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: 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: 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.

Running Meetings Efficiently

Chapter meetings are vital in maintaining communication between advisers, officers, and members. Whether a meeting is held to inform members of upcoming events or just as a social opportunity, it is imperative that it is well-run and a productive use of members’ time. To ensure meetings are carried out effectively, officers should follow a few simple guidelines.

The most time-consuming step is actually planning the meeting. Choose the purpose of the meeting. Will it be a social event for members to meet one another or an informative event about the upcoming conference? After the topic is decided, determine what will be required the meeting (refreshments, guest speaker, decorations, etc.) and divide the workload among officers or other meeting hosts. Distributing the workload reduces stress for each member and promotes teamwork.
Next, it is important to choose a time and date when the majority of chapter members are able to attend; avoid overlapping dates with other school organizations or conflicts. Once the meeting is planned, the topic is set, and the time and date are determined, begin promoting it through school announcements and flyers. Ensure that member’s are aware of the meeting to increase attendance and chapter participation.
Between the planning time and actual date of the meeting, gather all the necessary items for the meeting. If a guest speaker is scheduled, be sure to maintain contact and verify that they can still attend. Most importantly, practice the presentation. Familiarity with the content will allow the presentation to flow naturally. Be sure to be able to answer any questions members may have on the topic, or at least be able to point them in the direction of an answer.

 

On the day of the meeting, arrive as early as needed to set up and prepare. Run through the presentation one last time if time allows. As members arrive, welcome them. If refreshments are provided, it is often a good idea to have members get them on the way in. Try to begin promptly at the decided time. While presenting, make sure that all members can see and hear. Allow time for questions at the end. Even if the meeting is not designed solely to be a social event, it is always a good idea to allot a little time for networking among members. Lastly, and most importantly, ask for feedback from not only advisers and officers but members as well. Constructive feedback will allow future meetings to run even more smoothly and efficiently.