Lake Region UHS
Six students attended the national leadership conference in November in Dallas, Texas for the national conference. The workshops and speakers taught leadership and business skills and other skills that will help in the real world. During the trip the chapter enjoyed a segway tour, Dallas stars game and, time connecting with one another.
The annual Apple project allows students to earn funds for trips and events throughout the year. Mike from Rooty’s Apple Orchard donated all of the apples needed, and in return was given an apple pie in order to thank him for all the support he has given the program. The next two days were spent baking the many apple products and members had a table at homecoming selling their handmade products.
At Lake Region, FBLA students put on a hat day fundraiser for the March of Dimes, an organization that raises money for premature babies. They sold hat sticker passes and lollipops to the students and staff at the school on November 16th. The stickers allowed people there to wear hats inside the school and they gave away a half pound of fudge to whoever wore the best hat. FBLA members and participating students and teachers around the school dressed in purple for the occasion, showing their support for the cause. Prematurity facts were put up around the school along with Prematurity Awareness posters that gave students more information about the cause they were supporting. The successful Hat Day put students and teachers against each other as they competed to have the craziest hat. Many students and faculty donated to the cause and it was very successful as they raised $178 during this event. Nate Chambers, Lake Region FBLA Secretary, was the chairperson for this fundraiser and made sure everything went well.
Champlain Valley Union High School
In bringing business and education together, Champlain Valley Union High School’s FBLA Chapter has been hard at work this year continuing old traditions and making new opportunities. We took the FBLA National Theme of “CONNECT” to heart when looking at what to do this year.
In the fall, we took a trip to Bentley and Babson to explore the college campuses and learn about the business curriculum offered at these two colleges. With a tour of Bentley first, the CVU FBLA members were incredibly impressed. “It was hard to compare Babson to Bentley afterwards,” a quote from President-Elect Max Pudvar. Our group met with students from both schools to learn more about business as a future topic of study.
Another new event for our FBLA Chapter was participation in the Colby-Sawyer College Investment Competition. With three groups, we have 18 students writing weekly investment portfolios and submitting them for different rounds. Over the course of the competition, our teams have made a combined $202,600.00 in our “Stock Market.”
In continuing old practices of our club, we continue to be a participant in State FBLA Events, including the Fall Leadership Conference, March of Dimes, and celebrating National Business Awareness Month (with our Fancy Fridays).
It has been a productive year, and we look forward to the new opportunities that will arrive in 2016.
Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
During the first semester, our members of FBLA have been very busy. The students planned and organized their annual 5k race. This year’s theme was the Doughnut Dash. Students received donations from local businesses to give to race winners. The race raised over $750 for March of Dimes and $750 to go towards the Spring Leadership Conference. Shortly after that, students began internships at local business on Wednesdays. FBLA students also attended the Fall Financial Literacy Conference in Burlington, VT. A few FBLA students also competed in the Entrepreneurship Day Competitions and all members are attending the Entrepreneurship Day in Montpelier, VT. Students are now preparing for the Spring Leadership Conference and a Valentine’s Day luncheon where they are hosting the Morrisville Manor Residents.
Hartford Area Career and Technology Center
Lake Region Union High School
Lake Region Union High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) kicked off the school year with a State conference at the Statehouse in Montpelier on October 28, 2015. Every year Lake Region’s FBLA chapter travels down to Montpelier for the day to meet with the state officers and other chapters in the state of Vermont. Lake Region’s chapter has three State officers: Grace Miller, State President; Ashley Morrill, State Reporter; and Shania Hayes, State Historian. There were about 125 students that attended the conference. It was a day filled with workshops and a keynote speaker, Michael McHugh, the director of Operations for the Symquest Group, INC.
The following week, Lake Region’s FBLA chapter went to Omaha, Nebraska for a National Fall Leadership Conference. The trip had duration of five days. Two out of the five days were spent in workshops and going to the Gallup Polls for a tour. The rest of the trip was spent touring the city of Omaha and the area surrounding the city. At the conference there were over 2,300 students. For Lake Region’s chapter, eight students attended and out of those eight students six are local or state officers. The local officers in order from the highest to lowest ranks are; Grace Miller, President; Ashley, Morrill Vice President; Shania Hayes, Secretary; Nathaniel Slade, Treasurer; Hannah Brown, Reporter; and Andre LaLiberte, Parliamentarian. Missing from the conference was Emily Klar the local Historian, Nicole Smith, and Kayla Orr. Members that went to the conference were Katherine Pion and Andrew Parkinson.
The annual Fudge Project run by the Lake Region UHS FBLA chapter is an effective tool for fundraising for our local chapter. This year we started off by collecting fudge orders for eleven different flavors and pretzel sales. We made around 250 pounds of fudge and fulfilled 46 orders of pretzels. Through hard work in afterschool sessions, FBLA members bonded together and completed their task effectively. The Fudge Project is a great way for the chapter to make a name in the community, build team connections, and experience the business side of fundraising.
Microsoft Collaboration with North Country Hospital
Lake Region FBLA has an ongoing collaboration with North Country Hospital, officially starting in May 2015 and ending in September 2015 but continuing throughout the year with individual hospital staff. Members go up to the hospital to teach the staff how to use Microsoft Office. As the medical field evolves toward more frequent use of technology, our members have assisted health professionals in keeping up with technological knowledge.
Apple Project Fundraiser
Every year, Lake Region FBLA sells apple pies, apple crisps, and chocolate chip cookies to raise money for the national fall leadership conference. All members worked together to pick apples, peel and cut them, and bake apple products and cookies. Not only does this fundraiser help us raise money for the fall conference, but it also increases community awareness of what our chapter does, provides us with an opportunity to implement business skills, and helps us bond as a chapter.
On January 21, Lake Region FBLA hosted our annual blood drive. Twenty seven people came to give blood and save lives. There were a greeter, two people registering the donors and two members at the snack table for people after they gave blood. FBLA helped set up and take down chairs and tables for the event. Members traded shifts and 6 members were able to volunteer. Donors received a gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts and members received 7.5 hours of community service for helping out. Two members were able to donate blood, although two others tried.
Missisquoi Union High School
North Country Career Center
Southwest VT Career Development Center
Spaulding High School
St. Johnsbury Academy
Windham Regional Career Center
Before the school year started, the incoming Officer Team came in on one of their summer days to complete a day of Leadership Training. Suzanne Ladd came in and she had the Officers doing learning activities and challenges to teach them about what being a Leader is.
Freshman First Day
The Windham officers took time out of their summer break to come in early to school and volunteer their time to help incoming freshmen find their way around the school. At the start of the day, they gave a speech about the FBLA and how it is important to get involved in the school community. Later in the day, the Officers held a raffle and ran a free photo booth. The Officer team got many new freshman to sign up to get involved in FBLA. The FBLA officers saw this day as a chance to connect with the incoming freshmen.
Our first sales campaign of the year! We had a total of 60 sellers and generated a sales of $11,167. Our top seller was Sarah Gauthier who sold $1,300 alone. This sales campaign was an opportunity to earn membership dues and one of our chapter t-shirts. This was a record breaking total sale for our chapter, and we are excited to see if we can break this record next year.
On October 2, our FBLA chapter went to the Big E. During our trip we were able to mix business with pleasure. We had to do a little assignment, where we went to different vendors at the state houses and learned a little more about business at the Big E. After we finished the assignment the rest of the day was ours to do what we wanted. Some of the activities our members attended included the circus, pig races, carnival rides at the Midway, and who could forget the amazing fried food. It was a great day to learn and to connect with new and old members.
Fall Blood Drive
On October 20th, our chapter held a blood drive. We had 46 donors signed up to give blood. This was an opportunity to make a positive impact in our community and help connect with the community as well. We will also be holding a second blood drive this spring in March.
Krista’s Gourmet is one of the many sales campaigns that our chapter takes part in. All the business classes are assigned a packet and are encouraged to go out into the community and sell some of the delicious food that Krista’s has to offer. The money that the business students raised went into their FBLA accounts and then can be used to help pay for States.
This year our FBLA Chapter took on a new community service project. This project consisted of the FBLA Officers then some members who volunteered came in after school one day and we all assembled earmuffs. The Officers then brought these earmuffs to the Drop-In Center where they were given out to people in need.
Every year our business classrooms turn into Santa’s Workshop. Our Chapter does a sales campaign called Santa Letters. This campaign consists of our students going out into the community and dropping off Santa forms at local business. Then people pick them up, fill them out, and send them back to us. We then type personalized letters from Santa and mail them out to the people that ordered them.
Feed the Thousands
Our FBLA Chapter is very involved with the Feed the Thousands Campaign. This year we set a goal to get 2,016 items to donate to the community. We decorated boxes to put around the Career Center for people to drop their donations off. We spoke of the radio to raise awareness, and two of our Officers preformed speeches at our Feed the Thousands assembly at our school.
We welcomed and connected with all our new member at our first meeting of the year on September 9. Everyone enjoyed the activities and were very excited about getting involved and connecting with FBLA. All of the officers were nervous at first but eventually felt comfortable leading the meeting and getting members to feel excited about what FBLA can do for them. So far this year we have had three meetings and the officer team is busy preparing for our next meeting in February.
March of Dimes- Purple Out
To kick off our Chapter’s involvement with the March of Dimes, we decided to hold a purple out in our school. The Officers came in the night before and decorated our entire school with purple. We used balloons and streamers. Then we encouraged everyone to wear purple. This helped raise awareness for March of Dimes and for FBLA in our school community.