Sertoma Club

Richland Sertoma Club Officers for 2012-2013

International Director

John Kelly

John Kelly

John is well-known across Sertoma for his many years of exemplary service at nearly every level of the organization. John is a resident of Lillington, NC. He works as staff attorney for the North Carolina Court of Appeals with 30 years of service as of July 1.  He is also a part-time antiques dealer.  John joined the Raleigh Sertoma Club in 1991 and has served multiple terms as Club President.  He has also served as Foundation District Representative, District Governor, State Director, and International Director.  John has received many honors in Sertoma, including Distinguished Governor, Most Outstanding Governor in the Region, and Regional Sertoman of the Year.  For the past five years, he chaired the Camp Sertoma Committee.  John also served as president of the Camp Sertoma Club for six years, and he assisted in building the now-defunct South Fork Sertoma Club in Lincolnton, NC.    


Board Chair

 Jack Sterne


Jack is an active volunteer (not a retired volunteer which is on the website). He retired from the US Army with the rank of  Lieutenant Colonel, and after his Army career, he was co-owner of the former Volume One Bookstore in Five Points in Columbia.  He is a past president of the Southeastern Booksellers Association. He is a graduate of Knox College with a degree in business administration. He was a longtime volunteer coach for elementary and high school church basketball teams, and was the coordinator for the city wide Elementary Basketball League in Columbia for ten years. He has held many offices in Sertoma as well as being a District Governor and State Director, and was chosen Club and District Sertoman of the Year twice. His hobbies are golf, reading and travel. He has three grown sons and three grandchildren.



Pat Blackwell 

Pat is retired from the University of South Carolina after working with the Contract and Grants Accounting Department and serving as the Finance Manager of the College of Pharmacy.  Currently he manages a small bookkeeping and tax company.   He held certifications as a Certified Government Finance Officer and as a Certified Research Administrator.  Courtesy of Uncle Sam, Pat has been to South Korea and Germany and other spots but prefers traveling on his own itinerary. 


Pat and Jane have 3 children and four grandchildren; enjoy traveling, keeping busy in the yard, managing the toad farm and relaxing by the koi pond.  His other time is spent at Gamecock baseball, and other USC sports, with Sertoma, at the Swamp, Hatiola and Sunset Beach.  In addition to a good book, attending plays and a wee dram of scotch a time or two he has been known to commit fish and hunt although most of the time dinner comes from BI-LO.


Vice President of Membership


Mike Speer



Vice President for Speakers

Linda Sterne



Vice President for Sponsorship

Debbie Sowell


 Evelyn Abernathy





Alan Grimsley




Steven Langer

Steven is a native Columbian. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. He believes that his active commitment to community service clearly stems from his mother and late father, who by their own examples taught him the importance of giving back to one’s community. Steven is Past Governor for the Wade Hampton District of Sertoma Inc. His accomplishments with the Richland Sertoma Club include previously serving as Board Chair, President, President-Elect, Secretary, Co-Chair of the Membership and Social Committees and receiving Good Enthusiastic Member (GEM), Mentor and Leadership Awards, and is a Life Member of the Club. He is married to Sally, the father of three daughters - Suzanne, Leah and Ariana, and the grandfather of Ian, Gabriela and Cole.



President Elect

Bill Todd




Steve Etheredge

Steve is a research administrator at USC where he has been employed for 40 years. He is also a BA graduate of USC.  Steve is past president (1987-89) of the club, past Wade Hampton District Governor (1989-92), past district secretary-treasurer, past FDR, past Regional Coordinator, and past Sertoma International Director.  He currently serves as director-at-large, club liaison and Sportsarama concessions chair.

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