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Issue 1

September 27th, 2019

Clubs move toward virtual participation

SUN. | 10-04-20 | FEATURES

     Rose has had to make many adaptations to the school day to fit the requirements of COVID-19, but what happens before and after school? This is the time that clubs all around Rose host meetings and discuss future events. Before the virus, clubs would meet during Refresh, but Refresh has been canceled for now due to new safety precautions. Since adjustments have had to be made at Rose, clubs such as Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society), Student Government Association (SGA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have had to adapt to new working conditions.

     Since not all students can be at Rose at the same time, clubs have to face the challenge of not being able to hold their regular meetings. Clubs have had to work with their leaders and find new ways to make it possible to function under these circumstances.  Like most clubs, Mu Alpha Theta, 

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hosted monthly meetings where the leaders would discuss that month’s activities and what the members have to do. Usually these meetings would take place in a Refresh block on the first Wednesday of each month. The leaders of Mu Alpha Theta chose to keep their monthly meetings, but switched to zoom meetings before and after school instead of in-person ones during the school day. Without Refresh, club meetings must be done outside of school time, and not every member can be available at the same time so there have to be multiple zoom meetings to go over the same topic. Another club that has had to adjust the way they hold meetings is SGA.

     “SGA met in-person the last Friday of every month at 7:30am in the lecture hall,” SGA advisor Luisa Haynes said. “Now we have to zoom and have smaller in person meetings with a zoom option.”

     For clubs, it is difficult to get across to all students that their club is happening this year. SGA found that the best way to let everyone know about their club is through social media. The club posted the code for students to join on their instagram page. Each individual grade also has its own Remind code, which is given to all leaders and members to get notifications and announcements throughout the years. The club has utilized the morning announcements as well, and have announced what is coming up such as dues and registration.

     “I started a new Remind, Instagram account, online registration, and was able to have information about the club shared on the announcements,” junior class secretary Blthye Bacon said. “I do really wish that I could see more people so I could spread the word, but it is just so different this year.”

     FBLA is one of Rose’ biggest clubs, and they have had to face many challenges, not only with how they hold meetings, but also in how they do service work. Service work is a major part of what members do while being in the club. The club appoints a new vice president of service work every month to choose and set up the monthly community service. This school year, FBLA is planning to do in-person service work, as well as virtual community service. One big community service project FBLA does is March of Dimes. During this time, members raise money to help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature labor, and infant mortality and the money they raise helps fund research projects. FBLA members usually work most of the school year towards the regional, state, and national FBLA conferences. The regional conference is most likely going to be online this year, despite it being the only one of the regional, state, and national competitions to be in person last school year. There is still hope that states and nationals will be in-person since they take place at the end of the school year.

     This year, clubs have had to rethink and revise how they operate this year, due to virus precautions. Even though some activities may not be available to participate in anymore, clubs are adapting and finding new ways to involve their members.

     “In 45 years in education I have learned that change happens... how we adapt to that change is the one thing that defines us as people” Haynes said.

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