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President's Letter - October 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008 5:37 AM | Anonymous member

First and foremost, I would like to formally welcome our newest Club members. If you haven’t met them yet, please do. These wonderful individuals are: Evelyn Abernathy, Lamees Abourahma Abuneel,  Rosemary Bryant, Jordan Ellis, Marissa Evans, Rich Harrill, Sally Langer, Valerie Russell and Philip Simoneaux.


To some of you October means it’s football season, while for others, it’s fair time (again) but whether you’re a Gamecock or a Tiger (or even something else), for members of the Richland Sertoma Club it also means another month with activities and events you will not want to miss. Here’s what you can expect to come your way this month:

Lunch meeting: Thursday, October 2nd at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Thanks to Chris Weston, Jarrod Haning, principal violist, South Carolina Philharmonic will tell us “What Musicians Know about Getting Breakthrough Results.”

Fall District Conference: Saturday, October 4th at 8:30am: If you’re able, plan to attend the Fall District Conference on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken. It’s a great way to get the inside word first about what’s happening in our Wade Hampton District!

Lunch meeting: Thursday, October 16th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Dan Felker, Wade Hampton District Governor, will give us the latest information on the new “corporate” structure of Sertoma International after combining with the Sertoma Foundation and the new awards program. The 2008 Mr. and Ms. Sportsarama candidates from the eight participating schools along with their chaperones will also join us at this meeting. Unlike our usual delicious buffet luncheons, at this meeting we’ll enjoy a sit down lunch with our Sportsarama celebrities before Dan’s update.

Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:00pm (until 8:00pm) in the Summit Club: Make plans now to invite your friends and colleagues to our annual Club fall member rally! Our celebrated speaker Charlotte Berry, and spouse of former Club President, Joe will speak on the importance of giving back to one’s community. It’s a great opportunity to show others just how wonderful our Club (and our members) are and give others an opportunity to become a member, too. Speaking of our wonderful members, a huge thank you to Scott DeRidder, President of Columbia Printing and Graphics for the beautiful invitations! 

Thursday, October 31st at the Fort Jackson Golf Club at 9:00am: Whether you play golf or not, come support our Club at our 8th Annual Sertoma Golf Tournament Supporting Camp Sertoma and Palmetto Base Camp, Inc  Veterans Homes on Halloween. Rates are: individuals $75; foursomes $300; hole sponsorships $100; four-person team and a tee-box sponsorships $500. Please contact Jack Sterne for more details about this special event at: or by telephone at 419.8558.


November’s meetings are equally enlightening. While marking your calendar for what’s coming in October (as noted above), mark your calendar for these, too. Here’s what you can look forward to next month:


Lunch meeting: Thursday, November 6th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Colonel Kevin Shwedo, Deputy Commander - United States Army Training Center, Fort Jackson will update us on what’s happening at the Fort these days – and it’s just before Veteran's Day, too!


Lunch meeting: Thursday, November 20th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: One of our newest Club members, Dr. Rich Harrill, will share his expertise on  tourism as an international economic development tool with some comments on the China tourism factor.


Ann Pauley and her dedicated committee are cranking up for the Mardi Gras Auction and Party and need your help! PLEASE start getting donations for this major fundraiser. The February 21st event will be here soon and WE ALL need to lend a hand. Please contact Ann at or by telephone at 920.7258, and see what you can do to help. During the fourth quarter many organizations are setting up those non-profits to which they’ll donate in the coming year. Therefore, this is a great time to request donations!


In this difficult times many people are hurting and we make a difference. As our Club continues to grow, we continue to expand our reach in serving those among us who are most in need. We continue to live our lives in keeping with the most noble of ideals. Those ideals are the basis of what Sertoma is – and you are as a Sertoman. Thank you for all you do in SERvice TO MAnkind.


Have a cool October and I’ll see you soon.


Steven Langer

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