Lexington Sertoma Club
Pictured above is club members Jim Harpe and Gyles Hall, Columbia College Sertoma Club & audiologist students, and Cocky at Lexington Kid's Day. Our club set up a "Safe Ears" display at the event where we gave out literature about noise induced hearing issues and passed out free ear plugs.
Pictured above is the Lexington Sertoma Club's new Hearing Display at the Lexington County Library located on Hwy 1. The display was designed and installed by club member Peter Balsamo. It contains numerous free pamphlets about noise induced hearing loss and ways it can be prevented.
The Lexington Sertoma Club is a local civic organization in Lexington South Carolina chartered in January 1977. Our primary focus is communication - helping people with speech and hearing disabilities. We also strive to "give back" to our community by contributing to other local projects and activities.
Town of Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre is presented a check in the amount of $8,110 by club representatives Matt Quinton,Tommy Harman, and Jody Hunter. The funds will be used to construct a special walkway at Gibson Pond Park. This represents the net proceeds from our first Big Thursday Tailgate Party which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the last Big Thursday game held in Columbia in October, 1959. To date we have raised and donated to the Town of Lexington over $50,000 to enhance historic Gibson Pond Park from our annual Big Thursday Tailgate events held in October of each year..
Some of the main sponsorship recipients from our club include the Sertoma Foundation, Camp Sertoma of South Carolina, Sertoma National Heritage Program, Lexington Dixie Youth Baseball, Lexington County Aging "Christmas in April" Program, Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter, Meals on Wheels, and the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award.
Also, in 2007 our club began a significant sponsorship effort known as the "Make A Difference Foundation". This sponsorship is actually a partnership between Lexington Sertoma Club and Lexington School District One. Our club will consider requests and provide funding for schools to purchase classroom speech and hearing equipment, provide $1000 scholarship(s) for teacher(s) furthering his/her education in speech/hearing, and provide funding to parents or guardians (who have limited financial resources) for the purchase of hearing aids/speech development needs for speech/hearing impaired children.