About Us

organization

The Sertoma Club of Nashville is one of several clubs in the West Tennessee District of the Southeastern/Caribbean Region of Sertoma International. Headquarters of Sertoma International are located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Sertoma International Convention is held in July of each year. The website for Sertoma International is sertoma.org.

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Affiliate Organizations

There are several benefits that accrue to nonprofit organizations selected by Sertoma Clubs to be Affiliate Members. Such benefits include ongoing support by the Club, purchasing discounts through Sertoma International, visibility on relevant Sertoma websites, and others.

Current Affiliate members of the Sertoma Club of Nashville include:

  • League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • EAR Foundation

  • Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University

History

A. Chartered 1946 at the Noel Hotel with 45 members.

B. The Great Lakes of the South Show began in 1957 as a major fundraising event for the Club’s charitable purposes.

C. In 1960 the Freedom Essay scholarship contest was initiated and opened to all middle Tennessee high school seniors. In 1960 the first prize was $500. The first place prize is now $ 3,500.

D. The Club began acquiring real estate for its charitable purposes in 1971. It purchased a property on Woodmont Boulevard for $100,000 and began leasing it the Easter Seals Society of Tennessee for $ 1.00 year. In 1974, The Club bought a 16th Ave Property which was initially used for the Hank Snow Child Abuse Center, then as a Goodwill training center. In recent years, a drop-in center called Friends helping Friends operated there, then Centerstone Mental Health Center began using it as a half-way house for mentally ill adults.

E. In 1982, the Club began supporting the EAR Foundation and the League for the Hearing Impaired, which later changed its name to the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

F. Our Club started the Hendersonville Noon and Evening Clubs plus the Gallatin Club and the Lebanon club. We co-sponsored the Murfreesboro Club.

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