It’s Our Future We’re Talking About
January 29, 2020
Before the ball dropped in Time Square to ring in the New Year, John Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine” was performed. The song asks the listeners to imagine an existence in which there is no heaven, hell, war, religion, possessions, and no need for greed or hunger. Now, I am asking you, can you imagine an existence without Sertoma?
If this was the case, in many communities, there would be no camps for deaf and hard of hearing children, programs for disadvantaged youth, hearing aid recycling programs and more. Think about the local programs your clubs have established and maintained, and the people in your communities who have come to depend upon Sertoma and your club’s support. The list is endless.
Over the past two years, the Board of Directors have presented a proposal for a dues increase, and both times the proposal failed to gather enough votes to pass. Throughout the last three years, the Board has passed budgets that have forced us to dip into the reserves to continue funding Sertoma’s operations, and to continue funding services that our members expect and deserve.
This past year, the Board is drawing $130,000 from our reserves to fund Sertoma operations. At this rate, the reserves will be depleted soon, and Sertoma will be forced to shut down. The Board has heard your calls for cutbacks and we have done that.
We are also continuing to provide more services and resources to help your club. When you joined your local club, you made a commitment to Sertoma. As a member, you receive many benefits both tangible and intangible. Our proposal is to increase member dues by $25 a year, which is equivalent to slightly less than 7 cents per day. Can you help ensure our future?