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Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

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As our seminar here in CT is beginning to draw to a close, we wanted to remind our ambassadors of the fact that their HOBY journey and experience does not have to come to an end on Sunday. The ambassadors have spent the past three days engaging in compelling and inquisitive activities that have allowed them to explore who they are as people themselves, how to be leaders within their own communities, as well as how to make a difference in the world that we live in. We encourage the ambassadors to apply the personal growth and understanding they have acquired during the seminar, in addition to their daily lives, to the CT HOBY Alumni Association events that will be taking place over the course of the summer and start of the school year!

The CT HOBY Alumni Association is focused on holding frequent events that strive to give the Alumni multitude opportunities to serve communities in need all around the state of CT. The events are one of several ways to stay involved with HOBY and complete service hours (which, hint, increase one’s chances of being able to return to the seminar as a staff member). The Association is committed to ensuring that Alumni continue to return to events, and our attendance has successfully been getting larger and larger as the years have progressed.

 

So, what events will be held in association with HOBY in Summer 2018? Here is a list of dates to save and keep in the back of your minds:

 

  • June 23 and 24: Travelers Championship in Cromwell, CT

 

The Travelers Championship is an annual golf tournament held here in CT. The event is highly popularized, and we often have a large group of volunteers from HOBY attend and help out. Volunteers will be responsible for helping the staff set up, greet attendees, and serve as guides for those walking around the golf course. Come out and reunite with your fellow ambassadors, as well as get a good chance to tan (hopefully it does not rain like it did last year)!

 

  • July 14: Reunion in Stratford, CT

 

The annual HOBY reunion is a great opportunity to reconnect with both CT HOBY staff members and ambassadors, who will officially be Alumni by then! We will talk over delicious food, as well as discuss planning for any future Alumni events.

 

  • August 11: Stuff the Bus in Canton, CT

 

Every year, prior to the start of the school year, Alumni participate in what we like to call “Stuff the Bus.” We will be standing outside of the ShopRite in Canton, CT and collecting school supplies from shoppers for underprivileged communities. Ben and Jerry’s is right around the corner, so we will definitely be having some ice cream to celebrate what we have collected after the event!

 

  • August 18: Board Elections, Location TBD

 

The Alumni Association is run by a set of Executive Board Members who will be selected by Alumni during these elections. More information regarding available positions and the process of getting elected will be released during the summer, so keep an eye out for that email!

 

  • September: Planting daffodils at the 9/11 Memorial in Westport, CT

 

In honor of those who tragically lost their lives on 9/11, every year we plant beautiful daffodils at the 9/11 Memorial in Westport, CT. Please make an effort to attend, as it is very respectful and courteous to ensure that those who lost their lives in such a horrific occurrence are remembered.

 

Now, we are positive that all of you ambassadors are wondering how we will stay in contact with each other now that the seminar is drawing to a close? Here are a few platforms that you can use to stay connected with HOBY as an Alumni:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hobyct

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CTHOBY

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/connecticuthoby/

Remind: https://www.remind.com/join/cthoby or text @cthoby to 8101

If you have any specific questions regarding the Alumni Association or are interested in other various ways to stay involved, feel free to contact our Alumni Advisor, Courtney McHale, at Courtney@CTHOBY.org.

 

The ambassadors will be leaving the seminar after the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday with, hopefully, an incredibly altered view on the importance of staying engaged and recognizing the value of their leadership potential. They will be leaving a weekend filled with interacting with a diverse range of students, of all different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses, who exemplify the idea that we must possess the ability to recognize the leadership potential of others, in addition to our own. Most importantly, we must possess the ability to fathom the fact that change in the world cannot be associated with actions such as finding the cure for world hunger. If we can improve the life of one human being, regardless of how, we are constructing positive change in the world. We must recognize that when we die, we will look like our choices. Our time on this Earth is limited, and we are given one shot as life, so go out and be the change you wish to see in the world.

Congratulations on an outstanding 2018 CT HOBY Seminar, ambassadors! We cannot wait to see what change you will bring about in this world, and we are sending all of our HOBY Hugs your way!

 

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