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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.



2015-2016 Sertoma meeting schedule announced

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2015-2016 Sertoma Club meeting schedule announced

The 2015-2016 meeting schedule for the Columbia Sertoma Club has been announced.  The club will once again meet every other week, for a total of 26 times.  All meetings will take place at Dupre’s Catering located at 300 Senate Street in the Vista, down by the river and off of Assembly Street (make a right just after McDonalds at the corner of Huger and Gervais).

The 2015-2016 Columbia Sertoma Club Meeting Schedule:
July 6 & 20
August 10 & 24
September 14 & 21
October 5 & 19
November 2 & 16
December 7 & 21

January 4 & 25
February 1 & 22
March 7 & 21
April 4 & 18
May 2 & 16
June 6 & 20
July 11 & 18

More than $15k raised for Carolina Children’s Home 2015 campaign

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More than $15,000 has been raised for the 2015 Carolina Children’s Home campaign thus far.  With more than 50 “cards” left to work (past donors to contact) that number is expected to rise significantly.

This is the 48th year the Columbia Sertoma Club has engaged in the campaign and more than $3.8 million has been raised.

Club President Joe Azar is proud of the progress that has been made and looks forward to the dollars being put to work.  “Sertoma has a long history of supporting this cause, 48 years actually, and we’re going to do everything possible to keep it going.  The real benefit is seeing the help it provides.”

Anyone interested in contributing can contact Sertoma Chairman John Adams at

For more information about the Sertoma Club please contact VP Todd Lewis at 803-240-1213.

About Sertoma Club- About Columbia Sertoma:

The Sertoma Club is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit service organizations in the Midlands of South Carolina. Started in 1950, the club has raised more than $4 million for local charities.   Its largest fundraiser, the annual Carolina Children’s Home campaign started in 1968, has raised nearly $3.8 million.

9th Annual Tailgate Party to take place September 19 – Buy tickets now!

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Back by popular demand, the annual Sertoma Tailgate Fundraiser, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, will take place Saturday, September 19 for the University of South Carolina vs. Georgia football game. The event will be all-you-can-eat and will feature BBQ from celebrity chefs, farm-to-table sides from local farms, beer, wine and liquor. The cost is just $30/person or $50/couple. All proceeds will benefit local charities in the Midlands.

Sertoma Vice President and Event Chair Todd Lewis says “the Tailgate Fundraiser is an annual tailgate party before and during the Gamecock’s largest/most important away game each year. It includes a corn hole tournament, music, eating and drinking before and during the game, and watching the game while engaging in the same activities. It’s always a good time and it’s for a great cause.”

Just a few of the local charities the Columbia Sertoma Club supports annually include: Carolina Children’s Home, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Babcock Center, Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, Boy Scouts of America, Sistercare, Palmetto Baseball League, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Healing Species, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Camp Sertoma, SC Speech-Language-Hearing Association Foundation, and others.



The Coop, 1100 Key Road (by Williams Brice Stadium)


Gates open three (3) hours before game time at 3:00 pm EST. Kick off is 6:00 pm EST

Ticket prices:

Tickets are one for $30 and two for $50. Individual and company sponsor packages are also available that include tickets. Packages range in cost from $100 to $1000 USD. All proceeds from the event are donated to the various local charities the club supports annually.

Ticket locations:

1. Tickets are available online at

2. Tickets are also available at the event on September 19 at the registration table at The Coop.

3. Finally, tickets are available at three locations around downtown Columbia, including:

Good for the Sole – 631 Harden Street, 5 Points  803-254-9488
Just the Thing – 2732 Devine Street, Devine Street area  803-771-9969
Miss Cocky – 621 Gadsden Street, the Vista  803-748-4771


2013-2014 Meeting schedule released

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The Columbia Sertoma Club has released its 2013-2014 meeting schedule. All meetings begin at 12:30 pm EST and are held at Dupre’s, 300 Senate Street in the Vista.

Bi-weekly meetings are open to the public and feature well known community leaders as well as local nonprofit organizations. The two guiding principles of the club remain educating the community and assisting local nonprofits. Columbia Sertoma was started in 1950 and remains one of the city’s oldest and most respected civic organizations. It has raised more than $4 million for local groups since it was started.

2013-2014 Calendar:
*All meetings begin at 12:30 pm EST and last until 1:30 pm EST

August 19

September 9, 16 (no meeting on Labor Day 2)

October 7, 21 (no meeting on Columbus Day 14)

November 4, 18 (no meeting on Veteran’s Day 11)

December 2, 9, + Christmas party

January 6, 13 (no meeting on MLK Day 20)

February 3, 10 (no meeting on President’s Day 17)

March 3, 10, 17

April 7, 14 (no meeting day after Easter + school break 21)

May 5, 12, 19

June 2, 16 (back to summer schedule for June, July, August)

July 7, 21