Friday, November 20, 2015

Quad Cities Honor Flight

Hello, Everyone!

Its Victoria! Recently, The Orion Charmers have started collecting donations for The Quad Cities Honor Flight! From what I have seen, it is going to be very successful! Once this collection is over, I plan to start collecting for a book drive! That's pretty much it! I'll see you guys next time! Here's a funny!

-Victoria Roth

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Hey, everyone! I'm Victoria! I am the current "President"(2015-2016)of the Orion Charmers. I thought I would update the blog a bit!

First: We are currently in need of new members! I will be putting up some posters for membership in a couple of weeks! If anyone wants to join or has any questions, please feel free to contact me! We even have a "gift" to any new members! Most of our members graduated last year, so we really don't have a big group. Even if you are slightly interested, please consider joining! It is an awesome group that does awesome things! A charity group membership also looks good on a college resume...Just saying! :)

Second: I have an idea for a campaign that I would like to put into effect this school year! School supplies can add up to quite a bit of money, today. I would like to purpose a "collection/donation" of school supplies to help people who struggle buying school supplies. The campaign would be a "year-round" campaign! Whenever a child needed more school supplies, we would give it to them! If anyone is interested in helping or donating, feel free to contact me!

That is all I have, for now! I'll see you guys in a bit! For now, here's a funny! :)


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Love and Summer Ending Updates

Happy Esther Day Everyone!
Shelby, new CO, here and already apologizing for waiting months to get a post up... Fabulous start! But that's not why I'm joining you all here on the internet today. I'm here to celebrate Esther Day! The Esther Day campaign has run all summer but because we don't meet in the summer many of you may not have known about it. If you're interested, check out more info here: . And in honor of Esther I'd like to share my love and appreciation for all of you! I have had so much fun working with this group and can't wait for all the changes we will be bringing to our community in the year to come.
Speaking of the coming year, I have some big goals for our chapter to hopefully achieve. I can hardly wait to share them with you all at our first meeting (the time and date will be online and in the Chargergram) and I'd love to hear from any of you so feel free to email me anytime!
For anyone who didn't hear, Darby and Erika dropped off a large load of books at a Galesberg school that had recently been denied a book grant. We also received a thank you from the kids at Project Renewal. Here are a few pictures!

I hope you have all had a great summer and spend these last two weeks well(:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Goodnight, not Goodbye!

Hey, Charmers!

This is my last post as Chapter Organizer of The Orion Charmers. I just wanted to let you guys know what a great year it has been and how much we have accomplished.

I just want to give a brief review of what we have done.

  • Started a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance
  • Collected $85 for Equality FTW
  • Started a book club in the community
  • Collected more than 1200 books in 30 days
That's a pretty full year, and I just want to say how proud I am to have led you in this. I send all my best wishes for the upcoming Chapter Organizer (whoever they may be), and I would like to acknowledge Mrs. Swanson also. She has been a wonderful Chapter Sponsor, and I hope she finds the experience just as rewarding as we do.

Overall, I'd just like to thank everyone for an amazing year, and I want to say that it's just a goodnight, not a goodbye. The chapter, the magic and love that it brings, isn't leaving. Just one piece of it. 

Thank you, 

Erika Johnson
Chapter Organizer 2013-14

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Hello, Charmers!

Here's an update on the Accio Books! situation! First of all, if you haven't seen me, please do so to receive your library check out card. This is basically a purple card that looks like the inside of a library book where you check it out. On these cards, you will place the date you donated books and the number of books that you donated.
It will look something like this, but purple.

Next, if you haven't been receiving the texts, here's an update on how many books we've received so far!


A grand total of fifty-five books donated as of 
April 9, 2014 at 10:05 PM

This means that there are 21 days left to collect as many books as we possibly can. Continue thinking of charities that we can donate to.

 Lastly, I would like to let everyone know that there is a meeting scheduled for April 30, 2014 after school in the library. This meeting is literally the most important meeting of the year if you'd like a say in who leads the club next year. We will be holding chapter elections this day so that the new chapter organizer can have time to start molding the chapter into what they want, and to start new recruitment of middle schoolers or underclassmen. 


Chapter Elections will be held on 
April 30, 2014 after school in library  

That's all the information I currently have. 

Thank you, 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Radical View on Feminism

WARNING: this is the author's own view and should not be taken as The Harry Potter Alliance or any other related persons' view on the topic. 

Unfortunately, this isn't a joke.

Recently, Dana Wilbank, an opinion writer for the Washington Post, wrote about Heritage Foundation's conference for Women's History Month in which several extremist women speakers (x x) got up on  a podium and said how much they don't care if women are in government seats or if they are in higher paying jobs.

They say that women should be looking into getting married because feminism has caused a huge unhappiness for women, and we should just forget it.

Unfortunately, these women aren't looking at why these things are important or why women are so angry. Women have had a sheet thrown over their eyes by everyone around them for years and years about how terrible their living conditions are. In recent history, we've finally begun to address the appalling situations of sexual abuse, inequality, and double standards thrown on women. This, in turn, makes quite a few women angry or upset about their situations and how men's attitudes about it affect them.

Additionally, women holding government positions and having equal pay will make everyone happy. There is no reason to be angry/upset if there's no problem. Also, if women are holding more seats in government and higher paying jobs, this gives representation to women that isn't sexualized. These women are held to high esteem and respect. This means that women in general should be held to high levels of esteem and respect.

These women, however, think that, "Republicans aren’t the ones who need to change — women are." 

Unfortunately, this feminist has to disagree. Women are subjected to horrible backlash, mistreatment, and general inequality with everything they say. Women are treated disgustingly by men, and yet, "Republicans aren't the ones who need to change"?

But these women go on to bash feminism even more. They say, “Rather than try to ban words like ‘bossy,’ let’s try to promote real leadership skills, like developing a thick skin." the problem with this statement is that women already have to develop a thick skin because men are horrible towards them because of ingrained sexism from media influences reaching from their childhood. It's not even their fault they're sexist or misogynist--it's because of the society they grew up that sexualized and demeaned women for entertainment. 

But, reader, I leave the decision on whether this was really right or wrong of them to say, up to you. However, I will leave you this tidbit: "The audience for these pronouncements Monday was small and mostly male, many of them apparently Heritage interns." It's almost like no one actually got behind this except men. Interesting. 

Go forth and read the article here


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Livestream Tonight!

Check out this awesome livestream the White House is putting on for Women's History Month and to get women more involved in STEM subjects.

Here is the link.

The issue of women in STEM subjects and women in politics is one that we should all be taking great issue towards and working to change. There are not enough women in either subject and the inequality of women's jobs in the workplace needs to be fixed.

Go check out the livestream: On Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the White House will host another episode of “We the Geeks,” this time focused on “Women Role Models.”

This livestream will definitely be worth your while and many important and celebrated women will speak on the issue. 

Thank you,