The Chapter of the Year submission deadline is fast approaching. Now is the time to top off your membership and earn those last few points for membership recruitment. Here are some ways to help you end the year strong:
FBLA Week: FBLA week is the second week of February and an excellent opportunity for your chapter to recruit members. By having a unique event every day of the week, you should be able to attract more members to your chapter. Some sample activities that you can do for recruitment through out the week is suggested in the link below:
End of the Year Social: The name says it all. A social is a great way to encourage current members to return to membership next year, celebrate members who are moving on to the State Leadership Conference, and even attract more members to join your chapter. Make it fun and have members invite friends to bring along with them.
Encourage Members to Pay: The membership registration deadline is only 2 months away. If you currently have any members that have not payed yet, it is now a great time to put pressure on them to pay their dues. If they are not paid members by April, then they are not considered registered members for your chapter for this year.
Welcome to the month of February, the month of love and Mardi Gra. As you wrap up competitions for regions and start preparing for the State Leadership Conference in March, you will need to start wrapping up……….. Chapter of the Year! With the deadline being a few days away, your local chapter should be finalizing the final papers for submission. Last month, I talked about how you can earn points by participating in state and national projects. This month, I am going to help you maintain your points and not lose any points.
Lets’ go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year entry form. First, go to the Penalty Points section. The first subsection is Membership Threshold. For Bronze & Silver Chapters, if your local membership is below 50 members, 1 point will be subtracted for each member below that mark. For Gold Chapters, if your local membership is below 100 members, 1 point will be subtracted for each member below that mark. The next subsection is Conference Attendance, For Gold chapters, 10 points will be subtracted for each conference (SLOTS, Rally, FLC, or RLC) in which members did not attend or if a chapter adviser did not attend a FALCON conference. The last subsection is Business Achievement Award Threshold. For Bronze & Silver Chapters, your local chapter must meet the 25 point range in the Business Achievement Awards section, 1 point will be subtracted for every point short. For Gold Chapters, your local chapter must meet the 50 point range in the Business Achievement Awards section, 1 point will be subtracted for every point short.
This is will be the last Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month article for this school year. I want to personally thank everyone that read my articles monthly to receive some information about how they can be the best local chapter in the state. I hope to see more chapters then ever receive Chapter of the Year statues in March. Remember that submissions are due on February 20th .If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser Monty Rhodes at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Jenny Pitts, Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator, was guest speaker at the January 16, 2018, Cook High FBLA meeting. Mrs. Pitts spoke to the members about the WBL program. She explained the steps for getting into the program and what qualifications would have to be met. Mrs. Pitts also talked to the members about interview skills since interviewing for the WBL program is required. She had members pair up and practice handshakes and introductions. They did mock interviews while in the pairs grouping. Mrs. Pitts shared several handouts about interview tips with the students.
The Cook High School FBLA members enjoyed the informal presentation by Mrs. Pitts. Members were able to ask questions and interact with Mrs. Pitts. The members appreciated the opportunity to learn how to present and prepare themselves better for interviews.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. The State FBLA theme for 2017-2018 is Building Bridges! FBLA is a way to build bridges between high school, community, college, and careers.
The Cook High School FBLA club meets monthly and members enjoy participating in school activities, conferences, and events. Cook High FBLA members have been showing their leadership skills this year by participating in local, region, and state projects and competitions. They have been busy with community and school service projects, showing appreciation to faculty and staff members, and collecting food and toys for the Toys for Cook Kids program. Cook High advisers are Mrs. Lori Carter, Mrs. Jenny Pitts, and Mrs. Marsha Tillman.
On December 13, 2017, Shiloh FBLA had their annual Holiday Social. We enjoyed food, fun , and fellowship. We ate pizza, chips, soda and cake. Many members were in attendance and everyone had a great time. There were a lot of fun games played. We played Taboo, Monopoly, and Jenga. We also had an UNO tournament and other activities. Members were very competitive in the tournament but everyone played fair and had a great time. Students decorated ornaments with their own creative designs. Ornaments were donated to Children’s Hospital. We even had the previous Shiloh FBLA president come back and visit. Our Christmas party is a way for us to celebrate the holiday spirit while reflecting on giving back to the less fortunate.