Creating a Club

At any given moment, there are roughly 230 different undergraduate clubs at Rice University. This September, the approximation increased by one: the Art History Club  (AHC) was officially recognized on September 23, making it the youngest (and, in my humble opinion, the most awesome) club at Rice! The AHC is dedicated to furthering involvement in the field of art history among both undergraduate art history majors and any interested non-majors through trips to local museums and exhibitions, film screenings, and guest lectures.

Technically I am the “founder” of the club, but that makes it sound like I did everything by myself. This could not be further from the truth. Rice’s art history department got the ball rolling, handed it off to me, and Rice’s Student Activities (SA) provided all of the necessary resources to make the club happen. Establishing a new club at Rice is a twelve step process, requiring the prospective club’s president (me) to identify key areas of the organization’s potential strengths and weaknesses before there are any real consequences. In order to become an officially recognized club, only a few things needed to happen.

  1. There needed to be a president. This is obvious, but still a necessary point.
  2. Every club needs the wisdom and risk management supervision of an adult, otherwise known as a faculty sponsor.
  3. Most, if not all, clubs need some form of cash flow, which is to be managed by a treasurer.
  4. In order to keep the club accountable, a constitution must be submitted and approved by the SA. This was probably the trickiest part of completing the new club registration process. I felt a bit like a lawyer, selecting my words carefully so that the club wouldn’t be limited in five years.

The AHC has four officers now, including a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. We took an officer photo last night, so enjoy! Unlike nearly every other Rice club, we do not have matching t-shirts…. we’ll work on that 🙂

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