Bleckley County High School Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Athens, Georgia on November 13th to embark on leadership and learning opportunities. We are so thankful for the opportunity to be able to travel to these conferences to greater our growth as future leaders.
Upon arrival, we settled in for a few minutes before heading over to the University of Georgia campus fo a walking tour. It was a great experience to be able to enjoy the beauty of Athens, see Sanford Stadium and Dooley Field. We enjoyed perusing through the UGA bookstore and we ate lunch at the Tate Student Center followed by a quick Starbucks stop for those interested.
After our walking tour, we headed over to the Georgia GameDay center for some last minute study time as we would all be taking the Statesmen Test and Maisi, Olivia and Sophie would be taking the Battle of the Chapters exam. After some cram sessions and down time, students began to get ready for dinner at the Athens Diner and Opening Session at the Classic Center where Olivia and Maisi would serve as Region 5 Officers. We had a phenomenal guest speaker to kick off the conference. Afterwards, we headed over to the Convention side of the Classic Center for everyone to take their Statesmen test. Congratulations to Ashylnne, Olivia, Ms. Lane and Mrs. Barker on achieving the Statesmen Award.
On Thursday, students had the opportunity to experience many different workshops taught by Georgia State FBLA officers as well as community leaders dealing with making the most of every opportunity, stepping forward to lead, Making the Most of FBLA, State Officer Candidate Orientation and so much more. During the day students also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Scholarship Basket Drawings. All proceeds go to pay for FBLA scholarships given throughout the year. Raleigh and Sophie both won a basket full of goodies to bring home. Immediately following the Conference on Thursday, students readied for a trip home and we ate at Zaxby’s along the way.
We are so proud of our FBLA members and officers that attended the conference in Athens. Bleckley County students always represent our community with such high standards of behavior and poise.
National Fall Leadership Conference
FBLA officers Maisi C., Sophie K., and Amanda K. with adviser Melissa Barker went to Birmingham, Alabama. The group of officers on the way there stopped at multiple Goodwills in search for extra business clothes which are kept in Mrs. Barker’s classroom for any students who may need them for performance events. Through these stops the officers were able to grow their bond by having some fun on the way to Alabama. The group also dropped by Panda Express to eat where they discussed some activities they would be involved in at the conference like leadership training and teamwork bonding.
Throughout the night the officers later were also able to discuss some future events and changes they would like to see within our chapter. Order a dinner from Panera Bread (There is a serious story there!) To relax after an adventure for supper we all had face masks to rejuvenate from our travels. The next day was when the real business started, the officers as well as Mrs.Barker participated in numerous workshops in which they were shown how to prepare to compete in testing and performance events, prepare for college, how to get the most out of FBLA, and how to better ourselves as a team. Officers Corbin, Knight, and Kight were all able to gain an experience that would last a lifetime, by going into these workshops with some of the most phenomenal speakers you could ever meet and being able to take home the knowledge that would be able to help them go from region to state and eventually to nationals as well.
This year, Bleckley FBLA hosted their annual March of Dimes drive. The March of Dimes Foundation was created by Franklin Roosevelt and was originally called “The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis” to help combat polio. Now the March of Dimes aims to combat premature births. MoD helps fund research, provide education, and help keep families together while their newborn grows healthy in the NICU.
While the March of Dimes is FBLA’s National Project, it is not required that we host an event. After careful consideration, the officers of Bleckley FBLA unanimously decided to support the March of Dimes Foundation again this year. Money was raised through Blue Jeans for Babies, a teacher dress-down event, and Penny Wars.
Penny Wars involved a school wide competition between grade-levels. Each grade had their own bucket, and when they put pennies or paper money into their buckets, the value of the money was added to their score (e.g. one-dollar bills would add 100 points). By adding silver coins to other grade levels, it would take the value of those coins away (e.g. quarters would subtract 25 points).
Overall, the event was a great success as the FBLA Chapter raised $1103.12 to support the March of Dimes Campaign. While the Penny Wars was only able to raise $25.17, it raised a lot of awareness for the March of Dimes Foundation and provided information about prematurity to the students of Bleckley County High School. The rest of the money was raised through dress down and other donors throughout our school.
Bleckley FBLA would like to thank everyone who donated and helped throughout the week to help provide a better future for premature babies.
Bleckley County High School FBLA
Member Induction and Officer Installation Ceremony
Bleckley County High School Auditorium
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6 PM
Bleckley County High School FBLA held their annual Member Induction and Officer Installation Ceremony in the BCHS Auditorium Wednesday, October 16th at 6 pm. Ms. Julie Lane welcomed our members and guests to the program followed by Representative Danny Mathis leading the group in the Invocation. Following the Invocation, Mrs. Melissa Barker began the Officer Installation Ceremony where Alexis B was installed as Treasurer, Cassidy S as Reporter, Sophie K as Secretary, Amanda K as Vice President and Olivia W and Maisilyn C as Co-Presidents of Bleckley County High School Chapter 4622 of Future Business Leaders of America.
Following the Officer Installation, the newly installed officers began the member induction by challenging them with goals and values of high expectations. Following the member induction, all members received their Bleckley FBLA lapel pin and the evening’s ceremonies were closed, guests were thanked and refreshments were enjoyed.
Bleckley County High School FBLA
Cotton & Peanut Museum
Co-Sponsored with Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce
October 18, 2019
CountryFest and JDRF Glow Fun Run
When meeting over this past summer, the officers of Bleckley County High School FBLA were given the opportunity to come up with new ideas for the coming year in the area of community service and involvement. Our own co-president, Maisilyn C, was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes as a small child and has a true passion and purpose in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Maisi has been instrumental in coming up with possible ideas and after sharing the ideas with other CTSO groups at Bleckley County High School, we decided that a Fun Run would be a great way to get the community involved in the JDRF effort as well as provide a safe family fun activity for local residents. We then thought about the great influx and activity that we have with the CountryFest. This is when FBLA went to the Chamber of Commerce and asked for permission on doing a Fun Run for Festival this year. Great minds think alike! Mr. Rusty Lloyd and others had already thought of adding a Fun Run to the CountryFest this year so the connection was made. We had a wonderful opportunity to work together to bring awareness and funds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We hope to present a check in the coming weeks to the organization.
Members participating at the event included: Maisilyn C, Olivia W, Ciara Y, Tyler M, Juliet C, and Lee H. Advisers Melissa Barker and Julie Lane were also there for the event.
FBLA members sold glow items at the beginning of the race. All proceeds from Glow Sales were donated to the JDRF. A portion of the proceeds from Fun Run signups will also be donated to the JDRF. In speaking with Chamber members after and during the event, we immediately made plans for another run in the future. We are super excited about the relationship we have formed with our local Chamber of Commerce and the opportunities we will have to work together in the future.
Special thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the event! Fear not BCHS Football we were listening to the game as you blew the Falcons away!