The Order of Clarke’s Third is a community chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) located in Omaha, Nebraska. Our chapter was founded in June 2016 and we work to serve the local community as volunteers and to promote health and science literacy through outreach and education (both of ourselves and others). We chose our name in reference to fiction author Arthur C. Clarke’s “Third Law” which states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In addition to all of our local efforts we will be participating in some of the global HPA campaigns and events.
Some of our past volunteer efforts include running games at the Omaha Public Library’s Juneteenth Family Fair, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, and removal of invasive tree species from the Platte River Prairie maintained by the Nature Conservancy. We have an ongoing volunteer relationship with a local nursing home, and in the near future we intend to volunteer at the Nebraska Humane Society and at a fundraising event for the Omaha Ronald McDonald House. We hold chapter meetings as needed, usually once per month.