Emanuel County Institute Attends Rally

Forty-nine FBLA members from Emanuel County Institute attended the Georgia FBLA Fall Motivational Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 13. The local group joined over 9,000 Future Business Leaders of America members from across the state of Georgia for a day of motivation, networking, and competition at the largest gathering of Georgia FBLA members in history.

The motivational part of the Rally was led by Alex Sheen, who began the social movement Because I said I would. This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Their mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. Because I said I would encourages and supports making and keeping promises to end suffering, establish peace, and build happiness.  He challenged the students to get involved and make a difference not only in their own lives but the lives of others.

Members also competed in t-shirt design, banner design, and a variety of testing events.  Results will be provided at the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens this May. Afterwards, the students were able to enjoy the activities that the fair offered.

High school members who attended were Kaci A., James A., Rose B., Jasmine B., Jullian C., Telia D., Alana D., Mia E., Brianna H., Jenna H., Perez H., Caroline K., Samantha L., NyKera L., Luz L., Marissa M., Nia M., Lani M., Abby M., Mackayla O., Roesha P., Kendra P., Niesha R., Kristin S., Chrishalae W., Miranda W., Austin W., and Leanne W.


Middle school members in attendance were Addison A., Nikayla B., Olivia C., India D., Diamond D., Mackenzie D., Marlana G., Brooke H., Alaya H., Sarah Beth K., Breana L., Emma M., Elizabeth M., Morgan R., Semya S., Myia S., Zayna T., Karmen T., and Jamariya T.


Local FBLA adviser Jessica Smith accompanied the group to the Rally.

Emanuel County Institute Holds New Member Induction

On Wednesday, September 14 the Emanuel County Institute Future Business Leaders of America held its annual new member and officer induction ceremony.  Mrs. Jessica Smith, Adviser, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and began to install the new officer team for the 2016-2017 school year.

The candle ceremony was an important part of the evening with each being lit by its prospective officer and the meaning of the candle and officer’s duties explained. Each new officer pledged to fulfill her duties and obligations to make ECI FLBA a great club.  The new officers are MacKayla O., President; Lexie C., Vice President; Abigail C., Junior Adviser; Rose B., Service Chairman; Regan J., Zera E., Treasurer; Kendra P, Reporter; Caroline K., Historian; and Ansley M., Parliamentarian.

The guest speaker of the night was Mrs. Alex Salmon. Mrs. Salmon graduated with honors from Swainsboro High School in 2011. While at SHS she was very active in her FBLA Chapter as well as at the state level.  Mrs. Salmon served her junior and senior years as a state officer.  Since graduation, she has received an Associate’s Degree from East Georgia State College, and plans to graduate next year with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Kennesaw State University.  Mrs. Salmon is employed with Nordson Corporation.  She resides in Statesboro with her husband and daughter. Mrs. Salmon told everyone how FBLA influenced her life during her years of high school and after. She really encouraged the officers and the members to get involved in FBLA.  After Mrs. Salmon’s speech, all of the new members were inducted. Refreshments were served.

Bowdon High School FBLA Chapter Celebrate’s Bus Driver Appreciation Week

On October 17th, during annual Bus Driver Appreciation Week, members of Bowdon High School FBLA honored a very special bus driver with a 2016 FBLA t-shirt. Melanie Franklin,  who drives the school bus for Carroll County Schools, has been a valuable asset to BHS FBLA program. She is willing to navigate through Atlanta traffic as well as travel across the state of Georgia to get our members where they need to go! Thank you to all bus drivers for the job you do and we certainly do appreciate you!

Homecoming Week Food Drive: A Win-Win Competition for the Red Devils

The Bowdon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted the canned food drive for homecoming week involving all the schools in the community. Bowdon Elementary and Middle were contacted to begin collecting canned food and non-perishable items for the community food bank. Boxes were set up at both the middle and elementary school. The FBLA high school students decorated their collection boxes for each grade level in the spirit of homecoming festivities and placed them in the lobby. While each grade level donated food for the food bank they earned points for the homecoming spirit award! On Friday when the completion was over a few FBLA members helped to gather and count the donations. As over 1,100 items were stacked and counted in Mrs. Edwards’ room, the seniors came out on top by only 50 cans! All the items were then loaded up and taken to Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries (BAUCM) where they will be distributed to the real winners-our community!

Happy Fall Y’all from Loganville

Kayla A. and Patrick N., FBLA Officers, took on a new leadership role and helped plan an event for Southern Plantation, a local adult senior living community. Activities they planned include a popcorn station with sitting area for socializing, a cupcake walk, cornhole and fall wreath-making. Kayla also hand painted small pumpkins as prizes for the winners. The fall event was on October 6, 2016. Loganville High School competition cheerleaders and Coach Creel joined FBLA to serve and run the activity stations. The cheerleaders also performed cheers and stunts for the residents. FBLA is proud to be a part of the Southern Living community and volunteer during their events.