IRCares, the W&M IRC’s service branch, set a new record at WMIDMUN, the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference, this February by raising an incredible $3,253.03 for this year’s chosen charity, Kiva – an international non-profit microloan organization.
By pairing each committee to a loan related to the committee’s topics, the Service team was able to provide a meaningful connection between the money passing hands in the committee room in exchange for brownies, and the people in the developing world needing a loan to improve their lives, but living without access to traditional financial institutions.
Led by Meghan Foley, Service Chair, IRCares continues to set records and create innovative ways to raise money and awareness for Kiva, both on-campus and off. The Service team recently hosted the IRC’s first ever Hunger Banquet and later this spring plans to host the second annual Friend Auction, a huge success last year in the club’s fundraising efforts for COPE, a non-profit provider of prosthetics and rehabilitation services operated in Laos; all of this after yet another successful installment of the Developing World Gallery this past Fall semester, where dozens of student-produced photos of the developing world were auctioned off to W&M students and alumni.
*All proceeds from IRCares events goes directly to financing Kiva loans this year. Any cost associated with an event is paid for by the W&M International Relations Club.
Friday is the last day to submit your photos to the 5th annual Developing World Gallery! Submissions should be posted on this Facebook group through a public album or individual uploads strait to the event. The Muscarelle Museum of Art will have the best photos professionally printed and hung in the Sadler Center on exhibition for the month of April. They will then be sold at a silent auction to raise money for Charity: Water. Find out more about the service committee on the Service Page!
WMHSMUN Secretariat chosen! WMHSMUN is well under way, and registration opens up next week!
WMIDMUN Secretary General chosen! Kristopher Kusnerik (pictured) is a motivated ginger who rocks (pun, ‘cuz he’s a geo major) life and pretty much epitomizes awesome. No doubt WMIDMUN X will be the best ever.
In the words of Thomas Hobbes, “The only way to erect such a common power, as may be able to defend [men] from the invasion of foreigners, and the inquiries of one another… is to confer all their power and strength upon one man, or upon one assembly of men.” The Executive Board has been chosen. It is new and unstoppable, awesome in its power.
What does the William and Mary IR Club have in common with barnacles? Many things…but most important of which is that we love water! You have spoken and the great Service Director has answered true to your choices! Our Service Committee will be supporting the NGO, Charity: Water!
IRCtastic! Pretty much summarizes the life of the International Relations Club these past few weeks.
Besides a heartwrenching loss in the FINALS of an IM Championship Softball game, life on this side of the diplomatic woods has been fantastic. In the world of Model UN, we sent a delegation of 20 to CMUNNY, a conference hosted by Columbia in New York, with 12 of them winning awards (INSANE). The IRC even held its first alumni event with quite a bit of success.
Service has been going strong, maintaining its strong mission of helping out Doctors Without Borders. Preparation for WMHSMUN is hitting the home stretch, as it’s ONLY SIXTEEN DAYS AWAY!
WMIDMUN is starting to get into the swing of things, as final dates have been set – February 25 – February 27.
Most recently, and arguably most excitingly, the IRC Alumni Association is starting to take shape. Our club has had a long, strong history, and it’s about time things get documented. We hosted an Alumni tailgate on the morning of our Homecoming game (which we won against the #2 team in the nation!), with a solid turnout.
The following morning was our annual alumni reception – alumni from as far back as the beginning of the decade were present, sharing their experiences and life stories with current club members. All in all, it was definitely a success, and quite a bit was learned – apparently WMIDMUN was supposed to be a “temporary” kind o’ thing.
Guess they should’ve told Matt Schofield, WMIDMUN IX Secretary-General, that, before they went ahead and opened registration less than a week ago, already securing almost 300 delegates. Talk about progress!