In 2012, SERTOMA International will complete its first 100 years of SERvice TO MAnkind. The SERTOMA Club of Lafayette is best known for the Cajun Air Festivals, which have been our signature fund-raisers since the first show in 1986. Starting with our current projects, here are some of the things we have been able to accomplish on behalf of our community, the state, region, nation, and world with the funds raised. Here we look back from the present to highlight just a few of the service projects of Lafayette SERTOMA Club (other efforts have included donations to Hospice of Acadiana, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Joseph's Diner, Habitat for Humanity, the Grief Center, Christmas in April, biomedical research on the causes and treatments of autism, and to the Lafayette Community Health Clinic):
· 2011: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have committed to another Cajun Air Festival to take place at the Lafayette Airport on October 28-30, 2011 (see them here); this year Lafayette SERTOMA is already a key sponsor of the Autism Walk for Hope 2011; also of Children’s Shelter of Acadiana; and in providing interpreters for the Deaf for the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana.
· 2010: SERTOMA Club of Lafayette was acknowledged in the SERTOMAN Magazine (see the article on pp. 18-21) for sponsoring work on the autism epidemic (now affecting about 2% of boys and .25% of girls born in the US; in addition Lafayette SERTOMA sponsored a SERTEEN scholar at a local high school, a cochlear implant for a child with Usher's Syndrome (a condition resulting in deafness and blindness), and a medical mission in Central America.