Maintaining Momentum

We are in the midst of February with so many major dates fast approaching. There are a lot of things to do from finishing up Chapter of the Year Submissions to preparing for the State Leadership Conference. In the midst of this busy season, it is important to maintain the momentum and not slow down or miss deadlines. Here are some tips for your chapter to stay on task and finish the year strong.

  • Schedule Dates: It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of work that may be left; but through effective scheduling, you can space out the tasks to make sure you get them done on time. Be sure to schedule a timeline ahead of time as this will allow your chapter flexibility, and you won’t overwork yourselves. Space out your tasks and take each goal one step at a time.
  • Take a Break: Sometimes the best way to avoid a breakdown in production is to take a break. When you are having work meetings, be sure to include breaks and fun activities so no one is burned out or too tired. Taking short breaks throughout will ultimately increase efficiency and production. Just don’t take too many for too long!
  • Stay on Task: When you are not taking break, make sure your chapter/officer team is on task. No one should be idly waiting for others to finish their parts. Instead have every pitch in and help each other in order to finish the task earlier. Tune out any possible distractions such as phones or music and focus your attention on the task at hand.

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: monty@georgiafbla.org.

Chapter of the Year Activity of the Month: January

Welcome to a brand-new year of 2018, I hope your winter break was magical and filled with memories, as we come back to school for second semester. Georgia FBLA is with full affect because of the start of competitive event season with the 2018 Region Leadership Conferences. Also, the start of the semester means that your local chapter needs to be focused on…………. Chapter of The Year. Last month I talked about how your local chapter can earn points by giving back the community. This month, I going to show you ways that your local chapter can earn points participation in state and national FBLA programs.

Lets’ go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year entry form and go to the FBLA Programs/Projects section. The first subsection is Participation in the Business Achievements Awards Recognition Program, you can receive a range of 1-15 points if each student completes a level in their BAAs. The next subsection is Participation in the Georgia FBLA State Project- The Choice is Yours!. 1 point will be awarded for each 10 points you do and you can receive 5 points for completing prior state projects. The next subsection Participation in National FBLA Program or Project, your chapter can receive 10 points for each national project you complete. Next, I am going to talk about Contribution to Georgia FBLA Conference Sponsorship Project, Contribution to Georgia FBLA Scholarships Fund, Contribution to Georgia FBLA Foundation subsection. Your local chapter can earn points by donating to the organization and its programs. The next subsection Participation in the Georgia FBLA Connecting Chapter Project, if your local chapter works with a middle level chapter on a project you can receive 10 points. The final subsection I will be talking about is Participation in the Community Service Awards Recognition Program. If any member completes a level in their CSAs, they can receive a range from 2-10 points for their chapter.

I hope that 2018 will be a year full of surprises, The deadline for Chapter of the Year is February 20th. So make sure that you are on top of everything. Next month, I will be discussing the section called Penalty Points. 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

You know in your heart that you have the best local chapter in the state. You believe you have the best members, best advisers, best local programs and activities, and overall a fantastic chapter. If there was only a way to show the rest of the state how great your chapter is. Georgia FBLA state theme this year is Building Bridges, the ultimate way to build bridges in all aspects of this organization is your local chapter can participate in Chapter of the Year! The Chapter of Year recognizes the top chapter in the state. Chapters earn points for participating in many activities offered by Georgia FBLA in the areas of chapter management, conference attendance and recognition, public relations, and participation in national and state projects.

Chapters earn points to earn the designations of Gold, Silver, or Bronze chapters. The top 20 high school Gold Chapters will be named Superior chapters, and the chapter that earns the most points throughout the year will be named the chapter of the year. Chapters entering this program can qualify for the prestigious Hollis and Kitty Guy Seal Chapter award of merit (HS) or the middle level champion chapter (ML) which recognizes the top 15% of the chapters in the nation. Are you feeling pumped to build these bridges? If so, the deadline for Chapter of the Year is February 9th for Middle Level and February 20th for High School Chapters.

I cannot wait to see all of you at the State Leadership Conference in March to see what bridges your chapter built this year.

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!