Have your reviewed all the information sent out by our state adviser, Lou Voss? Make sure you review this information to start your year off on the right foot. It is never too early to begin preparing for the State Leadership Conference. This information can also be found on the Advisers page under Resources.
The new guidelines for this year's Iowa FBLAopoly competition are now posted! Look under Resources.
Iowa FBLA was well represented at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA. 19 chapters and 227 members attended NLC. Iowa was among the 12,000+ members from across the nation present at this year's conference. Iowa members spent a day at the beach as well as participated in other fun activities. It wasn't all play and no work. Members attended workshops gaining valuable skills and competed in their events.
Congratulations to Elijah Parr (Fairfield) for placing 7th in Economics!
Congratulations to Jeremy Bechen, North Linn Adviser, for Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser!
Hello Iowa FBLA, I hope all of you are having a great holiday season! This past fall, some of our members took advantage of the opportunity to attend our Iowa SFLC. We had a blast listening to Kent Stock talk about achieving our goals, while also attending fun and informal workshops set up by your officer team and guest presenters.
FBLA members from all across the state were networking and making great connections, while practicing their professional skills. The state officer team had the privilege to answer questions about running for office and what the responsibilities are like. Of course, we wrapped up the conference with our Blue Jeans for Babies dance. Thank you to all who were able to attend, and we hope to see all of you at SLC!
Iowa FBLA had a fantastic experience at the 2016 National Fall Leadership Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! We had nine chapters and around 100 members in attendance. Out of the three, NFLC in Milwaukee was the largest National Fall Leadership Conference of the year. The conference started on November 4th.
There were many amazing workshops that morning and Iowa FBLA had its state meeting that evening. In the meeting: FBLA-OPOLY rankings, SLC and competitive event prep, state officer applications, and national program updates were discussed. Each chapter had a representative speak on behalf of their chapter on what they had accomplished so far this year. Every single chapter was extremely active and had multiple ongoing or completed projects!
The meeting was followed by the opening session, which included a welcome from our new national officers and the amazing keynote speaker Harriet Turk. Turk, through her own life experience, showed us that we can be whatever we want to be as long as we are confident and believe in ourselves. Her message was powerful and moved the entire audience.
The rest of the conferences housed many opportunities for members to connect with other members from across the different states, attend beneficial workshops from professionals, and tour the beautiful city of Milwaukee. Some chapters even had the opportunity to watch the Milwaukee Bucks play!
The conference was concluded with the closing session in which Iowa FBLA received a certificate for placing 5th in FBLA Super Sweeps! Overall, each chapter in Iowa represented Iowa FBLA phenomenally, and we all had a blast. We cannot wait to have even more members and chapters attend next year!
As we inch closer and closer to the State Leadership Conference, it’s time to begin thinking about running for state office. Running for a position on the state officer team is a fun experience, and I hope I can share some tips to make campaigning go as smoothly as possible.
One of the most important things that you can do is start your campaign early! It takes time to plan and create your campaign, and starting early can help you gain an advantage on the other candidates because it allows you to have more time to perfect your campaign. It is also beneficial to have a catchy slogan. A creative slogan can help you make an impression on your audience.
Your speech is also an essential element to creating the perfect campaign. Your speech should include a brief introduction of yourself, the reasons you are campaigning, and your platform goals. It is also important to practice your speech before you give it at the State Leadership Conference. The better you know your speech, the more comfortable you will feel giving it to an audience!
The most important tip I can share with a prospective candidate is to be confident. It is essential to be confident in your platform goals, the position that you are running for, and yourself.
Throughout the conference, people will approach you with questions about your platform goals and the position that you are campaigning for. It is important to be able to answer these questions effectively. Campaigning for a state officer position is an exciting experience, and we hope to see many candidates this spring! Here are some examples of previous candidates’ campaign booths.
November was Prematurity Awareness month. In this issue of our state newsletter, we are shining the chapter spotlight on a chapter that hosted an amazing effort to raise money and awareness for premature babies.
On November 19th, Bettendorf FBLA hosted a pancake breakfast to raise money for March of Dimes. Bettendorf FBLA member, Mason Chin, said, “I had a great time and loved supporting March of Dimes.” Chin reported that over $400 was raised for the organization.
March of Dimes is our FBLA national service partner. March of Dimes is a great charity to plan a service project for during FBLA week, the second week of February! March of Dimes is also a component of the Diamond Chapter award.
Whether your event is big or small, there are many ways you can give back to our national partner, March of Dimes, and even more ways to help out your community! We hope that Bettendorf’s project serves as an inspiration to you and your chapter. If your chapter has a service project, please share it with your state officers-- it may be part of the Chapter Spotlight!
It is officially time to start preparing your competitive events for the State Leadership Conference! There are plenty of different types of events you can do, but many members choose to take some sort of test. Iowa FBLA wants to help you prepare to do well at state and for all of you doing a test, regional testing is a great option! Regional testing is your opportunity to take versions of the conference test so that you can see the type of questions on it, get a feel for how prepared you are, and use it as a study tool.
You can take two regional tests for $7 total and you can take the tests anytime now online until the start of February! Talk with your advisor on details for choosing your regional tests and payment. It is the goal of the state officer team that everyone can place in an event, so taking part in this preparation tool will really help! Best of luck and happy testing!