On Wednesday, September 20th the Emanuel County Institute Future Business Leaders of America held its annual new member induction and officer installation ceremony. Mrs. Jessica Smith, Adviser, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and began to install the new officer team for the 2017-2018 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 fulfil her duties and obligations to make ECI FLBA an even greater organization. The new officers are MacKayla Oglesby, president; Kendra Pierce, vice president; Lauren Sherrod, membership chairman; Calissa Mason, community service chairman; Breana Librizzi, school service chairman; Olivia Canady, treasurer; Sarah Beth Kersey, reporter; Kati-Brooke, historian; Morgan Rehberg, secretary; and Zade Anna Williford, parliamentarian.
The guest speaker of the night was Mr. John Allen Bailey. Mr. John Allen Bailey currently serves as the Georgia Young Farmer Executive Director, secretary of the Swainsboro Rotary Club, and a member of the Emanuel County Board of Education. In the past, he served as a Central Region Area Agriculture teacher and an Agricultural Education teacher at Emanuel County Institute for twenty years. Mr. Bailey was the Emanuel County Teacher of the Year and has received the STAR Teacher award twice. Mr. Bailey received an Associate of Arts Degree at Emanuel County Junior College. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education and Master of Education Degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Bailey explained to those in attendance how important CTAE classes are and encouraged students to get involved in their CTAE classes. He also made it aware of how your CTAE classes are pathways for one’s future. Members of the ECI FBLA Chapter are advocates to lead the businesses in America. After his speech, all of the new members were inducted. A dessert bar was served after to refresh members and attendees.