SOTA Meeting 01-22-13

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Student Occupational Therapy
Association
University of Florida
Ice Breaker!
• Yellow: if you could be any ice cream flavor what
kind would you be?
Green: What special powers would you want the
most and why?
Purple: What OT setting would you like to work in?
Blue: If you could vacation anywhere, where would
it be?
Pink: How did you choose OT?
Re-Meet the Officers!
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President: Kara Poole
Vice President: Alyx Aldrich
Treasurer: Shannon Plunkett
Secretary: Samantha Haynes
Historian: Jackie Pine
Public Relations: Alysha Stoner
Fundraising: Heather Engel and Chelsea Townsend
Service: Christen Fetchel and Kelsey Iglesias
Social: Paige Avchen and Elonna Falk
• *Remember: Elections for new officers are
approaching!
From the secretary…
• In order to be an active member of SOTA,
one must earn at least 5 points this
semester.
• There are four categories of points: service,
meetings, social, and fundraising.
• To be active, you need to participate in 3 at
least 3 categories, one of them being
service, since we are a service club!
• Also, it is mandatory for active members to
participate in our main service event.
From the secretary…
Please make sure you sign in
today to earn your first point
of the semester 
Fundraising- Fleece Orders
University of Florida
Occupational Therapy
Logo in left corner
Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Colors: Lime, Hot Pink, Purple, Turquoise,
Black, Cream/Navy, Maroon/Cream
$25.00
Cash or Checks. Please make checks out to Shannon Plunkett
Email Chelsea Townsend or Heather Engel with questions
[email protected] or [email protected]
Service Events
Get your calendars/planners ready!! 
Balance180:Special Olympics
• 1st Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
(YAP) in Alachua County: innovative & adaptive
sports program for children with intellectual
disabilities and their peers, ages 2-7.
• Must commit to MINIMUM of 5 days.
• Meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & occasional
Saturday.
▫ 5:15-6:30pm; arrive 15 minutes early!
• Jan 29th – April 7th (culminating event on the 7th)
Balance180: Special Olympics (Training)
• Tuesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 24 from
5:30-7:00 pm (Tonight and this Thursday!)
▫ previous volunteers drop in to one of the
meetings from 6:30-7:00 pm and hand in your
paperwork
• Location: Santa Fe Center for Innovation and
Economic Development (CIED)
▫ 530 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
• Check Facebook for:
▫ Balance180 Gym (pictures, updates)
▫ Balance180 Gym Volunteers (specific info for volunteers)
Hand Camp: Hands to Love
www.handstolove.org
• Camp for kids with upper limb differences and their
families. As a volunteer you would be paired with a
family and assist the child throughout the weekend
doing various activities.
• Save the date!
March 15-17
• More info on volunteer
applications to be
released soon!
IndepenDANCE!
• Helping kids with following instructions and
doing dance moves with OT, Heather Simpson.
No previous dance knowledge required!
• Saturdays at
• Located at
Other events to be on the lookout for…
• Al’z Place
• Wheelchair Basketball
Get ExCiteD….
www.boggycreek.org
BIG Service Event: Kickball
Tournament
• When: Saturday, April 6
• Where: Forest Park (located on SW 20th near
Canopy/Cabana Beach/Woodlands apartments)
• Specifics: $$/team or $$/person, 7-12 persons per
team
• Registration includes a colored team t-shirt
• Your role: Your participation is necessary to remain an
active member. If you have a valid reason for not being
able to attend please talk to or email Kara.
BIG Service Event: Your Role
(please watch for sign-up sheets going
around)
• Sheet 1: Have you ever refereed a sport before? Would
you be interested in helping referee games?
• Sheet 2: Are you involved in another organization, club,
etc. that would like to put together a team? We can send
an email with forms for you to share with them.
• Sheet 3: Would your work place or another organization
be interested in donating raffle prizes, food, tournament
prizes, or monetary donation?
• If you own kickballs or bases please let an officer know!
The BIG Day!
(How you can help)
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Help with flyering (in advance)
Signs made for tables/fields
Games refereed
Food/drink station run
Registration table/Information table
Keeping the bracket organized
Assisting at the raffle tables
Assigned to a team* (most of you will be assigned to a
team and act as their liaison from check-in until they
are eliminated)
• Social/Service/Fundraising Day (see next slide)
Fundraising Scavenger Hunt!
• Meet at La Nopalera located by 34th/Archer (across
from Kohl’s and next to Red Mango) at 10am,
Friday 25th or 1st??
• We will be splitting up into teams assigned to
different parts of Gainesville to reach out to
businesses.
• Meet back at La Nop for lunch afterwards.
• Sign-up sheet going around and look for FB event.
Off Topics
• Stomp the Swamp
▫ Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
▫ What: Event benefitting the Center for Autism and
Related Disabilities
▫ When: February 9th , 10am until 12pm
▫ For more information and to Register go to:
http://uffuflevents.imodules.com/STS2013
▫ Pre- Registration is $15, 1st 200 to sign up get a T-shirt
▫ When you sign up, write SOTA as your team name!
▫ Questions???—email [email protected]
“Moonlight & Martinis!”
• Al’z Place’s benefit event
• When: February 2nd
• For more information:
https://events.giving.ufandshands.org/moonlight
-and-martinis
Thanks For Coming!
See you next time!
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