Sunday 18th February 2018,
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President’s Club recruits leaders for membership


With members active in the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs and Greek and Residential Life, President’s Club is home to many of the campus’ leaders – and they’re seeking more.

Applications will be available until March 3rd for students considering membership in the prestigious organization.

The organization has 32 current members, half of them seniors.

While looking for new members, junior member Lauren Holler said the club looks for five specific qualities in a candidate including  academic performance, involvement as well as leadership, service and stewardship, and status as role models.

While their main event is President’s Ball, Holler said  the club is also involved in planning and implementing other events on campus.

One event is hosting the “Alumni Speaker Series,” in which brings graduates and current students together for discussion.

Junior member Kaitlyn Kropf said President’s Club usually brings in alumni with leadership experience.

“This year we are bringing in Mike Hamra, who is the president and CEO of Hamra Enterprises,” Kropf said.

“They (Hamra Enterprises) operate and own numerous Panera Bread’s, Wendy’s and Holiday Inn Expresses nationwide.”

The club also works closely with President Rock Jones.

“We are an integral part of Rock’s Pritchard House events and help him host his important gatherings,” said senior Kelsey Ullom.

Holler said she believes President’s Club events offer students the chance to meet successful alumni.

“These are always great opportunities to connect with alumni and network,” she said.

Ullom said being a part of President’s club can provide countless benefits for students.

“Members are able to gain leadership skills through retreats and workshops and are granted opportunities to network with alumni and guests of the university,” she said.

“It sounds cheesy, but we often look for students who truly exemplify what it means to be ‘the opposite of ordinary.’”

“Additionally and probably most importantly, President’s Club members get to know Rock and Melissa as they frequently visit their home, and are able to share and express ideas they have about the Ohio Wesleyan experience,” Ullom said.

“Rock genuinely values the member’s opinions and feedback, and appreciates our vision as the student leaders of this campus.”

Kropf says she decided to apply to President’s Club at the last minute in hopes to develop better leadership skills and gain confidence.

“I had always heard of President’s Club, but I never actually knew anything about it,” she said.

“I looked at the people in the club and saw aspects of their character that I wanted to have. I wanted to become a better leader and gain more confidence. I saw leadership and confidence in each member in the club.”

Holler agreed, stating she considers it an honor to be a part of the club.

“President Rock Jones knows all of the members of Presidents Club and trusts us to represent students in the highest regards at the events he hosts,” she said.

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Noah Manskar is a senior double-majoring in journalism and pre-law studies with minors in women's and gender studies and English. He's the moderator of the House of Peace and Justice, historian for Sisters United, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and a member of the Owtsiders, OWU's co-ed a cappella group. He's also an avid skateboarder.

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