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Jim Felder, Civil Rights Hero and Author, Speaks to Sertoma

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James “Jim” Felder, a noted and very well known civil rights advocate, former legislator, and author spoke to the club at the August 15 meeting.

The primary topic of Mr. Felder’s talk was the penny sales tax in Richland County and how that money is being spent.

A few points from the talk:

  • He got involved initially because bus service was going to stop.  Too many people depend on buses and he didn’t want to see that happen.
  • While there has been much criticism of the way the penny tax is being managed he pointed out much good has been done, most of which we never hear about because the county is doing a terrible job of promoting it.
  • He does not in any way condone illegal or unethical behavior and pointed out the two people that have left their positions, Councilman Washington and Councilman Newman, were found to have violated tax law.  It had nothing to do with the penny tax or the good that is being done with the money.
  • He, like many other citizens, is waiting for a final word and court decision now.

Mr. Felder is tremendously accomplished having written the book “I buried John F. Kennedy”, the booklet “Know Your South Carolina Government”, and published “A Directory of Black Elected and Appointed Officials in South Carolina”.  He also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1970-72 and was only the tenth black American to serve with the SC Honor Guard.

10th Annual Tailgate Fundraiser – Sept. 10 for Miss. St Game – Tickets on Sale Now

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Wells Fargo Advisors is one of the many sponsors making the event possible.

The Columbia Sertoma Club invites everyone interested in football and local charities to it’s 10th annual Tailgate Party, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors!  Started 2007 it is the original and largest tailgate party fundraiser in the Midlands of SC.  The purpose is to raise dollars that will be used to support other local nonprofit organizations in our area. Since 1950 the club has supported approximately 100 local groups and raised $4 million.

The event is always a great opportunity to have fun while doing good.  Just a few of the highlights…

  • Four famous BBQ chefs serving food and competing for 1st place, and one world-famous company producing grits (all you can eat)
    • East Coast Smoke
    • Ragin Cajun BBQ
    • Ronnie’s Ribs
    • Flyin J Smokers
    • Congaree Milling
  • The USC/Mississippi State football game on big screen televisions
  • A true open bar with top shelf drinks
  • The corn hole world championship!  Ok, maybe not “world championship” but it’s a pretty big deal.
  • Music and other entertainment
  • Amazing door prizes from local businesses, as our “thank you” to attendees

All of the above is included with the price of a ticket.  Tickets are just $30/single and $50/double.  This is the best deal you will likely ever see.

Tickets are available for purchase in three ways:

  1. Online at
  2. At the event on Saturday, September 10 (you’re welcome to get them at the check-in table)
  3. From any Sertoma Club member – find one today and ask!



The Coop – 1100 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201 


To raise dollars for local nonprofit organizations.  We have since 1950, for more than 67 years.


We would like to thank the following companies for their gracious support:

  • Wells Fargo Advisors
  • The Building Company
  • Hucks & Felker Law Firm
  • Image 360
  • Upstairs Audio
  • Office Depot

2016-2017 Sertoma Meeting Schedule Announced

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The 2016 – 2017 Sertoma Club meeting schedule has been announced.  Eight (8) meetings will be held in 2016 before the Christmas break and another 16 will be held between January and August of 2017.

All meetings take place at Dupre’s, located at 300 Senate Street in the Vista area, down by the river.  Each meeting features a world-class lunch and influential media, government, sports and entertainment leaders from throughout the Midlands.

August 1 & 15
September 12 & 19 (September 5 is Labor Day)
October 3 & 17
November 7 & 14 (November 21 is Thanksgiving week and many leave town)
December 5 & 19  (Updated to correct the 3 to 5)

January 9 & 23 (Jan 16 is MLK holiday)
February 6 & 20
March 6 & 20
April 3 & 17
May 1 & 15
June 5 & 19
July 10 & 17
August 7 & 21

2016-2017 Columbia Sertoma Board of Directors Named

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The Columbia Sertoma Club has named new board members for the upcoming year – 2016 – 2017.  The Columbia Club was started in 1950 and is now in it’s 67th year of assisting local charities.

New board members include:

Joe Azar
Joe Hodson
Martin Izett
Matt Varner
Jamie Tupper
Neal Sutker
Dee Moise
Beth Crawford
Todd Lewis

Each will serve at minimum a one year term with some serving two.  Responsibilities will vary and fundraisers for the year will include the Annual Tailgate Fundraiser, St. Patty’s Day beverage sales, as well as other initiatives.

Founded in 1912, Sertoma Inc. has more than 500 clubs in this country, Canada and Mexico. The nonprofit’s headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.  The club has a national headcount of 10,000.

Sertoma International President Visits & Speaks To Columbia Club

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Dan Bartlemay, the new Sertoma International President, visited the Columbia Sertoma Club in July, introduced himself, and explained his plans for taking the organization forward.

Mr. Bartlemay, 74 and a retired JC Penney executive, joined the Aiken SC Sertoma club in 2002 at the request of a friend.  He wanted to be productive and felt he could contribute, so he moved forward.  He’s been busy ever since.

Just a few of his comments about Sertoma and the upcoming year included:

  • During his presidency the international board has committed to hearing health, a long time focus of Sertoma, and building new clubs and relationships where they currently don’t exist.  New clubs are a tool and vehicle to advance the mission. In addition, he’ll work to have a plan in place to streamline the organization by 2020 and will work to develop a program to create future leaders.  Leadership is much needed, so training programs will be developed both at national and local “mini conventions”.  Four new mini conventions will be offered across the country – the first in Columbia, the second in Minnesota, third in Missouri, and the fourth in Denver.  The locations are based on proximity to members with the goal of making no member drive more than 150 miles, pay no more than $50, and take a great message back to their home club.
  • A national leadership summit will take place in February 2017 at the national convention.  The event will take place in Kansas City at the Kaufman Center and the focus will be “train the trainers”.  Seven areas of the country will be the focus for these TTT sessions.
  • The National Hearing Aid Project continues on and is doing well.  The project was started three years ago in New Jersey and it raises money for those living at poverty level that need hearing aids.  The screening and application is done through Montclair State and 13 universities are lined up to work with Sertoma.  Hearing aid collection banks have been started also and three companies have offered to refurbish hearing aids.  The overall project continues to grow and impact lives in a wonderful way.

Mr. Bartlemay ended with a challenge to Sertomans to tell Sertoma stories, be ready to explain the tradition of the club and about the organization, and be visible by wearing pins.  For example, why are we Sertomans? Why do we do what we do?  We have a great tradition and should be very proud of it.

Founded in 1912, Sertoma Inc. has more than 500 clubs in this country, Canada and Mexico. The nonprofit’s headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.  National headcount is approximately 10,000.