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 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.