This year students from North Central Junior High School, Northwest Junior High School, Regina Junior High School, and South East Junior High School participated in the essay contest. The finalists who were selected are:

          Megan Ries - North Central Junior High School

          Ken Wilbur - Northwest Junior High School

          Stephanie Stenger - Regina Junior High School

          Quincy Ott - South East Junior High School         


The finalists will be honored at a luncheon to be held at the University Club on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  The overall winner, who will be announced at the luncheon, will receive a $500.00 prize and a commemorative plaque. The winner's school will also receive a traveling trophy until next year's contest. Each of the other finalists will receive a $100.00 prize. In addition, each school that participated will receive a $100.00 donation to be used in its social studies or government studies classroom.

If you would like additional information about the essay contest, please email Dennis Mitchell at


Finalists Announced for 2016 National Heritage Essay Contest

Each year the Old Capitol Sertoma Club sponsors an essay contest open to all eighth grade students in Johnson County, Iowa.  The essay contest focuses on issues related to our country’s government or national heritage.  The topic of this year's essay is: “Should Iowa Continue to Use the Caucus System to Elect Candidates?”

Join Us for Lunch!

Our club meets for lunch each Thursday at noon in the west meeting room at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Ave., Iowa City, Iowa.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please join us as a guest for lunch!  To learn more about our club, please click here or use the Contact page to email us.

Our speaker on February 11th will be Dr. Katie Gordon. Dr. Gordon is a post-doctoral fellow at the University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently researching and exploring factors to improve clinical interventions for children with language impairments. Dr. Gordon will discuss with us long-term and short-term memory factors for preschoolers. It should be interesting!

Future speakers and meetings can be found on our Schedule page.​​

of Iowa City and Coralville

Sertoma's 37th Annual Airport Breakfast

                                               Our 37th Annual Airport Breakfast took place on Sunday, August

                                               30th, from 7 a.m. to Noon at the Iowa City Municipal Airport. In

                                               addition to pancakes, the event included live air shows, aviation

                                               exhibits, free hearing screenings, antique and sports cars, and other

                                               displays and activities for all ages, including Duder the Clown. We

                                               greatly appreciate the support from all of our sponsors. The net

                                               proceeds from the event will be used to support our club's programs

                                               and activities.