Clubs Day a success

Courtney Dickson, Contributor Ω

From ultimate frisbee to seniors’ outreach and philosophy to dance, 47 groups took over the lawn in front of Old Main on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Though not all clubs were in attendance, 42 TRUSU clubs and five off-campus groups took part in the event.

Students looking to build resumes, meet new people and even improve their back problems attended the event.

TRUSU puts on the event twice a year to encourage students to get involved with the students union and meet others with similar interests, academic or otherwise.

One of the clubs had not even started yet. The Pan-Hellenic Sorority was out looking for enough pledges to colonize their organization in Winter 2013. Should this work out, they plan to make the sorority official in Fall 2013. As of Sept. 18 the group had 15 pledges and was looking for 10 more.

TRUSU Eco Club set up a ‘bicycle blender,’ a demonstration that taught students how to make a smoothie from pedalling a bicycle. The club is always looking for members, but plans to do some community service work this year that non-club members are allowed and encouraged to attend.

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) also sparked some interest from wandering students. Pre-clubs day, SIFE held a meeting in which 150 students were in attendance, an increase of interest from last year.

Community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Canadian Cancer Society also attended the event, looking for student volunteers.

Kamloops firefighters were in attendance selling calendars to raise money for the burn unit.

“It was one of the biggest clubs days so far,” said Dustin McIntyre, president of TRUSU.

McIntyre said he received positive feedback from students during and following the afternoon. TRUSU was a popular table itself, handing out free ice cream to passers-by.

For the first time, TRUSU will provide a club leaders program to assist and educate club leaders. The first workshop for the fall will be held Oct. 19.  Registration for this program is due Oct. 12.

If you would like to start a club, visit the students union office in the Independent Centre for information.