We only have one more month to go until the end of 2017; I want to personally thank all of the local chapters that make Georgia FBLA the best state chapter in the nation for 70 years! As your local chapter wraps up the year by recapping past conferences, getting ready for competitive events, and getting serious about Chapter of the Year, now is the time to Build Bridges in full gear. With Chapter of the Year final submission due in two months, local chapters around the state are working hard to become the best chapter they can be. I am here to show you easy ways for your chapter to get points that will elevate you to the next level. Last month, I showed you ways that your local chapter can be involved in the local government and local businesses. This month, I am going to show you how the most fundamental part of being a local chapter can earn you points.
Let’s go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year entry form and go to the Service Projects section. The first subsection is Community Service Projects; your local chapter get receive 10 points for doing a service project that benefits your community and you can add 5 points for partnering with another CTSO organization. The next subsection is School Service Projects. The same terms apply to receive the points. You have to make sure that the projects are benefiting the school or another school organization. The next subsection is Participation in State Service Project at the Fall Leadership Conference. If you played in the Monopoly Tournament at FLC, your local chapter will receive 10 points. The last and most important subsection is Participation in the Georgia FBLA State Service Project-March of Dimes. You will receive 2 points for each $25 a chapter raises and contributes on behalf of the FBLA chapter to the March of Dimes from March 6, 2017 to February 20, 2018. Also, for each March of Dimes educational-activity at your school, your chapter will receive 5 points.
As we countdown the days to 2018, I hope my tips and teachings help you build your bridge to success. If you submit your chapter of the year information before the early submission deadline, you can receive bonus points that will help you in the long run. The deadline for early submission is December 5th and next month, I’m going to discuss the section called FBLA Programs/Projects. If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser Monty Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Holidays and see you next year!