Posted on 21 September 2016.
BY OLIVIA LANDSMAN
The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club hosted its annual ice cream social on Aug. 30 in the auditorium after school to recruit and inform new members about HOSA.
“[The ice cream social] is not only a great opportunity for students to join the club, but it’s also a good way to make new friends,” HOSA adviser Laura Clarke said.
At the social, board members taught students about the club’s priorities and different activities the club is involved in.
“Students can learn about the different committees they can sign up for and different events such as the Breast Cancer Pink Tee fundraiser and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk in November,” Mrs. Clarke said.
In addition to learning about the HOSA events, Vice President of Social Media Hope Brunner said that the ice cream social is a great way for students to familiarize themselves with the overall idea of HOSA, which is the education of medicine.
“The purpose of the ice cream social is for incoming members to get used to the medical field, which is what HOSA is all about,” Brunner said. “Students from the class and club could come and get an idea of what HOSA is truly like.”
The HOSA ice cream social is hosted to enlist new members and educate them about the club. Junior Brooke Bonkowski said the club did an excellent job of doing this.
“As a current member, I think the ice cream social is a great way to bring people together and get new students to join,” Bonkowski said. “The ice cream makes people want to come to the social because students are typically hungry after school.”
Bonkowski said that attending the social made her excited for another year in HOSA.
“The social really inspired me to continue participating in the club and engage myself in everything it does,” Bonkowski said.
Mrs. Clarke and current members of HOSA organized the social a week prior to the event. Students helped create a presentation for the event and arrange the social aspect of it.
Junior Alex Grao helped organize the presentation that included information about the different events HOSA is involved in as well as general information about the club.
“I think the presentation made a huge impact on the students,” Grao said. “After hearing all about HOSA through the slideshow, I really think it made people want to join.”
Students that have never been involved in HOSA were enticed to join after attending the social.
After attending the event, sophomore Barbara Farina became interested in involving herself with HOSA.
“The social was an event where everyone came together to enjoy ice cream and talk about HOSA,” Farina said. “It was all so interesting and really made me want to become a part of the club.”
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