More than 80
years of dedication to community’s wellness…
What do antiques,
summer camp, college scholarships, civic leadership and community
wellness have in common? The Binghamton Sertoma Club!
Each year, the Club
takes on a variety of fundraising activities to support its namesake.
Its premier fundraiser established in 1982, the “Million Dollar
Antique Show,” is the largest antique show in Southern New York State.
The Club boasts
sponsorship of an annual scholarship for high school
students in the
Binghamton high school districts. Eligible students are
a documented communication disability or those who plan to study speech
and/or hearing rehabilitation. Scholarship recipients are announced
in May – “Better Speech and Hearing Month”. This
year Sertoma will launch the “Wise Ears” program, which
promotes education regarding noise induced hearing loss.
The first chartered
Sertoma Club in New York State, the Binghamton Sertoma Club has a
proud heritage of community service and civic responsibility. Its
members share the deep belief in their obligation and ability to make
a positive difference in their community’s wellness. As its
central mission, the Sertoma Club seeks to support speech and hearing
programs, increase services for people with communication disorders,
and support other worthy, compelling causes such as youth development.
cause has been Camp Sertoma - a labor of love since its purchase in
1956. The Binghamton Sertoma Club raised the funds to purchase the
camp’s original 25 acres, some members mortgaging their homes
to assist. Now a 110-acre camp, located in Kirkwood, it offers day
programs and residential (week long) programming with an emphasis
on serving children who otherwise would be unable to attend camp.
Despite record-level attendance of campers and an extended season,
the camp annually challenges the Club to support its capital and operational
enhancements. In addition, the Club is working with camp leadership
to focus on supporting children with communication disabilities attend
camp with trained speech/hearing staff and/or interpretive equipment.
The Binghamton Sertoma Club has an established history of collaborative community
service. Joining forces with other local chapters, this Club supported
worthy causes such as the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Clinics at the
former Rehabilitation Services Inc. for over 25 years.
Sertoma is an
international organization of more than 650 clubs sharing in the belief
that universal communication, whether heard, seen or spoken, is the
key to human understanding. The Binghamton Sertoma Club meets Tuesdays
at the Binghamton Club and guests are welcome. For more information
please call 607-771-6026 or visit us on the web at binghamtonsertoma.org.