Monday, February 27, 2012

Governor's Final Remarks

The following were my final remarks as Governor of the Ohio District of Circle K International, read February 25th 2012 in Columbus, Ohio at the Embassy Suites - Airport during the Awards Banquet.


"Little did I know 6 years ago, still in High School and a member of Students of Service (or S.O.S.) because my school did not have a Key Club, that this Circle K thing my University of Akron friend would tell me about would be one of the most life-shaping aspects of my life.

Little did I know a year later, when I decided to attend Akron and was coerced into attending my first Circle K meeting, that my experience would consist of so very much more than just an occasional weekend service project between my classes and bustling social life.

Little did I know attending my first DCON in 2008 in Akron, that this warm group of friends who just liked to help the community and have fun were actually only a small part of an international association of friends, with an intricate leadership training program and international travel opportunities.

Little did I know a year ago, that I would be taking on the reigns to our state, volunteering for the responsibility of ensuring our successes and answering for our failures, and responding to so, so many emails.

I think all of this shows that, first and foremost, I am not blessed with any particular gifts of foresight. But overall is a testament to the wonderful effect our organization can have on people. 6 years ago I was a shy, awkward High Schooler. At my first DCON, I did not want to talk to anyone not from my club because I was pretty antisocial. But in my past year as Governor, and since I have joined Circle K, I have spoken before Kiwanis and Key Club meetings and District Events, gained what I would like to think is a talent for networking, and built the kind of leadership and social skill that I honestly wanted to come out of college with.

Thank you Circle K for so much, we all know there are stressful times in our experiences, but what fantastic life changing thing does not have stress? That doesn’t keep people from auditioning for acting roles, studying for years to be a doctor, or running for President of the United States. And honestly, the fun I have had has far outweighed anything I could complain about.

Thank you Circle K, as an Education major that loves the Beautiful state of Ohio, especially our “suspenseful” and at times comical weather, I want to live here my entire life. But teaching jobs are kind of hard to come by in our economy. I am currently student teaching at a High School in the Medina area, 10th grade American History, and because of Circle K – I made an effort to visit the schools Key Club.

They are a ragtag bunch, that could probably use a bit more organization, a bit more leadership training, but their adviser is only part time/retired faculty, and the school has not had success finding a staff member to advise them. Well, I was volunteered to be the “pseudo-adviser” because of my Circle K experience, and their Kiwanis adviser needing to go away on a trip.

I have since been told that between the school considering hiring only one position this upcoming year – in the History department, that my involvement with the Key Club is going to look especially fantastic when I go to apply.

So Thank you Circle K, for potentially against crazy odds, giving me a fighting chance to do what I love where I want to live. Thank you, Ohio.

Thank you Circle K, the members of Circle K, for all your hard work this year. The awards and trophies from tonight are based on forms and guidelines, but you all deserve recognition for your hard work.

Thank you to my District Board this past year: when I started, I had two members, and a dozen spots to fill, it was pretty intimidating but one by one you have all made me so proud. Alex, Angela, Kelsey, Kristen, Landon, Sam, Erin and Natalie: You have all grown in ways you may not see, but the way we worked together as a team a year ago and the way worked together to make this Convention a success are dramatically different. I hope you are proud of the work you have done, and remember your time in Circle K as fondly as I will remember having worked with you.

Thank you Sarah R, Jennifer D, Dan and Stephanie L, Jason S, Chad G and Walt M. While we may have spent the better part of the last year whining about your keeping on our backs about getting things done, on time, and prepared for professionally: you are largely the reason that our District has continued to operate successfully this year, and I think I speak for the entire board with wanting to express our gratitude.

Ohio District, it has been a blast: please spend the rest of your time with us having as much fun as possible, you earned it. I like to think of DCON as the “prom” of the Circle K year, even more appropriate as I look forward to graduation just around the corner.

With that I conclude my final remarks, because honestly, while typing this speech I needed to work on a 100 question history test my students will be taking on Monday."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Andrew's Malibu Dream House

Let's call it "the valley of unproductivity" - the number of blogs I write usually decreases the more busy I am, until I hit this one spot, where I post more than usual, haha. That is where I am now. Today's topic, despite the mountaining school and CKI work I need to complete? My Dream House.

"Barbie's Dream House: Hoarders Edition." Yes, this is a modern art project of "Modern Barbie" house if she was a hoarder!

Googling things about Barbie's Dream house I found this really entertaining -- this Barbie's house if she was a hoarder art project. But there are two reasons for today's topic: one, I am watching Ghost Adventures - my favorite paranormal investigation show and they are inside the "Sarah Winchester House" - a house where the widow continually built on to the house (Rose Red-style) at the recommendation of spirits, so as to confuse them (or something.) Well, rather than finish my homework, I thought I'd list what I want in my dream house if I was super rich and could build whatever I wanted!

Well, exteriorly, my dream house will be Victorian-style, like the Charmed and Sabrina houses combined with James Garfield's house in Mentor, not unlike the Sarah Winchester house pictured above. Anyone who knows me knows that any dream home of mine certainly won't be in Malibu, but somewhere in North East Ohio. Likely Cuyahoga or Summit county.

Internally, I'd like something that combines the floorplan of the game Clue, with all of my random interests. Lately I've liked the idea of a "Mall Wing" -- which has a Starbucks, complete with Starbucks fixtures and looks-like-you-could-buy them products. Then there's the "American Eagle Room" - which should probably be located relatively near my Master bedroom so I could get dressed right out of the shower, haha. This room would have my clothes stored like it was a storefront. Hm, not sure what else exactly I would add at this point - but a mall is perfect, the opportunities are endless! If I wanted a place to store my extra furniture, I could have a furniture store, lol. Maybe a Movie Theater would be in this wing. I could have an FYE with all my DVDs and CDs.

Lets see, I want a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider style garage for my fleet of cars (this is all, clearly, on the presumption that I have somehow managed to get rich obviously.) In fact, I think several factors of the Croft Manor should be incorporated - the practice relic-tomb thing, the machine room, and then of course a giant entry way I can "bungee ballet" around on the ceiling, that looks like fun!

 Quote of the Day: Driving back from Fairlawn with Patsy this afternoon,

"You're like a little kid. Most people get old and settle for "I would appreciate a nice coffee table." You're like "I want a Starbucks, and an Ice Rink..."

Song of the Day: "Heartbeat" by Childish Gambino. So I pretty much like this song, but don't really get the video, lol. The video's not all that creative, Lady Gaga has kinda ruined the curve, sorry pop music. Childish Gambino, though, is apparently "the black guy from NBC's Community" (Donald Glover.) Fun facts of Donald Glover: he was a writer for the first 3 seasons of 30 Rock, hired RIGHT out of college! His first week he still had his "RA pager" - haha.

Video of the Day: Bahahha, I don't know how I got onto the topic of Donald Glover, but here is a video from Community I think? He's talking to LeVar Burton! AHhh! I love LeVar Burton! I have his autograph, as a matter of fact. Then the Community character has a little freak out session, lol, don't really understand what's going on or the context, but kind of entertaining.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wasting Time is un-24th Century

So I was reading this link I indirectly ended up at through Gizmodo: "Why Doesn't Anybody Use Social Media on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?" -- and it's really interesting. It starts off kind of criticizing Star Trek for not predicting Facebook, Twitter, and social media to the accurate extent it predicted so much else and was ahead of it's time. And just when the argument seems complete, they pause and remember what characters on Star Trek do in their spare time: read and cook.

Hey, Star Trek predicted iPad's okay -- give them some credit!

The part I particularly like is that they point out: "You can tell a lot about a person by how they spend their spare time." Indeed, I have homework to do, lesson plans to write, school work to print, Key Club to research, CKI things to write, and sleep to get had; but I'm blogging. But on Star Trek, they don't seem to "waste time." I love that I have never quite imagined this concept to this level of thought before. Reading classic books is a popular use of spare time on Star Trek. Learning to cook, even though they have replicators that make food, is a popular for-show skill, yet it's something so simply taken for granted now.

One of my new years resolutions will be to be more like the characters of Star Trek, and not waste so much time. Everything they do, even for recreation, is fun but educational or self-bettering in some way. I have so much to do in my life already, if I can cut down on all the wasted time, I could get so much more done.
The United Federation of Planets: The UN of SPACE. Only Exciting, and effective. 

I am, afterall, a product of Star Treks' day: it's interesting the other day at my student teaching assignment, the teacher was talking about ideology in the US and the USSR. The worksheet compared socialism and individualism in some way, and I would like to say now: I am not a socialist, or a commie. But the comparison he drew was an individualist works for the betterment of themselves, either through material wealth, working for pure happiness without regard for others outside their family, etc. Most students raised their hand when they said their goal in life was to find a job that brought them the most money in one way or another. I fell into the other category, my goal in life is to do what I can to help humanity move forward. One of my most sacred, core values comes from a line from a Star Trek movie:

Quote of the Day: Hm, long story short, Captain Picard is explaining the economy of the 24th century to a human from 2063.

Captain Picard: "The economics of the future are somewhat different. ...You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century." 

Lily: "No money! Does that mean you don't get paid?"
Captain Picard: "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. ...We work to better ourselves ...and the rest of humanity."