Starting a new club on campus

Benedictine has TONS of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.  There are clubs for every major, clubs dedicated to service and volunteering, and organizations for pre-professional programs.  I am currently a part of AMSA (American Medical Student Association), Best Buddies, and ASAP (Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention). I also help out sometimes with UNICEF and KIVA, and these are just a few of the clubs on campus.

However, you may find that you have a strong interest in something that Benedictine does not have a club for.  Luckily for you, you can start your own club on campus!  I actually just started a club called Care to Cure.  We will focus on one illness or cancer each month. We will educate the group about this illness and have a fundraising event for that specific foundation. The cool thing about our club is that everyone involved can suggest which diseases we focus on each month.  This gives everyone a way to advocate for a cause that is important to them. All of you should join! 🙂

Enough about my club though! What if you come to campus and are really serious about founding your own club?  First, make sure you are really committed to starting this club, because it can be a lot of work!  If you are really passionate about it, then follow these tips to get started:

  1. Contact our Student Involvement office and talk to Chris Smith. He’ll give you all of the information you need and help you start your organization.  He’s also very honest about whether or not he thinks your club will get approved.
  2. Find at least 10 students who would be willing to join your club and get their signatures.
  3. You will need to find an executive board for your club, usually consisting of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  However, you may have different positions, depending on the type of club you have.  Make sure that these people will be committed to your group, because you want a strong executive board to get your club started.
  4. You will have to find a faculty member on campus to be the advisor for your club.  Make sure this person is willing to help and commit as well!
  5. Next, you will have to create a constitution for the club.  This will consist of membership requirements, responsibilities of officers, a purpose for the club, etc. This is one of the most lengthy parts of the process, but once this is completed, you’re almost there.
  6. Chris Smith will review all of your materials and approve of them.  He may give you tips on what to change or add to your constitution.
  7. Once all of that is done, you will have to go before Student Senate and present your club.  They will vote on your club and you will either get approved or denied.

If you get denied, do not get discouraged! You can appeal the decision and Student Involvement will help you make changes that will help your club to get approved.

Once you get approved, you can start hosting events, having meetings and getting people involved in what’s important to you!

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