The Bismarck Sertoma Club sponsored a 5:01 Social for the YPN on Wednesday, June 10. More than 20 people attended the social held in the Sertoma Park Club Community Center and were treated to complimentary food and refreshments. Amidst the socializing between YPN and Sertoma Club members, Sertoma Club President Kevin Dykema and YPN President Tj Jerke each presented on behalf of the two organizations.
President Dykema began with a background explanation of the Bismarck Sertoma Club. Sertoma stands for “service to mankind” and exists for the purpose of reaching out into the community. The Bismarck Sertoma Club has been in Bismarck for over 50 years and focuses the majority of their support on hearing health. Dykema explained that the Club provides hearing aids to people in need around the community and donates special equipment to classrooms with hearing impaired students. The Club also supports a number of other great local causes and provides scholarships throughout the area. President Dykema also gave a special thanks to YPN members for volunteering during “Christmas in the Park” last December. “Christmas in the Park” is one of the Club’s largest fundraisers and provides a great impact on individuals in the community.
President Jerke followed-up with an introduction of the YPN’s structure and explanation of the six teams. Jerke then answered Club members’ questions regarding items such as current membership totals, member participation, monthly meetings and annual events. After the presentations, Club and YPN members spent the evening eating, mingling and getting to know one another.
Bismarck Sertoma Club concluded the evening by sending the YPN members home with a thank-you letter and invitation to check out the Club, with two tickets enclosed for their weekly lunch meetings.
Members interested in learning more about the Bismarck Sertoma Club should attend a meeting, held at the Bismarck Country Club each Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month is a board meeting and the other weeks consist of a guest speaking on a topic that is of interest to the community.