For those who cannot hear there is Sertoma!
The Winston-Salem Sertoma Club was founded March 6, 1947, and is affiliated with the national organization, Sertoma, Inc. Our club is composed of people from this area who are interested in serving the children of Forsyth County who have speech or hearing difficulties. Membership in our organization is open to all those who share this common interest. If you need financial assistance with the purchase of hearing aids or have some hearing aids you wish to donate, we suggest you contact Hearing Charities of America, an organization affiliated with our national organization.
With our local organization's primary sponsorship emphasis on speech and hearing impairments, we support two major programs. The first is a subsidized summer speech therapy program for children in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System that we operate with the Old Salem Sertoma Club. This is designed to augment the work of the local school system with children who have speech/language needs. The second is to help deaf or CODA children who would like to have a summer camping experience. With other clubs in the state and region, we operate a summer camp for deaf and CODA children. For more information on this camping program, contact the Camp Sertoma Club.
In addition to its work with those who have speech or hearing challenges, our club financially supports many local community services in our area depending on need and the availability of funds. We also regularly contribute to the Salvation Army and participate in their yearly bell-ringing drive.
Our club plans its own service work to fit the needs of the community. One way we do this is through fundraisers like sub sandwich sales. Our next sub sale date has not yet been set. If you cannot participate in these fundraisers but would like to make a donation to our service activities, please send your check to the Winston-Salem Sertoma Club, PO Box 24581, Winston-Salem, NC 27114. Or alternatively you may donate securely online through our GoFundMe page. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
We meet weekly (except around holidays) for lunch on Mondays at 12:00 PM at the Golden Corral Restaurant, Hanes Mall Shopping Center. The meeting agenda includes fellowship, lunch, an opportunity to meet new people and develop relationships with others in the same or different professions, club business and a program. The programs that have been presented in the past have been outstanding. We have had the honor of welcoming such dignitaries as Mayor Allen Joines, former Sheriff William Schatzman, and County Commissioner Dr. Don Martin, as well as directors and representatives of community agencies such as Samaritan Ministries, Goodwill, Crisis Control, The Salvation Army and the Winston-Salem Center for the Hearing Impaired. Upcoming program dates and speakers can be found here. The meetings are important to the vitality of the club and we strive to make them interesting and informative, but the meetings are also scheduled to be punctual and convenient so as not to interfere with busy personal agendas.
We hope that you will join us in the future as our guest for one of our meetings and consider joining us.