Congratulations to Trinity Preparatory School, FJCL's Club of the Month for January! Trinity Prep JCL held a supplies drive for pets from January 16-30 and donated all of the supplies they received to Pet Rescue by Judy, a charity for animals in Sanford. On January 31st, they went to the Save a Life Pet Rescue in Oviedo and volunteered for three hours, helping the rescue get puppies adopted. They also established a Publicity Rewards Program to help club members get more excited about publicity. Saumya Sao, Trinity JCL President, made posters with all of the prize levels and the point levels according to the Nationals rubric so that club members would be encouraged to participate in publicity.
Salvete, Omnes! The FJCL Officers are here again to give you more important information about all things Latin in Florida.
Finally, Regional Fora are upon us! This past weekend we had six Regional Fora and coming up on the 14th of February, we will have our final two Regional Fora! At Regionals, we take tests, play certamen, and dominate Olympika! It is a great opportunity to get some more practice as well as make some more friends before State Forum rolls around.
The Ambassadors Program is a new FJCL program that will be introduced at State Forum and has been in the works since last year! The basic idea behind this program is that current members of the FJCL can apply to become “Ambassadors” meaning that they can earn service hours by helping to expand the membership of the FJCL. Some schools in Florida currently have Latin programs, but are not involved in the FJCL and do not attend State Forum. As Ambassadors, students will be given Ambassador Packets and will find any nearby schools that would be eligible for this program. Ambassadors would then contact these schools and, using the materials provided with the Ambassador Packets, help the school on its way to joining the FJCL. Please email email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions!
Another program new to the FJCL is the monthly service projects. The service project for the month of February is focused around helping local hospitals. This could mean making valentines for sick children receiving care or volunteering your time at a local care center. There is also a nation project called “Kick-It for Cancer” where you play kickball to help raise money for cancer research. For more information on this, visit http://www.kick-it.org. Whatever you decide to do, be creative and have fun. Make sure to take pictures of what your club does and submit an application to be “Club of the Month” for your service by submitting your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. This application should just include a description of what your club did as well as the pictures you took. Congratulations to our first ever Club of the Month, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School! Over the Holiday Season they collected over 250 non-perishable goods to donate to a local food bank so that those less fortunate would have a meal on the holidays. Keep up the good work!
The 2014-2015 FJCL Officers
Congratulations to the FJCL Club of the Month for January, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School!
In the month of December, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School's chapter of the Florida Junior Classical League decided to help their community. This group of high schoolers collected over 300 various boxes and cans of nonperishable goods, which they then donated to The Lord's Pantry, a local food bank. As they strengthened their club's bond, the JCLers helped feed the less fortunate in Bradenton over the holiday season.
If you would like your club to be considered for Club of the Month, send information about your club's activity to FJCL Vice President, Zach Bessette.
Salvete, Omnes! This is our first monthly officer update! This year, monthly letters from the officers will be posted on the FJCL website. To kick things off, we officers are excited to announce the theme of the 2015 State Forum:
Faber est suae quisque fortunae
Each man is the architect of his own fate
-Appius Claudius Caecus
The National Convention at Emory University was a blast, and Florida had awesome success; our novice Certamen team won first place, and the FJCL won First place in the spirit competition at the Friday General Assembly. Special recognition goes to our historian, Sara Meadow, whose amazing scrapbook won first place at Nationals!
Florida also helped run the first ever Agon tournament at Nationals. Speaking of Agon, it will now be offered at local Certamen tournaments as well as Regional Forums, and it will be returning to the 2015 State Forum. Also coming to the State Forum is a new Ludi competition, Sight Latin Reading!
The Ambassadors program is also returning, and we would like for all chapter presidents to send their contact information to Daniel Griessler, our technology coordinator, so that we can build a communication system for further projects, which will be detailed in the November letter. Along with the ambassadors program, schools participating in the monthly national service projects can now also send their submissions to the FJCL website. Just keep in mind that submissions to the FJCL website will not count toward the publicity contest.
Anyone with questions should email Zach Bessette, FJCL Vice President, at email@example.com. Finally, State Forum rules and regulations are now on the FJCL website. School sponsors should be on the lookout for notices concerning changes.
The 2014-2015 FJCL Officers
This is the first post of the new FJCL blog.