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: October

Hello Georgia FBLA! I cannot believe that Fall Motivational Rally just happened a few days ago. I cannot wait to celebrate the kickoff for this amazing year with you. As summer is coming to a close and the leaves are starting to fall, hopefully your local chapter is starting to get serious for conferences and competitive events. There is one more thing that your local chapter should start to get serious with: Chapter of the Year! Last time, I showed you ways to earn points by showing you how to have the best chapter, members, and advisers in the state. This month I am going to show you how to earn points by telling/showing Georgia FBLA in your community and the activities you could do in your local chapter.

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 this month is Publicity, FBLA Publication Submission, and Submission of FBLA Chapter Pictures. First, let’s dive into the Publicity subsection. Your chapter can receive points for appearing in school and local community articles. You can also for receive points for television/radio appearance; and additional, you can receive points for developing a chapter website and a developing social media page. Then, for FBLA Publication Submission, you can receive points for each article you write in Tomorrow’s Business Leader and the Georgia FBLA website. You also receive points for completing a page for the Georgia FBLA scrapbook. Lastly, you can receive points for liking the Georgia FBLA page on Facebook. The final subsection I am going to be talking about is Submission of FBLA Chapter Pictures (my personal favorite). You can receive 2 points per picture when you send it to Georgia FBLA. For sending pictures of your local chapter you can receive Chapter of the Year points!

I hope my tips will help you get the ball rolling for Chapter of the Year. With Chapter of the Year, starting early is the best policy so you can receive bonus chapter of the year points. Next month I will be exploring the other subsections of Public Relations Activities. 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: 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: September

Hi everyone! I cannot believe that the second month of the new school year is over. I hope you and your local chapter have been promoting FBLA around your school, recruiting new members, and planning for a wonder year ahead. Now that it is September, your chapter should be settling in and working on Georgia FBLA’s wide range of activities, programs, and . . . you guessed it, Chapter of the Year! Last month I shared with you how to get Chapter of the Year points by building and planning within your local chapter. This month I am going to share with you how your local chapter can receive statewide recognition and also snatch some points as well.

Let’s go back to the chapter planning guide and look at the Chapter of the Year Entry form and see the Chapter Management. Go to the subsection called Chapter Management and Organization. These activities will show that your local chapter is one of the best in the state. You can receive 5 points for conducting a new member or officer installation. This is something your chapter can do before a major Georgia FBLA conference. You can also receive 5 points for nominating a local member for Who’s Who in FBLA, and 5 points for nominating a local member for Georgia FBLA Member of the Month. Who’s Who in FBLA is recognizing outstanding members from this state organization in which there is one member from each region and an overall state winner. Member of the month recognizes outstanding members on a per month bases, that special member will be awarded at SLC with a pin or award voucher. If you think that you have the best adviser in the state you should encourage your adviser to apply for Adviser of the Year or New Adviser of the Year and receive 5 points. Lastly, if you have a great idea that you want to share with Georgia FBLA members you should submit a workshop proposal for 2018 State Leadership Conference and get 5 points.

I hope that these tips help you get the “easy” points for Chapter of the Year. It is really important that you start early because some Chapter of the Year points can count as bonus points if the entry form is turned in by early submission deadline. Next time, I am going to drive more into the Public Relations Activities section. 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: August

One of the most important parts of being a Georgia FBLA chapter is having the chance to become Chapter of the Year. What is Chapter of the Year, one may ask?  The Chapter of the Year program recognizes the top chapters in the state. Chapters earn points for participating in the many activities offered by Georgia FBLA in the areas of chapter management, conference attendance and recognition, recruitment, public relations, and participation in national and state projects. Chapters earn points to earn the designations of Gold, Silver, and Bronze and lastly encourages members and chapters to get involved on the local, state, and national levels by attending conferences, participating in state and national projects.

This monthly update is supposed to help your local chapter get the “easy points” that are hidden in the Chapter of the Year entry form. There are many ways to get points from the things your chapter already do or what your local chapter can easily do. I want your chapter to realize that every chapter can be a “top” chapter and every chapter can have their time in the spotlight. Hopefully by this year’s State Leadership Conference, more chapters than ever can become Bronze, Silver, and Gold Chapters.

The first activities that your local chapter can do is very simple. When you look at the entry form and see the Chapter Management. Go to the subsection called Chapter Management and Organization. Some of these activities are perfect to do around this time because they are meant to prepare your chapter for an amazing year. First, you can receive 10 points for conducting a planning session for new officers during the summer. You can have this planning session right after SLOTS when your local chapter officers are fresh of ideas. Then 10 points developing a chapter program of work, 10 points is for preparing a chapter public recognition 5 points for developing a point system for chapter member recognition, and 5 points for preparing a chapter budget and income statement. Those activities are something that be done with your local chapter the first few weeks of school when your chapter is trying to set everything up.

I hope that these activities are helpful to get you on track on your chapter of year journey. Next month I will help you explore the other half of Chapter Management and Organization. If you have any questions about Chapter of the Year, you can email the state adviser, Monty Rhodes at monty@georgiafbla.org.