2017-12-08 / Society

North Lake Sertoma Club celebrates 50 years of service to mankind

Contributed by North Lake Sertoma Club

Fifty years ago, Richland Sertoma Club of Columbia sponsored a new civic club dedicated to service to mankind but especially to the needs of children with speech and hearing issues and the needs of the community. North Lake Sertoma Club was born at a meet ing held at Forest Lake Club November 30, 1967.

On November 16, 2017, the members, former members and guests of Nor th Lake returned to Forest Lake Club to celebrate 50 years of serving children and the community.

Throughout the years, Nor th Lake Sertoma Club has donated over $200,000 to address the needs of the community. These include support for the Midlands Center, Big Brothers and Sisters; Caroline Sunshine, Camp Martin, Carolina Children’s Home, Palmetto Place for Abused Children, The Free Medical Clinic, Honor Flights, Beginnings of S.C., Camp Wonder Hands, and many more.

The club is most proud of its involvement with the development and support of Camp Sertoma, a summer camp that provides children with speech and hearing issues a week at camp with others facing the same problems.

Members of North Lake have served on the board of the camp since its inception in 1977, and the club has been an active supporter, having provided a week at camp for over 200 children.

North Lake Sertoma Club looks forward to another 50 years of service to mankind.

The North Lake Board of Directors includes Ed Farley, chair; David Cook, president; Joe Seegars, sgt. at arms; Dick Westfall, treasurer; Chuck Meehan; Rick Vandiver, director ; and Sonny Powers, vice president of programs.

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