Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series The Tribune is writing about local clubs.
The Tri-County Sertoma Club has been a driving force in civic programs since its beginnings 27 years ago. The club is part of the International Sertoma organization and focuses on showing the core values of “SERvice TO MAnkind.”’
Sertoma was started with the goal of helping those with speech and hearing needs. It is a member of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Tri-County has sponsored and assisted many different efforts in the community in addition to its hearing mission.
The largest action by the club to date was its pledge to adopt the Heart and Lung waiting room of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. The room is dedicated by the club in memory of Charles Madison.
Charles Madison was a teacher for 31 years for the high school and Surry Community College, and chairman of the board of SCC, according to Jeff Cape, project chairman for the Tri-County Sertoma.
Sertoma’s current project is the displaying of American flags throughout the tri-county area.
Flags have been put up and taken down by members on eight patriotic holidays for 27 years. For a $35 donation members furnish the flag and brackets, in addition to keeping them in good service.
The club does this as a reminder of the community’s commitment to its American heritage.
Flags are display on President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, and Veteran’s Day.
For many years Sertoma held the Fall Fest car show in downtown Elkin. Members also assisted in bringing the Big Tent Circus to Elkin, handing out free tickets to local students in the process.
The club has also assisted in the Wilkes Deafness Center, Sertoma Christmas Red Cross blood drive, MADD/DARE programs, high school’s Project Graduation, Surry Community College scholarships, Camp Sertoma 4-H, Elkin’s US Tennis Tournament, Little Redskins’ football, Pumpkin Festival Float Race, (purchase and installation) Flags on the Elkin High School, athletic field, Community Patriotic Flag Project and more.
The Sertoma Club members have seen many changes in their membership and projects over the years but they continue to focus on helping the community and those in need.
Meetings are held every Wednesday for lunch at the Cedarbrook Country Club. Discussions are held on the community and their service to it.
New members are always welcome. Those interested can contact Jeff Cape at 336-835-1698 for more information.
To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at email@example.com.