My Fellow Sertomans:
please let me thank you for bestowing the club presidency on me for 2008-2009.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the coming year.
outlining my goals for the year, please join me in applause for the hard work
and dedication demonstrated by Whitney as President, Bill as Board Chair and
the entire 2007-2008 Board of Directors.
want to thank in advance those who have agreed to serve in leadership roles, as
well as those serving as committee members for the coming year. I believe
you’ll find the entire 2008-2009 cabinet to be as committed to our club as any
you’ve ever seen. You will hear the upcoming plans of those new board members
and committee chairs who are here later this evening. In the meantime, let me
tell you who your new board members and committee chairs are:
Board Chair: Whitney Woolfolk
President - Sponsorships: Cory Manning
President - Memberships: Pat Mason
Mardi Gras Auction – 2009 Chair: Ann Pauley
Sportsarama – 2008 Co-Chairs: Steve Etheredge and Jack Sterne
Club Awards and Member Recognition Chair:
Golf Tournament Co-Chairs: Jeff Hanson and Fred Lamphere
Publicity Chair: Valerie Russell
Club’s 50th Anniversary – 2009 Chair: Whitney Woolfolk
Sponsorship Chair: Cory Manning
Service to Mankind Chair: To Be Determined
Sertoman of the Year Chair: Steve Etheredge
Freedom and Democracy Essay Contest Chair: Marshall Taylor
Chair: Eric Martin
Membership Chair: Patrick Mason
Club Chair: Debbie Sowell
Safe Ears Chair: To Be Determined
Website and Club E-Bulletin Chair: Jason Richardson
50th Sportsarama Anniversary – 2010
Chair: Pat Blackwell
with any organization, new members are essential to continued growth and
success – and to that end I propose that in the coming year, together we
increase our club’s membership by at least 12 – that’s only one new member
minimum each month!
the first things you’ll see this year is the creation of a publicity committee
to promote in print and where possible and appropriate, television, our club’s
activities and events including:
Mardi Gras Auction and Party
Club’s 50th Anniversary – April 2009
Club Awards and Member Recognition
Service to Mankind
Sertoman of the Year
Freedom and Democracy Essay Contest
50th Sportsarama Anniversary – August 2010
about these events will also be sent to Sertoma International for possible
inclusion in The Sertoman magazine.
believe that this enhanced club publicity will increase community awareness
about our wonderful organization, which will, in turn, make both our
fundraising and new member recruitment efforts more productive.
work for Sertoma is always appreciated. Others however need to be know more
about our projects and events, however and through the efforts of the publicity
committee, you’ll also receive the public recognition you so richly deserve.
may take more than one year to fully implement, this year I want to begin the
establishment of a mentor-mentee program for our newer members to learn from
our more senior members the "how to do" the Sportsarama, the Golf
Tournament and the Mardi Gras. We have a huge amount of institutional knowledge
in our club and we must not loose this valuable information! With a back-up
written standard operations procedure to assist in the future planning of these
events, we will be safe.
and speech has always been what Sertoma is about and yet unfortunately very
little has been done in this area on the club level in the last few years. To
remedy that, I have met with Chris Burnette, the President of the Columbia Club
and gained his commitment to jointly put together with our club a Safe Ears
program in the community at some to be determined date.
commit now that next summer we will at least equal number of campers to Camp
that we sent this year, if not more.
spring our club will be 50 years young. In light of this very special time in
our history, please remember 5 for 50. As I continue with this talk, I’m
confident you’ll see what I mean by that…
regional convention is April 16 through April 19, 2009, and will be held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, only 170 miles
Please mark your 2009 calendar now and make plans to attend. We need to send a
minimum of five members from our club!
to the extremely generous contribution of our club member and President of
Columbia Printing and Graphics, Scott DeRidder, every member should make an
extra push to sell ads for the Sportsarama souvenir program with a personal
goal of selling at least five ads.
each member should make it their personal goal to invite and get a minimum of
five teams or golfers for the Golf Tournament, along with a personal goal of
getting a minimum of five items for the goodie bags of each golfer who attends
Mardi Gras Auction and Party, each member should make it their personal goal to
invite and sell tickets to a minimum of five couples and obtain a minimum of
five items for the live auction and five items for the silent auction.
each of our signature events – Sportsarama, the Golf Tournament and the Mardi
Gras Auction and Party, please remember 5 for 50. While five is great, even
more is better! Through our achieving each of these goals together, we will continue
to build on the successes of our past while continuing to move ahead in the
conclusion, please remember the words of Mohammed Ali regarding service when he
said "service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
again giving me the opportunity to serve as your president; I consider it to be
both a privilege and an honor. Please feel free to give me a call whenever I
can be of assistance to you.