The future of Sertoma is brighter than ever. In an effort to better support our volunteers and grow the organization, Sertoma will be implementing a new plan called Vision 2020.
This new strategy is set to take effect next summer. Although it remains in its early stages, a series of links have been created to inform you about the upcoming changes. Please stay tuned as information is regularly updated online. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a conversation with a Board member directly, please contact Sertoma headquarters at 816.333.8300.
It is a strategy to improve communication and support of Sertoma members and partners at the community level, and to grow Sertoma service into new communities. The strategy includes:
Sertoma became more than “a club” when dedicated volunteers who felt more could and should be done came together to do even more. As we face the future, our success still requires dedicated volunteers willing to recruit, engage and support new people.
But almost everything else has been changed by technology and shifts in society. How do we evolve and change to survive, to grow? It begins with volunteers willing to learn how to use today’s tools to recruit and support members of the Sertoma family.
Each role functions within specific areas, but the desired result requires interdependence and consistent messaging across the work. To ensure this, these roles report to the Board of Directors through a volunteer development committee. The committee makeup includes three teams, one for each role. Each team consists of a Board member, volunteer in the role, and staff support.
Applications are available and accepted year-round. Assignment to specific clubs/work may require training be completed first. For year-one, those approved must attend the April 2019 training in Kansas City. An application and accompanying video submission for each role must be completed and received before December 31, 2018 for consideration.
What’s working? What does not? How do I get help? Sertomans have been asking these questions for decades. In asking, members are clearly looking for more than what they know from clubs in their area. Helping answer these questions is the work of the Communication Specialist, and the new structure of Vision 2020. By grouping clubs across the country based on similarities, other than geography, members will connect with new perspectives and ideas. The Communication Specialist facilitates this exchange to help re-energize members and identify the resources they need to succeed.
Is your favorite part of being a Sertoman when your efforts help an individual, family or meet a community need? If so, your response is consistent with the vast majority of those who volunteer or donate. As Sertomans, we do this in our hometowns and communities across the country—even in locations where no clubs exist. As a Mission Specialist, your work supports students, families and organizations nationwide.
Have you seen stories on the news about organizations growing in their service and philanthropy? What is their secret? Likely, there is no secret; they have just tapped into today’s effective strategies and techniques. Identifying and sharing those with our members is the role of the Trainer and Support Specialists. As the work of the Communication Specialists gives voice to members who want to do more—this role will provide a range of training and support opportunities to make that possible.
Because when we ask members or ourselves the following questions, the answers are no.
We are ready to discuss filling these roles, with the goal of this work starting in July of 2019. Any member interested in volunteering to work with clubs is welcome to apply. Clearly, those who have served as a trainer, FDR, or governor have experiences that could bring value to one of these new roles. In the coming months, we will implement a formal application process for these new roles, but until then if you have an interest or questions, please share that with the Vision 2020 Task Force that is leading our implementation efforts. Please send those to Holly Walls, who is the staff liaison with the Task Force. firstname.lastname@example.org
The first training for all three roles will be in Kansas City in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The dates are April 25, 26, 27, 2019. We are excited to return to the Kaufman Foundation Facility for this event.
For those who have applied, been accepted, and agreed to serve, there will be a subsidy from Sertoma to cover registration and some travel expense. Watch for more details as the Task Force completes the plans for this kick off training for Vision 2020.
Applications (including video submission) must be completed and received before December 31, 2018 for consideration.