Clubs, plenty to join or start your own

Clubs at SPSCC will be starting soon! The official club list for this year is currently being put together and will be posted in mid October.

Did you know that you can start your own club? Any student at SPSCC can start one. If interested, the student will need to pick up a Student Club/Organization Recognition Packet in the Office of Student life in the Student Union Building.

According to the packet there must be at least 5 committed members and a faculty or staff advisor in order for it to be recognized as a club.

Chartered clubs are student organizations that have a goal to educate students about a particular interest, occupation, or field of study. Chartered clubs start off with receiving a budget of $300 per year. If the club wants more than the $300 a year, they may fill out a budget request form which can be found in the Office of Student Life. Each year, clubs need to be re-chartered within the first two weeks of fall quarter.

The club must elect officers; this includes a president and a treasurer. The members need to make a Constitution, which consists of the general rules and purpose of the club.In order for it to be chartered, an application question needs to be answered by the club’s president. The question is, “How will the club/organization improve the educational, recreational, or social environment of the SPSCC campus and community? List types of events, field trips, activities, etc.”

Once the Student Club/Organization Recognition forms are filled out and the application question is answered, it, along with the club’s Constitution, are brought to the ASB Vice President of Clubs and Organizations Geomarc Panelo (the office is located in the Student Union Building). The ASB Senate Rules Committee will vote on whether they want the club to be chartered.

Student Matthew Stidham thinks that clubs are a necessity for a college. “They forge connections between people with common interests and acts to provide activities for the campus at large. That makes a better community,” Stidham said.

Student Marelle Anderson hasn’t had time to participate in a club yet, but hopes to this year. “Clubs are important because they’re a way to interact with others for longer than a quarter long period,” she said.

Student Conan King said, “It seems to me like clubs are a result of an already active social community within the educational community of a given group.” He said that on some level, clubs will always be present, because in a way they are social groups. The difference is whether they are official clubs, or just a group of friends with a common interest.

King said, “To me, it becomes not so much a question of the clubs being present or not, but whether the individuals who make it up are.”