Convention 2018

September 14, 2017

We are excited to announce that Sertoma’s National Convention will be returning to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2018. Mark your calendars for February 1-3, and plan on being at the Kauffman Foundation to attend a series of new informative workshops. Registration will be $240 and the host hotel will be the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza.  If you’d like to book your room at a discounted rate, get started now!

In 2018, Convention will focus on developing volunteers at the club and national level. The plan is to offer three tracks – one for each area of work defined in Vision 2020.

This session will focus on how to engage members and club leaders in a dialogue around targeted issues. It will explore ways to effectively facilitate and encourage discussion among members of different clubs. This track is a requirement for current and incoming Governors.

This track will focus on building basic presentation and training skills, as well as reviewing the range of resources available to clubs. The goal is to provide every club with an opportunity to have a member focused on meeting the training needs of a club. This track is open to any member willing and capable of doing the work of training at the club level.

This training focuses on approaching potential new members, donors and volunteers. This is not club building. Although it could result in a new club, the goal is to boost involvement in support of our hearing health mission. It is the work of growing human and financial resources, not membership. This track will look at how to present and market our mission and related activities to targeted audiences. Due to the nature of this training, the number of participants will be limited.

Stay tuned as we add new information!

Convention Schedule

WEDNESDAY: Holiday Inn

•  5:00-9:00 p.m. ⇒ Board Meeting/Orientation/Reception

THURSDAY: Holiday Inn

•  8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ⇒ Board Meeting
•  5:00-6:00 p.m. ⇒ Registration/Meet and Greet/Annual Fund
•  6:00-8:00 p.m. ⇒ Banquet/Announcement of President’s Lifetime Service, Service to Mankind and Sertoman of the Year Awards

FRIDAY: Kauffman

•  7:00 a.m. ⇒ Vans load at hotel to go to Kauffman
•  7:15 – 9:00 a.m. ⇒ Registration
•  8:00-9:30 a.m. ⇒ General Session/Breakfast served at 8 a.m.
•  9:30-9:50 a.m. ⇒ Break
•  9:50-11:30 a.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  11:30-11:45 a.m. ⇒ Break
•  11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ⇒ Lunch
•  12:45-1:00 p.m. ⇒ Break
•  1:00-2:30 p.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  2:30-3:00 p.m. ⇒ Break
•  3:00-4:30 p.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  4:30-5:00 p.m. ⇒ General Session
•  5:00 p.m. ⇒ Vans load to go back to the Holiday Inn

SATURDAY: Kauffman

•  7:00 a.m. ⇒ Vans load at hotel to go to Kauffman
•  7:30-8:30 a.m. ⇒ Lockton/Breakfast served at 8 a.m.
•  8:30-10:00 a.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  10:00-10:15 a.m. ⇒ Break
•  10:15-11:45 a.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  11:45 a.m.-Noon ⇒ Break
•  Noon-1:00 ⇒ Lunch
•  1:00-1:15 p.m. ⇒ Break
•  1:15-2:30 p.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  2:30-2:45 p.m. ⇒ Break
•  2:45-4:30 p.m. ⇒ Workshops
•  4:30-5:00 p.m. ⇒ Wrap-up General Session
•  5:00 p.m. ⇒ Vans load to go back to Holiday Inn


  • Lance O'Neill says:

    Since annually decreasing membership seems to be an issue, might I suggest reaching out to clubs prior to this and focusing on those that have had success in increasing their numbers each year as well as those that can tout success stories about their fund raising. Benchmarking off of these clubs may lead to more success nationally?

    Lance O’Neill
    Heart of the Ozarks SERTOMA

    • Steve Murphy says:

      One of the things we look at in developing all our training programs is what is working, not just in Sertoma clubs, but all types of volunteer service organizations. Each Sertoma club has a different community to serve, so we focus on the techniques of successful organizations. As example, clarity of purpose, quality of communication, how members/volunteers are engaged and recognized. There is the fact a club cannot replicate today, what another club took 20 years to build. You have to work with each club where they are today. So you look at success, but then you have to train folks on how to build success based on their club and community. So we do benchmark success on many levels as the basis for your training plans, including the great work of clubs such as Heart of the Ozarks.

      Steven Murphy
      Executive Director

  • Leonard Whipple says:

    Matsu Club needs this type of training and I hope to be there. I am proud to be a Sertoman.

  • Harvey LeCato says:

    Would like to see a “rough” schedule as available.
    I’ll be attending — and am a growth hyper-advocate.
    Would love to participate.

    Harvey LeCato-DG – Pikes Peak
    Colorado Springs

    • Merritt Whitley says:

      Hi Harvey,

      Thanks for your interest in Convention! An email has been sent to you with more information. We are looking forward to seeing you next year!

      Sertoma Inc.

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