Basil Panton '11
Despite existing for less than one semester, Hampden-Sydney College's Circle K International raised more money for the March of Dimes for Babies than any other Circle K chapter in the world. The club raised more than $2,500, primarily through on-line donations made by families, friends, and acquaintances. The members also solicited contributions from their fellow students, professors, and campus staff. By mid-April, the club surpassed its expectations for fundraising, thanks to Service Initiative Chairman, Cameron Adams '12.
Dr. Rachel Goodman, a biology professor and adviser for the H-SC Circle K, says, "I am extremely proud of what these young men accomplished in such a short period of time. To raise this much money for the March of Dimes Foundation is remarkable. That Hampden-Sydney's Circle K raised more money than any other Circle K in the world is astonishing."
In celebration of its donation, on April 25th the H-SC Circle K club joined other members of the Farmville community for the annual March for Babies, begun in 1970. The walk was more than five miles around Farmville and highlighted the needs of more than half-a-million babies born prematurely each year.
The H-SC Circle K International was once one of the most active service groups on campus. Its period of greatest activity began in the 1960s and ended in the early 1990s after a particularly involved group of men graduated. The club went dormant until last semester when Assistant Dean of Students for Activities and Organizations John Ramsay and Osric Forrest '12, a Key Clubber from high school in Jamaica, sat down and talked about reinstating the club. Tulane Patterson '78, a stalwart of the H-SC Circle K as a student, actively supported the process. Circle K was formally reintroduced on campus in February 2010.
In its brief existence as a re-chartered service club, Circle K International of H-SC has already established itself as one of the leading service organizations on campus. Forrest, who became the club's president, credits the leadership shown by other club members, including vice-presidents James Ward '11 and Kevin Anderson '12, treasurer Walter Anderson '12, secretary Arne Ulbrich '11, and a group of chairmen for areas such as service planning and membership recruiting. In only three months, the club was involved in the opening of the new Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library; coordinated a book drive and a clothes drive on campus; and was instrumental in the end-of-semester "Throw Out, Blow Out" for students to donate used furniture to local non-profit organizations.