We are off to a wonderful start to the year with many chapters across the state recruiting members old and new, but did you know that you can be recognized at state and even national levels for your outstanding recruitment efforts?
Here is a list of all the awards that you or your chapter can attain for your stellar membership efforts:
- Market Share Award – Recognizes chapters at schools where a high percentage of a student body joins FBLA.
- Membership Ladder – Recognizes chapters that increase their membership over last year’s totals (must have had an active chapter in 2015-2016 to qualify).
- Membership Achievement Award – Recognizes chapters that maintain or increase membership.
- Chapter Checkpoint – Chapters that exceed last year’s final membership number by November 1 will receive a special membership ribbon at FLC.
- 100% Class Participation Award – Recognizes advisers who recruit all students in a single class to become FBLA members.
- Membership Multiplier – Recognizes chapters that charter/reactivate by October 1.
- Domino Effect (NEW)– Recognizes individuals who recruits others who in turn recruit more people. (rewards members for chain recruitment efforts)
- 100% Membership Excellence Awards – Recognizes advisers who recruit all students in all of their classes during the entire year to join FBLA.
- 20 and 15 Campaign – Chapters that increase their membership by 15 members or 20% (minimum increase of 10 members) by March 1 will be recognized with a special membership ribbon at SLC. Chapters must have been active during 2015-2016 to qualify.
- Local Recruitment of Chapters – Recognizes chapters that charter or reactivate FBLA and ML chapters.
- All Star Chapter Challenge Campaign – Recognizes chapters that have at least 100 members, increase their membership by at least 15 members, and, recruit at least 10 Professional Division members.
- Started from the Bottom Campaign – Recognizes our small chapters (less than 20 members in previous year) who increase their membership by at least 10 members.
November is here! Since Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, it is a good idea to have a Thanksgiving-related social event. A fun activity that your chapter can do is to host a Thanksgiving-related food decorating contest!
For example, your chapter can decorate pretzels to make them look like a turkey. With the help of candy corns, frosting, and chocolate, your members can create some pretty delicious treats! In addition, it is also a good idea to celebrate the season by decorating other treats such as cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.
Getting your chapter together for a fun social is a great way to spark engagement in your chapter. It doesn’t take much for the members in your local chapter to relax and enjoy the holiday season together. Hosting an enjoyable social event can increase the overall motivation in your chapter––giving your members more excitement to participate in other FBLA events such as conferences and competition.
We wish you the best of luck during your chapter’s social events throughout the school year. Don’t forget to hashtag all of your exciting social event posts with #GAFBLA so members all across the state can see the fun things your chapter is doing!
Friday, October 27, 2017, members from Coffee Middle School FBLA volunteered their time to work and celebrate students with special needs. This event, which is named after Kayla Davis, a former special needs student in the Coffee County School System, is set aside each year to honor her memory and to offer students with special needs the opportunity to a day of fun-filled fall festival events.
Students spent the morning helping, walking with classes to different stations where kids were able to win prizes, jumping in bouncy houses, dancing, and playing musical chairs. They were also able to get their faces painted, and some even had their nails painted and their hands decorated with art. FBLA members were amazed and in awe of the joy on each child’s face as they experienced each station in wonder.
Here are a few statements from the members who participated. “The smiles they had in their faces were happy,” said one member. One student remembers the joy in one little girl when she started to dance while doing the hand art by remarking that, “she asked me to dance with her.” Another student stated that, “Kayla Day would have to be one of my best experiences yet. Seeing a smile brought to their faces with delight was epic.”
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 email@example.com.