Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Service Minded Individuals Undertake Community Work

The Black and Gold 1976

Service Minded Individuals Undertake Community Work

 Devoting much of their time towards performing services for the school and community, a female counterpart of the Key Club, were the ALOHA AINAS. In October, the girls performed a real service to the school by helping with the Miss McKinley Contest. During Thanksgiving, a schoolwide canned goods drive benefitted the Red Cross. During two Sundays in January, the girls washed cars at Randy's Texaco and donated their earnings of over $140 to UNICEF. Other activities included manning the saimin booth at the carnival, stuffing envelopes, and helping the Easter Seal Society on Lily Tag Day in April.

 One would never realize what an active club was until he joined the MHS KEY CLUB. The 20 members of this boys' service club, like the Aloha Ainas, contributed their services to the community and school. Under the leadership of President Arnold Fujioka, they maintained their consistency by having at least five service projects a month. Even before the school year began, Key Clubbers served refreshments to participants in the Rough-Water Swim off Waikiki. Other work included stuffing envelopes for the Aloha United Way and the Cystic Fibrosis drive, washing cars for Saint Francis Hospital, hanging pictures at city hall, assisting at a pancake breakfast for the Kiwanis, and helping at the Crater Festival in the scrip booth as well as clean-up. Christmas for the Key Clubbers meant bringing merriment and good cheer to others as they went caroling at Lavada Nursing Home and assisted in a Christmas party for the Convalescent Center. With so many service projects, the boys still found time to participate in basketball games among other isle Key Clubs. In January they sponsored the state-wide Key Club Convention at the Waikiki Resort Hotel. Under the advisership of Mr. Dennis Sakata and Mr. Ed Watanabe, this group was not only the oldest club on campus but the most diligent one.

 With uncertain beginnings at the start of the school year, the INTERACT CLUB sponsored by the Ala Moana Rotary Club, strove to serve the community as well as the school. With Adviser Mrs. Ella Tomita, President John Yano and the members began work in December. Combining with the Letterman's Club, they provided manpower at the carnival. A Valentine party at the Hickam Air Force Base's Top Four Club brought together Interact Clubs around the island. In March, donned in their best tennis shoes, the club set out to "Walk for Mankind", and later in the month, attended a three-day Interact convention at the Makaha Inn. Expressing their artistic ability, at Easter, they constructed baskets for the children at Shriner's Hospital.

McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

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