FUNdraiser Activity of the Month!

Gloomy overhead, weary students, and a lack of motivation, these are all characteristics of the typical early school morning; however, just as all hope seemed to be lost, is it a soft-drink? Is it a tea? No, it’s coffee! Smell that? That’s the brewing of a good idea — the brewing of coffee in the early morning.

The fundraiser idea of the month is nothing short of a miracle for both the FBLA chapter for funding, and the students at your local high school. The fundraiser idea of the month involves local FBLA chapters establishing a school wide accessible coffee stand in which FBLA members would setup, brew, and sell coffee to the students at their school. The idea is very straightforward, however, there are numerous outlets of funding to explore in order to generate the most satisfaction for prospective coffee loving students and to maximize funds for the FBLA chapter. The process of going about making this dream a dream-come-true is outlined below into two segments: the superficial — phase I — setup, and then capitalizing on the underlying potentials — phase II — in order to maximize efficiency of the coffee stand.

The initially thoughts that need to go into setting up the coffee stand involve: how much startup capital does our capital need? How much should we initially invest into the idea before we see a turn-around? Where do we setup a base of operations to store, brew, and sell the coffee? Are we going to carry a single coffee based product or offer a selection; do we only sell what’s easiest to make in the mornings? Some of the questions prompted after establishing the stand include: how much should we charge for each product? How does our local chapter decide who should be in charge of storing the coffee beans/products, ordering more materials or supplies as needed, brew the coffee product itself, and who is going to sell the product? What I propose, in addition to the coffee stand, is to maintain a signup record for who will be volunteering to operate the stand at certain times or during certain days. A way to encourage members to become active in this aspect is to advertise these responsibilities as an easy outlet for volunteer hours, the potential to gain valuable experience working a cash register, and learning how a small scale “business” operates on a day-to-day basis in order to satisfy consumers and, all while, make a profit. What I encourage you to do, is to only open the coffee stand on designated days (definitely Mondays at the very least) in order to generate a sense of exclusiveness to the product being available to the students and the act of this also lessens the stress of figuring out who will be working the stand every day. Some feedback that I have received in the past with this idea has centered around the location of the coffee stand in which should be centrally located and/or easily accessed; for instance, for stand should be located outside the cafeteria, directly in the FBLA chapter’s business classroom, in front of the school’s main entrance — or right when you walk in, or any other place easily accessible with prior permission to “set up shop.”

The sheer possibilities with this ongoing fundraiser idea are truly limitless. Soon you can be the reason why students are energetic and ready to learn on Mondays all while being the cause of bringing in funds for your local chapter!

Three Tips for Effective Meetings

You’ve spent hours upon hours planning and talking to people to get them to join FBLA. After hours of talking and trying to convince them, they finally agree to give it a chance. Happily you agree and give them the date to the next meeting… Now what?

What do you do to make sure your meeting doesn’t fall through?

Here are three tips for running effective meetings, so that your chapter’s meeting will be the best it can be.

  1. Planning: This is the most essential part of every meeting. Prepare and run through the details of the meetings by having an officer meeting beforehand, listing out the items of the meeting in an agenda.
  2. Involvement: Involve multiple members of the officer team and members when possible. No one wants to go to a meeting where only one person is speaking. Having multiple people present and lead activities will increase membership involvement and engagement.
  3. Brevity: By keeping your meetings brief, you ensure quality communication without running the risk of being boring. Setting a time limit keeps you on track and helps cut away useless information.


Service Activity of the Month: Reading Stories at Children’s Hospitals

Gather together your favorite childhood story books and your best oration skills to read to children in hospitals. Oftentimes, the journey of enduring treatments and staying confined to the walls of a hospital room can be a difficult experience for young children. However, you and your local chapter can serve a role in comforting young patients by simply spending time and sharing with them.

A well told story is always good medicine for the soul, so be sure to follow these guidelines to make the most of your storytelling experience. It is a good idea to preview the book(s) you will present; this will allow you to practice and anticipate any questions your young audience may have. Also, in order to stimulate conversation and discussion, introduce the title of your book and allow the children to share their predictions about what the story will consist of. Most importantly, have fun and be sure to read with expression because you want to make the stories come alive and off of the pages.

In addition to reading your selected stories, do not be afraid to connect with and learn about the children that you present to. Try your best to make the experience even more memorable for them by writing cards or bringing small gifts.

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month: October

Hi everyone! I cannot believe that the second month of the new school year is over. I hope you and your local chapter have been promoting FBLA around your school, recruiting new members, and planning for a wonder year ahead. Now that it is September, your chapter should be settling in and working on Georgia FBLA’s wide range of activities, programs, and . . . you guessed it, Chapter of the Year! Last month I shared with you how to get Chapter of the Year points by building and planning within your local chapter. This month I am going to share with you how your local chapter can receive statewide recognition and also snatch some points as well.

Let’s go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year Entry form and see the Chapter Management. Go to the subsection called Chapter Management and Organization. These activities will show that your local chapter is one of the best in the state. You can receive 5 points for conducting a new member or officer installation. This is something your chapter can do before a major Georgia FBLA conference. You can also receive 5 points for nominating a local member for Who’s Who in FBLA, and 5 points for nominating a local member for Georgia FBLA Member of the Month. Who’s Who in FBLA is recognizing outstanding members from this state organization in which there is one member from each region and an overall state winner. Member of the month recognizes outstanding members on a per month bases, that special member will be awarded at SLC with a pin or award voucher. If you think that you have the best adviser in the state you should encourage your adviser to apply for Adviser of the Year or New Adviser of the Year and receive 5 points. Lastly, if you have a great idea that you want to share with Georgia FBLA members you should submit a workshop proposal for 2018 State Leadership Conference and get 5 points.

I hope that these tips help you get the “easy” points for Chapter of the Year. It is really important that you start early because some Chapter of the Year points can count as bonus points if the entry form is turned in by early submission deadline. Next time, I am going to drive more into the Public Relations Activities section. If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser Monty Rhodes at

BAA Activity of the Week #2

This week’s featured BAA Activity is Future Award 17:

Future Activity 17 Communications/FBLA Organization and National Programs Required.

Bring a friend who is a nonmember to a local chapter FBLA meeting.

One of the best methods to show your friends what FBLA is all about is to invite them to a meeting. This gives them the chance to get an idea of what the organization has in store for them, and allows them to develop goals for what they want to achieve in FBLA.

Good luck with your completion of the Future Award!