Happy September Sweeps FBLA Members!
GREAT NEWS! Due to the popularity of our new September Sweeps program, the deadline for submission has been extended to October 20! It is not too late to sign up and participate and help your state top the September Sweeps Leader Board. Remember, the fun does not have to end on October 20!
As your chapters continue to actively “Ignite Innovation” in the upcoming months, it is important to actively involve current and potential members. How does one do this? The best way to remember how to maintain an active chapter is to simply “R-O-C-K!”
R – Recruit: As FBLA members it is our duty to seek potential new members. Sometimes that can be difficult! Freshmen make great recruits because they are eager to be involved in activities and extra-curricular organizations. Rather than make them come to you, reach out to them by holding a freshman orientation night or create an FBLA mentor program where seasoned members can guide new recruits!
O – Outside-of-the-Box: When coming up with this clever acronym, I definitely had to think outside-of-the-box. FBLA is no different. When planning activities for the year, think to infinity and beyond! The worst ideas are the ones that are never shared with others. Asking teachers, administrators, friends, and family for chapter ideas is a great way to ignite innovation! Creativity is the key to an awesome year in FBLA!
C – Community Involvement: FBLA truly is a lifetime association. Unfortunately, some people – specifically business professionals – are unaware of this. By establishing a chapter that is active in the community, businesses and organizations will want to be a part of all FBLA has to offer. This may include creating a job shadowing day for members, holding a local business plan competition, or even recruiting business owners and employees to be Professional Division members and mentors for FBLA members.
K – Keep Current Members Interested: As passionate FBLA members, we sometimes overlook those students we already recruited. By keeping current members as equally involved as the new recruits, your membership numbers will break records! Current members also serve as positive role models for the new recruits. Ensure that your chapter is always thinking of new activities and social events. This will ensure that everyone has a great time – and experiences something new together!
As you continue to “R-O-C-K” in the FBLA world, remember to be innovative, ignite the “FBLA spark” to all those around you, and most importantly, make the most out of this experience! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, or success stories!
Yours in Leadership,
FBLA Mountain Plains Region Vice President