What Sertoma is all about…
To meet the needs of communities through volunteer service.
To create communities of change under common leadership and with a common voice that will serve the many in need.
To improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.
For more than 100 years, volunteers known as Sertomans have served communities across the United States. On April 11, 1912, three Kansas City, Missouri, business men, Dr. George W. Smith, Dr. Charles E. Allen, and newspaper publisher William R. Rowe, enticed community leaders to “get involved.” Thus, the organization that eventually became Sertoma was born. Now entering the its second century of service, Sertoma leaders are engaged in improving the quality of life in communities they serve by making a difference for those who suffer from hearing loss and speech difficulties. In April of 2012, Sertoma celebrated 100 years of service at the annual Sertoma convention, hosted in Kansas City, MO. Convention attendees were part of the official launch of the new brand, purpose, mission and vision and the new Sertoma Leadership Institute, an initiative designed to nurture leadership and skills development at the community level.
Sertoma is an acronym for “SERvice TO MAnkind.”