OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
Speech and Hearing
Speech and hearing is the national service project of Sertoma. Clemson Sertoma supports this locally with partnerships with Camp Sertoma and Anderson-Oconee Speech & Hearing Clinic. The Clemson club sends 18 to 20 children to Camp Sertoma, a week long outdoor camp for speech/hearing impaired and underprivileged children. The club also provides hearing screenings and information on hearing protection at local events as part of Sertoma's Safe Ears program. Also this past year the club participated in the looping project at the Veterans Home in Belton, South Carolina. A hearing loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is placed at a particular setting.
Camp Sertoma is a state-wide summer residential camp organized over 40 years ago to serve underprivileged children as well as children with speech and hearing challenges. During six one-week sessions, 240 children are served annually in the state. The Clemson Sertoma Club recruits and registers 20 area children each summer, providing full scholarships to the participants. We believe that immersion in wholesome, fun, challenging, and educational camp activities while surrounded and guided by outstanding and positive staff role models can have a significant impact in the life of a child. Refer to the Camp Sertoma website for more information.
The club makes donations to other community service organizations, donates to individuals in need; sponsors a collegiate Sertoma Club at Clemson University; holds work days to help maintain Camp Sertoma and other summer camps at Clemson’s Outdoor Lab; provides $250 each year to Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School for use in their libraries; and sponsors the $2000 Clarence L.B. Addison Memorial Scholarship, which memorializes a former club member who spent his life in service to mankind. Also the club contributed to the fountain at the Catherine Smith Plaza in Clemson, which contains a perpetual plaque honoring recent recipients of the club’s Service to Mankind Award. The award, the highest honor Sertoma can bestow on a non-member, recognizes outstanding volunteer community service. The club makes a financial contribution in the recipient’s honor to a charity of his or her choice.
Christmas Tree Sales
For nearly a half century, the Clemson Sertoma Club has held an annual Christmas tree sale. Selling high-quality Fraser Fir trees begins on Black Friday and usually continues for three weeks, until all trees are sold. Money from the sales helps the club fund its many charitable activities. Normally between 250 and 270 trees are sold each year. Many Clemson community residents are repeat customers and look forward to buying their tree from the club. They appreciate knowing their purchase supports the club’s sending of children to Camp Sertoma and funding of local charitable causes. Also the club provides trees to Clemson Community Care and to “Trio,” the holiday extravaganza sponsored by the Clemson Free Clinic and Arts Center. Many club members participate in working at the tree lot and enjoy socializing with other members and the public.
The Clemson Sertoma Club has created a program to "PARTNER" with area individuals, businesses, and corporate groups to financially support the children selected annually to attend Camp Sertoma. In general, each PARTNER agrees to a plan to fully fund the fees for one camper each summer over a five year period. The PARTNER program has proven to be an outstanding opportunity to promote Sertoma throughout the community by extending our services to PARTNERS who believe in community service and have a heart for children and children's issues. The Clemson Sertoma Club acknowledges the gifts of each PARTNER and the opportunity to collectively impact the lives of special children.
The club has two other annual major fundraisers. During the fall, thanks to the generosity of Carolina Real Estate in Clemson, the club parks cars at the business for two Clemson Tiger football games. Also the club sponsors an event that is part of the annual Clemson Music Festival. In 2017 “The Voltage Brothers” were in concert. In 2018 we had "The Swingin' Medalliions". These events were held at the T. Ed Garrison Show Arena in Pendleton. On April 27, 2019, we will host Hot As a Pepper Band with the Habenaro Horns!