LEAD Activity of the Month- February

Silver Level: Education: Activity 2: It’s All About You!

This activity requires you to create a magazine cover that’s all about you! The title of your magazine should be one word that describes you. There is a list of requirements that you should follow, but aside from those few rules you have the freedom to be as creative as possible with your magazine cover.

You should keep in mind that the goal of this magazine cover is to showcase everything you would want a stranger to know about you. You can make up names of articles that talk about your accomplishments, make the background a collage of pictures, or use one word statements to describe yourself!

This activity will allow you to reflect on the way you present yourself to others, and showcase your creative skills. Have fun with this activity!

February Meeting Tip of the Month

For this month, make sure you are preparing your members for the State Leadership Conference. We are only 1 month from the SLC! At your meeting, you could have your members present or just have a study session for your testing competitors. Encourage your members to study and to get excited by showing pictures of your chapter from the 2018 SLC or by recognizing your Region winners.  Get your members excited about SLC this month at your meeting!

New to FBLA?

Welcome new FBLA members to an organization with incredible opportunities. I’m sure you’ve heard a friend or another member say many exciting things to describe this organization. There is a plethora of activities and programs to participate in, but allow me to introduce you to the fundamental elements of what makes FBLA so amazing. Here are a few easy ways to get involved this year so you can experience what they’re talking about.

Competitive Events

A major part of FBLA involves preparing students in business-related fields and helping them dive into a career of their passion. One awesome way to explore your interests is through our competitive events program where members can choose from a variety of business industries. Computer science, marketing, graphic design, and finance are simply a few areas of what the events range from. If you’re interested in participating in this program, make sure to ask your adviser to register you so you can compete at conferences!

Conferences

FBLA holds numerous conferences throughout the year for members to attend. Fall Motivational Rally our first conference in October that is held at the National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, that starts the new membership year with motivational speakers, plans for the new year and carnival activities. Moving on, Fall Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia, is held in November to help members get advice about competitive events, seek professional networks, and learn at workshops. Other Leadership conferences that pertain to competition are held throughout the school year and part of the summer.

Service

Our organization also encourages members to volunteer. Your local chapter may already be planning some service projects, so go start taking action in causes you believe in! Moreover, to reward members for devoting time to others, we have the Community Service Achievement Awards that record your service hours. Members can achieve 3 levels of recognition, Community, Service, and Achievement by reaching the number of hours required. Talk to your local adviser to receive a login!

Leadership

As it says in the name, FBLA is a place that fosters leaders. Whether it is through officership or the Business Achievement Awards, members can find their way to emerge as a leader. Officership ranges from local, regional, state, and national levels. Each experience is unique and can teach valuable lessons. In addition, the Business Achievement Awards (BAA) is a membership program that helps members expand their knowledge and involvement in business. There is recognition for every level you complete and there are 4 levels to complete: Future, Business, Leader, and America. Ask your adviser for a BAA login if you are interested in taking part in it!

Hopefully, this article served as a good introduction to the organization and also showed you what you may be interested in.

Business Achievement Award Activity of the Week (Leader Activity 5)

“Help your chapter organize and conduct an environmental service project, i.e., litter clean-up, donate energy efficient light bulbs to senior citizens, celebrate Earth Day, volunteer to help teachers ‘clear the clutter’ and clean up their classrooms, sponsor a coloring contest (using an environmental picture) for elementary students after presenting a skit or presentation about the environment, etc.

This is a great activity for you and your chapter because it has so many benefits. Not only are you helping to create a better atmosphere for your school and community, but you can count these service hours towards the Community Service Awards, and you are helping to promote FBLA through community involvement and servant leadership. This activity also spreads awareness about the environment and what citizens can do to improve it.

Final Push for BAAs

Make sure your members are starting to complete their BAAs! The Business Achievement Awards is a great program that allows members to grow in their leadership skills. The BAAs consist of three different categories that keep members engaged: Service, Education, and Progress. It’s not too late for members to get signed up and complete a level of this program, but keep in mind that the deadlines are approaching fast. The Future, Business, and Leader levels of the BAA program are due on March 1st and the America Level is due on April 25th. This may seem like plenty of time, but with Region Leadership Conferences and State Leadership Testing, our members have to be diligent and work ahead to ensure they complete these rewarding activities!