Sertoma club launches writing contest in Carmel, Zionsville


The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple was chartered in 1958.  Current membership is 115 men.  The group provides financial support to charitable causes in Central Indiana; conduct programs to promote prevention of hearing loss; and, sponsor an annual National Heritage Essay Contest for sixth grade students.

Primary recipients of the club’s charitable donations are Noble of Indiana and the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Program of the Riley Hospital for Children.

Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple has sponsored the National Heritage Essay Contest for over 30 years for sixth grade students in public, private and parochial schools in the Greater Indianapolis area.

“What Freedom Means to Me” is the topic the club is asking students to address in their essays, with the hope that the contest complements teachers’ efforts to develop their young students’ critical thinking and writing skills.  Participation in the National Heritage Essay Contest encourages students to better understand the founding principles of our country and to consider how those principles affect their lives today.

All students in participating sixth grade classrooms are encouraged to write and submit essays. In the previous 3 years, 3095 students in 175 classrooms in 43 schools have participated in our National Heritage Essay Contest and a total of $13,000 in prizes was awarded to winning students.

Classroom participation period is late November through the first week of March. Teachers may use any portion of the allotted period for the essay contest.  During March and early April our National Heritage Committee evaluates submitted essays and determines Classroom Winners, Finalists, Honorable Mention Recipients and Grand Prize Winners.  A recognition luncheon for the three Grand Prize Winners will be held on May 6, 2015. For more information email