Outstanding Chapter Award

The National FBLA Outstanding Chapter Award is an award given to chapters that have achieved excellence in various areas within their chapter.

This award requires chapters to complete twenty various activities, each of which showing achievement in areas such as membership, class participation, and FBLA participation.

Chapters must complete 20 activities to receive this award.

This award has an online submission that is due April 2nd this year by 5 PM ET. More information for this award can be found on the national website, linked here.

This is a great way to earn special recognition for your chapter and reward all the hard work your members and advisers have done! If you’re looking for some reward to motivate your chapter activities, this award is the perfect goal to strive for!

Operation Christmas Child with Brookwood High School

The holidays are a time of great joy for some. They are a time for fun, family, and togetherness. Throughout the United States however, millions of children face these holidays devoid of the joy and happiness that the holidays should bring them.  Their parents may be facing hard times financially, or they are just alone. This should not be. Organizations like Samaritans Purse are dedicated the help spread the Christmas cheer. With Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, gift-filled shoeboxes are distributed globally to children in need. Brookwood High School’s FBLA chapter decided to team up with our Mid-level Chapter, Five Forks to make sure that we did our part to help millions of children all around America and the world to enjoy their holiday season.

We asked for donations to be brought in and we proceeded to fill many boxes with as much toys as possible. The boxes were categorized by gender and age group, and we put toys in each appropriate category to maximize the potential happiness of the children who are to receive the toys. In addition to filling out about a hundred boxes with the many toys we generously received for our community through our shoebox drive, we also wrote notes of hope and encouragement. The notes were place on top of the toys in the box.

Operation Christmas child was a definite success, and raising so many toys for children in need offered a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction to all our FBLA officers and members from both the highs school and middle level. When asked why he chose to volunteer freshman, Boris Stephens, stated that “I feel like I chose to volunteer in operation Christmas child because I want to give back to the community.” One of the Midlevel members, Aanya Patel, said, “To me, Operation Christmas child is important because we get to make children across the country happy.” Brookwood’s officers we also asked. Our club president, Mya Swaby, commented that through this shoebox drive she has been inspired to continue spreading love and positivity to her community. The vice president of social activities, Raegan Patterson was asked what her favorite part of Operation Christmas child was. She said, “Writing amazing letters to children because I know how happy my note makes then when the open their shoebox full of gifts knowing that someone is thinking about them.” Overall, Brookwood High school and Five Forks Middle School came together to make this event a success and we are honored to be able to serve our community and nation through Operation Christmas Child.

August Meeting Tip of the Month

Keeping meetings fresh and engaging for members is a common difficulty for just about any chapter. No matter the quality of your leadership/activities, the most successful chapters are those that innovate new ideas, develop fun activities, and provide a different experience at every meeting.

This month, try refining your meetings by bringing a guest speaker! Listening to the same few voices speak, no matter how skilled of a speaker they are, is tiring. If you want members excited to learn new information or skills, bring in an outside voice to garner interest.

Hearing a new voice can disrupt the repetitiveness of meetings. It also presents an opportunity to listen to an expert speak about his/her area of expertise, which will always result in a captivating experience. (You know it’s working when people start jotting down notes!) To make this happen, have the officer team reach out to professionals in the area to ask if they’d like to speak to the rising generation of business leaders!

Having trouble finding a professional guest speaker? Don’t worry! There are plenty of more accessible options to bring a new voice to your meetings. For one, graduated members/alumni are often happy to come back and speak. They can also provide an important perspective on how FBLA changed their lives in the long-term.

When it comes to changing up your chapter meetings, the options are endless! Remember: always keep your finger on the pulse of student engagement, and never be afraid to change things up!

New to FBLA?

Welcome new FBLA members to an organization with incredible opportunities. I’m sure you’ve heard a friend or another member say many exciting things to describe this organization. There is a plethora of activities and programs to participate in, but allow me to introduce you to the fundamental elements of what makes FBLA so amazing. Here are a few easy ways to get involved this year so you can experience what they’re talking about.

Competitive Events

A major part of FBLA involves preparing students in business-related fields and helping them dive into a career of their passion. One awesome way to explore your interests is through our competitive events program where members can choose from a variety of business industries. Computer science, marketing, graphic design, and finance are simply a few areas of what the events range from. If you’re interested in participating in this program, make sure to ask your adviser to register you so you can compete at conferences!

Conferences

FBLA holds numerous conferences throughout the year for members to attend. Fall Motivational Rally our first conference in October that is held at the National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, that starts the new membership year with motivational speakers, plans for the new year and carnival activities. Moving on, Fall Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia, is held in November to help members get advice about competitive events, seek professional networks, and learn at workshops. Other Leadership conferences that pertain to competition are held throughout the school year and part of the summer.

Service

Our organization also encourages members to volunteer. Your local chapter may already be planning some service projects, so go start taking action in causes you believe in! Moreover, to reward members for devoting time to others, we have the Community Service Achievement Awards that record your service hours. Members can achieve 3 levels of recognition, Community, Service, and Achievement by reaching the number of hours required. Talk to your local adviser to receive a login!

Leadership

As it says in the name, FBLA is a place that fosters leaders. Whether it is through officership or the Business Achievement Awards, members can find their way to emerge as a leader. Officership ranges from local, regional, state, and national levels. Each experience is unique and can teach valuable lessons. In addition, the Business Achievement Awards (BAA) is a membership program that helps members expand their knowledge and involvement in business. There is recognition for every level you complete and there are 4 levels to complete: Future, Business, Leader, and America. Ask your adviser for a BAA login if you are interested in taking part in it!

Hopefully, this article served as a good introduction to the organization and also showed you what you may be interested in.

LEAD Activity of the Month- November

This month’s activity comes from the Bronze Level. We’ll be focusing on Activity 2: Be a HERO for Babies from the category Service: Super Star.

This activity is all about our national service partner The March of Dimes. To complete this activity you don’t have to organize a march or fundraise. The goal of this activity is to spread awareness of the March of Dimes and their mission with those in your community. You are asked to create a rack card, which is basically a postcard that is covered in information on both sides. You can use information on the March of Dimes website, or from what you have seen from what your chapter does to support this organization. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas:

  • the mission of March of Dimes
  • past success of the organization
  • where the money donated goes
  • information for where to donate
  • the March of Dimes logo
  • pictures of babies that have been impacted by the organization

The above are suggestions for what to include on your rack card. You have the freedom to convey any message you think is important. Not only does this card help you advance to the next level of your LEAD program, but it can also be used at a chapter meeting or in the community to promote our national service partner.