Story and Photos By Hayley Hart/Online Editor/@hayleylhart
Join-a-Club Day at the LAC on Thursday, Feb. 18, included academic, career-oriented, religious, leisure, cultural and social-service clubs seeking new members while prospective members considered the right fit for them.
Athena women’s social-services club second vice president, alumni representative, historian and public affairs officer Vanessa Mendoza, 19, a sociology major, said, “We strive on sisterhood.” A goal for all members is to get to know everyone in the club she said Mendoza said men also are welcome to join.
Athena members participate in fundraising and volunteer work and despite the competitive nature, members attempt to be “in good standing with other social-service clubs,” Mendoza said.
Students wanting to learn French and its culture will find both in the French Club. Club president Sergio Salinas, 20, an industrial design major, said, “We try to promote French culture and language.” Salinas said the club achieves the goal through viewing movies, eating at restaurants and visiting exhibits based in the French culture.
Kiddo Roze, 24, an illustration and graphic design double option major and Queer Space Club member, said the club strives to be all-inclusive. Roze said Queer Space is not only about sexuality, but is a place for people who may feel they don’t fit in with conventional culture based on their behavior, the way they dress or a multitude of other reasons. Queer Space also educates people on all of the different communities in the minority of their culture.
Roze said, “Queer Space lets people be who they are meant to be.”
Alpha Gamma Sigma honors society member Maryann Chavez, 50, a business management major, said the club helps students with academics and scholarships and is the largest club on campus based on active members. Chavez said students wanting to join need a 3.0 or higher GPA among other qualifications and students in the club get a notation on their transcripts lending prestige to students. The club is the first on campus to sponsor Jeans for Teens through DoSomething.org, which collects jeans to distribute to homeless teens.
The LBCC Surf Club teaches members how to swim, surf and body board. Club coordinator Stefan Chan, 18, a business management and biology major, said the club has meetings on and off campus, they provide used boards and have male and female instructors.
Sisters Carmen Pittman, 20, a kinesiology major and Deanna Pittman, 19, a political science major, stopped at the Surf Club booth with friend Stephanie Rodriguez, 18, a biology major.
Deanna said the event had been “pretty good. I found some clubs that I’m interested in and one is connected to my major. I’m on my way for the free food now.”
The event included music played by a live DJ from Power 106 FM. Free hot dogs, chips, fruit and backpacks, sponsored by the Associated Student Body, were given to students who had a current college card.
Join a Club Day at the PCC was Thursday, Feb. 25, on the Lawn and included an intramural co-ed tug-of-war.
Students may find clubs to join at lbcc.orgsync.com/Club_Directory.