When I was asked to write about the importance of Leadership/Candidates I thought back to my life in Sertoma. I joined Sertoma as a way to give back to my community and that was ALL I wanted to do. I grew up in a community where neighbors helped neighbors and no one needed to be asked. So giving back through Sertoma seemed to be natural.
There are so many opportunities within Sertoma where you can be a leader. In your local club you can submit your name for an office; you can do the same on the district, regional or even the national levels. Some of the leadership roles that Sertoma has are:
Club Officers/Directors Fundraising Chairs District Director/Officers
Regional Director Director at Large Regional Offices
National Officers Club Liaison Regional Trainer
Certified Trainer Fundraising District Rep. HCOA Board Member
Let’s take a look at the district level. Each district needs to have a District Governor, Secretary and Treasurer for the basics. There are other cabinet offices but it varies by district. All of these positions are voted on at your district meeting held during the regional conventions in the fall. Training is held during the Sertoma National Convention in April so that you can start out your year with a bang.
There are individuals in your club that would be great leaders and you need to ask yourself if you are one of them. Stepping up isn’t always easy and everyone is busy. There really isn’t a good excuse to not become a leader and I can speak from experience. I was a mother of three active children and working full time when I was elected the second President of our club. I attended all the club and board meetings; district, regional and of course national meetings. Evidently just giving back to my community wasn’t enough and I didn’t even know it. At each of these meetings I watched individuals as leaders – some were excellent, some were so-so, and a few were not so good.
One of the new leadership areas is our new Mission Expansion Specialist (Evangelist) volunteer role. This new volunteer role was announced at the Sertoma National Convention in April with a follow up article in the Sertoman Digest. External marketing is looking outside the Sertoma family to grow by using tools like CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk in Silence®. I would like to challenge you to spread the word in your community and outside your community. This can be done through doing a walk for a special project, doing an educational seminar on looping, or on SAFEEars. Doing these kinds of activities not only raise funds and awareness, but also trains those that are in charge of these efforts to become leaders. Talk with these individuals and let them know that you see leadership skills within them and encourage them to run for an office. Once that is accomplished then going onto other leadership roles will be a cinch.
I went from an individual who just wanted to give back to my community to an individual that still does that but also believes that strong leadership is good for all of Sertoma. I would like to challenge each of you to look at having the same experiences that I have had on my road to becoming President of Sertoma. If you are asked to hold a position within your club, your district, your region, or the national level, please consider saying yes – you don’t know where the road will lead you. Don’t be afraid of a new challenge – it is a great experience! Look at the list above and say I can do that or you know of someone who would also be great and ask them to consider running. You never know you may be President of Sertoma one day.
Sertoma President Elect