From the left: Tori Ifchella, Francis Cane, Isaiah Spence, Samuel Fishch, George Neuhauf and Maya Sanders sit
outside the Campus Center playing instruments in the drum club.
Any Central Oregon Community College student can start a new club by following a few simple steps.
A person can start a club to meet others who share their same interests or beliefs, as long as the club’s goals do not violate any of COCC’s policies.
“It’s easy to start a club,” said Matt Coito, COCC’s Club Coordinator.
The first step is to find four founding members who are in agreement about what the club would entail. Secondly, a member of staff or faculty who is willing to be an advisor for the club will also be required. Creating a new club through ASCOCC includes filling out a simple form that asks for a description of the club, the main goals and objectives of the club and the names of the founding members and advisor. Club members also must form a club constitution, for which a layout will be provided. Lastly, one member of the club will be required to read the ASCOCC club manual and sign a club contract.
“The contract exists to make sure that [club] funding is clarified,” says Coito. The contract also defines the role of advisor and forms an agreement that the club follow COCC policies.
Once a new club is established, its members can also request funding to help pay for club events. According to Coito, a club may be
granted funding of around $1000. However, if COCC experiences increased enrollment, the funding supplied to clubs and programs at COCC can rise.
Not only is it simple to form a new club, being a member of a club can be a rewarding experience for students.
“It was fun and gave me the opportunity to go places and do things that I had never done before,” says Carrie Hull, a former two year member of COCC’s Anime club, Otaku Squad. According to Hull, who moved to Bend primarily for school, Otaku Squad was a great way for her to meet new people. Coito also thinks that forming a club can benefit students by helping them refine their leadership skills.
“I like seeing students start new clubs. It’s cool to see strengths in leadership develop. It’s awesome to see how one person can make a difference,” he said.
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