In 1987, Sertoma’s Board of Directors approved STAND (Sertomans
Together Advocate No Drugs), an anti-drug education program, as a
In 1986, a coalition of organizations concerned about hearing health
came together and designed a campaign and chose May to be Better Hearing
and Speech month. For several years this campaign dotted the United
States with information about hearing and speech disorders.
In 1985, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association presented
Sertoma with the Distinguished Service Award, a once in a lifetime
award, recognizing our dedication and contributions to speech pathology
Women were welcomed into the organization in 1985. They currently
comprise a vital part of our current membership. The first all-female
Sertoma Club was the First Progressive Sertoma Club in Tampa, Florida,
chartered November 22, 1985.
In 1985, Sertoma once again made the funny pages, as Johnny Hart and
Jack Caprio did a B.C. series on service clubs. Jack Caprio is a member
and Past President of the Endicott (NY) Sertoma Club and Past Governor
of the East New York/New England District.
In 1983, President Reagan praised actor Keenan Wynn for his relationship with Sertoma’s hearing health programs.
In 1984, he awarded the Presidential Private Sector Initiative
Commendation Certificate to Sertoma for the ‘outstanding civic
responsibility’ displayed by our members. Senator John Glenn also
supported the project, engaging the support of the Ohio Environmental
Released in 1982, Sertoma’s Quiet Pleases video series for the
prevention of noise-induced hearing loss became an important part of
Sertoma’s mission and success. With the help of entertainer Keenan Wynn,
a member of the Westwood Village Sertoma Club, he was the voice of
several Sertoma PSA’s. During this time a comic book about noise induced
hearing loss was produced with our own comic character Johnny Guitar.
It was used in schools to educate children about noise induced hearing