By Aaron Simmons
Entering its second year as an official Student Activities Club, the Trading Card Club offers members the opportunity to socialize with fellow students, play games and have fun after a long day of scholastic activity. As Trading Card Club Vice President Kailey Payne explains, “This is a great place to meet new people, play new card games and have fun.”
The club was created by now President Logan Witherow who wanted to offer opportunities for students interested in strengthening their mind and exploring an interest in art. “I want them [members] to take away that cards games aren’t just for kids; there’s actually strategy, and they are a work of art. It’s more than just cards because it is strategic which involves being one step ahead and it brings people together overall,” said Witherow.
Club Secretary Matthew Abbas, appreciates how the club helps him meet new people with common interests. “The thing that I really like is that we can find new people who like playing the same things that we do; even learning about new games which is a really social thing, and it brings a lot of people together,” Abbad said.
Trading card games are mass-produced and used for trading, collecting or strategic game play. In this club, any game is welcome. Some of the more popular card games amongst current members include the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh card games.
James Phillips, treasurer of the Trading Card Club, enjoys the social aspect of trading cards. He sees his participation as a great way to build a bond with other students while having a fun time. He explains, “You’re in college! Making friendships that can last a long time with a lot of people who can go on to do big things, and having friends in higher places can benefit you in the long run.”
In an effort to continually improve the club experience for members, Witherow and Payne are working to get the club entered into tournaments. This will allow the members to showcase their skills in various trading card games.
Membership is open to all Reinhardt students and anyone who is interested in joining can stop by a club meeting. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the 2nd floor in the Tarpley Education Center.
Featured Photo: Trading Card Club Secretary Matthew Abbas getting his cards in order for a duel on Tuesday, August 30. Photo Credit: Aaron Simmons