STEPPING INTO SHALLOW WATERS
Kick-starting the 2018-19 school year with fatality blows, one being a reduction in their member count, the club’s numbers fell noticeably short upon the first member meeting. Tri-M was unable to attain a booth at Club Info Day, a day where clubs can publicly advertise and promote their clubs; according to president and senior Brian Lee, Tri-M opened an email requesting booths hours after the granted deadline.
“We could’ve advertised and marketed our club better,” activities manager and sophomore Conner Yin said. “Currently, we don’t have too many members and it would definitely be better if there were more. I feel like we could’ve done a better job promoting our club.”
In addition to an unforeseen absence at club info day, Tri-M’s officer team “rebooted” and was completely swapped out; the 2017-18 Tri-M officer team consisted of all seniors, Lee being the only exception.
Because Lee was the only returning officer, the new team had to learn their positions. Therefore, the team lost track of event coordination and point system counting, resulting in the club’s inactivity.
“What we want to do for next semester and for next year is to increase the number of events and our point system because we’re an honor society and we count the number of points,” secretary and junior Iris Xia said. “We weren’t so strict on that this year because the [new officer team] was still getting into it. We want to make it more strict.”
THE HIGHLIGHTS: BIGGER EVENTS
Hosted at the Quinlan Community Center, Breakfast with Santa is an annual event held during Christmas time where Tri-M plays background music. According to Xia, the event is lively and spirited, with children meeting Santa and people dining. Additionally, it allows Tri-M to receive attentive publicity from the people of the city of Cupertino.
Tri-M also participated in newer events such as JW House near Kaiser Permanente, a place for people seeking medical treatment. Playing as background music, this event was a new event coordinated by the new officer team and planned by Yin.
In addition to JW House, Tri-M plays regularly at senior centers such as Pacific Gardens. However, Lee wants to take the club events to the next level.
“[We should] have more interesting events,” Lee said. “We’ve done senior center ones, typical Breakfast with Santa, but we do have some events lined up [for 2019].”
2019: MOVING FORWARD
With only 15 active members, one advancement for the Tri-M’s progress as a club is a bigger officer crew. With such, Tri-M meetings would be more lively.
“I think we need a bigger officer crew because we need to constantly scour out for events and they’re not easy to find,” Yin said. “The more people we have, the more people we have trying to get these events and schedule these events. At meetings, if we don’t have anything to talk about, we feel there’s no reason to have a meeting. So, more events, more meetings.”
Moving forward, Lee plans for Tri-M to play at a pace fundraiser for autism in downtown Santana Row. Additionally, Tri-M is thinking of hosting a talent show at MVHS during lunch sometime in 2019.
Xia is planning to increase the number of larger events planned and tightly enforce the point system of an Honor Society.
In addition, Yin is planning for Tri-M’s success. He plans for Tri-M to have a volunteer booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival and a benefit concert with Tri-M clubs from different schools as well.