Zak! The points you make are correct, but the only thing that bothers me is I feel one cannot critique something without giving reason or advice on a way to improve.
Sorry if you don't know much about enlightenment philosophers, but this is the best example I can think up (I took Euro history this year), it's like the difference between Voltaire and montesquieu – All Voltaire mostly did was criticize people and places, and left his criticisms to the world with almost nothing more. Montesquieu, on the other hand, criticized, but also gave reason ideas on how to change things to fit his views. So that's what I'm asking you, be more like Montesquieu. Otherwise, how will things ever get better??
It actually seems ironic to me because you are quite embodying the SFSC spirit with this post; criticizing with no action. Waiting too long, until everything is done to make a move or speak up.
This may take some time and thought, but I feel it is much better than making short empty criticisms. Sorry if I’m being a bitch about this.
A major reason I feel that SFSC has not really done all it could is because there is so many things SFSC, as a club, can do; people lift up there expectations for it, thinking that SFSC should and could do anything. But, of course, expectations fail, because there's no one in the club that will put their all into it. Everyone has so many ideas, but no one had the time to fully execute.
For me, running something as Open Mic Nite was much, much easier because there was only one goal to be achieved, and nothing else was expected; to run and set up an open mic nite every few months.
I’m sure, in a similar way, The Jew club was easier to run for you also; you had one major goal, which was something along the lines of promoting the Jewish culture in school.(sorry if I’m kind of off on jewclub goal?)
For SFSC things, we had a few events we’d do regularly, such as feeding homeless people, organizing debates, donating money to charities, urging members to participate in rallies and other events, promoting school awareness about world events.
I feel that why Feed the streets happened many times, but not enough were because a few reasons. Events on the weekend are always open to the probability of people not being able at random times to show up. I know some in the club really wanted Feed the Streets to happen regularly and successfully, and I know some weren’t interested in participating in it at all. There, you have a difference of ideas in the club.
Another prime example of differences of ideas in the club is the LJ community, even…there were a few people that really promoted it, but in the end not enough club members wanted to sign up, leaving this as what it is; a confused somewhat official SFSC board that is hardly used.
I actually think, all in all, our debates have been pretty successful…we had many more of them last year, and those were always good. Our one and only debate of this year, the Israel vs. Palestine debate, turned out really successful I thought.
Sure, SFSC could have had debates even more regularly, but realistically, how was that going to happen? Club members had too little time on their hands to pull that of regularly. Another mighty expectation for SFSC left hollow.
And no offence to Kameko, but she really wasn’t there for me when I needed her as a co-president. Well, it’s more she never stepped up to the task of a co-president fully, leaving the bunt of organizing with me, and this year, as you may remember from conversations we had, my mind wasn’t even fully in it!
There are many more things I could go into and say, as I didn’t even go into about how successful or not donating to charities, urging members to participate in rallies and other events, and promoting school awareness about world events was, but I guess I’ll start concluding this rambling post about now.
For future club members, if SFSC does revive itself again, I push to start a new, more specialized offshoot club for their main cause or interest if they want to get something actually done. Or start off at the beginning of the year with a set of realistic goals that will be sure to get done regularly and will not leave expectations empty. We tried doing that at the beginning of the year, however not enough members had their hearts truly in it. We were all seniors and had college apps to fill out, good grades to get, sports to play, plays to act in; get members who will put their full enthusiasm and might into it. Stir up passion. Get the word out by talking to people, by handing out flyers. Don’t expect students and members of the community to learn about world events and get interested in SFSC activities just by hoping they’ll see some flyers on some random walls. Grow a community, so when it does come to doing things outside school, club members will indeed want to do it together, instead of going off with only their friends.