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Wenatchee Student Clubs & Organizations

 IMPORTANT: The Campus Life office is closed and operating remotely. We are still available via phone and email. Email: campuslife@wvc.edu; Phone: 509-682-6860.

ASWVC Clubs

Wenatchee Valley College has a diverse assortment of student clubs, both on the Omak and Wenatchee campus'. Clubs and organizations provide excellent opportunities for social and civic involvement, networking, stress relief, skill building, and so much more.

For more information about joining or starting a club continue reading below, browse our club brochure (Wenatchee clubs only), or contact us:

  • Wenatchee campus: (509) 682-6860
  • Omak campus: (509) 422-7810

 Getting Started

Joining a club is easy!

  1. Look through the list of clubs that we have on campus 
    • Scroll down to the heading: Wenatchee Campus Clubs - by clicking on the club name, you are able to open their club flier to learn a bit more and find out when they meet
  2. Show up to a club meeting, or reach out to the club advisor to let them know you are interested
  3. Participate in the club activities!

If you have an idea for a club that we don't already have, you can start one!

  1. Find an advisor (a staff or faculty member employed in a professional position with WVC)
  2. Find at least 3 other currently enrolled students that want to be in your club
  3. Read over the Club Handbook to familiarize yourself with the responsibilities, guidelines, and policies of the college concerning club business
  4. Fill out the Club Certification and create a Club Constitution (guidelines for how your club will operate)

Then comes the approval process...

  1. Your request is reviewed by Campus Life staff
  2. Your request is reviewed by the ASWVC Senate - you will be notified of the date of this review and you are welcome to come present to the senate about your request.
  3. You will be notified when your club is approved
  4. Complete the Club Training - all officers and the club advisor, must do a mandatory Club Training before any activities can be planned or funding can be accessed

Let others know that you are here!

  1. Create your club flier to get the word out about who you are and when you meet
  2. Mark your calendar for Interclub Council meetings - these are monthly mandatory meetings - for more information read below under Interclub Council or see the Club Handbook
  3. Start having fun!
  • Utilize college facilities
  • Reserve activity dates on the official college calendar
  • Organize activities and events both on and off campus
  • Be included in student publications
In order to be an officially recognized club, and eligible to receive funding and hosting events, follow in the section titled: "Start a Club".
Clubs need to fill out the Club Recertification form each year to update officer information, and notify the Campus Life office of their continued activity.

If a club makes any changes, either to the club name or club operations, then the Club Constitution will need to be resubmitted and approved. (If there are no changes, then the existing constitution remains valid.)

Wenatchee Campus
Interclub Council is composed of the ASWVC Vice President, who serves as the Chair, the ASWVC Treasurer who serves as the Co-Chair, at least one representative from each club on the Wenatchee campus, and the Student Leadership & Engagement Coordinator, who serves as advisor for all clubs. The council meets monthly to discuss ideas, plans, partnerships, activities, and funding.

Excused Absence
In rare situations, all members of a given club may be in classes or be required to partake in other obligations that prevent participation at Interclub Council meetings. If such circumstances arise an Excused Absence Petition may be granted.

The Excused Absence Petition must be submitted to Campus Life on or before the time and day that Interclub Council meets.

Approval for the petition must be received from the Student Leadership & Engagement Coordinator and/or the Associate Dean of Campus Life, Equity, & Inclusion.

To find our more information about when and where the clubs meet, click on the club name!

Ag & Natural Resources

Provides opportunities to experience agriculture and natural resource practices and operations. 

Advisor: Michael Lesky; mlesky@wvc.edu;

AutoTech Club 

Focuses on expanding the knowledge of automotive technology by working collectively with peers and community members. Additionally, the AutoTech Club seeks to expand community outreach.

Co-Advisors: Bob Greiner, rgreiner@wvc.edu; Tom Doherty, tdoherty@wvc.edu

Club of Natural Resources

Provides a platform for environmental stewardship, to work alongside government agencies and non-profit organizations to explore career prospects, and to create a common space for sharing ideas, experiences, and information to further encourage a positive and active change in our shared natural environment.

Advisor: Jennifer Hadersberger, jhadersberger@wvc.edu

Culture Club (Currently on hiatus)

Introduces diverse values and cultures to the community, assists international students in adapting to our community, and to provide a social network for students interested in other cultures.

Advisor

Cyber Knights

Expands and explores knowledge of computer technology.

Advisor: David Burns, dburns@wvc.edu

Kaizen

Is a support group that focuses on personal development while promoting positive change. They provide a safe place to share concerns, gain support, and build new skills.

Co-Advisors: Ryan Poortinga, rpoortinga@wvc.edu; Maria de Jesus Alvizar, malvizar@wvc.edu

Machining

Encourages interest in the machine trade and promotes collaboration between other related departments on the Wenatchee campus. The club’s focus is on team work and exploration in a metalworking production atmosphere. The goal is to create and produce various parts for a wide range of departments on the Wenatchee campus and individuals in the community.

Advisor: Micky Jennings, mjennings@wvc.edu

MASK (Medical Assistant Student Knights)

Enhances, assists, and supports the academic and clinical success of each student currently enrolled in the medical assistant program. The goal is to encourage participation in local, state and national conferences. The focus is on helping build confidence in students as skills are developed.

Co-Advisors: Jan Kaiser, jkaiser@wvc.edu; Marilyn Brincat, mbrincat@wvc.edu

MEChA

Is a student organization that promotes education, self-identity, and historical/cultural knowledge which benefits and empowers the Latinx community, thus creating social change through self-determined political action.

Advisor: Maria de Jesus Alvizar, malvizar@wvc.edu

Mechatronics

Combining past projects into one extraordinary project utilizing modern electronics.

Advisor: Zack Jacobson, zjacobson@wvc.edu

PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) Honor Society (No flier/additional information available)

The purpose of the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society: Eta Rho chapter, is to recognize and encourage scholarship among college students. To achieve this purpose, the chapter provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Advisor:  Dr. Dan Stephens, dstephens@wvc.edu

QSA (Queer Straight Alliance)

Creates an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies by promoting a positive space that helps the LGBTQ community and the college through community building, understanding, and support.

Advisor:  Hart Johnson, sjohnson@wvc.edu

Refrigeration

Promotes professional and community activities with HVAC/Refrigeration Industries locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Members participate in community events, business meetings, leadership conferences, seminars, conventions, and field trips. Additionally, members take part in community service to repair air conditioners and refrigerators for seniors and low-income families, and perform free home HVAC/Energy inspections for college staff and students as needed. 

Advisor: Greg Jourdan, gjourdan@wvc.edu

Signing Knights

Encourages involvement of students with the deaf community, bridging the gap between deaf and hearing communities.

Advisor: Patsy Mugg, pmugg@wvc.edu

Skills USA

Promotes leadership and enhances skills to develop a stronger, more professional workforce.

Co-Advisors: Micky Jennings, mjennings@wvc.edu; Zack Jacobson, zjacobson@wvc.edu

SNOW (Student Nurses of Wenatchee)

Promotes and provides educational opportunities; provides opportunities for students to participate in community volunteerism; provides opportunities for interaction between students and the community at large; and provides leadership opportunities.

Co-Advisors: Jenny Capelo, jcapelo@wvc.edu; Rhonda Yenney, ryenney@wvc.edu

STEM Club (No flier/additional information available)

Provides opportunities for students to explore the STEM fields and engage with like-minded students, faculty, and mentors in the community.

Advisor: Bobbi Johnson, bjohnson@wvc.edu

Veteran Knights

Supports veteran students with tools for transitioning from military to college through the help of other veterans who are currently enrolled on the Wenatchee campus. Additionally, Veteran Knights help new veteran students with their studies by means of tutoring and mentoring; as well as facilitating a network of student veterans.

Co-Advisors: Derek Sheffield, dsheffield@wvc.edu; Bob Greiner, rgreiner@wvc.edu

Resources

Holding Effective Meetings

Many clubs have limited opportunities for everyone to gather and discuss ideas, plan events, and stay informed about what’s happening on campus. For this reason, it is vital that meeting times be effective, allowing agenda items to be addressed and discussed, and a decision to be made when necessary.

The frequency of meetings will differ for each club, as you all have unique focus’, various group sizes, etc. Clubs may choose how often they meet, but are required to hold regular club meetings. This means establishing a day, time, and frequency that you adhere to throughout the academic year.

At times clubs may need to adjust their meeting day/time. This is allowable, but discouraged. While we want you to prioritize your classes, and therefore sometimes changes are unavoidable, we also want you to acknowledge that consistency is the key to maintaining active membership. Additionally, when deciding how often to meet, keep in mind that participation is often negatively impacted when there are longer spans of time between meetings, therefore, we recommend weekly or bi-weekly meetings.

There may be various times throughout the year when other circumstances influence your club activity and/or meetings. For example, just before or during finals, or during breaks between quarters. Whatever the reason, try to plan ahead. While consistency of meetings is important, please recognize that having a meeting just for the sake of meeting is unnecessary.

 

Steps to Event Planning

Planning and putting on events can be fun and rewarding, but also challenging, and maybe even a little overwhelming. Successful event planning requires a thoughtful, detailed approach in order to ensure the best possible outcome, but sometimes it is difficult to think through the various details.

Even more importantly, events typically involve the partnership of multiple departments, and therefore the details are vital to the success of your event!

In order to assist you in the process, and hopefully minimize the amount of frustration and stress, we have a step-by-step guide that we hope you will consider utilizing as you plan. Each event may have different needs, but most have the same basic structure.

Whether you’re putting on an event that your club does every year, or coming up with a brand new idea, you will need to come together as a club and determine what you want the event to look like.

 

Inclusive Programming

We tend to think and operate based on our own knowledge and experiences. This happens not only in our day to day interactions and activities, but also when planning an event. It’s a habit. We don’t mean to leave anyone out. However, actively seeking to expand your world-view, challenging your perspectives, and seeking opportunities to learn and grow will help you, and your club operate more inclusively.

It is easy to get swept up in the planning and excitement of your event and forget to reflect on some very important considerations concerning inclusiveness. Inclusiveness encompasses a number of topics, each deserving of attention. Take some time to read through and reflect on the ways that you can implement more inclusive programming.

Gender bias is when you make an assumption about whether only males or females enjoy or engage in specific activities. This may be reflected in the language and images that you use on your event advertisements/marketing, decorations at your event, or other event logistics.

Labeling activities according to which gender you think will enjoy them is a form of non-inclusiveness. Be mindful of this when you are choosing the art, colors, words, and layout of your events.

Sexual orientation bias is when you assume that all your participants are of the same sexual orientation that you are. Again, this can be reflected in your marketing for the event. To be inclusive, you message should be clear that you welcome all persons.

For example, if holding a dance, you may explicitly state that same-sex couples are welcome. You could also show images of same-sex and heterosexual couples dancing. You are helping to create a welcoming and inclusive environment by acknowledging that couples do not just look to be of one particular sexual orientation.

Limiting participation based on an individual’s sexual orientation is another form of non-inclusiveness. Consider the statements that are made on your marketing for the club activity. Seek to let all persons know that they are welcome.

Racial and/or Ethnic bias is when you target or limit a specific group of participants based on their race and/or ethnicity. This is done again through the words and pictures you use to advertise the event, and even in the event activities.

For example, if holding a dance, consider choosing a variety of music that may be enjoyed by persons of other races/ethnicities. Consider decorating in a manner that reflects a variety of races/ethnicities. Perhaps you may even offer a variety of foods.

Structuring activities in a manner that does not welcome all races/ethnicities is another form of non-inclusiveness. Again, make sure that your programming demonstrates that all persons are valued and welcome.

As is stated at the beginning of this section, it is easy to forget to look beyond our own experiences. If you are not affected by a disability, then you may not consider how your event advertisement and/or set up limits potential participants.

Disabilities may be seen or unseen, don’t assume. A disability can affect people physically, either in body structure or functioning, it can affect an individual through restrictions in their activity, or it can affect someone’s ability to participate. Persons with disabilities may be affected by their physical and/or social environments. Additionally, just because someone may have the same disability as another, it does not mean that they are affected exactly the same way.

For more clarity and understanding on the forms of disability, check out this website: https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/types/ (Links to an external site.)

Be mindful of how you are promoting and structuring your event. As with the above topics, leaving someone out, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is not inclusive.

Religious and cultural biases are demonstrated when persons with religious beliefs, cultural rituals and/or traditions are not included. There are such a vast number of cultures and religions throughout the world. It can be daunting to imagine how to be inclusive to all. Instead, acknowledge that other beliefs, rituals, and traditions do exist in your immediate surroundings. Seek to be inclusive by informing yourself of other celebrations, both the time of year and the practices.

For example, if your event is during a time when other cultural or religious practices require fasting, perhaps you can acknowledge that by not having food at the event. Another example may be, if your event celebrates a holiday in a particular month, you can include practices for holidays of other cultures/religions that fall around that time as well.

Be considerate about other religions and cultures. Take the time to inform yourself, and as a club, about the celebrations and practices of others. Excluding an individual by means of disregarding their beliefs, rituals, and/or traditions is another form of non-inclusiveness.

According to the US Census Bureau 1 in 8 persons living in the US have a yearly income that is considered to fall below the poverty line. Poverty may affect people in a variety of ways, but participation in non-essential activities is one of them.

When participation in your event requires any kind of an expense, whether through entrance fees or having to travel to/from a location, you may be limiting who is able to attend.

Remember that your goal should be to include everyone in your event, not only to gain visibility and membership, but to enrich their college experience. If persons are not able to attend because of added financial burdens, that is a form of not being inclusive.

Planning events takes a lot of time and work. There are so many factors to consider. However, you should make inclusive programming one of your top priorities.

Give thought to who is included, or may be excluded by the way you market and structure your events. Demonstrate that you welcome everyone. Be intentional with your words. Carefully consider the graphics and colors you use on your event fliers. Deliberately seek to make your events a safe, welcoming, fun, and engaging place and experience for all.

 

Recruitment & Retention

Clubs have unlimited opportunities to recruit new participants. There are a few things that clubs are asked to take part in that are directly related to recruitment, but any and every activity, event, project, etc. should be seen and utilized as an opportunity to gain membership.

Being a part of a club at a two-year school can have unique challenges due to the frequency of membership-turnover. But one way to ensure that your club, and perhaps club legacy, will continue on is to continuously recruit new members, and ultimately, new officers to lead the club.

Club Flier

Clubs are asked to create a flier that is posted outside the Knight’s Club Room. The club flier should contain the following information:

  • Club Name
  • A sentence or two letting others know the purpose of your club (limit to 2 sentences maximum)
  • Your meeting information
    • Day (include frequency of meetings: i.e. – “every-other Tuesday”; “every Friday”
    • Time (denote Am or PM)
    • Location (if off campus, provide the name and address)

When creating your flier be mindful of how easily others can read and understand it. It’s okay, and encouraged, to use pictures to capture the attention of readers. However, enveloping the words in a picture can make it difficult to read. Likewise, be mindful of the font and colors that you choose.

We recommend that you consider the following suggestions:

  • A font that is easy to read – clearly defined; legible; identifiable lettering
  • Bold lettering to make certain words stand out, particularly if you have pictures around the lettering
  • Black lettering, or if your background is dark, then white lettering
  • Consider making information stand out with bullet-points

(Example:)

  • WHO: Social Justice Club
  • WHAT: Club meetings
  • WHEN: Every Thursday at 2 PM
  • WHERE: Knight’s Club Room
  • WHY: Social Justice Club focus’ on bringing awareness about injustice towards minority groups. In partnership with community leaders, we target systematic-injustice, and seek to make positive change in perspectives and policy.

You may put your information in any order that seems fitting to you, but all the information should be stated to give a complete understanding to the reader, and allow them to make an informed decision about whether they want to join in and are able to make it to your meetings.

Showcase

Each fall and spring quarter the Campus Life office, in partnership with ASWVC Senate, ASWVC Clubs, WVC departments, and Wenatchee community members put on a showcase. This is when everyone comes together, typically around the fountain, in hopes of gaining recognition and participation.

Showcase is a prime opportunity to gain visibility, as attendees are required to visit tables in order to take advantage of free food. Clubs are asked to be creative in coming up with an interactive game or activity in order to better engage with participants.

It is the intention that the interactions that you have with other students will lead to interest and participation in your club. Keep that in mind as you decide on what sort of activity you do at your table. Prepare for the interest of others by having a club flier and/or information sheet about your club available for reference. Additionally, create a membership “sign-up” sheet where you can collect names, phone numbers, and/or emails of interested students.

Be sure to make a point of following up with any students that demonstrate interest in your club. Even if you think they will for sure come to your meetings, contact them and let that know that you are excited for them to join in, make sure that they know when and where the meeting is going to be. Greet new participants at the meeting and do introductions to familiarize and help ease any discomfort that they may feel in this new setting. Additionally, you might want to consider coming up with a short ice-breaker as a way to introduce existing members to new members, and engage them in something fun right away!

Other Activities/Events and Resources for Recruitment

Be aware that any and every flier, activity, and event that you do is an opportunity to highlight your club and gain new members. Consider tabling to advertise an event or just for viability. Utilize the Reader board (this is above the main doors in Van Tassell, send an email out to the campus telling about who you are and inviting others to participate in your club.

Just remember to...

  • Craft your messages and posters in a way that is easy to read and informative - if others cannot clearly read and understand, they are not likely to take the time to seek you out
  • Structure your activities and events in a way that is inviting to all participants - be mindful of various pieces of accessibility, whether mobility limitations, visual/hearing impairments, transportation barriers, etc.
    • For guidance on how you can be more inclusive in your programming, we can help connect you with the Student Access office, and/or the Diversity & Equity Coordinator

Make recruitment one of your top goals in your discussions and decisions.

 

Club Support

It is our hope that you know how much the Campus Life office is invested in the development, growth, survival, and success of your club. Each club brings immeasurable value to the college. Your unique perspectives, goals, and activities not only enrich the college as a whole, but enriches the lives of your peers.

It is our goal to provide you with as much guidance and support as you need. As you plan your activities and events, we understand that at times, navigating college policies, collaborating with various departments, and getting the word out to your peers is not without its challenges. We are here to help you sort out the details in the planning process. Please let us know if and when you need some help. We are here for you! We genuinely enjoy witnessing your success! Your success, is a win not only for your club, but for us, and for the college!