New to FBLA?

Welcome new FBLA members to an organization with incredible opportunities. I’m sure you’ve heard a friend or another member say many exciting things to describe this organization. There is a plethora of activities and programs to participate in, but allow me to introduce you to the fundamental elements of what makes FBLA so amazing. Here are a few easy ways to get involved this year so you can experience what they’re talking about.

Competitive Events

A major part of FBLA involves preparing students in business-related fields and helping them dive into a career of their passion. One awesome way to explore your interests is through our competitive events program where members can choose from a variety of business industries. Computer science, marketing, graphic design, and finance are simply a few areas of what the events range from. If you’re interested in participating in this program, make sure to ask your adviser to register you so you can compete at conferences!

Conferences

FBLA holds numerous conferences throughout the year for members to attend. Fall Motivation Rally our first conference in October that is held at the National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, that starts the new membership year with motivational speakers, plans for the new year and carnival activities. Moving on, Fall Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia, is held in November to help members get advice about competitive events, seek professional networks, and learn at workshops. Other Leadership conferences that pertain to competition are held throughout the school year and part of the summer.

Service

Our organization also encourages members to volunteer. Your local chapter may already be planning some service projects, so go start taking action in causes you believe in! Moreover, to reward members for devoting time to others, we have the Community Service Achievement Awards that record your service hours. Members can achieve 3 levels of recognition, Community, Service, and Achievement by reaching the number of hours required. Talk to your local adviser to receive a login!

Leadership

As it says in the name, FBLA is a place that fosters leaders. Whether it is through officership or the Business Achievement Awards, members can find their way to emerge as a leader. Officership ranges from local, regional, state, and national levels. Each experience is unique and can teach valuable lessons. In addition, the Business Achievement Awards (BAA) is a membership program that helps members expand their knowledge and involvement in business. There is recognition for every level you complete and there are 4 levels to complete: Future, Business, Leader, and America. Ask your adviser for a BAA login if you are interested in taking part in it!

Hopefully, this article served as a good introduction to the organization and also showed you what you may be interested in.

Official Dress Review and Competitive Event Updates

Importance of official dress

In the wake of competition, it is pertinent for members to not only know the dress code but to also know the Georgia FBLA Official Dress. It should be followed at the Regional Leadership Conference and State Leadership Conference during competitive event performances. Not understanding the specifics of official dress may cost you or your team points at either conference. Please make sure to review the details before. To make these official dress preparation easier, here is a simple checklist to follow:

Requirements for Males:

  • A standard solid navy blazer with either khakis or a corresponding navy pair of pants
  • The FBLA patch must be placed over the left chest pocket of the blazer
  • A white collared, button-up, long-sleeved dress shirt
  • Dress Shoes (eg. oxfords, cap toe, wingtip, dress loafers)
  • Official blue FBLA necktie

Requirements for Females:

  • A standard solid navy blazer
  • Khakis or a corresponding navy pair of pants or skirt
  • If a skirt is worn, it should extend to the knee or slightly below, hemmed evenly across the bottom. The skirt may not be higher than 2 inches above the knee.
  • The FBLA patch must be placed over the left chest pocket of the blazer.
  • A white collared, button-up, long-sleeved dress shirt, blouse or shell can be worn (no t-shirts, polo/golf shirts or camisoles).
  • Dress may be open toe or slingback, but not both
  • Official blue FBLA scarf

Boots, sandals and tennis shoes are not acceptable footwear. In addition, if you know a region or state officer, you may see them wearing a red scarf or tie; however, it is important to keep in mind that ALL members are expected to wear blue scarves or ties when competing.

If you’d like to know more on the dress code in general or want to see if official dress applies to your event, you can find more details on pages 24-25 in the Chapter Planning Guide.

Competitive event updates

If you or a friend is interested in politics, Political Science may be the event for you! This event is a new objective test that has been added to the list of competitive events this year.

For those competing in Digital Video Production, the length of the video has been reduced to two minutes in order to give competitors time to present their entire video during their presentation.

The 2018-2019 topics for competitive events such as 3-D Animation, Business Ethics, and Introduction to FBLA  can be viewed on pages 20-21 in the Chapter Planning Guide.

 

 

 

Hittin’ The Ground Running

Shiloh FBLA is off to a great start this year!!

The beginning of the year has been very busy. Our Interest meeting went well with 31 students in attendance. At the interest meeting we played Captains Coming as our leadership activity. We also talked about all the exciting events coming up, dues and fundraisers. This year we started off with a full team of officers with the exception of a Parliamentarian. All of them are excited to work this year and have great ideas for the success of our organization.

The week of  September 10-14 was rush week for our members. We decided to do a flash sale where for one week only we allowed the members  to join FBLA for only $15 for the basic membership instead of $25 , they also would receive a prize if they joined during this time. We were also successful in our first fundraiser with Otis Spunkmeyer. Several students participated and earned money for our future trips. One of our members K.W was the top seller for a consecutive two years including this year. We are so proud of all of his hard work.

Bleckley County High School FBLA Officers Waste No Time in Preparations for the Coming Year

Bleckley County High School Future Business Leaders of America is proud to announce the officers for the coming year. Presidents Jordan S. and Jillian G., Vice President Emily A., Junior Vice President Olivia W., Alex N. Reporter, Amanda K. Secretary, Maisi C. Parliamentarian, and Nick S. Historian.

These officers have been working hard throughout the summer in preparation of making this school year the best yet in Bleckley High FBLA. Presidents Jillian G. and Jordan S. met with advisers earlier in June to lay the ground work for officers over the coming months and year. Officers Nick S., Amanda K., Maisi C., Jillian G. and Emily A. worked in their initial officer preparation day to make plans for their FBLA program of work. Following this meeting, officers met to enjoy a day of fellowship, planning, developing, socializing and then ended the day with a movie!

These preparation meetings combined led to a VERY productive day at Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit. This was a day spent with other FBLA officers and leaders from throughout the state in developing skills that they can use over the coming months as they develop their own styles and EMERGE as Leaders in FBLA.

Congratulations to these young ladies and gentlemen in the coming year. We look forward to watching you grow and EMERGE into your leadership roles and styles!

Pictured Left to Right: Nick S., Emily A., Jordan S., Jillian G., Maisi C., and Amanda K..