It is always the right time to make the right choice, so get ready to embark on a journey with this year’s state project, “The Choice Is Yours”. This year’s project places a special focus on helping members become knowledgeable about developing logical arguments for decision-making and having an ethical impact in society.
In addition to having the opportunity to identify personal, business, and online ethical guidelines, chapters will also be challenged to identify the consequences of unethical and illegal conduct. Through fundraising and community service hours in partnership with local charities, chapters will be able to earn awards and recognition by earning various amounts of points.
Points will be rewarded according to how each chapter demonstrates the primary goals of this project. “The Choice Is Yours” will prompt students to achieve goals such as the following: learning internet protection technology and practices; researching major businesses or corporations that have dealt with ethical dilemmas; identifying unethical marketing practices of web based practices and behavior; and demonstrating ethical and legal actions with regards to plagiarism, fair use, and copyright laws. Overall, it is this project’s hope that members come to obtain a better understanding of ethical decision-making and the impact it has on society.
The Rockmart High School FBLA Leadership Team set up a promotional table at Rockmart High School Open House on August 7, 2017 to recruit new members and explain the purpose of FBLA to parents. Over 100 membership applications were distributed during this event.
Rockmart Middle School and Rockmart High School hosted Run at the Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 20, 2017 to benefit the March of Dimes. The event was planned over a three month period and involved over 16 business sponsors and 70 participants. Run at the Rock was held on the campus of Rockmart Middle and High School. The event was organized by RHS March of Dimes Chairpersons Montana Barber and LJ Pace. This event raise awareness of the March of Dimes in each of the schools and in the Polk County area. Over $1000.00 was raised to donate to the March of Dimes.
President Jonathan Vogel, of Spectra Contract Flooring (a Berkshire Hathaway company), toured the Sonoraville National Competitors John Graves and Alex Naymick at 811 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angles prior to the 2017 FBLA National Leadership Conference earlier this summer. Spectra is the largest commercial flooring contractor in the U.S. and was founded in 1996. The students were allowed to see the Hollywood Sign and look down to the famous Wilshire Blvd while touring the business. Students were shown how this middle man company connects the dots for the contracts and the builders. John and Alex were allowed to practice their meet and greet skills, as well as their networking skills.
The Brookwood FBLA local officer team had a fun time at SLOTS 2017, where they learned more about their positions, participated in exhilarating games and activities, and networked with other local chapters. Perhaps one of the highlights of this event was winning a free Fall Motivational Rally Registration for our chapter through the social media challenge. Doing some of the icebreakers that the breakout leaders had planned was something our officers really enjoyed because they are fun ways to spark engagement, and we can take these exercises back to our local chapter meetings. The inspirational story told by former national officer Holland Gray about his experiences with perseverance inspired many of our officers to remain confident even in times where they are underestimated. One of our local chapter Presidents, Philena Yang enjoyed SLOTS because “It played a fundamental role in helping our officer team to bond and learn significant skills to achieve success in our chapter. It also allowed us a unique chance to meet other chapters from around our region and share what works and how to improve.” One of our Vice Presidents of Competition, D’nai Thomas also found SLOTS exciting because she “enjoyed the different games, especially the monopoly one, we were encouraged to meet members from other chapters.”
It was a great day of training and bonding with the new officer team. Our officers hope to take what they have learned at SLOTS this year and use it to elevate our chapter in the upcoming months!