Who We Are……
HOLA Sertoma was formed in May 2005 by a group of men and women in Springfield Missouri to support the medical needs in remote areas of Latin America. Recently, we have expanded our assistance to include educational programs. Current efforts have focused on the hospital and schools in an impoverished Mayan community in the Guatemalan Highlands called Santiago/Lake Atitlan.
You might wonder about our unique name. In Spanish, “hola” is a friendly greeting that means “hello”. We believed this word would be an appropriate acronym for our club … Helping Others in Latin America. It states exactly what we do as a club and as Sertomans.
Several times each year our members make volunteer trips to assist with a variety of projects in the areas we are helping. These tasks are usually prearranged, but can be assigned after we arrive as well!! It’s always a fun and rewarding experience working with the permanent staff in the areas along with the families of the communities. Previous jobs have included building a house, remodeling a hospital, sorting medical supplies, and digging a road. There are no physical requirements and many tasks involve no physical exertion (teaching, screening, planning, paperwork, etc). When work for the day is done, everyone looks forward to good food and fun times filled with local flavor. Then, of course, there’s the CHILDREN that will always make the trips memorable!!!!
HOLA Sertoma meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Our venues have food & drink available. Quarterly dues are $35. We have no attendance requirements but planning, sharing, and socializing with other members at these meetings is something you will look forward to. There are also district, regional, and international Sertoma meetings in different locales four times annually. These are both informative and fun gatherings whether you are a new Sertoman or one of many years.
The tabs to the right share additional information about our club and our activities. We have many fun pictures from our trips and events to share. If you are interested in joining us, donating to our cause, going on one of our trips, buying any of our goods, attending a meeting, obtaining information about any Sertoma club or function, please click on the “contact us” tab and we will get in touch with you within a few days.
Don’t forget to note the calender and plan ahead for ALL Sertoma events. Each fundraiser helps many people.
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