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Monday, September 14, 2009

Redwood City Symphony

"The Symphony's great strength is its intrepid explorations in repertoire, which are often quite courageous for a community group." --San Francisco Classical Voice

We had the great pleasure in once again hosting the Redwood Symphony Orchestra at Cañada College. The PTK volunteers (Jenna Murphy, Said Taibi, Violeta Crow, Aldo Garcia, Isaiah Roggow, and Johnathan Werden) set up, ran, and broke down the concession and ticket stand. In between those duties, when the Orchestra was performing, the volunteers could sit and withness one of the best volunteer symphonies in the country.

By volunteering to perform the logistics of a concert for an all volunteer orchestra, Beta Zeta Nu was able to help bring art to the local population of students and community members. We were also able to build relationships between Beta Zeta Nu members and the event coordinators.

High School Outreach

As part of our effort to connect with local high schools, Rene Rivera represented Phi Theta Kappa during a summer Cañada campus tour for high school students. The purpose of this presentation was to reach out to future students of Cañada and possible future PTK members. It was important to show the incoming students the programs and clubs available to them, including PTK, and show why it was important for them to stay active in their campus and community. The presentation was provided in Spanish to support these first generation immigrant students who spoke very little English. Thanks to Rene, these students have a better knowledge of the possibilities for greater enrichment as college students.

Library Foundation

On August 23rd, Beta Zeta Nu helped the Library Foundation of Redwood City raise money at the North Fair Oaks Festival in Redwood City. The money was intended to help the Library Foundation purchase materials for Redwood City libraries, which would benefit the community at large. We gathered volunteers from the chapter (Aldo Garcia, Violeta Crow and Rene Rivera) and sold raffle tickets to passers-by at our booth in the festival. The foundation was raffling attractive prizes, such as an iPod, soccer ball, tickets for a Giants game and more. The event was fun for the chapter as well as the community and we were able to raise about $400 for a noble cause. We were also able to represent students of Cañada College and Phi Theta Kappa.