Meeting Tip of the Month for February

Don’t forget about the second ‘R’ in February! It stands for “Ready!”

This month, focus your meeting efforts on getting all your members ready for upcoming events and deadlines in FBLA, on all levels. There might be local deadlines enforced by your chapter, Georgia FBLA deadlines, or nationwide FBLA deadlines, all of which hold tremendous importance in the process of finishing your chapter’s work and activities.

Preparation, like practice, makes perfect. Have your competitors practice their presentations in front of the chapter, or have them find study materials to start combing through everything they should look at to prepare for an objective test.

 

Outstanding Chapter Award

The National FBLA Outstanding Chapter Award is an award given to chapters that have achieved excellence in various areas within their chapter.

This award requires chapters to complete twenty various activities, each of which showing achievement in areas such as membership, class participation, and FBLA participation.

Chapters must complete 20 activities to receive this award.

This award has an online submission that is due April 2nd this year by 5 PM ET. More information for this award can be found on the national website, linked here.

This is a great way to earn special recognition for your chapter and reward all the hard work your members and advisers have done! If you’re looking for some reward to motivate your chapter activities, this award is the perfect goal to strive for!

Meeting Tip of the Month – Happy New Year!

New year, new you! Now that 2020 has officially kicked into high gear it’s important to take notice of the changes that need to be made around your local chapter, ensuring that nothing has turned bland or uninteresting to members, especially as they get used to be being back from a fun holiday break.

Your job as chapter leaders is to match, or continue, this energetic spirit without impeding on competitive event preparation or productivity. It’s a balancing act, but one that is imperative to make the most of all of your meetings. For your meeting this month, reinvent! Find another approach to competition preparation (maybe pair up competitors with experienced mentors) or switch up the meeting proceedings. If you normally start with the same announcements, maybe start with an icebreaker instead! There are plenty of icebreaker ideas on this state officer blog, so there’s no shortage of activities for you to plan.

Keep members on their toes if you want them to keep them coming back. The same-old can only get you so far– a prerequisite of growth is change!

Gold Level |  Leadership: Team Awesome | Activity 4: Buddy Up!

“Mentor a new ML member or shadow a high school FBLA member. (Write and save a 100 word summary of your experience and include a photo of you and your buddy).”

If your chapter had new members join in the new year, now is a great time to mentor those new recruits and make the most of their FBLA experience. Show them the ropes and invite them to participate in community service projects or attend chapter social events! Ask a high school FBLA member for help on your competitive event for State Leadership Conference or ask if you can attend a high school meeting. Making connections with new members or members in other chapters is a great way to put yourself out there and make new friends. 

 

Chapter Membership Awards

It may be second semester, but membership recruitment should not stop! Always keep recruiting, your chapter might be eligible for a Membership Award!

Chapters can win numerous different awards:

  • Market Share Award – Recognizes chapters at schools where a high percentage of the student body joins FBLA.
  • Connect Ten – Recognizes local chapters that increase membership by ten or more members over last year’s number.
  • Membership Achievement Award – Recognizes chapters that increase membership over last year’s total.
  • 100% Class Participation Award – Recognizes advisers who recruit all students in a single class to become FBLA members.
  • 100% Membership Excellence Awards – Recognizes advisers who recruit all students in all of their classes during the entire year to join FBLA.

Membership criteria for these awards are based on the April 1 deadline, but dues payments must be received by March 1.