Clubs FAQ

To encourage students to participate in activities outside of class, namely clubs, here are some questions we receive and some myths we hear about often.

Why should I join a club?

Isn’t going to school, going to classes, and then going home a bit mundane? Especially since there’s so much to choose from at John Abbott College! And it’s all mostly run by students! It’s obvious that students who get involved at school, whether it be clubs or student government, are happier on campus and off campus. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people, relax and have fun outside of class, and can give you great experience if you choose to be a leader. It also contributes a lot into your SIR hours (more on this here).

Does it cost me anything to join a club?

Most clubs are completely free. Some clubs will have a small fee before joining to cover costs of equipment rentals.

How many clubs can I join? / How active must I be?

As many as you want! In fact, you aren’t obligated to participate in clubs you sign up for. So don’t feel trapped or hesitate to sign up. Also most clubs, like the social ones, are open during the entire academic year to all students and all you have to do is show up.

Where are the clubs?

Most clubs have a club room. These rooms are located in Herzberg’s Basement across the hall from the Oval Coffee House, next to the Oval Coffee House, and next to Print Services.

How do I start a club?

Starting a club is surprisingly easy! Be sure to check out the Club Manual for everything you’ll need to know.

  • Check in with either the VP Internal or with Student Activities to consult them about your club. They can tell you everything you need to know.
  • Once your idea is set, you’ll have to organize an informational meeting. This meeting will serve to get the 10 members you need for gaining Official Club Status.

  • See Student Activities about advertising your meeting for at LEAST 3 days before the meeting. While you’re there, be sure to book a classroom for your meeting.
  • Before the meeting, prepare an agenda with your Club’s goals and objectives, and present them to your potential members at the meeting.
  • Make a written request to the Clubs Committee to obtain Official Club Status. Present them with a list of Club Members with their student ID numbers, as well as the goals and objectives of your club. If you need a budget for your club, be sure to include it.
  • It’s that easy!

    What is Official Club Status?

    Official Club Status is the official recognition given to clubs that makes them official John Abbott College Clubs. It is granted by the Clubs Committee to clubs with at least 10 members. A club needs Official Club Status in order to get a budget and be able to gain a club room.

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