March for Babies Reminder

If you are looking for another way to help raise money for and support the March of Dimes, then participating in the March for Babies Fundraising Walk the perfect way to do so. During the event known as March for Babies, over one million walkers in over 1,000 communities walk to raise money for the March of Dimes in the spring.

In order to have your chapter take part in the March for Babies, register at the March of Dimes March for Babies website. Use these following instructions to complete your registration:

  • Pick FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-ML
  • Find your chapter by using your state in the drop-down menu
  • Select “join a new team” if your chapter is not listed making sure to title your team name with your school and and team type (FBLA, PBL, FBLA-ML)
  • Print and complete the March of Dimes Fundraising Report Form

Furthermore, grant recipients and local and state chapters that raise the most money for the March of Dimes will be recognized at the National Leadership Conference. Members and their chapters also have the opportunity to have their pictures and articles about their March of Dimes activities published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader, PBL Business Leader, or on the national website (

Make sure that you do not miss out on your chance to be part of the wonderful legacy that FBLA-PBL has of giving back to the March of Dimes. For over 40 years, FBLA-PBL has ranked consistently as the top MArch of Dimes youth fundraising parter, raising over $15 million dollars. For further resources and support in your efforts, make sure contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

Building Bridges to New Members

It’s the new year, and it’s time to recruit more new members! Check out these tips for increasing your chapter’s membership this year!


  1. Create a video with your chapter highlighting the different benefits of joining FBLA second semester.
  2. Visit the Georgia FBLA YouTube channel to find out information on various challenges like Domino Effect or the State Project (the Choice is Yours).
  3. Encourage your officers and members to bring a buddy to the next FBLA meeting to receive a free snack item.
  4. Post pictures on social media with #BuildingBridges sharing your favorite FBLA moment to spread the mission of FBLA.
  5. Promote community service opportunities and the ability to attend NLC this year in historic Baltimore!


Good luck with your recruitment efforts! Look out for membership challenges and don’t forget to keep Building Bridges to new members!

February Social Activity of the Month

Can you believe it? Time has flown by and next month 4,000 Georgia FBLA members and advisers will head to the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta! Since Region Leadership Conferences have passed, I suggest that this month, your chapter holds a post-RLC social!

This could consist of a variety of things. To begin with, your chapter may want to recognize all of the chapter members who competed, made it on stage, and advanced to SLC in competitive events! Taking the initiative to compete in RLC events is a huge accomplishment, and one that can lay the foundation for future intellectual pursuits. Next, socials are even greater with food! Chapter officers and advisers can bring snacks such as cookies, chips, and drinks for your members can enjoy.

This social activity is also a great time to give your chapter members an SLC preview. You can remind members of things such as what to wear, where to meet, and go over our Georgia FBLA conference policies with them. In addition, you can set up times for SLC practice sessions for online testing and performance events.

We wish you the best of luck during your chapter’s social events throughout the school year. Don’t forget to hashtag all of your exciting social event posts with #GAFBLA so members all across the state can see the fun things your chapter is doing!


Membership Recruitment Idea-February

The Chapter of the Year submission deadline is fast approaching. Now is the time to top off your membership and earn those last few points for membership recruitment. Here are some ways to help you end the year strong:

FBLA Week: FBLA week is the second week of February and an excellent opportunity for your chapter to recruit members. By having a unique event every day of the week, you should be able to attract more members to your chapter. Some sample activities that you can do for recruitment through out the week is suggested in the link below:

End of the Year Social: The name says it all. A social is a great way to encourage current members to return to membership next year, celebrate members who are moving on to the State Leadership Conference, and even attract more members to join your chapter. Make it fun and have members invite friends to bring along with them.

Encourage Members to Pay: The membership registration deadline is only 2 months away. If you currently have any members that have not payed yet, it is now a great time to put pressure on them to pay their dues. If they are not paid members by April, then they are not considered registered members for your chapter for this year.


Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month: February

Welcome to the month of February, the month of love and Mardi Gra. As you wrap up competitions for regions and start preparing for the State Leadership Conference in March, you will need to start wrapping up………..  Chapter of the Year! With the deadline being a few days away, your local chapter should be finalizing the final papers for submission. Last month, I talked about how you can earn points by participating in state and national projects. This month, I am going to help you maintain your points and not lose any points.

Lets’ go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year entry form. First, go to the Penalty Points section. The first subsection is Membership Threshold. For Bronze & Silver Chapters, if your local membership is below 50 members, 1 point will be subtracted for each member below that mark. For Gold Chapters, if your local membership is below 100 members, 1 point will be subtracted for each member below that mark. The next subsection is Conference Attendance, For Gold chapters, 10 points will be subtracted  for each conference (SLOTS, Rally, FLC, or RLC) in which members did not attend or if a chapter adviser did not attend a FALCON conference. The last subsection is Business Achievement Award Threshold. For Bronze & Silver Chapters, your local chapter must meet the 25 point range in the Business Achievement Awards section, 1 point will be subtracted for every point short. For Gold Chapters, your local chapter must meet the 50 point range in the Business Achievement Awards section, 1 point will be subtracted for every point short.

This is will be the last Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month article for this school year. I want to personally thank everyone that read my articles monthly to receive some information about how they can be the best local chapter in the state. I hope to see more chapters then ever receive Chapter of the Year statues in March. Remember that submissions are due on February 20th .If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser Monty Rhodes at: