On July 9, Cook High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officers, Jaina Patel (President) and Greg Olson (Secretary), attended the Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit at Crisp County High School. This event was attended in order to achieve a better understanding of leadership skills and to plan for the new school year. Destinee Walker (Vice-President), Caiytiana Smith (Treasurer), and Jose Gutierrez (Communications Chair) were unable to attend. To begin the day, all participants played several games that gave them a chance to mingle and work together. Next, officers were split in groups by position and worked to learn more about their roles. The training sessions were followed by a delicious lunch catered by Chick-fil-A and the sharing of several success stories. Later, groups were sent to various team building activities, and chapters worked together to plan for the upcoming school year. After an enjoyable day of planning and networking, the Cook High FBLA officers are prepared to help build a successful program for the local chapter this year. Mrs. Lori Carter and Mrs. Marsha Tillman accompanied the students to the training summit.
The Brookwood FBLA local officer team had a fun time at SLOTS 2017, where they learned more about their positions, participated in exhilarating games and activities, and networked with other local chapters. Perhaps one of the highlights of this event was winning a free Fall Motivational Rally Registration for our chapter through the social media challenge. Doing some of the icebreakers that the breakout leaders had planned was something our officers really enjoyed because they are fun ways to spark engagement, and we can take these exercises back to our local chapter meetings. The inspirational story told by former national officer Holland Gray about his experiences with perseverance inspired many of our officers to remain confident even in times where they are underestimated. One of our local chapter Presidents, Philena Yang enjoyed SLOTS because “It played a fundamental role in helping our officer team to bond and learn significant skills to achieve success in our chapter. It also allowed us a unique chance to meet other chapters from around our region and share what works and how to improve.” One of our Vice Presidents of Competition, D’nai Thomas also found SLOTS exciting because she “enjoyed the different games, especially the monopoly one, we were encouraged to meet members from other chapters.”
It was a great day of training and bonding with the new officer team. Our officers hope to take what they have learned at SLOTS this year and use it to elevate our chapter in the upcoming months!
Are your officers not sure of duties they can perform? Are advisers overworked and wishing their officers and leaders were taking a greater role in chapter planning? Ever wish that your officers were ready to “hit the ground running” at the beginning of the school year? Summer Leadership & Officer Training Summits (SLOTS) may be the answer! After successful programs the past ELEVEN years, Georgia FBLA is offering four separate officer training sessions across the state July 17-20. Each session is meant to prepare local chapter officers and other leaders for duties and roles. In addition, chapter officers will work with advisers to develop or refine the program of work and plan chapter strategy for the year. Not only do we want to train officers and leaders for specific duties but we also want to develop a stronger officer team through strategic chapter planning. Finally, learn what other chapters are doing through our share time such as one-minute success stories, best practices, etc.
While the training sessions are designed primarily for local chapter officers, we recognize some chapters may not have selected officers yet or chapters may have other leaders who might not be officers but can benefit from the training. We encourage you to send these members, who you view as potential leaders for your chapter, whether they will be officers or not.
Because there is a large emphasis placed on the chapter planning area, this program is designed more for a team of officers rather than a single individual officer. We encourage your chapter to send all of its officers and leaders rather than just one or two.
Advisers should plan to participate in the SLOTS program as well. A special session will be held for advisers to help navigate them through the coming year. Additionally, adviser participation is important during the Chapter Program of Work/Strategic Planning Session.
Please see LiveBinder for more information regarding the 2017 SLOTS. We hope to see you there!
Bleckley FBLA kicked off the new 2016-17 year with a bang! Officers, Lacey W., William D., Tyler S., Jordan S., and Megan M. attended SLOTS in Cordele this past July (2016). Officers worked with each other as well as networked with others throughout the state. Plans were made to reactivate the BCMS chapter with leaders Emily R. and Mandy F. as well as working out the plans for what the coming year held for us in Chapter 4622. We ended the day with a visit to SONIC before hitting the road and heading home. The excitement continued on our journey home as we continued to make plans on how to improve and grow our chapter. Our officers and leaders left pumped and excited for the coming year!
WWMS FBLA students attend SLOTS
In July, two students, Emily Eligio and James Epps, in the WWMS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended Summer Leadership Officers Training (SLOTS) in Swainsboro, GA. Emily Eligio is the President and James Epps is the Vice President of the chapter this year. While at the training, the students worked in several team building and leadership activities and had fun learning about their upcoming responsibilities of the offices they hold.