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July 2011-Group News - WCC Baptist Student Union

July 2011 - Group News - Wilkes Community College Baptist Student Union

“Participating in community outreach activities, donating to students going on mission trips, purchasing club t-shirts and lunches for some of our club meetings, and buying items and paying postage during the Operation Christmas child campaign”—these are just some of the projects financed by the Wilkes Community College Baptist Student Union from the funds they earn through their work at MerleFest.  They also use some of the monies to assist individuals in need during times of hardship.  Students and advisors work serving snacks and beverages to hungry and thirsty festival-goers at one of the booths staffed by WCC clubs during MerleFest.  The Baptist Student Union works in the Beverage Booth in the main food tent. The group began its work in 2003—the first year WCC clubs began their MerleFest participation, which is their biggest fundraiser for the year.

Not only do the students earn funds to finance their far-reaching projects, but they have a great time.  “MerleFest is always so much fun,” says club advisors Kristen Macemore and Tam Hutchinson. “Our volunteers generally find out that they love it and want to participate the following year. We remember one year when working the late shift, and the last act was on stage.  It had rained that night, and the crowd was slim, so our food booth business was slow.  We had so much fun dancing with the music we heard coming from the Watson Stage.  Those are great memories!”

The advisors note additional advantages to their students’ work:

  • Learning to work with others
  • Interacting with people from other areas, cultures and backgrounds
  • Learning to appreciate various genres of music
  • Experiencing the opportunity to react positively to situations as they arise
  • Participating in Christian fellowship
  • Attaining the satisfaction of knowing they are doing something that benefits Wilkes Community College

Advisors Macemore and Hutchinson continue, “MerleFest is good for the local economy, and volunteers are a very important part of making the festival a reality. Participation helps individual clubs tremendously and gives the Baptist Student Union the opportunity to share our club’s purpose.”