Want to start a club? It’s worth the effort

Olivia Grant – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the focus begins to shift toward next year, including new clubs for students to participate in.

LRHS students have many opportunities throughout the school year to become active members in clubs such as the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Key Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

As these clubs grow in size, the demand for more extracurricular groups like these has skyrocketed.

Unfortunately, many students don’t know how to start a new club.

Sophomore Clare Coffman said, “If I ever wanted to start a club, I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing it.”

LRHS activities director Tony Cummins said, “There is official paperwork for the sponsorship of the club. It talks about the details surrounding the club and which staff member is going to sponsor it.”

Finding a sponsor is the first priority when starting a club. The sponsor must be able to hold meetings and travel with the group members if club activities require it.

Once the founder of a club has filled the position of sponsor, they then must fill out an application, which can be picked up from Administrative Assistant Luann Futchko’s office, room 116.

The principal and other administrators then review the application.

Cummins said, “The principal and administrative staff are given great latitude in the acceptance or denial of a club.”

If a club is approved, it doesn’t stop there. There are requirements each club must meet.  “Having a certain number of meetings, where there has to be a complete set of minutes kept. There also has to be an appointed president, vice president, and secretary, as well as a plan of how they are going to market and perpetuate the club,” according to Cummins.

Although a somewhat time-consuming and difficult process, the formation of these clubs serves as an opportunity for LRHS students to bond with other individuals with shared interests, leading to an enriched high school experience.