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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:24 PM | Deleted user
    The Richland Sertoma Club Member Satisfaction Survey results have now been posted under the member forms section.
  • Wednesday, March 04, 2009 7:39 PM | Anonymous member
    Late last year we added online registration to Club events and enabled online payment and donation with Credit Cards and PayPal. Both the Golf Tournament and the Mardi Gras Fundraisers utilized these website functions successfully. The Golf Tournament made online ticket and sponsorship sale estimated at $825, while the Mardi Gras made online ticket sale and donations valued at about $840.

    Research shows
    that more people are making purchases, payments and donations online so we can expect our Sertoma website to help generate more revenue for the Club as more members start making use of its various functions and features.

    You can help by starting a donation campaign asking friends and family to support Richland Sertoma club and directing them to the website for more information about the Club and to make the transaction. Last year Obama's political campaign was very successful in implementing similar strategy. We have the tools, let's put it to work!

  • Sunday, February 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Our Mardi Gras party last night was the culmination of many hours of hard work by so many of you and was it absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all you did to make this important fundraising event a tremendous success. In next day or two we’ll have the final accounting of our net revenues but at this point we have grossed over $13,400! Clearly, Ann Pauley and her committee members, Eric Abuneel, Pat Blackwell, Rosemary Bryant, Steve Etheredge, Marissa Evans, Sally Langer, Cory Manning, Leighton McLendon, Valerie Russell, Debbie Sowell and Whitney Woolfolk did an absolutely fabulous job. They could not have accomplished this alone without the efforts of each and every one of you.


    During the course of evening I was approached several times by our guests with comments about the our Mardi Gras event. Some of the things I heard included “best one yet” and “Sertoma people really know how to throw a party!” The one I heard most often in one form or another however was “I’ll be back again next year.” Their kind words were in no small part because of you – from obtaining awesome auction items to making our guests feel so welcome upon arrival (and throughout the evening) and everything in between.


    Once again, thank you for everything you did in making this evening the enjoyable success is was. Your hard work and dedication is what SERvice TO MAnkind is all about.


    Steven  Langer

  • Sunday, February 01, 2009 8:50 PM | Anonymous member

    It’s a new month, and a busy one for our Club at that! As we prepare for our annual Mardi Gras Auction and Party, I urge you to give all the time and effort you can to help make it a huge success. It’s up to each and everyone of us to do our part by both selling tickets to our family, friends and coworkers and also obtaining auction items. This is to say we need the assistance and dedication of everyone in the club to make this a worthwhile, memorable event. successful.

     

    Ann Pauley and her Mardi Gras committee team consisting of Eric Abuneel, Pat Blackwell, Rosemary Bryant, Steve Etheredge, Marissa Evans, Sally Langer, Cory Manning, Leighton McLendon, Valerie Russell, Debbie Sowell and Whitney Woolfolk are doing an awesome job of planning together an event of which we can all be extremely proud. Even so, they cannot do it alone – they need you, too. Each member needs to commit to working part of the day and/or evening on February 21st. As we did at Sportsarama, we need all "hands-on-deck" to make this important fundraiser a huge success.

     

    In the meantime, what we need now is for you to please sell at least six to ten tickets to your family, friends and co-workers; find sponsors and donors and solicit great auction items. All of the forms you will need are on our website and tickets can be ordered directly through the website.

     

    In these challenging economic times, the needs are greater than ever before. Even in good times, raising money isn’t necessarily easy. But as you make those requests, please remember that those much needed funds go a long, long way in helping those who need it so very much. If an individual or business needs tax information, you can find a deduction letter online at our Club website. Please keep our goal in mind - the money we raise from this event will send children to Camp Sertoma, buy hearing aids and help needy families in our area. What a wonderful goal to achieve while spending time with some incredible people, our fellow Sertomans!

     

    With considerable assistance from  Jason Richardson and Pat Mason, a membership satisfaction survey is now being sent to each member. By completing your survey, (it’ll only take you seven minutes), you’ll truly have a democratic voice in telling the leadership what you like, and what we need to improve. Through your contribution, you have a strong voice in the direction in which our Club should be going. Please complete and return the survey no later than Sunday, February 15th.

     

    I hope you’re planning to be a part what all is happening this month:

     

    At our February 5th Thursday Club lunch meeting, Rick Vandiver of the North Lake Sertoma Club give us the status of our Camp Sertoma at the Clemson Outdoor Lab. There will also be a check presentation to Camp Sertoma from the monies we raised at our golf tournament last October..

     

    At our February 19th Thursday Club lunch meeting , thanks to Marshall Taylor, Linda Etheredge and Linda Sterne students from Crayton and Sanders Middle Schools will read their award winning National Heritage Week essays and awards will be presented to the winners.

     

    Saturday, February 21st is our Annual Mardi Gras Auction Party at the Summit Club. 7:00 – 10:00pm and with tickets at only $40.00 each, you and yours really need to attend the best party in town!

     

    I look forward to seeing you soon – and often! As always, thank you for ALL you do.

     

    In SERvice TO MAnkind,

    Steven Langer

  • Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy 2009! If you’re like me, you’re finding the years come and go much more quickly than they did when I (or some of us) were young. I’m not sure what that means in the grand scheme of things but I do know its a new year filled with new hopes and opportunities to improve our lives.

    For most of us that can mean only one thing – making new years resolutions. For the majority of those who make these resolutions, some (if not most) didn’t see February 1st but to be fair, some do – and some last. Whatever your resolutions list may have on it, please include remaining active with the Richland Sertoma Club on your list…and stick to it. Your membership is not only appreciated, you are valued.

    Over the upcoming months we have a lot going on and I hope you’re planning to be a part of it all; be sure to watch your email for the details. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening this month:

    Lunch meeting: Thursday, January 15th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Don’t miss the 2009 Club Sertoman of the Year Award presentation by Steve Etheredge followed by our speaker, Dr. Thom Bristow, The Carolina Tale Spinner (storyteller and educator) to tell us a wonderful story.

    The Mardi Gras Auction and Party Committee is off to a great start planning our 2009 fundraiser!  We need the assistance and dedication of everyone in the club to make this a worthwhile, memorable event. At our first Sertoma lunch meeting in February, Ann Pauley will send around a sign-up list for each member to commit to working part of the day on February 21st. Similar to Sportsarama, we need all "hands-on-deck" to make the fundraiser a success.

    What we need now: Please sell at least six to ten tickets to your family, friends and co-workers; find sponsors and donors and solicit great auction items. All of the forms you will need are on our website and tickets can be ordered directly through the website.

    Let's keep our goal in mind - the money we raise from this event will send children to Camp Sertoma, buy hearing aids and help needy families in our area. What a wonderful goal to achieve while spending time with some incredible people, our fellow Sertomans!.

    Please remember as a reminder from Eric Abuneel, our own fellow Sertoman and also General Manager of  the Summit Club, please honor the Summit Club rule of no denim and no blue jeans.

    Thank you again for all you do; you make a difference.

    In SERvice TO MAnkind,

    Steven Langer

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:58 AM | Deleted user
    1/15/09—Thursday Club lunch meeting 11:45 AM. 2009 Club Sertoman of the Year Award Presentation by Steve Etheredge followed by confirmed speaker thanks to Steven Langer, Dr. Thom Bristow, The Carolina Talespinner (storyteller and educator) to tell us a wonderful story.

    2/5/09— Thursday Club lunch meeting 11:45 AM. Program by Rick Vandiver of the North Lake Sertoma Club on the status of our Camp Sertoma at the Clemson Outdoor Lab. Golf Tournament check presentation to Camp Sertoma. YES!
  • Monday, December 15, 2008 2:01 PM | Deleted user
    2/5/09— Thursday Club lunch meeting 11:45 AM. 2009 Club Sertoman of the Year Award Presentation by Steve Etheredge followed by a presentation by Rick Vandiver of the North Lake Sertoma Club on the status of our Camp Sertoma at the Clemson Outdoor Lab.
  • Monday, December 01, 2008 6:40 AM | Anonymous member

    It’s almost Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza and no matter which holiday or holidays you celebrate, from my home to yours, I wish you a very happy, healthy and wonderful occasion.

     

    Our Club continues to grow and I would like to formally introduce and welcome our newest members - Josh Cromer and Cynthia Watson. If you haven’t met them yet, please do.

     

    Between now and the end of the year, here’s what’s coming up for our Club:

     

    Lunch meeting: Thursday, December 4th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Former Richland Sertoma Club President and celebrated Carolina Historian, Dr. Alexia Helsley, will share excepts from her new book, The History of Columbia.

     

    Holiday Party: Friday, December 12th  at Mike and Marcie Speer's home at 7:00pm: Please bring some sort of appetizer, dish, or dessert and the club will provide beer and wine. More information, including directions, will be sent out closer to the date. 

     

    Lunch meeting: Thursday, December 18th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Be sure to bring your kids and grands to see Santa when he comes to visit the Richland Sertoma Club!

     

    As a reminder from our own Eric Abuneel, General Manager of  the Summit Club, please honor the Summit Club rule of no denim, no blue jeans.

     

    Rather than continuing my usual blog where I write basically the same message every month, for December,  I ask that you view my message in the form of an email that I actually received for someone else. To do so, please turn your speakers on and go to the following http.www.findingjoymovie.com/  - it’s one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen in a long time and hope you enjoy it, too.


    May you and those you love find joy in your life and continue to bring joy to others now and in the coming year. Thank you again for all you do on behalf of those we serve. Throughout the year, and month after month, you do make a difference and you are truly appreciated!

     

    In SERvice TO MAnkind,

    Steven Langer

     

  • Sunday, November 02, 2008 1:45 PM | Anonymous member

    As I sit down to write my blog for November, I think about gratitude and how much I appreciate the work that you do as Sertomans and how those things you do affect the lives of so many. It’s more than just your dues that make you valuable to our wonderful organization. When you support our activities through your presence and willingness to lend a hand, that makes a difference. Whether you’re asked to help or not, many of you are there – ready and able to do whatever needs to be done. I quite honestly know I’m not speaking to everyone, and if you don’t think this is about you, ask yourself “why not?” “What can I do to be a more active and participatory member of the Richland Sertoma Club?” The answer is simple – start by coming to lunchtime meetings, promptly pay your dues when billed, actively serving on the committee for which you belong and the rest will come easily. Each of us are like members of a long and distinguished chain, but truly, we’re only as strong as the weakest link. Your membership and support is absolutely vital to our organization and you are needed to perform the service in our community that so vitally needs to be done. It’s a new month, and almost a new year…won’t you make a commitment to do this right now?

     

    Speaking of gratitude – I do not want to go one sentence further without thanking each and every person who worked long and hard to make our annual golf tournament the success it was! It was truly an awesome event and each of you did an indescribably wonderful job. Not only was the weather perfect, everything else connected with this important fundraiser was, too!

     

    If you’re like most of us, you have a number of demands placed on your time. On any given day, more than one person is asking (and sometimes even pulling on you) for something – clearly I understand that. This isn’t one more thing, when it comes to community service, this is our thing – we’re members of Sertoma and service is what we’re all about. If you’ve missed more than one lunch meeting, please come back soon; we miss you. If you haven’t attended a meeting of your committee, please come to the next one; we need you. If you don’t remember on which committee you serve, please contact me.


    Between now and the end of 2008, here’s what’s coming up at our lunch meetings:

     

    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 at the perfect time, too - just before Veteran's Day!

     

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

     

    Lunch meeting: Thursday, December 4th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Former Richland Sertoma Club President and celebrated Carolina Historian, Dr. Alexia Helsley, will share excepts from her new book, The History of Columbia.

     

    Lunch meeting: Thursday, December 18th at 11:45am in the Summit Club: Be sure to bring your kids and grands to see Santa when he comes to visit the Richland Sertoma Club!

     

    In this month of thanksgiving, I wish to close my blog this month with the immortal words of lyricist John Bucchino. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, I find one of his pieces particularly poignant this time of year; it’s called “Grateful.” Please read it and see if you agree:

     

    I've got a roof over my head
    I've got a warm place to sleep
    Some nights I lie awake counting gifts
    Instead of counting sheep

    I've got a heart that can hold love
    I've got a mind that can think
    There may be times when I lose the light
    And let my spirits sink
    But I can't stay depressed
    When I remember how I'm blessed

     

    Grateful, grateful
    Truly grateful I am
    Grateful, grateful
    Truly blessed
    And duly grateful

     

    In a city of strangers
    I got a family of friends
    No matter what rocks and brambles fill the way
    I know that they will stay until the end

    I feel a hand holding my hand
    It's not a hand you can see
    But on the road to the promised land
    This hand will shepherd me
    Through delight and despair
    Holding tight and always there

     

    Grateful, grateful
    Truly grateful I am
    Grateful, grateful
    Truly blessed
    And duly grateful

     

    It's not that I don't want a lot
    Or hope for more, or dream of more
    But giving thanks for what I've got
    Makes me happier than keeping score

    In a world that can bring pain
    I will still take each chance
    For I believe that whatever the terrain
    Our feet can learn to dance
    Whatever stone life may sling
    We can moan or we can sing

     

    Grateful, grateful
    Truly grateful I am
    Grateful, grateful
    Truly blessed
    And duly grateful

     

    Truly blessed
    And duly grateful.

     

    Have a wonderful November and a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for each and everyone of you and hope to see you soon.

     

    In SERvice TO MAnkind,

    Steven Langer

  • 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: jkslks@sc.rr.com 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 ahpauley@mindspring.com 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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