The Richland Sertoma Club offers several major community awards each year. Primary among those is the Service to Mankind award, which is given to a member of the greater Columbia community who has donated unselfishly of his or her time and effort to improve the quality of life for those in need. This award goes to a non-Sertoman whose community work is on a volunteer basis.
2010-2011 Service Mankind Winner -Rick Hinely
Sertoma President Chris Weston and Linda Etheredge, 2011-2012 club president, present 2012 Wade Hampton District Service to Mankind Award to Angel Cruz.
Some of the past winners of the Service to Mankind award include: John Fling of John Fling Ministries, Sister Kathy Riley of the Women's Shelter and Hank Chart of Homeworks.
The club also offers an essay writing contest for 7th graders, awarding a $100 US Savings Bond to the best essay on "What Freedom Means to Me." This contest, in conjunction with National Heritage Month in February, is open to all 7th graders in the Richland and Lexington area. Read winning essays for 2009.
During the annual high school football jamboree Sportsarama, held in late August, the club crowns Mr. and Miss Sportsarama, students who are chosen from those nominated by each participating high school. Those awards are judged on the basis of scholarship and school/community involvement.
Some of our award recipients:
Service to Mankind Award
Winning Essays for Freedom and Democracy Award
Sertoman of the Year
Sertoma President Chris Weston presents 2012 Wade Hampton District Sertoman of the Year Award to Jamie Spell.