Old Capitol Sertoma Club

P.O. Box 658, Iowa City, IA  52244-0658

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The Deaf Duckling

Our club is pleased to sponsor Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of The Deaf Duckling.  The play will be performed at Northwest Junior High’s Little Theatre on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free.
Playwright Aditi Kapil deftly weaves together the classic “Ugly Duckling” fairy tale with the story of a deaf child born into a hearing family.  Performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English, it offers a warm and insightful look at how one family bridges deaf and hearing cultures.

Be sure to join us for this one time performance! 

Dr. Geraldene Felton to Receive 2014 Service to Mankind Award

The Old Capitol Sertoma Club of Iowa City and Coralville is pleased to announce that Dr. Geraldene Felton has been selected to receive the 2014 “Service to Mankind Award.” Formal presentation of the Award will be made at a banquet to be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the University Club.  Dr. Felton is being recognized for her extensive involvement with charitable and public interest organizations, and her contributions to our community. 

The “Service to Mankind Award” is presented annually to non-Sertomans who demonstrate exemplary commitment to public service in our community.  Dr. Felton's service to our community has included serving numerous not-for-profit organizations such as the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, the Iowa Women’s Foundation, Mercy Hospital of Iowa City, and Elder Services of Johnson County.  She has also been active in Iowa’s adult literacy programs, giving generously of her time to tutor and help adult learners.  In addition she has served as a role model and mentor to minority junior high and high school students.  This has included opening her home to students for discussion of opportunities for life success and career development, and by speaking to groups of college students and postdoctoral fellows.

Please go to our News and Announcements page to learn more about Dr. Felton and her service to our community.  

Reservations are required for the May 9
th award banquet and may be sent to:  Old Capitol Sertoma Club, P.O. Box 658, Iowa City, IA  52244.  The cost is $45.00 per person. 

For more information contact Olga Sassine, Service to Mankind Committee Chairperson,
olgasassine@yahoo.com or at 319-351-3459, or Gary Ortale, Committee & Treasurer, gortale@midwestone.com, or at 319-356-5924.  

Join Us for Lunch!

Our club meets for lunch each Thursday at noon in the Iowa Room at the University Club.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our club, please join us at the University Club as a guest for lunch. To learn more about our club, please click here or email Chuck Lindemann at acreage88@aol.com.

On April 10th our speaker will be Officer Jess Bernhard from the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Officer Bernhard will discuss many of the services the DPS provides.

On April 17th our speaker will be Mark Vitosh.  Mr. Vitosh is a forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  He will discuss current issues affecting trees, including the emerald ash borer.

2013-14 National Heritage Essay Contest Finalists

The finalists of the this year's National Heritage Essay Contest were:

Ava Otoadese - Southeast Junior High School

Levi Geyer  – Clear Creek Amana Middle School

Wingel Xue – Northwest Junior High School

Zach Starman – North Central Junior High School

The contest was open to all eighth grade students in Johnson County.  The topic of this year’s essay was: “What do you believe could be done to encourage more compromise between members of the U.S. Congress?”
Students from Clear Creek Amana Middle School, Northwest Junior High School, North Central Junior High School, and Southeast Junior High School participated in the contest.  

The four finalists were honored at a luncheon held at the University Club on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  The overall contest winner was Levi Geyer, who received a prize of $500.00 and a recognition plaque. In addition, his school received the traveling trophy until next year’s contest. Each of the other finalists received a prize of $100.00.  In addition, each school that participated received a $100.00 donation to be used in the school’s social studies classroom.