We’re not recession proof!

The semester has finally wrapped up, and I hope students earn grades that give them some satisfaction. Now we can – and should – take a breather during the holiday season because the next semester will be here before we know it.

During the break, there are a couple of topics club members will likely contemplate, and we would like you to do the same.


During our most recent meeting, the topic of going to the annual regional conference dominated the discussion. We discovered that the club doesn’t have enough money to pay for all of the members who have expressed an interest in attending the conference. We don’t want to be selective about who attends the conference based on club coffers . Please see the basic information about the conference below. Look for additional information about the conference as it approaches.

Event Organizers: Southern Organization for Human Services

Theme: Human Services: On the Fast Track

Date: April 7-10, 2010

Location: Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord, NC

So, we discussed fundraisers at length, leaving no time for any discussion about pending issues. We brainstormed and kicked around ideas without reaching any consensus. We would like to hear ideas from you all. What fundraising ideas do you have? Ideally, the fundraiser would be conducive for a club that consists of students with families and jobs, could be completed in about two months and would generate enough money to cover as many as eight to ten members. Keep in mind the conference cost – about $300 per person, at least.

Conference Participation

We would like as many Human Services students as possible to have the opportunity to attend the conference, but we are faced with limitations. You must be a member of the club to be considered for any monetary aid.

So, join already! Aid will not be available to non-members. There are conference scholarships available through SOHS (Southern Organization for Human Services). To be considered for the SOHS scholarship, criteria have to be met such as SOHS membership, which costs $20. The SOHS Web site contains information about the scholarship and the conference (see link above).

Please be mindful of these issues over the break and into the early spring semester. There will likely be a deadline in February for students to reserve a conference spot, and seating in club-sponsored carpools will likely be limited.

Human Services Club Meeting Minutes, Nov. 19, 2009

Members Present:

Cynthia Brewer-Frank-Smith – Chairwoman
Mark Baker – Vice Chairman
John M. Smith – Treasurer
Erica Kennon – Secretary
Titan Barksdale – Club Blogger
Eric Sepulveda – Club Member
Terri Hamrick -Faculty Advisor

Convened: 5:00 p.m., Nov. 19


Club Member Eric Sepulveda presented an idea about selling vouchers for pizza. Vice-Chairman Mark Baker presented an idea about an alternate funding source. He said he would provide an update during the next meeting about the feasibility of pursing the source. A doughnut sale was also mentioned.

Discussion about the Southern Organization for Human Services annual conference in Concord.

Next meeting: Jan. 21, 2010 5 – 6 p.m. Rm. 419

Adjourned: 5:55 p.m., Nov. 19