Well, we’re starting to settle back in from our convention on Saturday, and frankly, we’re thrilled at all of the comments we’ve been getting back. Thank you to the 275 or so of you who registered, and the over 200 of you who were able to join us!
We had some fantastic sessions, which we’ll be sharing very soon, so be on the lookout in Insider and in Members’ Corner on Facebook!
In the meantime, there are a few things I shared that I’d like to highlight for you:
- First, I want to talk National membership. As you know, the Board created a new category of membership last year–National Membership. People can now join Sertoma as a National Member (i.e., not a member of a club) , and when clubs disband, members have the option of remaining a member of Sertoma through this level. As a result, we had over 9,000 life members fall into this category who were not recognized as members of Sertoma to this point. We’re working through that list to determine who’s still engaged and with us, so expect to see that number change over the next few months.
- We’ve also had increasing questions from Life Members on how they can continue to contribute to the operational expenses of Sertoma. The Board approved a program that will allow members to do just that, so look for that in the coming months.
- I want to be sure to talk with you about our National Service Project. Between now and May 2021, we’re asking clubs to join us in purchasing a Portable Looping System for a hospital or clinic in their area, to be presented during Better Speech & Hearing Month 2021. These systems are available for under $300, and are available to purchase now. Consider joining us in our efforts… imagine the publicity we can get for Sertoma in announcing that we’ve donated 300 Portable Looping systems! You can find out more about this project here.
- And of course, I want to be sure everyone knows about a program we’re really excited about–the COVID-19 Club Grants. If your club has had to cancel a fundraiser due to COVID-19, we’re here to help. These grants are intended to replace up to $2,000 of lost fundraising revenue, and will be awarded until the $250,000 allocated by the Board has been exhausted. Learn more and apply here.
I’m so proud of the job that our staff, our Board, and all of you have done this year in your service to mankind. And thanks again for joining us last Saturday!!
Be sure to register for and attend your Regional Convention… you can find the schedule here!