WWCHS FBLA Members Send Thanks, Provide Parking Assistance

Washington-Wilkes middle and high school students recently took time out of their business classes to write 300 thank you letters which were distributed before Thanksgiving to soldiers stationed overseas.

The activity was sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America chapters of both schools to participate in “The Big Thank You,” an annual drive to collect thank you letters to troops organized by “The Bert Show,” a syndicated radio program.

“‘The Big Thank You’ is a way for us to show our appreciation for the ones who are risking their lives daily to make sure we are living without many worries,” said FBLA member and senior Maleekia Wright. “I am glad that these letters will bring hope and joy to those who could not be with their families at the holidays.”

High school FBLA members attended a middle level chapter meeting to assist with their letter writing campaign.

“I was happy that I was able to put smiles on the soldiers’ faces for Thanksgiving and hope they all come home safe,” said middle level FBLA member Destinee Allen, a seventh grader.

The letters also help the high school FBLA members work towards achieving their Business Achievement Awards.

Writing the letters satisfies the pen pal requirement of Future level activity number six.

FBLA members also assisted with parking at Mule Day at Callaway Plantation in October. The students directed about 800 cars in two lots while ensuring the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

“The FBLA students did a fantastic job and were indispensable,” said Doug Abramson, who sits on the board of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Mule Day Committee. Abramson said students’ job was to direct vehicles in and out of Callaway Plantation and to guide them to open parking spaces, a “pretty complicated task.”

Abramson said the students parked the cars “flawlessly” while ensuring the safety and comfort of all guests. “Most importantly, the students were the first people that visitors saw when they came to Mule Day, and Washington-Wilkes couldn’t have any better goodwill ambassadors than them,” said Abramson. Abramson also serves on the Washington– Wilkes Business Education Advisory Committee.

“I had a great experience helping with parking at Mule Day,” said Anne-Marie Burris. “Working alongside Mr. Abramson and FBLA was a lot of fun.”

Mule Day takes place at Callaway Plantation every October. According to the Mule Day website, people attend to experience the historic, rural farm as it was in its prime. The mule shows, hands- on crafts, food and entertainment keeps the visitors coming to the farm.

This press release was written by students in the W-WCHS Business Communications class. Business Communications is a course in the Business and Technology pathway within the Georgia Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) department. Students in this course practice a variety of written and oral communications skills in the business setting.

NLC Preview

Are you considering attending the 2018 FBLA National Leadership Conference? There’s still some more time to decide if you will attend this conference, but here’s a quick preview of NLC!

NLC is the culmination of the hard work members and advisers have put forth all year. This year’s NLC will take place in the historic city of Baltimore, Maryland from June 28th-July 1st. Members all across the country will come to compete against the best of the best and show the nation how hard they’ve been preparing all year. We want plenty of Georgia FBLA members and advisers to represent us at this conference!

You’ll have the chance to see what Baltimore has to offer; from the beautiful sights to the marvelous harbor, I’m sure it won’t disappoint! In addition, you’ll be able to visit the campaign booths of those running for national office. And as a member of our Southern Region, you will get the chance to vote for our next National Southern Region Vice-President.

You don’t have to be a national competitor to attend the National Leadership Conference. I recommend that you talk to your adviser(s) to see the next step in attending NLC this summer. In the mean time, the state officers wish you the best luck in all of your FBLA activities and endeavors and hope to see you next month at our State Leadership Conference!

Public Relations Activity of the Month: February

February is the month of FBLA-PBL Week and it’s the CTE month! This means that the public relations opportunities are endless. Share your FBLA story on social media to showcase how FBLA has helped shape you into the person you are today!

Visit your legislatures to discuss why they should continue to support FBLA and other Career and Technical Student Organizations! We hope to see you at CTSO Day at The Capitol! Make your presence known by sharing lots of pictures and tagging Georgia FBLA!

BAA America

Hello Georgia FBLA! State Leadership Conference is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to reward your hard work for the completion of the Business Achievement Awards.

If you have not yet completed the America Level, you have until April 25 to submit it for the National Leadership Conference. Continue completing the required tasks by setting aside some time every day to work on the America Level. For some helpful tips on time management for the BAAs, visit this page. If there is one major BAA task you may want to complete first, we suggest taking on the International Recruitment Project, as it will take numerous hours to research and complete.

Georgia FBLA is so proud of all your hard work humbled that members like you are willing to go the extra mile to represent our state! We can’t wait to see how far you with us this year!

Awards Program!

Recognition is a huge component of FBLA and motivating members to work up to achievement and maintain a high level of success in discovering their career ambitions and interests is absolutely key for individual and chapter prosperity.

Georgia FBLA offers numerous of awards and recognitions of various calibers to members who earn them in their FBLA journey; such as: BAA achievement pins and certificates, CSA recognition, scholarships, and awards presented at awards of excellence ceremonies at conferences; however, often times these are hard to work up to or hard to achieve without attending conferences and pursuing them rigorously.

I have a compromise: offer individualistic, team, or chapter awards and incentives to those who do outstanding work in a particular field or event. These can be established as up-for-grabs at the start of the school year or could be constructed as the brainchild of a proposed community event. None-the-less the award would recognize the student for their imitation and would motivate them and other members to strive to maintain the level of imitation and influence. The recognition could be inexpensive, calling out a congratulations on the morning announcements, or could range in expense — the discretion belongs to the chapter adviser’s, with school’s permission, to make.

Flashing lights, it shines our path for us to walk to success; flashing awards, they inspire us to strive for betterment in everything we do in life; flashing congratulations from peers, after all our peers are our greatest constructive force in life. No matter the exchange, know that the gesture is what counts — the intent to praise a student over a good deed manifests greatest in us all; here’s to the countless failures in our past that shape us to achieve tenfold amounts of success in our present and future!