The month of February presents a multitude of opportunities for your chapter to connect with legislators. Since February is national CTE (Career and Technology Education) month, your chapter has an outstanding platform to approach your representatives in favor of career and technology education. In fact, try writing a letter to your representatives or inviting them to speak at a meeting. Even better, join your state officers for CTSO Day at the Capitol (February 13th), an opportunity to personally advocate for FBLA. CTSO day will be Thursday, February 21st at the Georgia Capitol Building in Atlanta.
The second week of February is also home to FBLA-PBL week. Many chapters seize this chance to gain publicity in their local communities. For example, your chapter’s volunteer service for Saturday’s “Community Service Day” could land you in a local newspaper. Even better, your chapter’s Spirit Day picture could become viral, using the hashtag, #FBLAPBLWeek. FBLA-PBL week offers countless opportunities to increase your chapter’s membership and relevance in your community.
This month’s Icebreaker is an FBLA Kahoot! The way that the game works is like this:
Players must get on their phones and sign into a Kahoot that the officers have made. The members can either be in teams or alone. The officers should use some FBLA trivia and some pop-culture trivia.
Three ways to make the game harder are:
- Use very discrete information – Rather than making the answers obvious to those who might know FBLA, try and stump them!
- Create obstacles – They must figure out how to do it with both their hands together.
- Make the questions very easy- Make the questions as easy as possible so that it a game to see who can answer the fastest!
The purpose of this game is to show your members how much fun FBLA is, and it is a great way to get them excited to hear whatever information you are sharing in that particular meeting. It is also a great option to help your members learn more about FBLA. Have them try out this fun new icebreaker at your next meeting!
The Berrien Middle School FBLA chapter is unleashing their leadership skills this year by giving back to their community. The local chapter chose to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program as their community service project for December.
Students in the Business Connections classes at Berrien Middle School and the FBLA Middle level chapter collected monetary donations for Toys for Tots. A total of $180 was collected. The chapter went shopping and purchased a variety of toys to donate to the Toys for Tots box placed at the school.
The FBLA chapter also performed in the school’s annual Christmas program. Two different groups of FBLA members entertained the audience with their performances. One group performed dance moves to Tik Tok songs and the other group performed the Mean Girls version of “Jingle Bell Rock.”
This year’s Future Business Leaders of America members at Bowdon High School in Bowdon, Georgia went to teach first graders about American Enterprise day. They made a presentation to explain what it represented and how it has an input on society. A time-honored tradition, American Enterprise Day reminds Americans of free enterprise and how it has contributed positively to the economy. Proclaimed to be observed by American president Jimmy Carter, American Enterprise Day lets students as well as adults learn the fundamentals and values of starting a business and the chances taken. Celebrated on November 15, FBLA takes this opportunity each year to educate and help prepare students for careers in business.
Giving the students an opportunity to increase confidence and work ethic, this day is crucial to the knowledge they possess to go out and pursue their own business ventures.
Bleckley County High School Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Athens, Georgia on November 13th to embark on leadership and learning opportunities. We are so thankful for the opportunity to be able to travel to these conferences to greater our growth as future leaders.
Upon arrival, we settled in for a few minutes before heading over to the University of Georgia campus fo a walking tour. It was a great experience to be able to enjoy the beauty of Athens, see Sanford Stadium and Dooley Field. We enjoyed perusing through the UGA bookstore and we ate lunch at the Tate Student Center followed by a quick Starbucks stop for those interested.
After our walking tour, we headed over to the Georgia GameDay center for some last minute study time as we would all be taking the Statesmen Test and Maisi, Olivia and Sophie would be taking the Battle of the Chapters exam. After some cram sessions and down time, students began to get ready for dinner at the Athens Diner and Opening Session at the Classic Center where Olivia and Maisi would serve as Region 5 Officers. We had a phenomenal guest speaker to kick off the conference. Afterwards, we headed over to the Convention side of the Classic Center for everyone to take their Statesmen test. Congratulations to Ashylnne, Olivia, Ms. Lane and Mrs. Barker on achieving the Statesmen Award.
On Thursday, students had the opportunity to experience many different workshops taught by Georgia State FBLA officers as well as community leaders dealing with making the most of every opportunity, stepping forward to lead, Making the Most of FBLA, State Officer Candidate Orientation and so much more. During the day students also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Scholarship Basket Drawings. All proceeds go to pay for FBLA scholarships given throughout the year. Raleigh and Sophie both won a basket full of goodies to bring home. Immediately following the Conference on Thursday, students readied for a trip home and we ate at Zaxby’s along the way.
We are so proud of our FBLA members and officers that attended the conference in Athens. Bleckley County students always represent our community with such high standards of behavior and poise.