Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month: December

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 monty@georgiafbla.org. Happy Holidays and see you next year!

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month: November

Where did the month go? I feel that The Fall Motivational Rally was a week ago, but the time has passed and it is now November. As your local chapter becomes more concern about competitive events, conferences, and recruitment. Your chapter should be more concern about . . . Chapter of the Year! Last month we talk about how your chapter can earn points by telling your school and your community more about FBLA. This month I going to tell you how your local chapter can earn points by advocating for FBLA to your government and your local businesses.

Lets’ go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year entry form and go to the Public Relations Activities section. The subsections that I am going to be focusing on is Participation in the Georgia FBLA Government Awareness Project, and Participation in the Georgia FBLA Business Organization Contact Project. First, I am going to go through the Participation in the Georgia FBLA Government Awareness Project subsection. You can receive 10 points for a legislator participating in a local activity and 5 points if a school board member participates in a local chapter activity. Lastly, if you write 5 letters about the importance of FBLA to 5 different government officials, your local chapter can receive 5 points. Next, the subsection of Participation in the Georgia FBLA Business Organization Contact Project can help you earn points and be more involved with local businesses around your community. If you know a local business group, you can receive 10 points for making a presentation to them. For making a presentation to a local business advisory committee, your local chapter can receive 5 points. If members in your local chapter are interested in a job shadow experience, you can receive in 5 points

I hope these tips will continue your journey to be the best chapter you can be. 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. Next month, I going to discuss the section called Service Projects. If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser Monty Rhodes at monty@georgiafbla.org.

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month

Participate in the Georgia FBLA Connecting Chapters Project by engaging with local Middle Level chapters.  Meet with members from your feeder middle school through social activities or shared school and community service projects.

By establishing strong relationships with Middle Level members, your high school chapter ensures continuous years of success by preparing the younger students to lead in the high school chapter.  Additionally, your high school chapter can provide guidance for the Middle Level chapter.  For each activity completed with a local Middle Level chapter, your chapter will receive 10 points on Activity #37 for Chapter of the Year.

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month #1

Chapter of the Year! One of the greatest achievements a local chapter can win. It involves hard work. It involves strenuous dedication… so here’s an “easy” activity that can benefit you towards both your COTY form and and your local chapter organization:

The influx of new members is declining. The new officers are installed. It is time to plan out the year! This is where a program of work can be useful!

A program of work is a written plan of action, detailing goals to accomplish in the upcoming year. The program of work lets people know where they are going, how they will get there, and when they will arrive.

Get your local chapter officers and advisers together to start planning out the year! Achieving great goals starts with effective planning. You can download a Program of Work / Plan of Action template here.

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month #2

Chapter of the Year! One of the greatest achievements a local chapter can win. It involves hard work. It involves strenuous dedication… so here’s ANOTHER “easy” activity that can win you both points towards your COTY form and your local chapter organization:

PUBLICIZING YOUR CHAPTER! The following are some tasks from which you can get easy publicity and easy points:

  • 2 points for each article appearing in the school/system newspaper, newsletter, or website (max 10 points)
  • 10 points for each article appearing in the local/community newspaper (pictures without an article do not count)
  • 5 points for developing and publishing a chapter website about your chapter’s current year activities
  • 5 points for developing and maintaining a chapter social media page (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) (max 5 points)