Successful Club Day kicks off school year

September 24, 2010 — by Anika Jhalani
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Red Cross Club officers Nicole Borda, Lillian Chen, and Kim Tsai promote their club during Club Day on Sept. 15

For many students, club day is often an exciting mark as the resumption of the school year, but for freshman, it is a whirlwind of action inviting them to the realms of high school.

“I am so glad that we have a club day event,” said freshman Nikhil Goel. “I knew I wanted to join a couple clubs in high school but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Club day was the perfect way for me to see what each club offered and to help me pick which ones I would be interested in.”

This year’s club day on Sept. 15 proved to be as exciting as ever with more than 50 booths set up for clubs advocating all kinds of causes and activities. Clubs such as Benefit and Indian Cultural Awareness Club received more sign-ups than ever.

“Club day is really important because people who don’t ordinarily know about a club get a taste of what a club is really all about,” said senior Erin Wong, president of Benefit. “Instead of hearing about a club over the announcements or Facebook, students get to speak face to face with presidents of clubs.”

To attract potential club members, club officers employed a variety of marketing techniques.

“We usually bring food and music,” said senior Parth Dholakia, president of the Indian Culture Awareness Club. “It definitely gets people interested in the club, and when we dance to the music we play, we are giving the school a preview of what our club is all about.”

With all the music, food and decorations, students often can’t help but approach clubs that offer these temptations.

“I am definitely more willing to go sign up for clubs that are offering some kind of reward,” said sophomore Amin Mirzadegan. “I end up walking over just because of the candy or music, and more often than not end up signing up for the club.”

Club day is also important because it showcases the variety of activities at the school and welcomes all students to get involved.

“Most people think club day is only helpful for incoming freshmen, but in reality students from all classes learn about clubs that their peers are involved in, and then get involved themselves,” said junior Shivani Chadha. “I am really glad we have a club day. It allows each club to get a chance to recruit more members.”

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