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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 3, 2000

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Sertoma clubs support programs for youth with hearing problems

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center programs for children with severe and profound hearing problems have received a gift from three local Sertoma clubs. The organizations contributed $6,000 to support the center's weeklong residential camp for school-age children and the center's fall and following spring weeklong programs for families of infants and toddlers with severe or profound hearing loss.

John N. Jadryev, president, Old Capitol Sertoma club; and John Dyson, representative, University and Five Seasons Sertoma clubs, and past president of Sertoma International, will formally present the gift, which was made through the UI Foundation, at a ceremony today at the center. The gift represents contributions totaling $4,000 from the three Sertoma area clubs and a matching gift of $2,000 from Sertoma International.

UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center clinicians Jan Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology, and Anne Wallace, clinical associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, will lead the programs to assist children with their hearing impairments. The summer one-week residential program will be named Sertoma Camp Confidence of Iowa.

The Sertoma support will be part of an ongoing partnership between the club and the Wendell Johnson center, said Ann Michael, Ph.D., clinic director at the center.

"We are especially pleased to partner with a service organization such as Sertoma so that we can provide support for children and families in Iowa," Michael said.

Sertoma International is a volunteer civic service organization with nearly 27,000 members, who belong to 830 Clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Sertoma stands for SERvice TO MAnkind. The organization's primary service project is to help the more than 42 million people with speech and hearing disorders. The clubs also sponsor projects that promote freedom and democracy, youth causes, and any other local community needs.