In Spring 2012, the Hawaii Community College Administration of Justice Club — also known as the AJ Club — was re-established.
Executive officers were elected in April. During the summer months, the executive officers worked hard to assess the club’s existing by-laws and to plan student recruitment activities for the Fall 2012 semester.
Flyers were posted, brochures were developed and distributed, and executive officers shared in the responsibility to go into classes to do mini-presentations to advocate for student participation.
The purpose of the HawCC AJ Club is to bridge the gap between the college and community by providing services to the community, to provide a better understanding of the AJ field and profession to students and faculty at HawCC, and to further the AJ students’ knowledge of the field. A primary goal of the club is to engage in community outreach activities associated in the Administration of Justice industry.
On Oct. 19, the Hawaii Community College AJ Club participated in the 24th Annual Family Peace Walk & Vigil in Hilo, bringing education and awareness to the issue of domestic violence in East Hawaii in alignment with October being Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Nan Lee, AJ Club Vice President, chaired the committee to organize and coordinate club participation in this year’s community event.
A positive outcome that came about during the planning stages was a “Purple Beannie Heads” fundraiser with purple being the official color for domestic violence awareness month.
Pre-sale tickets were sold and the club raised over $500 that will benefit victims of the Hale Ohana spousal abuse shelter in East Hawaii. The top two pre-sale ticket winners were Crystal McGrath and Juanita Perez. Pick-up dates were Oct. 17 and 18 and the club set up a table outside the Kau Wa`a Center on the Manono campus.
Other club supporters included Keoni Delacruz (President), Crystal McGrath (Treasurer), Eliza Montibon (Secretary), Porsha Jarneski, Lana Benford, Cherie Soriano, Elizabeth Kaeha, Juanita Perez, Ashley Hara, and Kaesha.
In total, the club recruited 25 people to participate in this year’s Family Peace Walk & Vigil. Out of the 25 participants, 11 were youth as a result of student members making it a family affair by bringing their children to join in.