As the year starts to wind down, you will want to recognize your members on the local level for all they have accomplished this year. At the end of every school year, some chapters like to hold a local Awards Program or End of the Year Banquet. This is a great way to recognize your members for placing at the Region or State Leadership Conference, completing a level of the BAA or CSA programs, or for serving as a Local Chapter Officer. This is also a great time to recognize the members who will be wearing an FBLA cord at Graduation. As the year comes to a close, make sure you celebrate all that your members have done this year.
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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.
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!
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!
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!