by ANTHONY VUONG
Hoping to increase involvement in activities and recruit new members, campus clubs participated in Club Rush at lunch Sept. 7.
A variety of groups advertised with posters, booths and distributed information to students.
“Club Rush is an effort to publicize different avenues for students to pursue their interests while also providing community service. It’s about how you can help the school or community,” said Peter Murashige, director of student activities.
Some of the clubs open to join are Key Club, Musicians United, American Red Cross, Brothers and Sisters in Christ (B.A.S.I.C.), Do Something, Gentlemen’s Association, Girls League, Pi Club, Green Earth and Skills USA.
Many students decided to join various clubs that they felt were outlets for them to be able to help. “I plan to join American Red Cross because I believe that giving back to the community is something that is necessary and a positive way to show gratitude,” said sophomore Matthew Hernandez.
Students are also looking forward to expanding their knowledge as they look into various clubs. “Key Club definitely interested me in joining because I want to learn how to give back to the community and get some experience out of it,” said freshman Celebi Law.
After joining a club, members attend meetings, mostly held weekly during nutrition, lunch and after school, depending on club schedules. During the meetings, club officers will discuss upcoming events for the club, like community service or any other announcements, such as T-shirt design contests.
Students who have not been able to participate in Club Rush or have not joined a club can still do so by going to the student store to see a list of clubs, including the officers’ contact information, as well as their meeting times and locations.
“It’s a convenient way to get familiar with your classmates and peers because you are interacting more with one another through a variety of different outlets provided in this school. In addition, it helps relieve certain aspects of school that can stress a student out,” said Kelly Lam, president of Plant Posse.
Club officers are also expected to meet once a month for Intercouncil meetings that inform them of schoolwide events. Officers can also use the meeting time to plan for future fundraisers or make other plans for club activities.
To start a new club, students must receive approval from Murashige and Intercouncil. They must also find an advisor, record the time for their club meetings as well as the event schedule, and they must have a list of officers ready that will help serve the club.