Molloy's Circle K Club Wins Several Awards
By Hannah Werthan
On March 17-19, Molloy's Circle K club went to Albany, New York, for the New York State District Convention (DCON). The club, which is an international service organization founded by Business student Asad Moughal in 2015, received four awards, three for the club and an individual award. They won the Governor's Project Award for Hope 4 Homeless, the Outstanding Club Video Award, the Outstanding Inter-Club Award for communication with other clubs in New York State, and Outstanding Treasurer.
Hope 4 Homeless was a district project that set out to increase awareness about the homeless community, as well as provide care for the homeless. Over the past year, Molloy's Circle K club, as well as the other Circle K clubs in New York State, did service projects to help the homeless.
Molloy's chapter made care packages and distributed them, went on water runs in NYC, and educated others on the growing rates of homelessness. Sophomore Adolescent Mathematics Education/Special Education major Jorge Vilca received the Outstanding Treasurer award. As treasurer, he collects dues, which give members an opportunity to apply for awards, and makes sure that money raised from fundraisers goes to the appropriate organizations. He also records and reports any deductions from the budget. "The best part about the job is staying connected with our District Treasurer who represents all the treasurers in the N.Y. district," says Jorge.
Jorge's enthusiasm for the club is immediately evident. "Why did I join [Circle K]? Well, it's because I love community service; I love giving back to the community. Everyone in this world has a chance at a good life. For those who have gone through misfortunes, it doesn't mean they have no way getting back up. Molloy Circle K looks to give hope to them and make this world a better place," he says.
Three members of Circle K - Sarah Moughal, Jorge Vilca, and club vice president Kevin Sebastian - as well as their advisor, Education Professor Marjorie Schiering, participated in the convention. The students presented on interview resume tips, and how to dress and look for an interview. Dr. Schiering held a workshop on Character Building.
"We learned so many leadership skills by getting to host our workshops. We learned how to interact professionally and make new friends ...The 400 people [at the convention] now know about our school and the spirit and energy we bring from it," says Circle K president and Accounting major Sarah Moughal.