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.
- 2009: SERTOMA sponsorships included Acadiana Outreach, Louisiana Military Museum, Freedom's Week, the Deaf Action Center, and travel support for American soldiers injured by Improvised Explosive Devices.
- 2008: The Cajun Air Festival featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds again and SERTOMA became the title sponsor of the Walk for Hope co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Acadiana, an official SERTOMA affiliate.
- 2007: The Autism Society of Acadiana (ASAC) became the first official affiliate of the Lafayette SERTOMA Club. The local Club teamed up with UL Lafayette and ASAC to hold the first SERTOMA International Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Speakers included world-renowned professionals in medicine and related fields. The Conference focused on the causes and treatments of autism. For more information on Autism, please visit the ASAC website; donated $16,000 in collaboration with the Breakfast SERTOMA Club to Lafayette Health Clinic.
- 2004: Cajun Air Festival enabled sponsorship of an International Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the first ever in Acadiana.
- 2002: SERTOMA provided state-of-the art equipment for the Audiology Booth at S.J. Montgomery.
- 2001: The Alan Comeaux Endowed Scholarship in Communication Disorders was established at University of Louisiana at Lafayette providing support to doctoral students who plan on careers of service in communication disorders.
- 1999: SERTOMA provided scholarships for children to go to Camp Bon Coeur, a summer camp for kids with heart defects.
- 1993-2000: SERTOMA sponsored summer Literacy Camps helping hundreds of children become readers.
- 1986: Lafayette SERTOMA Club produced the first SERTOMA Cajun Air Festival and defined the main fund-raising effort for all Lafayette SERTOMA projects; SERTOMA International and our local clubs took on the mission of serving the needs of children and others with speech-language and other communication disorders; SERTOMA's Boys Clubs and later Boys & Girls Clubs were established and are still working in Acadiana; Lafayette SERTOMA Club helped provide polio vaccine to 80,000 citizens; SERTOMA International started the Freedom's Program distributing a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to every seventh grader.
- 1963: SERTOMA International and took on the mission of serving persons with communication disorders; SERTOMA's Boys Clubs and later Boys & Girls Clubs were established and are still working in Acadiana; Lafayette SERTOMA Club helped provide polio vaccine to 80,000 citizens; SERTOMA International started the Freedom's Program distributing a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to every seventh grader.
- 1960-1962: Lafayette SERTOMA sponsored the Lafayette "Slow Pitch" softball tournament and enabling purchase of computer hardware and software for hearing impaired students at Lafayette High School.
- 1950 SERTOMA bcame the official name of our founding international organization.
- December 12, 1959, 20 Lafayette citizens formed the Lafayette SERTOMA Club.
- 1934: SERTOMA started the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans which is still taking place each year.
- In 1912 the first Co-Operative Club International, later called SERTOMA International was formed.