Clubs use new ‘Club Sweep’ to advertise February 26, 2013 — by Dylan Jew and Megana Iyer This semester, ASB has come up with a way to help fading clubs regain lost momentum during second semester, a serious problem many clubs face each year. This semester, ASB has come up with a way to help fading clubs regain lost momentum during second semester, a serious problem many clubs face each year. A During a “club sweep” held during the week of Feb. 11-15, leaders promoted their clubs to prospective members during lunch. Club activities during the week ranged from providing pizza at their meeting to draw new interested members to handing out flyers during lunch to students in the quad to spread awareness of the club goals and activities. As part of the club sweep, many clubs advertised in their own way on the day their club is scheduled to meet. According to senior club commissioner Tiffany Yung, the administration and assistant principal Kerry Mohnike approached her with the idea. “After Club Day, there’s a very high attendance at club meetings,” said Yung. “We thought if we had something similar, we could boost club attendance and let students know that there are still things happening at school.” After a few weeks, students decide whether they want to continue participating in certain clubs or not. This begins a downward trend in club size throughout the year, and by the end of the year, only the most involved members still attend meetings. By advertising in the middle of the year, clubs can renew interest and gain new members. Junior FBLA president Nikita Thareja believes club sweep is a great addition. “There’s a lot of clubs out here that start on a high note, but kind of fizzle,” Thareja said. “It’s great that they’re trying to encourage people to get interested in clubs again.” Club sweep also provides students with the opportunity to try out any clubs that they did not participate in earlier. “I know that freshmen join a bunch of clubs, then get lost, or might not join some that they might end up loving,” Thareja said. Although losing membership has not been a huge issue for FBLA, Thareja also plans to publicize her club using flyers, as well as having pizza at the meetings and holding socials. Yung agreed, explaining that club sweep is a good opportunity for many students who do not have a specific group of friends, and want to find a place to belong. Yung, who is also president of Interact, a community service club, plans to split her club into groups that will cover certain portions of school and hand out flyers. “Clubs will show these students that they have a place in their school, and there are activities in the school outside of academics,” she said. In addition, ASB is thinking of adding a “Club Rush” in the spring to help clubs fundraise. Club Rush would be a day when clubs can fundraise and set up in the quad during lunch according to Yung. With these additional club events, students should be more active in clubs and school activities.