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Oct. 31st, 2008



Minutes for Meeting 10-23-08

National Honor Society Meeting 10-23-08
Business Handled:
-County-wide National Honor Society Meeting ideals: share definitions of a good leader or Honor Society member (kindness, helping other people, using the good characteristics of your favorite leaders as inspiration)
-Mr. Cohen water bottle recycling program-top of Main, with caps are not preferred, money from recycling will be used to help the school
-Giant Birthday card for LVA staff:
-need 6 (crafty/artistic) people to volunteer
-monthly card
-Blind Center on Tuesday
-must have own ride to there and to home, ask other volunteers to carpool
-Valley Auto-mall Christmas Tree
-collaborate with other clubs
-3 people to go with Mrs. Nordstrom to buy decorations and then present tree
-School-wide Toilet paper drive for Shade Tree
-Wildlife Fund: major animals are candidates for school mascot, depending on the largest contributor
-Hour Folders
-update them so that they are ready and you are not on probationary notice at the end of the semester
-Edison Elementary
-we need permanent volunteers
-SPARK Program-continue going
-Presentation from Lauren Lebby
-Hope Link: family crisis help (financial aid)
-grants from government, private companies, individual donors
-programs like: literacy programs (book donations used), tutoring,
-start a music program for at-risk elementary students (Save the Music VH1 has donated instruments, but we need teachers!)
-volunteer opportunities now: people to come in afterschool or on the weekends to go through and organize food pantry and clothes sorting
-volunteer application with Mrs. Nordstrom; can be a part of the mentoring or music program (get a call sometime in January, when programs are set up)
-main office located in Henderson, but there are meeting places in Las Vegas (meeting in a park)
-start a mentoring program
-Christmas program: adopt a family, help a family with toys, Christmas dinner, tree, etc.
Expenditures voted on:
-T-shirts are in
Date of Next Meeting: November 6th, 2008
-Lauren Lebby presentation will continue for next meeting (video presentation)

Sep. 24th, 2008



Minutes for 9-24-08

NHS Minutes, 9-24-08
Items passed out:
-Look at community service events sheet for information on the Buddy Walk, Walk Now for Autism, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Light the Night Walk, Out of the Darkness Walk, and NAMI Walk.
-SPARK Presentation with Rebecca Allen
-collect old cell phones
-collect $10 t-shirt money
-talk about upcoming walks
-discuss how tutoring went
-SPARK Program Presentation-Rebecca Allen, adaptive recreation
-kids ages 3-8 with disabilities (down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, etc.)
-run during the school year on Saturdays from 9-12, volunteers arrive between 8:30-8:45, leave around 12:15-12:30 (for set-up and clean-up purposes)
-outdoor games, arts and crafts,
-designed to help social interaction for disabled, give opportunities for community service
-student volunteers will eventually help plan activities/take leadership roles
-1:2 ratio (volunteer: kid),
-Social play and respite for kids is the unabbreviated name
-gives parents the opportunity to have a break and gives the children a chance to meet new people
-floor open for questions:
-not every Saturday
-can come in whenever you can
-fill out waiver forms, sign up as participant to avoid obligations for drug testing, etc., put your e-mail on the waiver to receive a calendar to sign up for days to volunteer; turn in waivers when you come to the program
-location: Lorenzi Park, off of Washington between Rancho and Valley View
-designed for high school students to come in for volunteer hours
-donations?: can’t ask for donations, but can accept money if offered, NHS can hold a fundraiser for SPARKS, use bracelets for fundraisers? (Lissy’s idea)
-example of activities: coloring books, mingling/interacting, encouraging children to socialize, volunteers will plan activities/arts and crafts later in the program
-Collection of Old Cell Phones:
-none this week
-no deadline
-will take broken cell phones
-no hour credits for bringing in a cell phone
-T-Shirt Money
-due by this Friday
-send Katrina an email if there’s an issue preventing money to delay our order
-see paper
-Katrina will send an email of those she will attend, will count as group hours
-pick up a paper to prove you were there
-Blind Center Experience
-no one showed up
-spread the word!
-still get hours if no one shows up
-remember to sign up on calendar

Sep. 18th, 2008

umbrella eh eh eh


NHS Meeting 9-17-08

We have t-shirts!
-They are $10 each.
-They are blue, have a picture of a bird on them and read, "We are something out of the ordinary. National Honor Society. Las Vegas Academy."
-It is not required that you buy a shirt, but they enable us to have an identity as a group when we volunteer, and a very small portion of you ten dollars goes to our club to use for future events.
-Sign up with your shirt size at the end of the meeting. -Money is due no later than next Wednesday, September 24th. Turn it in to Mrs. Nordstrom.

Blind Center of Nevada
-We will volunteer there Tuesday after school.
-At the Blind Center, the following tasks are needed of us: tutoring children, answering phones, shelving books in the library, doing light office work, and cleaning toys in the playroom. Unfortunately thy only need one to two people per day.
-Saturday, Oct. 25: rummage sale in the parking lot of the Blind Center; lots of volunteers are needed!
-Tuesday December 23rd: Christmas party, we'd work with refreshments and directly with children.
-Easter Egg Hunt: date to be announced
-Ladybug pins are for sale in April as April ladybug month. The pins are $5. We can sell pins AND make phone calls for contributions. The would be a GROUP EFFORT. Spark Program through the City of Las Vegas' Adaptive Recreation Division.
-The SPARK Program runs on Saturday mornings from 9-12pm during the school year.
-It is for children ages 3-8 with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.
If we are interested, I will have the spokeswoman for this project come to our next meeting and discuss this amazing opportunity with us!
-I have two forms that need to be filled out by each person interested in working the SPARK Program.
-Dates already in place for volunteer work (all from 9am-12pm)
-Sign up at the end of this meeting and pick up a form if you are interested. Forms are due at the next meeting, when we will meet with Mrs. Allen. I need to call and reserve our places at the events above, so please check your calendars to see which days you can volunteer so that during the NEXT meeting, you can sign up. I'M NOT SURE OF THE EXACT LOCATION FOR THESE EVENTS. I'm working on getting that information for you.

Tutoring at LVA!
-Starting next week, we will tutor in Mrs. Nordstrom's room starting at 10:15 EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. Yes, you read that correctly. Each and every Tuesday and Thursday of the year.
-Of course, random exceptions will be made for days when we are testing or whatever. But plan on tutoring for personal hours every Tuesday and Thursday that you can make it.
-A calendar will be posted outside of Mrs. Nordstrom's room. If you are going to tutor, you need to sign up in ADVANCE. If you sign up, IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU COME.

Other things you should know:
Light the Night Walk: Saturday, October 18th at Town Square at 5pm
Relay for Life-no date set
Race For the Cure-no date set
Dimes for Babies-no date set

**I hate to be the bad guy and tell you this, but if you have required volunteer hours for another club or class or your major of whatever, you can't count those as personal service hours for National Honor Society. It was a big issue last year, and you just have to understand those are the rules and we have to abide by them. :( TRUST ME, our lives woul all be a lot easier if our required hours for other classes counted for this club, but they don't. SORRY!!!

What I need to know from each and every onen of you:
1. Are you involved in a club that we can get connected to? examples of these clubs include but are DEFINITELY not limited to: Environmental Awareness Club, Recycling Club, Habitat for Humanity, , etc. If you are, please email me (katrinketleshan@yahoo.com) and let me know what we can do to get involved with YOUR club. The more power for a cause, the better off the cause is!! As long as we're getting things accomplished, the name of the club isn't important. And if we decide to combine forces with another club as a GROUP, and you go as an NHS MEMBER, your hours will count for National Honor Society. (You can't count them for both clubs.)
2.Is there a specific day and/or walk that your heart is SET on participating in or things like Earth Day of Friendship Day? Tell an officer in the hallway, email Katrina, or post here on the livejournal.
3. Bring old cells phones to the next meeting for "Cell Phones For Soldiers."

Jun. 21st, 2008



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Hey NHS Members!

One of our member's (Niki) moms has been made the president of the Nevada Blind Children's foundation, and could really use some assistance
They are in need of people to: 
-man the phones
-help out with the library (that's going to be a prime concern over the summer)
-help with fundraisers
-make coloring kits
-maybe help some kids with homework during the school year

If anyone is interested, since this could qualify as group and individual hours, please call at either 221-0847 or 275-9633 and something can be set up.  

Please thank Niki for this great opportunity to help out!


Jun. 7th, 2008




Hey everyone! HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!!

If you're going to work at the graduation next week, here's what you need to know:

1. We are meeting at the back entrance to the New Orleans arena, according to Mrs. Nordstrom. I'm not exactly sure what that means, since I'm not aware of the layout of the place. However, just look for a group of NHS kids, and you'll know you're in the right place. If I can go for sure, I'll let you guys know so that you can reach me via cell phone.

2. You need to wear professional attire! When I did this two years ago, we stood at the door and handed out programs. Since we're representing the school, we NEED TO LOOK NICE. :) So, wear black pants and a nice shirt or something. Whatever YOU believe to be appropriate - that means no jeans, no t-shirts, no tennis shoes.. Use your judgment.

3. We need to meet at 11:15. Be there early, though, because last time THE TRAFFIC WAS INCREDIBLE. I mean incredible in a BAD way. It took me like an hour just to find a parking space. So.... Make sure that even if your parents are just dropping you off that you're there ON TIME. We're not going to have time to run around and look for everyone once it's time to hand out programs.

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

Just respond to this one. I need to know how much man/womanpower we will have!

~ Katrina

May. 21st, 2008



Minutes 5-21-08

 National Honor Society Meeting Minutes
May 21st, 2008

Meeting called to order at 10:17 a.m.

-assemble folders, fill out contact information, sign in

-graduation ceremony
    June 12th, New Orleans Arena, need 10 volunteers, sign up on the sign-in sheet
    Be there at 11:15 am; pass out programs, 2 or 3 group hours available during this event

-objectives/goals for next year
    -give money to special Olympics: Rachael, Niesha,
    -animal shelter work: MaryGen , Amy
    -help clean up the campus: Elizabeth
    -Habitat for Humanity, environment work: Marissa, Rebecca
    -Big Brother/Sister Program: Lauren
    -Raise money for cancer victims for treatment: Matt
    -Make-a-wish foundation: Paige, Ashley (also Nevada homeless Youth)
    -Relay for life, walk with the heart of the child: Kelli
    -quilts for newborn babies (LDS): Brooke
    -Abuse victim help: Cammie
    -graffiti cleanup: ?
    -Ronald McDonald House: ?, Shararyah (wish-list),
    -cancer walks: ?, Alex, Jessica
    -canned food drive, art supplies for unfortunate schools: Mary
    -Create foundation for homeless: Judith, Josh
    -recycling, trash clean up, money for AIDS foundation: Joey
    -MS Walk, MS benefits: Shannon
    -Leprosy bandages: Shararyah
    -Springs Preserve, Environmental Club collaboration: Alyssa
    -Recycling system: Margot
    -lots of walks: Amanda
    -children’s hospital, Ronald McDonald: Brittany
    -Rape Crisis Center: Paul
    -Elderly care, senior center across the street: Sara, Brooke
    -Music therapy in hospitals (Nathan Adelson): Lissy
    -Building hosues: Joey
    -promote civil dis (obedience maybe?  It stopped there, sorry.)
    -FEMA Help?: Joey
    -Dada Café, selling flower seeds: Sarah
    -planting flowers/trees, building houses: Jamie C.
    -Older-Wiser Program (already established, meet with senior citizens):Dallas
    -luggage for kids in Child Haven: Jadyn
    -Blind Center volunteers, summer volunteering: Aaron
    -Work with kids, help underprivileged children, mentorship: Mary

    -June 7th, Stomp Out Loud event, benefits Habitat for Humanity, at Planet Hollywood casino
    -Group Hours-officer must be at event to earn group hours
    -make sure that white paper with information and folders are made

Meeting Adjourned: 10:47