Tennessee is a gorgeous state. The rollings hills and rivers along with the quiet valleys make it a picturesque place to live in. The state is especially stunning now as the colors change in the trees spread across this land. Tennessee is also a very fertile ground for us as preachers of liberty. We are located on the campus of Southern Adventist University in the small community of Collegedale. We have made it our goal to educate first the students of our university, and then our community. Here are some of the things we have done so far.
At the beginning of the semester we tabled with all the other student organizations on campus. For our booth we set up two computers with the worlds smallest political quiz on them. Students and faculty alike would take this test and then they would take a colorful thumbtack and place it on a large chart we had, according to their scores. This generated a lot of interest in our booth and subsequently club as people wanted to see where they and their friend fell on the big chart we had. We ended up with over thirty emails added to our club email list that day. For our first tabling event I would say that was very successful.
On Constitution Day, the university teamed up with us to hand out pocket constitutions to the student body. In fact, the Vice President specifically requested that YAL do this and not our chapter of College Republicans or any other group on campus. Throughout the span of two hours we handed out over 750 pocket constitutions. About 25% of our student body received a pocket constitution. So many students and faculty members thanked us for what we were doing. We only had two students react negatively towards us handing them out. We even got some signups out of the whole thing.
Along with weekly meetings we had been wanting to host more campus wide events. We ended up hosting showings of the second and third presidential debates in large auditoriums throughout campus. These showings were well received.
Our most recent outreach event happened today. This year marks the 100th anniversary of our university's move to Collegedale. In order to celebrate this the university held a large fall festival and invited the community to attend. For our involvement in the festival we chose to print off some pictures of Clinton and Trump. We then laminated them and made masks out of these pictures. Along with these masks we also purchased a few pie tins and some bottles of whipped cream. I think you know where I am going with this. We held a “Pie the Politician” event. Students and community members alike could come and choose which candidate they would like to pie. We would then give them a pie tin full of whipped cream and let them have their fun. Some chose to throw the pies and others choose the more in your face method of rubbing the pie literally in our faces.
Overall, I'd say we are doing pretty good as a new chapter. We have had a lot of fun doing what we have done so far, and we look forward to getting to do some bigger and better things in the future. Wish us luck as we finish off the semester and prepare for the next one.