New Semester News: Fundraiser Imminent

Welcome back folks! I know I’m a little overdue for my first post of the New Year. But the new semester hit me like a tidal wave, and I have just popped above the surface amid a flood of print outs, notes and reports! I hope you all are starting off with a good handle on your work, maintaining good organizational skills and attending classes regularly.

On behalf of the club, I also want to formally acknowledge the earthquake victims, survivors and relief workers in Haiti. A great deal of Human Services and Social Work related tasks are needed and are being carried out there. As prospective practitioners in Human Services fields, we should ask ourselves what type of services would be most relevant to help restore some sense of stability and security throughout that nation. Let’s keep all who have been affected in our thoughts.

Just in case you’ve missed it, we’ve had a few meetings since the start of the New Year. Our most recent meeting was well attended. Guess what?! We think we have a possible fundraising idea. Can you say fish fry?! What?! With all the fixins!  Is your mouth watering already? Should be.

We also continue to live up to our name as the Human Services Club, by donating money to our fellow students and professional workers. Please see the meeting notes below for further explanation.

Human Services Club Meeting Minutes, Feb. 04, 2010

Members Present:

Cynthia Brewer-Frank-Smith – Chairwoman
John M. Smith – Treasurer
Erica Kennon – Secretary
Titan Barksdale – Club Blogger
Eric Sepulveda – Club Member

Cynthia Brooks – Club Member
Terri Hamrick -Faculty Advisor


Convened: 5:05 p.m., Feb. 04


Faculty Advisor Terri Hamrick relayed an inquiry about using club funds to help pay partial conference fees for a group of Human Services students. The two-day conference began today in Pinehurst and focuses on Motivational Interviewing. Club members unanimously agreed to use club funds to help with payment, and two club members Eric Sepulveda and Chairwoman Cynthia Brewer-Frank-Smith expressed an interest in attending the conference.

Club members also informally decided that the Concord NCSOHSE conference was going to be a bit too pricey for the club to take on this year. But we will substitute our spring conference participation with the REMBA Conference.

What:   4th Annual North Carolina A&T State University’s REMBA Conference

Where: The Proximity Hotel, in Greensboro, NC

When: April 15-16, 2010

Why & How: See description below

REMBA conference or Rehabilitation of Racial & Ethnic Minorities with Behavioral Addictions will focus the theme of People, Innovation & Progress: Enhancing Addiction Services in Underrepresented Communities. See hyperlink above for additional details.

Additional Donations

Wake Tech will play host March 5 to a variety of Human Services professionals who are members of NCHOSE. Faculty Advisor Terri Hamrick asked whether the club would be willing to make a donation from its fund to help with refreshments. Club members Eric Sepulveda and Chairwoman Cynthia Brewer-Frank-Smith reminded everyone that helping is the essential nature of the group’s purpose. Members agreed to donate $50 toward the cause.


 Club Members Eric Sepulveda, Cynthia Brooks and Chairwoman Cynthia Brewer-Frank-Smith all offered wonderful ideas for fundraisers – an event that has been eluding the club for lack of agreement.

 But when it comes to ideas, Treasurer John M. Smith offered the granddaddy of them all – a fish fry. Smith was adamant about his ability to lead the organization of the fish fry, identifying and securing a location, handling the bulk of the frying, pricing all utensils and side items and returning with an estimate money needed to purchase them and hauling the items to and from the location.

 Club members unanimously decided to pursue Smith’s idea.

New Member


The Human services club is honored to welcome Cynthia Brooks into the fold. She paid her $3 membership dues before the meeting, and we look forward to her continued attendance and insight. Welcome Cynthia!

Adjourned: 5:55 p.m., Feb. 04