Members of the Hillsboro Sertoma Club were surprised to find some special guests at their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, at the Hillsboro Moose Lodge.
Several members of the Christiana Tillson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution snuck into the meeting to surprise the Sertoma Club with the DAR Community Service Award for all their efforts and hard work to better their community.
Local DAR chapters are allowed to bestow several awards on individuals or organizations within their community, and one of those is the DAR Community Service Award. The National DAR organization specifies the recipient of this award must have contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship or environmental conservation endeavors or by organizing or participating in community activities.
To make a nomination, the local DAR chapter provides two letters of recommendation, newspaper articles documenting their service and pertinent photos within the previous five years. All submitted materials are reviewed by the National Society of the DAR before final approval.
"It would be nearly impossible to name all of the ways in which your Sertoma Club has provided community service to Hillsboro," said DAR member Carolyn Cerven. "No one could begin to guess how many pork patties, chicken sandwiches and poinsettias you have sold over the years in order to raise funds for your community service projects."
Some of the community service projects that were noted included purchasing, storing and placing American flags at the Veterans' Memorial in Hillsboro, organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt, including a separate event for special needs children and purchasing and delivering food to the local food pantry.
They have also provided monetary support for numerous endeavors, including the Montgomery County Historical Society, the library building renovation, Bremer Sanctuary, the new dog park, the Hillsboro Area Health Foundation, the Hillsboro Education Foundation, Angel Tree projects, Hillsboro Sports Boosters, Hillsboro Post Prom Committee, Imagine Hillsboro, the Montgomery County Cancer Association, Old Settlers and more.
Sertoma members also help with the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign each holiday season. They also award two scholarships to Hillsboro High School seniors each year, emphasizing service and volunteerism.
"But what makes Sertoma even more extraordinary is that your 35 or so members accomplish these many amazing works of community service quietly and often behind the scenes," said DAR member Carol Calvert. "Your members do not solicit nor expect acknowledgement or thanks for what they do. You never choose to be in the spotlight yourselves and always manage to keep the public focus on the actual project."
Members of the Christiana Tillson chapter of the DAR are proud to recognize the Hillsboro Sertoma Club for their outstanding service to their community.