The next chapter that we would like to highlight in our 2013-2014 Key Chapter blog series is our chapter at the University of British Columbia.
During the fall semester, the University of British Columbia chapter continued with their Academic and Tri-Mentoring Launch Event, which pairs industry professionals with junior (1st and 2nd year) and senior (3rd and 4th year) students based on their area of study. During the event, students networked with the professionals, participated in speed interviews and partook in resume-building workshops. This program is widely considered to be the chapter’s most popular academic project in that its unique structure allows for growth and feedback all while providing a rewarding experience for industry professionals. One of the chapter’s key service events for the 2013-2014 academic year was their fundraiser for the University of British Columbia’s Mental Health Awareness Week. In fact the event was such a success that the chapter hosted it twice– once in September and again in January. Each fundraising event ran for two days at the university hall where students would come to pay their tuition. The chapter would sell coffee, juice, tea, bagels and other snacks to go towards hosting mental health awareness workshops at the university. This event gave the chapter an opportunity to meet and greet with other students all while supporting a worthy cause.
One event that the University of British Columbia chapter was particularly proud of this year was their New Member Recognition Event. Although the event takes place in late October, planning started at the beginning of the summer, and all of the chapter officers were involved in the conception, organization and execution of the event. Together members formed sponsorship, marketing and logistics teams, which gave the members a platform to develop their leadership skills. The chapter was proud to have their new honorary members deliver keynote speeches, as well as World Cup Skicross Winner Sven Winter. During the ceremony’s intermission, the chapter introduced their various service projects, such as their Type 2 Diabetes Awareness workshop, Better World Books Drive, clothing drive for Big Brothers and World Vision literacy project. This event proved to be a success with more than two hundred people invited to the event!
Congratulations to our University of British Columbia chapter for their continued success and being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year!
The next chapter that we would like to highlight for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter is the University of Florida chapter!
In the fall, twenty members from the University of Florida Golden Key chapter volunteered at ViVA, a major fundraising event for Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. This organization offers care to individuals who are identified as having life-limited illnesses and for their loved ones. The event features food and drinks, auctions, live music and other entertainment in order to raise money for Haven Hospice, and the Golden Key members volunteered as food and drink servers and helped with the auction. The chapter also hosted two Rock for the Hungry events this past year. The first event was their annual benefit concert, and the second was a Food Truck Rally at a local coffee shop. Together these two event raised more than $1,000 to go towards The Children’s Table, a regional non-profit organization that provides fresh food to families in need.
The University of Florida chapter has had a mentorship program for new members for years now, but the chapter recently saw a decline in program participation. To remedy this, the chapter decided to revitalize the program by hosting “Big/Little Week” directly after the chapter’s New Member Recognition Event in the fall in an attempt to immediately engage new members in the chapter. This program works off the concept of pairing older, experienced members with new members to serve as mentors in their academic lives. Students have the tendency to struggle with balancing life and school their first few semesters in college, and it is often beneficial to have someone with prior knowledge and experience to turn to for help. This week is designed to create lasting relationships between the “Bigs” and “Littles” by hosting team events, which included an event to prepare and service dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and volunteering at a St. Francis House event. Overall, the chapter has found the program to be beneficial to both the “Bigs” and the “Littles”, but also to the chapter as they have seen a major increase in general meeting attendance and overall chapter involvement.
Congratulations to the University of Florida chapter for, once again, being named a Key Chapter!
In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award blog series, we would like to highlight the University of California, Riverside chapter.
The 2013-2014 academic year was a busy year for the University of California, Riverside chapter! For Make A Difference Day in the fall, the chapter collaborated with another student organization on campus to host a community cleanup at a local park. Members spent the day picking up trash on the playground and surrounding areas of the park, cleaning out the trash cans and replacing the trash bags. This event served as a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and help the community. The chapter also held an Adopt A Classroom event each month. Golden Key members would choose a classroom monthly at Bryant Elementary School and read to the students.
This is one of the chapter’s favorite events and continues to be a successful one. For Global Youth Service Day in the spring, chapter members went to the campus’ botanical gardens to help clean up the 40 acre area. Home to more than 3,500 species of plants and trails that extend up to four miles long, the gardens are difficult to maintain and any help is invaluable.
Each semester the University of California, Riverside chapter holds three general meetings in which members, officers and advisors gather to discuss upcoming chapter events. These meetings are unique, though, in that they also make functions out of them. For instance, to kick off the fall semester, the chapter turned their first general meeting into forum to discuss undergraduate research opportunities and how to build lasting relationships with professors. This forum was open to all students on campus, and it served as a wonderful opportunity to meet prospective members on campus. The second general meetings for each semester usually take place just prior to midterm examinations, so the chapter takes this opportunity to turn the general meetings into stress busters. In the spring, they collaborated with Active Minds to have a speaker come talk to the chapter about implementing healthy sleep cycles, napping and tips/facts regarding sleep in our daily lives. The chapter also uses one general meeting each semester to write heartwarming letters to soldiers who serve our country to show appreciation for all that they do.
Congratulations to the University of California, Riverside chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!
We would like to congratulate the University of Alberta chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award winner.
Each year the University of Alberta chapter undertakes a large number of events that align with the three pillars of Golden Key, and this past academic year was no different. To promote leadership development in their members, the chapter created a leadership committee. The program is designed to engage chapter members in the community while promoting personal and professional development. Being a part of this committee allowed members to collaborate with other student groups in administering programs, designing and delivering workshops, managing fundraising projects and putting together volunteer groups for events. The University of Alberta chapter also continued with their service event at the Ronald McDonald House this past year. At this event, Golden Key members prepared dinner and mingled with the families who had children being treated at the center. This service activity is popular among the chapter members in that it allows them to offer support to those families and feel what they are experiencing.
In November 2010, the University of Alberta chapter was looking for a means to expand the chapter in an attempt to get members more actively involved. In light of this, the chapter put together a new organizational team with an altruistic core that was fiscally and ethically responsible. Consisting of ten members, this team came up with the idea for a benefit concert and silent auction to raise money for a select charity, which came to be known as The Vitalus. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the chapter chose Camp He Ho Ha as their beneficiary of choice– a local non-profit organization that provides safe recreational opportunities for physically and mentally disabled children and adults. The fundraising event brought together more than 200 individuals, and the chapter was able to make an impact on the lives of those enrolled at Camp He Ho Ha.
Congratulations to the University of Alberta GK chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner!
Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr. Brendan Nelson, was recently awarded with Honorary Membership in Golden Key. This accolade was presented at The Australian War Memorial by the chapter at The Australian National University, currently the highest ranked university in Australia. Dr. Nelson was nominated as an Honorary Member because of his distinguished service as Director of the Australian War Memorial and his impact in Australian Politics as former Federal Opposition Leader and former Minister for Defense.
The committee attended a small ceremony at The Australian War Memorial, where they presented the certificate to Dr. Nelson and had the chance to speak with him about his role at the iconic museum. “I am not an expert at curating museums, but there are 330 members of staff here who are,” said Dr Nelson. ‘The value I bring is that I’ve got experience in leading people, exercising judgment and working for the benefit of Australians.” Dr. Nelson spoke about the importance of the First World War in creating the Australian identity and said “it’s when foreigners visit The Australian War Memorial that they really discover the soul of our nation.”
“It was such a pleasure to be able to present Dr Nelson with an Honorary Membership and have the opportunity to talk to him,” said Nicholas Ramirez, Golden Key chapter president at The Australian National University. “He is an exemplar candidate and a great role model for our members to look up to. Throughout his professional life, Dr Nelson has embodied the three pillars of Golden Key, academics, leadership and service.”
Golden Key is thrilled to welcome such a highly regarded member of the public service as an honorary member.
The eighth chapter that we would like to feature in our Key Chapter Winner blog series is the Golden Key chapter at Norfolk State University!
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Norfolk State University chapter held numerous events that aligned with the three pillars of Golden Key. One such occasion was the chapter’s Make A Difference Day community service event in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup Project. For the event, student members spent the day picking up trash in their targeted area and reporting their findings to the Ocean Conservancy Organization. By the time they were done, the chapter had collected a total of ten bags worth of trash, which earned the chapter a Certificate of Award and a mention on the Hampton Clean City Commission website. Later in the year, the chapter partook in Senior Services Day, a day dedicated to spending time with senior citizens in the area. Chapter members gathered at the Norfolk Healthcare Center where they hosted various games, played music, shared snacks and socialized with the elderly living at the center.
One of the chapter’s most gripping events was collaborating with a local youth program that services at-risk youth who are on the verge of dropping out of high school. This program assists these youth by helping them to attain their high school diploma or GED and prepare them for life after graduation. The Golden Key members served as mentors to the students by keeping them inspired and focused on accomplishing their educational goals. These mentors would stay in constant communication with the at-risk youth, and they played an active role in ensuring that they graduate and have a better life. This project proved to be effective and was inspirational not only to the youth but also to the Golden Key members.
Congratulations to all of the members at our Norfolk State University chapter for their involvement in the community and for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Winner!
In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter Winner blog series, we would like to spotlight the Oakland University Golden Key chapter!
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Oakland University chapter took part in a numerous service events that affected their surrounding community. One such occasion was the chapter’s participation in Hispanic Outreach Day of Service at the Hispanic Outreach Center in September. Coordinated by Oakland University’s Center for Multicultural Initiatives, the Golden Key chapter co-sponsored the event, which included preparing the Center’s garden for the winter and preparing boxed lunches for all of the volunteers. This served as an excellent opportunity to collaborate with various departments and student organizations at the university and, more importantly, show appreciation and serve their community. One month later for Make A Difference Day, the Oakland University chapter participated in their annual Rake And Run to help senior citizens in their community by raking their yards. In order to make this possible, the chapter partnered with the Auburn Hills Community Center, who was able to provide a list of senior citizens who needed help and trash bags for members to use. An overall success, this annual event continues to be fun and rewarding for the chapter and has helped to create a strong sense of community amongst the members.
The Oakland University chapter’s largest event is their annual PB&J Day event. This year marked their 13th occasion of the event, and it continues to become bigger and better each year. The goal of the service event is to make as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as possible for the Salvation Army to be passed out on their Bread & Breakfast Trucks. In order to make the event possible, the chapter partnered with grocery stores in the area who donated the necessary supplies. The chapter also received help marketing the event from the athletics department, who promoted it to student athletes, and the local radio station showed up to the event, as well. More than 140 volunteers participated in the event, and together they were able to make a record-breaking 2,223 sandwiches– 709 more than the previous year! This initiative serves not only as an excellent opportunity to help their community, but also promote their chapter to the university. In fact, the Golden Key chapter received the Student Activities Funding Board’s Best Fundraising Event Award and Outstanding Traditional Program Award!
Congratulations to our Oakland University chapter for their continued success and being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year!