On December 6, 2017 Senator Tyler Harper came and spoke to FBLA members about how he got started in politics and also some about leadership. Senator Harper told the members how proud he was that they decided to join a CTAE organization. He emphasized that even though academics are very important, after school activities are also important because they help build leadership, teamwork, and many other needed qualities.
Senator Harper talked about how he attended ABAC then went on the University of Georgia to receive a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He was then fortunate enough to get a paid internship with Senator Saxby Chambliss and work on the agricultural committee. He then later, at the age of 25, ran for Senator of Georgia’s 7th senate district and was elected at age 26. He talked about his first bill he presented and how it came about to become a signed bill.
Then Senator Harper spoke about leadership and that everyone should always “Dream Big”. He quoted Henry Ford saying “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”, instead of dreaming of moving vehicles with four tires and doors which later became a reality. He also quoted Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do then by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” We all need to follow this advice and try something out of our comfort zone because we never know what just might happen. Remember, leadership is not just about leading, but getting others to lead themselves.
ECI FBLA celebrated March of Dimes World Prematurity Friday, November 17 by participating in Blue Jeans for Babies. Students were asked to pay a small fee to dress down that would allow them to wear blue jeans for the day. They were also encouraged to wear a purple shirt, as it is the color that represents premature birth. Many local businesses and other schools teamed up with our chapter in raising money to help this cause.
FBLA’s national service partner, the March of Dimes, is a cause dedicated to raising funds to support families raising premature babies. The March of Dimes enables mothers to enjoy healthy, full-term pregnancies and develops procedures to prevent future premature births. Collectively as chapters, we can help end prematurity. Over 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide and more than a million die before their first birthday. Raise awareness and show your support by getting involved. If you would like more information on how you can donate to the cause visit www.marchofdimes.org
FBLA members at Cook High School recently collected canned food items for the needy in the Cook County community. FBLA members joined other clubs in collecting food at school. The canned food items will be donated to the Toys for Cook Kids program which will oversee the disbursement of the food to those in need. Local DFCS members will determine those who will qualify to receive food through the program. Cook High FBLA members are very excited to be able to help those in need in their community!
Christmas is a busy time — a time for joy and for giving! Cook High FBLA members have been working toward making Christmas bright for youngsters in Cook County. FBLA members have joined other clubs and community organizations in collecting toys for needy boys and girls. The toys will be donated to the Toys for Cook Kids program which will oversee the distribution of toys to those needy children. Local DFCS members will determine those who will qualify. Cook High FBLA members are very excited to share with others for this joyous Christmas season!
On August 23, Shiloh FBLA hosted their first meeting for the 2017-2018 school year. There were 57 students in attendance. We started with an interesting icebreaker called Hula Hoop Connect. At the start of this activity, all students were divided into 2 groups where each group was joined together hand and foot. The goal of this icebreaker was to get everyone through the hula hoop without separating or talking. This leadership activity showed how effective non-verbal communication and teamwork are. After the icebreaker, we discussed membership dues and important dates such as Motivational Rally, Fall Leadership and other conferences. We also spoke about upcoming fundraisers such as selling ice cream during lunch and offering delicious Chick-fil-A biscuits for breakfast. For new members, officers explained our point system and meeting procedures. Our first meeting of the year was eventful, informative, and fun. We can’t wait for the other activities that we have planned for this school year.