You may have seen them marching in the Camellia Parade each year with a one of a kind float. You may have played at one of their games booths at the Camellia festival. Place 2 Connect (P2C) is one of the newer clubs started at Temple City High School over the past three years and have been an annual participant in Camellia events. Brandon Kuang, one of the founders, provides some insight about the club and his experiences starting one.
Why was P2C started?
-The original aim in the formation of P2C was to create a club that would bring together students from the various grade levels in the spirit of community service, social interaction, and teamwork.
What sort of events does the club do?
-P2C is definitely a social club. We hold socials throughout the year simply for the sake of bonding. We also perform various volunteer services over the course of the year with a major emphasis on the Camellia Festival, with volunteers building a float and working a game booth.
Why should people join P2C?
-P2C is a unique club with a unique attitude. We’re a laid back type of people with a simple love of what we do. A major emphasis of the volunteer service is the fun. The Camellia Float building, although taking upwards of 50 hours a year to complete, is a social and volunteer event like no other. Ask any member, and they can tell you of the endless great experiences they’ve had and why they come back year after year.
Do you think it’s harder to start a club from ground-up?
-There is no doubt that starting a club from the ground up is a difficult proposition. One is not provided with foundation and guidelines. We have constantly had to learn and adapt to new challenges from month to month which, as we see it, is a rewarding experience that we wouldn’t trade for anything.
Why should members join P2C, instead of clubs with national recognition like Key Club?
– There’s always such a commotion about the countless volunteer service clubs on campus and clubs with national recognition. The way we look at it is that that’s not such a bad thing. When we have multiple clubs that offer diverse volunteer service opportunities, we have the ability to bring about a synergy of positive change in the community. Each club has its own unique opportunities and atmospheres, so we don’t view it as a competition. The way we see, come to our meeting, and, if you like what we’re up to, come join us and have some fun.
How does P2C make a difference in the school and community?
-There are many impacts that P2C has had on the school and community at large, but they are more subtle impacts. P2C has a offered a chance for the students to come together in the spirit of teamwork and an opportunity to bond like no other club. The energy and inspiration that comes from a major team project is something that simply can’t be topped. As for the community aspect, our work on building a Camellia float helps bring cheer to the parade-goers every year, and our volunteer efforts at other public events has had the same effect.
What sort of changes will P2C be having next year?
-Recently, we finished rearranging our board of officers next year. The Camellia Float building is always a major project with months of planning, hours upon hours of intense work, and major logistics issues. We hope to be able to run a bit smoother next year, and we also hope to increase the number of volunteer activities available next year.
Do you guys have any upcoming events?
-Currently, we’re working on some social events, but, with the selection of the new board, we still haven’t quite settled in and started looking for new events at the moment. We may be taking a break, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping. Get ready for many more unbelievably great P2C events to come!
This article was written by Christine Keung. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 23, 2008.