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[20 May 2006|09:02am]

iamapatientboy

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.

Chow, SFSC!
-Shannon

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It's over! [19 May 2006|02:04pm]

medura_host
[ mood | end-of-year cheer ]

Well, this has been one of the quietest boards ever. I think this will be SFSC's last year. I don't mean to sound defeatist, but lets face it: there isn't a member who is not a senior. and we were not all that active. The group needed much better organization, more clear-cut goals, and a strong plan to achieve those goals. We went 0 for 3 on that.

All the same, it's been fun, empowering, and great fluff for college applications.

Good year, good luck, and goodbye.
Zak Marsh, class of 2006
Minister of Propaganda 2004-2005, 2005-2006.

PS: this is what part of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.

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FTS [04 Nov 2005|06:51pm]

jinni_zero
[ mood | bouncy ]

ATTENTION:

SFSC will host FEED THE STREETS on Sunday morning. we will meet @ Shannon's house* at 10am to make sandwiches and stuff. around 11, we'll head to Glenmont station and metro it to downtown DC. bring cash for metro fare and lunch supplies (if you can). this is not school sponsored, but it's an excellent opportunity to get out there and make a difference in our community. if you can attend, comment on this joint or call my cell: 240 344 5116

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[19 Sep 2005|09:55pm]
5h4nn0n
Hey fellas,
It looks like this upcoming meeting were going to talk about initiating the Katrina benefit with the Ebony Club(Kameko found out what exactly we need to get so we can start it now :P), having a table at back to school nite, and going as a club to the free anti-war rally/concert this sat. at the Washington Monument...some good bands are playing so it should be cool.
Here's a link for the website of the war rally we want to go to this Sat. - http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3091
here's the website with all of the bands that are playing sat. afternoon -
http://www.opceasefire.org/

Sai, I say Gawdamn add my new sn on here :P
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Katrina Benefit concert info. [09 Sep 2005|03:45pm]
5h4nn0n
So, I talked to Mrs. P. about SFSC helping out at the benefit concert, and she said it would be best if we helped out with the clean-up after the concert, from around 7:30 to 8:30pm.
So after the concert ends, we'll meet up as a group with Mrs. Muldoon in the back of the school next to the portables and feild hockey feild
Our job will be to take down posters, put away equipment and clean up after the concert.
If you have other plans then, I'm sure it would be fine if you came before the concert to help out with the set-up
it should be fun :)
reply if you think you can come

oh yah and Sai...my new LJ is Iamapatientboy, add me on here dammit.
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Huricane [03 Sep 2005|02:45pm]

jumpingjax
I don't know if any of you remember that group SPJ from awhile ago, but my sister was in it and I'm still on their email list. This email came from them... care to help?

_______________________________________________________________________________

The DC Armory is hosting over 400 families of refugees
of the flood and its aftermath. Their biggest needs at
this time are bottled water and anything that would
constitute a "care package." For example,
toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, undergarmets,
clothes, towels, soap, etc. (an article with more
information about this effort can be found at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2005/09/01/AR2005090101580.html, see below)

Here is a message from a local activist supporting
the efforts:

"The Armory is open 24/7. All items need to eventually
get to the First district office at 415 4th St SW.

2 WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

1) If you would like to help collect items, please
call Mike K at 904.891.3971 and I will try to either
have you help pick up items or even go door to door to
collect them.

2) If you have things to donate and cannot get them to
the first district office, please call Mike K at
904.891.3971 and I will try to arrange a meeting place
to pick up the products.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
I would like to get as many items for these families
as possible. Also if anyone has connections with
supermarkets or department stores or on school
campuses where we could put out a collection box,
please contact me immediately. My email is
mkollenb@yahoo.com

Let's show these 400 families that DC cares. They
arrive Monday.

Mike Kollenberg/MikeyK
904.891.3971
703.524.4305"


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2005/09/01/AR2005090101580.html

Shelter in D.C.
Officials Offer to Bus Hundreds of Refugees to Armory

By Eric M. Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 2, 2005; Page B01

District officials are working on a plan to bring as many as 400 New
Orleans refugees to Washington and shelter them in the D.C. Armory.

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), City Administrator
Robert C. Bobb and other District officials spent yesterday
scrambling to help with the desperate health and safety conditions
caused by Hurricane Katrina.
"We're a city with a lot of resources and a big heart," Catania said.

A spokesman for Metro said the District asked the transit agency to
secure 10 buses equipped with restrooms to help bring refugees to the
District. The buses would leave today for New Orleans or Houston,
where some residents have been taken, and return on Labor Day.

City officials said the Red Cross would decide who would come to the
District.

Charles Blake, senior director of emergency and international
services for the American Red Cross of the Capital Area, said he will
meet with city officials this morning to discuss the plan and what
exactly the city would require of the Red Cross. He said the agency
would have a problem choosing who gets relief.

"I'm not saying it's not going to happen or it is going to happen,"
Blake said. "There are implications for every decision, and we need
to talk about how we want to do this and make sure we're thinking of
the total process."

Salt Lake City and Charlotte are also preparing to accept Gulf Coast
area refugees, according to the Red Cross.

Jo'Ellen Countee, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Emergency Management
Agency, offered details of the city's plan but stressed that it "is a
work in progress."

Twenty caseworkers with the city's Human Services Department would
travel to the area on the buses and assist the displaced residents on
the ride back, Countee said.

At the armory, the city's emergency plans for "mass care" would kick
in, providing refugees with drinking water, food from on-site or
mobile kitchens and access to basic medical care, counseling and
other social services.

Countee said Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., commanding general of
the D.C. National Guard, has given permission to use the armory.

The armory has a 64,722-square-foot main hall that can be configured
to seat as many as 10,000 people and has shower facilities, according
to a spokesman for the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.

Sheltering hundreds of refugees for an undetermined duration would
force the cancellation of numerous events at the armory. This month
and next, six concerts, two receptions, a job fair and an expo for
the Marine Corps Marathon are to be held there.

Steven Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman, said the buses used to
transport the refugees would not be Metrobuses because they do not
have restrooms and are not designed to handle a 1,100-mile trip
between Washington and New Orleans. The Transit Authority is
arranging to find buses and drivers as a favor to the District, which
would pay for the buses, he said.

Catania praised Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), Bobb and other city
officials for putting the relief effort together quickly.

Catania said that a member of his staff is from New Orleans and that
the office has been working to bring her mother to the District. He
said another member of the staff member's family has not been heard
from since Katrina devastated the region.

He said District residents have always been generous to those in need.

"It might very well be us someday because of a natural or other
emergency," Catania said. "It's good karma for us to be in the
business of reaching out."
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just a reminder... [30 Aug 2005|09:06pm]

jinni_zero
[ mood | mellow ]

SFSC is getting back into the swing of things. Our first meeting of the year is tomorrow @ lunch, in Ms. Muldoon's room (E270).

Be there! We got a bunch of stuff to talk about. oh! and bring a friend or two!

kthnx

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duties [02 Jun 2005|08:32pm]

jinni_zero
[ mood | chipper ]

elections were wrapped up this week. next year's officers are as follows:

Prez = Kameko
VP = Sai
Treasurer = Corrina
Minister of Propaganda = Zak

i believe the position of secretary is under dispute...but i'm not entirely sure. someone holla at me about that. i'll post the secretarial duties as soon as i know what's up.

officer dutiesCollapse )
event chairsCollapse )
holla.
~Sai (VP+MoD)

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newsies [30 May 2005|04:49pm]

jinni_zero
[ mood | awake ]

well, the Shepherd's Table experience was interesting and in a nice way. if you weren't there, i'd have to say that you missed out.

anywho, guess what?

elections tomorrow! if you're running, you better get your election speeches ready. and if you're not...just sit back and enjoy the show!

until next time -
Sai - VP+MoD

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dun-nun-na-nun...Shepherds table! [25 May 2005|08:28pm]
5h4nn0n
[ mood | awake ]

Holla everybody
Well Shepherd's table is *this* weekend on Saturday. Kameko has been trying to call the place to double check our reservations, but alas no one is picking up the phone. :( Well, just so everyone knows, this is what were up to so far: Our reserved time there starts a 5pm and ends at 11, but if you have somewhere to go or can't get there at 5 it's no big, this job is gonna be pretty flexible in regard to time. We'll be handing out dinner and helping clean up. Respond to this post if you think you'll need a ride. We need around 10 people to go, so if you think you can atleast put in 2 hours, please do! Anyway, all the cool kids are doing it. Really. Respond to this post if you can go! Thanks.
..And of course, the link: http://www.shepherdstable.org/index.htm

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live journal! community! ahh! [23 May 2005|03:14pm]
5h4nn0n
Hey Everybody! Awesome site, props to Saidah!
Well, our Screening of Hotel Rwanda will be after school tomorrow, May 23rd in the Amphitheater. I know a lot of people in the club wanted to see it, so I hope everyone can come!! To attend everyone must have a parent permission form signed, so if you forgot to pick it up, I attached it with word to the email I sent out. welll, see everyone then, and remember to invite friends
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"you have to be the change you wish to see in the world." ...and in this club [19 May 2005|06:00pm]

jumpingjax
Hey Everyone,
I had an idea... A couple of meetings ago we were talking about what we liked and didn't like about the club this year and about what we want to do better for next year. As I sat there looking around at everyone it seemed to me that some people had things they were too afraid to say because they didn't want to hurt anyones feelings. Well, on LJ you can post comments annonymously. So, how about we start a list here of what we liked and want to continue and of what we didn't like and needs to be changed. If you are comfortable posting with your own user name then please do, but if you are not and would prefer for people not to know who it was that said something, then please feel free to post anonymously. Be honest, say what's on your mind, and it will make next year be the best it can possibly be. Thanks everyone!
~Jackie
Co-President

PS: Don't forget to come see Hotel Rwanda after school on Tuesday!!!! And bring friends.
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Let's Get it Started in Here! [18 May 2005|09:57pm]

medura_host
[ mood | excited ]

It seems we have a community at last!

Well, now that this is off and running, I'd just like to say congradulations to SFSC on a great year, great leadership, great progress, and may we look to a great and bright, beautiful future! To everyone who helped make this year an amazing experience in SFSC for myself, for the others, for the school, and for the Blake community, thank you. Well done, everyone, and see you next week!

Minister of Propaganda,
SFSC Leadership 2004-2005
Zak Marsh

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holla [18 May 2005|09:24pm]

jinni_zero
[ mood | chipper ]

welcome to the bran-spankin'-new sfsc community. the purpose of this thang is to make sfsc more accessible to YOU, our members.

if you don't know, the club meets on tuesdays in ms. graham-bell's room (E262). i know that it's not always possible to make it to meetings and sometimes the e-mails act up, so this is a third method of getting sfsc info. the main points of each meeting and furture plans will be posted on the site. also, articles, pics, and other delectible tidbits of info may be posted.

if you are new to LJ and don't know all its ins and outs yet, you can IM me with questions (AIM: echo 89 06) and i'll try to help you out. for those of you who aren't LJ users at all: no, you don't HAVE to have an LJ for this community, but it deff makes life easier (in other words: go get one PLEASE).

____________________________


so what's new on the sfsc agenda?

*elections coming up soon!
*screening of Hotel Rwanda next tues (may 24th) -- bring yourself. bring a friend.

there are other things coming up soon, as well, but those are just off the top of my head.

until next time,
ciao!

-Sai
VP/MoD
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