The Clarion Call report
National Society of Leadership and Success Hosts Foster Care Clothing and Food Drive The Clarion University chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) kicked off their first ever Foster Care Clothing and Food Drive in October. The hope of this drive is to be able to provide food and clothing to many foster care families in the Clarion area.
Interested in helping out with this drive? Members of NSLS are asking for used clothing and toys for ages 0-18. There are several locations on campus to drop off donations. The donation bin locations include Carlson Library, Eagle Commons, Gemmell Student Complex, Student Recreation Center, STC, Still Hall and the residence halls. This drive is taking place until Nov. 16.
What is NSLS? NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Selection for membership is done by the college based on academic standing or leadership potential. According to nsls.org, there are 646 chapters, and the organization currently has 953,321 members nationwide. What does that say about Clarion’s local chapter? Dr. Jamie Phillips, philosophy professor and advisor of NSLS, provided some insight on membership.
“Our local membership is in constant flux, but my last best tally has us with well over 500 total members and, according to CU Connect, 118 active members on campus this semester,” said Phillips. “This does not include new inductees for this semester, which will push that well over 150. NSLS is the nation’s largest business honorary, but you don’t have to be a business major to join.”
The organization continues to grow on the campus and members enjoy the supportive climate that being in this organization creates.
Community Service Chair Kaitlin Windt stated, “My favorite part of being in NSLS is having a great support group who motivates me to succeed.”
Dr. Phillips is excited about what this organization can bring to Clarion’s campus and community at large, stating, “We are important on campus, in my opinion, because our local membership is so large and is now dedicating itself to continuous community service and philanthropy. Honorary organizations generally have impressive national membership numbers, but are not locally active on campuses. NSLS is looking to change that.”
The National Society for Leadership and Success is hoping for a successful turnout from this drive and is excited to host more philanthropy events in the future.