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.
Jonesboro High School FBLA and other CTSO’s hosted several Community Service Projects during this holiday season.
They partnered with the Faith Open Door Community Center and sponsored a Thanksgiving Can Food Drive. Over 700 can goods and non-perishable food items were donated to needy families.
Also, in December the students supported the spirit of giving and hosted a Toys for Tots Campaign for the Community Center, donating boxes of toys to children in need for this holiday season. They continued the spirit of giving by preparing and delivering 140 holiday care packages to the seniors at the Jonesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The care packages contained signed Christmas cards, toiletry items, candy canes and holiday pocket tissues.
Their final project was “Blessing Backpack.” The students filled their gently used backpacks and bags with 100 blankets, toiletry items, snacks, hats, coats and sweaters. These items will be delivered to the Central Presbyterian Church Outreach for the Homeless on December 15th.
Chair Sheila Williams of the Seminole County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring February 4-10, 2018 FBLA Week in Seminole County. Local Chapter Officers witnessing the signing are: (l-r) Secretary Reshonda Mosely, Reporter/Historian Radhika Patel, President Bianca Torres, County Commissioner Chair Sheila Williams, Treasurer Melody Bryant, Vice President Punit Kapadia, and Parliamentarian Shanderica Carr.
FBLA-PBL sets aside the second week of February each year as National FBLA-PBL Week. The local chapter is participating various activities such as theme dress days, career lessons, a pizza party, random acts of kindness, etc. In addition, they will be recognizing the Wednesday of this week as Adviser Appreciation Day. Members will be using this day to pay special tribute to the dedicated individuals who make the association possible on the local level.
Advisers for the local chapter are Kim Orrick and Kathryn Trawick.
The 2018 Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference is right around the corner! This year we will be in beautiful downtown Atlanta. I am sure that as many of you prepare for your competitions and projects you are wondering what you need to know before you leave for the SLC. Well first things first make sure that you start preparing as soon as possible because the competition will be higher than ever! Begin utilizing specialist in your school as well as your advisor to prepare for speaking, testing, and projects in real world scenarios. There are many prompts and examples for each competition that you can find online and use at no cost to you. The SLC will be crazy and fast paced so make sure that when you step in the door all you have to do is make your final preparations. Be sure to pack any toiletries and clothes you may need 3 days before you are to leave for Atlanta. Review the dress code and make sure you have everything you need so that you do not get a point deduction. Finally, relax! It is going to be a fun and exciting experience that you won’t soon forget so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun! Good luck to all of you!