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President's Letter - September 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008 3:21 PM | Anonymous member

Can you smell it? It’s in the air…no, not the pungent aroma of a tailgating delectable, it’s even better than that. It’s the scent of a Sertoma Club on the move. A Sertoma Club doing great things…and that Sertoma Club is THE Richland Sertoma Club! It started nearly 50 years ago and continues until today and it’s because of members like you. People who not only say you want to provide SERvice TO MAnkind, but actually do. You don’t have to look any further than last month at the Sportsarama when so many of you not only lent your hands by selling ads for the souvenir programs, you also came and worked at the event itself. A simple but extremely heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who did their part in making the 2008 Sportsarama the huge success it was.

It’s been said that “success builds on success” and I have to agree with the maxim.  From a growing membership, to active and supportive cadre of each of you, we continue to do what ever needs to be done. For our Club to continue to further grow and develop in the future, I have asked each committee chair to begin the process of writing the basics procedures for their mission. Along with writing their procedural guide, I’m asking that they designate members of their respective committees as mentees for whom they can share their institutional knowledge. If you’re not already in a leadership role in our Club, I encourage you to accept the offer to become one if asked. You’ll learn from those who’ve done it – walked the Club’s walk – and talked the Club’s talk. Moreover, you’ll learn what needs to be done without ever having to reinvent the event yourself. You’ll only need to learn how to replicate what’s been done over and over again. And I might add, done well.

You will not want to miss a Club meeting in September! On September 4th,  Warner Montgomery will share his own brand of South Carolina history with us.  As always, Warner’s history, while accurate, is one you’ve probably never heard before! Then on September 18th, Libby Anne Inabinet, State Director of the South Carolina Recording for the Blind and Dyslectic (RFB&D) will tell us all about her non-profit organization.. I encourage you to come and learn more about the important work RFB&D does in recording school textbooks to aid students with reading disabilities.

Further, the orientation and installation of our newest members will be held at the Summit Club on Tuesday evening, September 9th at 6:00pm, immediately before Whitney’s next meeting of the Board. Please plan to come in support of Evelyn Abernathy, Rosemary Bryant, Sally Langer, Valerie Russell and Phil Simoneaux, as they become members of our Club. Thank you to our very own Jeff Hanson who will once again serve as our orientation facilitator at this special event.

Additionally, please remember that the the Fall District Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th at the Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken. Please let me know if you’d like to attend and I’ll be certain to immediately forward an application form to you. 

Finally, please do whatever you can to support our 2008 Annual Sertoma Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 31st at Fort Jackson. Funds raised by this event support Palmetto Base Camp, Inc. and Camp Sertoma of South Carolina. This year the event is co-chaired by Jeff Hanson and Fred Lamphere and further implemented with committee members Mike Cashman, Steve Etheredge, Leighton McLendon, Phil Simoneaux, Jack Sterne and Valerie Russell. If you’ve not already done so, please go to the calendar section of our website, and download your registration and sponsorship forms.    

As always, thank you again for all you do on behalf of those we serve. You do make a difference, and you are truly appreciated!

In SERvice TO MAnkind,

Steven Langer

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