Sertoma Seal

The History of Sertoma

The Cedar Valley (formerly Cedar Falls) Sertoma Club was chartered March 6, 1964. Sertoma is an acronym for SERvice TO MAnkind. Sertoma is an international service organization of business, professional and civic-minded persons dedicated to the betterment of the human community, locally, nationally and abroad. The Cedar Valley Sertoma Club focuses its efforts in the areas of speech and hearing, youth, national heritage and other community needs.  It is affiliated with both UNI’s Department of Communicative Disorders and AEA-7.

Emery Peterman, a Waterloo Sertoma Club member, was very instrumental in establishing the Cedar Falls Club. The first president was Dr. Earl Vorland, chiropractor. Phil Heath is the only current member who was also a charter member of the Club.

In 1965 L.V. Miller was the winner of the first Service to Mankind Award where the club honors a community member for outstanding service. Phil Heath was the first Sertoman of the Year, which was awarded by the club for the first time in 1972.

Prior to having women as members the ladies had a group called the Cedar Falls LaSertomans. Sertoma International was the first Service Club to accept women as members in 1984. The Cedar Falls Sertoma Club was the first club in Cedar Falls to have women as members. Iola Adams was the first woman to officially join the Sertoma group. Judith Harrington was second, joining in 1985 shortly following Iola. The club currently has a good representation of women as members.

The Waterloo Sertoma Club disbanded in October 2000, and a few members chose to join the Cedar Falls group.  In early 2002 the name was changed to the Cedar Valley Sertoma Club to be more reflective of the area we have drawn members from.