During the month of November, it is important that we give thanks for the things that we have. A great icebreaker to get your chapter into the Thanksgiving spirit is “What Are You Thankful for?” In this icebreaker, have everyone stand in a big circle and have each person talk about what he or she is thankful for. The circle symbolizes unity and family.
Another way to do this activity can be to have everyone write down what he or she is thankful for and post it on your chapter bulletin board for everyone to see. This icebreaker can be used throughout the year but is especially meaningful during the month of November.
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As we continue to prepare for SLC, it is important to step back and take a moment to relax. February’s Icebreaker is What’s Your Theme Song? Ask members to imagine they’re in a movie. What song would play when they walk into a scene? Would it be a rousing number like in Rocky or The Office? Have someone to write down everyone’s responses and you can use that information throughout the year to, say, play music whenever a member accomplishes a milestone. It is important to celebrate all victories (both big and small) and constantly encourage members.
With Region Leadership Conferences coming to an end, it is the perfect time to celebrate your chapter’s winners! Host an RLC Winners Reception to recognize the members who exceeded in their competitions. Invite both winners, and the rest of the chapter.
During the event, recognize your Region Winners and State Qualifiers. They deserve credit for all of their hard work. This will put a smile on their faces, and encourage them to study hard so they can succeed at SLC. This will also encourage other members to work harder for next year’s events, and strait to state events.
Food makes any activity better. If your event is before school, pick up some donuts and coffee. If it is later in the day, pizza is always an inexpensive way to feed a crowd. Encourage members to meet new people and network while they eat–it will be a great way for younger members to talk to those more experienced in competitions. However you structure your event: just remember to make it fun!
Is your chapter looking for a community service project to participate in? The March for Babies is the perfect opportunity. The proceeds go towards funding research to prevent premature birth. The March of Dimes has different ways you can get involved. You can create a team and sign up to participate in a walk near you or you can participate in a virtual walk online. The March of Dimes not only is an amazing organization, but is also FBLA’s largest service partner. Join many others across the country in the fight for the health of moms and babies everywhere. For more information or to sign up go to www.marchforbabies.org .