to continue and improve hearing health in their community.

Did you know that Sertoma Headquarters gave out over $100,000 in Community Grants to 20 National Affiliates last year? Sertoma has given out over one million dollars in Community Grants over the last decade, and it is through your donation to the Annual Fund that you continue the mission of Sertoma throughout communities across the country.

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2017 Club Development Workshops

The Secret to Recruiting and Retaining Members, Volunteers and Donors

It’s not a secret, really. All that is involved is understanding three simple principles, and these will allow you to overcome the barriers to people’s time and money.

Why – People want to know the difference their time and money
will make – it has to be important to them. So, the difference that
your club makes in the community has to be clear, meaningful
and measureable.

Engaging Communication – People spend a lot of time today
screening out communication.

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Benefits of the Adopt-an-Agency Program

The Adopt-An-Agency program establishes a relationship between Sertoma and a nonprofit hearing and speech facility. It is a practical way for a club to help a local organization and promote Sertoma’s national mission

Sertoma’s partnership with these agencies, known as National Affiliates, expands awareness in the community to the pervasiveness of communicative disorders and the resulting impact on the lives of individuals and their families.

Sertoma Affiliates must be a 501(C)3 or tax status equivalent, including schools or school districts or departments, colleges or universities that provide direct services, education or research related to helping those with communicative disorders.

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Have You Heard About #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is widely known as the global day of “giving” and is an online movement designed to encourage unity and generosity.

It is a day that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and will take place this year on November 29, 2016. Mark your calendars now!

#GivingTuesday helps kick off the charitable season through the use of social media outlets, and is a national movement that recognizes the importance of helping others.

This year, you can help #LendAHearingHand by donating to Sertoma’s Annual Fund, which will help support our hearing health mission by providing national grants and scholarships.

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2016-2017 Sertoma News and Events

Sertoma Board Seeking New Positions
The Sertoma Board is currently seeking a Treasurer,  Jr. Vice President and Director at Large for the 2017-2018 year.

All applications and position related questions will need to be emailed to the Executive Director, Steven Murphy, by Nov. 30 at smurphy@sertomahq.org

The treasurer position will be appointed for a two-year term, and will have the ability to be reappointed for one successive term. Please see the qualifications below.

Treasurer Qualifications
The appointee must be a member of  Sertoma in good standing and has demonstrated experience and skills related to reading and understanding,

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Building Awareness One Gift at a Time

The Annual Fund creates opportunities for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Communicative Disorders students by providing financial assistance through scholarships. The Annual Fund also provides affiliates of the Adopt-An-Agency program with the opportunity to attend professional conferences through Sertoma’s Professional Education Grant.

Your contribution to the Annual Fund allows our scholarship recipients and affiliates to continue their education and the work necessary to enhance communities nationwide.

If your club plans on being a 100% Early Bird Club, the cost is $25 per person, and this payment must be received by December 1st to qualify. Please submit your current club roster with the donation.

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Three Simple Ways to Support the Hearing Aid Project

Awareness of the Hearing Aid Project is growing across the nation, and you or your club can join our community efforts through: Getting, Giving and Helping.

Get– refer low income individuals in your area to the project who are in need of hearing aids. We will help connect them with their state resources first, and then to the Hearing Aid Project if their local resources are unable to help.

Give– donate hearing aids or establish hearing aid collection centers in your community

Help– carry out an online personal fundraiser, recruit audiologists to participate, and/or host a CELEBRATE SOUND event to benefit the project

Email hcoa@sertomhq.org and let us help you or your club get involved in the National Hearing Aid Project!

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Club Tax and Legal Information

Each year, every club must report on its gross revenues raised by filing a Form 990 with the IRS. If the form is not filed, the club will lose its 501(c)(3) status as a charity and will no longer be able to legally raise revenue. One of three variations on the form must be used, depending on how much money the club raised during the year. Those forms are as follows:

  • Form 990, for clubs with gross revenues raised in excess of $200,000
  • Form 990-EZ, for clubs with gross revenues raised between $50,000 and $200,000
  • Form 990-N,

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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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2015-2016 Club Award Winners

We’d like to congratulate all of the Sertoma Clubs who qualified and received club awards this year. Nice job! If you didn’t win this year, you can still apply and become a recipient in 2016-2017.

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How to Support the National Hearing Aid Project

The mission of the National Hearing Aid Project is to provide access to hearing aids and related hearing health services to those that otherwise could not afford them. By becoming a collection center, establishing collection centers in your community, or doing an online fundraiser, your club can help us fulfill this mission.

Become a Collection Center:
Collected hearings aids of any age or condition will go directly to our Hearing Aid Bank where they will be put into an inventory for use by audiologists who have agreed to provide clinical services to recipients of the project. Sertoma headquarters can supply your clubs with brochures that give information about how to donate aids to us,

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New Internal Marketing Employee at Sertoma

Sertoma Inc. is very excited to announce that it has added a new addition to the office. Chris Stibbs, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, has stepped in as the new Mission Development Officer of Internal Marketing.

Chris grew up in Omaha, but attended undergraduate school at Rockhurst University. During his time at Rockhurst, Chris worked as a Women’s Advocate at Newhouse Shelter, a local domestic violence shelter in Kansas City. He also served as a Program Leader for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas/Northwest Missouri, as well as a development intern for the PKD Foundation. Chris currently serves as a Board Member for Foundation4 Domestic Violence Prevention and as a member of the New Leaders Council for Newhouse.

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Prepare for May Better Hearing and Speech Month

Did you know that individuals with healthy hearing are less likely to develop or experience heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and social isolation? Hearing plays a significant role in affecting a person’s mood, overall well-being and everyday life. It is arguably one of the body’s most important senses!

Approximately 48 million Americans have hearing loss, and this staggering number is quickly increasing. In the world, it is estimated that around 360 million men, women and children are affected, and unfortunately, hearing loss is permanent.

So, what will you do next month to help bring attention to the important issue of hearing health?

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How to Set up a Hearing Aid Collection Center

Is your Sertoma Club looking to become a part of the National Hearing Aid Project? If so, your club can participate with a simple grassroots activity that will help us collect hearing aids of any age or condition to be refurbished and given to eligible recipients of the Hearing Aid Project.

The mission of this project is to provide access to hearing aids and related hearing health services to those that otherwise could not afford them. Setting up collection centers across the country will ensure hearing aids no longer being used will not go to waste, and can continue to improve someone’s quality of life.

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Welcome to Our New Affiliates!

OMC Regional Foundation & OPHIR School-Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program are the two newest Affiliates. Affiliates are eligible to apply for Community Grants and Professional Education Grants. To find out more information about the Adopt-An-Agency program click here: http://sertoma.org/what-we-do/adopt-an-agency/

OMC Regional Foundation whose mission is to “advocate for and support Olmsted Medical Center and to assist it in funding quality healthcare services and education in the communities it serves”.  The Olmstead Medical Center Audiology Department evaluates, diagnoses, and treats hearing and balance disorders, for all ages.  No patient is ever ‘too young’ or ‘too old’.

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Hearing Aid Collection Centers

We’d like to express our appreciation to the individuals that have donated recycled hearing aids, and the clubs that have set up collection centers for the Hearing Aid Project.  These gifts directly help those in need of a hearing aid, or provide the necessary parts to fix an aid that someone relies on every day.  Thank you for helping us share the joy of hearing!

To learn how easy it is to donate a hearing aid, please visit: http://www.hearingaiddonations.org/

Thank you to the following Sertoma Clubs that have helped us establish collection centers across the country:

Marion County Sertoma Club

Honolulu Sertoma Club

Kansas City Sertoma Club

The Sertoma Club of Bradenton,

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2016 Sertoma Candidate Forum

Recording of the 2016 Sertoma Candidate Forum that took place on February 9, 2016. Sertoma members were invited to join us for a town hall style discussion that provided every member with the opportunity to hear the candidates for the Sertoma National Board answer the questions that mattered most to you.

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Meet the New Staff!

Meet the Marketing Manager!

Sertoma Inc. is very excited to announce that it has recently expanded its team, and has hired a new employee to manage the marketing department. Merritt Whitley, a native of Kansas City, is the new Marketing Manager and Content Editor of the organization.

One of her biggest goals will be to capture and communicate Sertoma’s mission, and vision regularly through the use of storytelling and social outlets. Most importantly, she will focus on keeping the community feeling involved and updated daily.

A few of her responsibilities include: engaging in social media,

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What’s Next for Service Clubs?

I had the great pleasure of attending the Service Clubs Leaders Convention (SCLC) in Biloxi, Mississippi in November. Sertoma President Debby Larsen, Executive Director Steve Murphy and I were attendees. Sertoma and Ambucs were hosting this event and so staff in attendance included Holly Walls, Nick Magana and Bridget Almond. Sixty leaders from service clubs throughout the world were in attendance. These organizations represented over 4 million volunteers. I congratulate Steve and staff for a well-organized convention, we were busy from morning to night, learning and sharing ideas on how to more efficiently manage our organizations and make them more effective,

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Tale of Two Clubs

It was the best of times, and the worst of times. Or so it would have seemed to a casual observer at the Service Clubs Leaders Conference this past week.

There were the tales of clubs struggling with aging members, slipping engagement, and a lack of interest in clubs by many, including the most commonly discussed group, “Millennials.” Yet there were also discussions of new clubs flourishing in unexpected ways: younger people are engaging, and clubs are becoming a vital force in the life of their communities and their members.

How is it that we have such divergent tales of service clubs?

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#SertomaListens

#GivingTuesday 2015 is just around the corner, and Sertoma, Inc. is participating at the national level with a call to support the Annual Fund. With this first year of participation in #GivingTuesday, we are testing the waters and will share what we learn about running a #GivingTuesday campaign with our clubs. Our hope is that clubs will become involved with future #GivingTuesday events and will use their own #GivingTuesday campaigns as a way to tell their stories and more deeply connect with their communities, while also raising funds and awareness about their work.

We will be using the hashtag #SertomaListens for our Annual Fund campaign.

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Service to Mankind & Sertoman of the Year

As we approach the fourth quarter of Sertoma it is time to celebrate with those in your club and community who have distinguished themselves in service to others. In other words, it is time to select a club Service to Mankind recipient and Sertoman of the Year. What better way to recognize the accomplishments of others by participating in this annual recognition process.

If you haven’t started, appoint a committee and seek out nominations from your area for those worthy of receiving your club’s Service to Mankind Award. You can find nominations for the award from your community.

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What Does Our Annual Fund Fund?

Every year we donate to the United Way, the Cancer Society, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the list goes on and on.  Do you ask them where the money is going?  I would guess to say that you do not.  You believe that it is going to a necessary and worthy cause.  Well Sertoma has a worthy cause and it is called our Sertoma Annual Fund.  There are many questions out there regarding this fund and we have volunteers who help us educate Sertomans.  I hope that each of your clubs ask the Fundraising District Representative (FDR) to attend one of your meetings and have this individual as your guest speaker.

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