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Winter 2014 Newsletter Extended: Club & Rho Phi Lambda

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By: Kevin Mould (RPTA ’14), Editor

Each new school year brings with it a flurry of activity for RPTA’s two major student organizations; the RPTA club and the Rho Phi Lambda Honor Society. With new leadership, both clubs started the year off strong by volunteering at the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, an annual event on the city’s embarcadero that featured a sampling of the Central Coast’s seafood, beer, wine, arts, and entertainment. While RPTA club volunteers helped coordinate the volunteer tent under the supervision of club president Josh Pighetti, Rho Phi Lambda members and president Kevin Mould lead the charge to conduct a visitor survey to assist the festival with future marketing.

Also during fall quarter, Rho Phi Lambda welcomed new members at its November initiation ceremony held at the SeaCrest Resort in Pismo Beach. Members are laying the groundwork for future events, including the annual career fair, which will take place on March 14, and a professional development trip to Southern California during spring quarter.

RPTA club has had its hands full with a variety of events and activities, ranging from professional development and community service opportunities to a number of hikes and other social activities. A beach clean-up day ensured that the club left its mark in a positive way on SLO and the surrounding communities. Dozens of members helped clean up Avila Beach earlier this spring, showing support for both local communities and the environment.

Socially, the club has been quite active as well. President Josh Pighetti, serving for one quarter before leaving to study abroad in Costa Rica, brought his love of the outdoors to club activities. Hikes included a sunset trip to the top of Bishop Peak and a Thanksgiving lunch hike to the top of Cerro San Luis (Madonna Mountain). Club meeting activities included the always-popular raffle item giveaway, a secret Santa gift exchange, and visits from the likes of the Poly Reps and SLO Blues regarding opportunities to complete the required 1,000 hours of RPTA-related experience. The club is always planning outdoor social events, and currently working on a March trip with Poly Escapes.

Both clubs look forward to another strong year in 2014!

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