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How to Start a Club

Want to find others who share your interests while you develop leadership skills and build friendships? Start a club! At MHCC, clubs play a crucial role in creating a vibrant and inclusive campus. These student-led organizations offer a space for you to connect with fellow students and build community. All the information you need to start a club is in the "Start a Club" packet below.

Start a student club packet

Club Charter Application

Ready to start your club? You'll need a club charter. You can fill out the charter application online. Email questions to student clubs and organizations.

Application for a club charter

How to start a student club

Find your Future Club Members
Hold an informal meeting of interested students to establish the club's purpose and objectives. If a faculty or staff member has been identified as a potential advisor, extend an invitation to them for the meeting.
Complete the Charter Application Form

Complete the charter application form. This form includes detailed and important information on the purpose and intent of the proposed student club or organization. You'll need at least eight currently-enrolled students interested in joining the club.

Find an MHCC Club Advisor

Identify an MHCC faculty or staff member who agrees to be the club’s advisor. A student club can have co-advisors, with one not necessarily being an MHCC employee. However, the main "advisor of record" must be an MHCC employee.

Write a Club Constitution

You'll need a club constitution to be an official club (i.e., chartered.) Create a constitution by following the example and instructions listed in the packet. All sections of the sample constitution should be considered when creating your constitution. Need help?

Email questions to ASMHCC's clubs and organizations coordinator

Submit your Charter Application

Submit the club charter form. Your request will be forwarded to the ASMHCC clubs and organizations coordinator, who will prepare the material for consideration by the ASMHCC executive cabinet. You will be notified when your request moves through the process so that you can attend any meetings and answer questions as needed.

Receive Club Approval

Once your club is officially approved and chartered, the student life office will set up a club financial account and complete other processes to make the club active. To keep your club active, a representative of the club is required to attend meetings of the student organizations council. This is for appropriate planning and the coordination of clubs, organizations, programs, activities, and efforts.

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