On January 12, 2017, Shiloh FBLA went on a very fun field trip to see the Atlanta Hawks. We did a lot more than just watch a basketball game. Brett Stefansson, the vice president and general manger of the Phillips Arena spoke to us about the management side of professional basketball. He also talked about the behind the scenes work of the Phillips Arena. We also had an oppurtunity to visit the College Football Hall of Fame.
On December 13, 2017, Shiloh FBLA had their annual Holiday Social. Shiloh FBLA had food, fun , and conversation. Many members were in attendance and everyone had a great time. There were a lot of fun games played. In addition to having an UNO tournament, they also had other activities. Some students decorated ornaments with their own creative designs, and Shiloh FBLA also used this occassion to donate the to Children’s Hospital.
Several Coffee High FBLA members went shopping for toys on December 14, 2017 to help contribute toys to the A Diva’s Christmas toy drive. Erika Show’s goal was to deliver toys to at least 50 children that would not be getting anything for Christmas. Coffee High FBLA President Timothy Tucker brought the toy drive to our attention because Erika Show had not yet reached her goal. FBLA members knew that this would be a great community service project and jumped right in by starting to plan on how we could help Erika reach her goal. FBLA members decided that to buy toys for both boys and girls between the ages of 1-10 would be a great way to help. The members decided on how much to spend per gender and then set a date. After the FBLA Christmas party with CHS FBLA, CMS FBLA, GWCFC FBLA, and CMS FCCLA we set out to buy a variety of toys. The CHS FBLA members set out for Wal-Mart and bought present which were later delivered by Timothy Tucker and his mother to Erika Show. The members absolutely loved shopping for toys know that everything was going to a good cause within our community.
The Bowdon High School FBLA spread some early Christmas cheer through singing loud for all to hear when they went caroling around nursing homes on November 29, 2017. Each student who wanted to participate brought a toy for the Toys for Tots drive as the cost of the trip. Dressed in Christmas attire, twenty-four members along with their adviser visited six different nursing homes in the Carrollton/Bowdon area. As they walked down the hallways they sang Christmas carols and wished the residents Merry Christmas.
Christmas caroling not only brought joy to the hearts of the residents of each home but also to the students who attended the trip. After they had visited the nursing homes in Carrollton, they stopped for lunch at American Pie Pizzeria. Then they boarded the bus for Bowdon and gave a performance at the Majestic Nursing Home. Christmas caroling was a treat for all attended, and the students only hope they made someone’s holiday season a little brighter.
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.