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ORGANIZING A MIDDLE-LEVEL CHAPTER

In order to start/reactivate a chapter, please request an information packet from
 

 Bruce Boncal
 PA FBLA Executive Director
 P.O. Box 5085
 Jersey Shore, PA 17740
 bboncal@pafbla.us
 570.398.4652 phone/fax
 570.279.6998 cell phone/texts
Luke Skerpon
PA FBLA Middle Level Coordinator
14312 Wright Way
Broomfield, CO 80023
lskerpon@pafbla.us
570.885.3551 cell phone/texts

 

Step 1.  Read the  Middle-level Recruitment Letter
Step 2.  Read the Middle-level Chapter Application Processing Instructions
Step 3.  Complete the Middle-level Chapter Starter/Universal Application Packet
Step 4.  Complete the Sample Local Chapter Bylaws (Microsoft Word format)

Step 5.  Email the state office that you would like to start or reactivate your chapter:  bboncal@pafbla.us
---------->You will receive a username and password to enter your members online at the PA FBLA web site.
Step 6.  Process one check for membership dues and mail to the state office for $7 per member.
Step 7.  Mail the following to the state office:  (1) application form, (2) bylaws, (3) dues check
Step 8.  Process additional memberships through the PA FBLA web site.

In order to start a chapter, the chapter must have an adviser and a minimum three members. It is not necessary to have chapter officers elected at the time the application submitted.  Additional members may be submitted at any time during the year.

A business educator is preferred to serve as a chapter adviser, but a school administration approved faculty adviser from another discipline/administration area may serve as a chapter adviser.  Currently, FBLA advisers include business educators, math educators, English educators, science educators, counselors, and principals/assistant principals, among others.  PA FBLA will provide training for new advisers. 
 
Critical to the chapter's success will be an adviser who believes in:   the goals of FBLA; career development and leadership development opportunities as tools for future student success; community service to build school pride and community connections; competitive events as a vehicle to demonstrate student academic achievement; among others.

Why should my school form a middle-level chapter?
State and national recognition for local members and chapters with an exciting new program called the Middle Level Achievement Program (MAP) written exclusively for the middle level division. This program focuses on:

• Competitive Recognition – events offered in business skill areas such as spreadsheets, computer slide show presentation, keyboarding, proofreading/editing, desktop publishing, etc.

• Individual Recognition – members can compete for three individual recognition levels designed to reward members who excel in their FBLA participation. This program is designed with integrated classroom activities and focuses on community/school service, education, leadership, and career exploration.

• Chapter Recognition – chapters can compete for the “Excellence Award” which encourages projects and activities in the areas of school/community service, education, and leadership.

• Membership Recognition – awarded to chapters who focus on building and maintaining membership.

• Leadership development and achievement through projects, activities, and programs.

• Community service experience with organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Red Cross, the American Lung Association, etc.

• Friendship and fun through local, state, and national activities.

• Career exploration opportunities through local chapter projects such as business guest speakers, business tours, and job-shadowing activities.

• A magazine, published four times a year.

• A membership card.

• An online Web site with message boards, interactive business games, business publications, and a homework help section.

Who is eligible for Pennsylvania FBLA middle-level membership?
Anyone who wants to learn more about leadership, teamwork, and business, is in grades 5-8, and is in a business or a business-related class.

What are the state and national dues?
Pennsylvania state middle-level dues are $3; national dues are $4.
 



Downloadable Files
----->Letter to FBLA Advisers Encouraging Them to Promote Middle-level FBLA
----->Pennsylvania Middle-level Policy/Leadership Handbook (complete)
----->National FBLA Middle-level Policy/Leadership Handbook (complete)

Local Chapter Organization, Officers, and Meeting Management
01.  Chapter Building Basics
-------------->Your Chapter's Bylaws
-------------->New Chapter Installation Ceremony
02.  Chapter Management 101
03.  Start and FBLA Chapter in 5 Easy Steps
04.  Adviser Responsibilities
--------------->Adviser Resource Guide
--------------->PA FBLA Policy/Leadership Handbook
05.  Electing Officers and Their Duties
--------------->Sample Local Chapter Officer Candidate Application
--------------->Chapter Officer Installation Ceremony
06.  Creating a Chapter Program of Work
--------------->Program of Work Progress/Evaluation Sheet
07.  Sample Meeting Agenda
08.  Sample Meeting Minutes
09.  Sample Chapter Budget
10.  Sample Treasurer's Financial Report
11.  Meeting Icebreakers
12.  Leadership Activities
13.  Chapter Activity Ideas

Chapter Fundraising
01.  Fundraising Timeline and Planning Sheet (completed sample)
02.  Fundraising Timeline and Planning Sheet (blank)
03.  National Fundraising Partners
04.  Detailed Information on National Fundraising Partners and Products Offered
05.  Sample Donation Solicitation Letter

PA FBLA Chapter and Membership Programs
01.  State Project Information
02.  Middle-level Outstanding Chapter (use to guide the development of a program of work)
03.  Big 33 Community Service Program
04.  State Leadership Workshop (see main page of PA FBLA web site)
05.  State Leadership Conference

Education and Curriculum
01.  March of Dimes Service Learning Curriculum
02.  School Store Operating Manual
03.  Lead2Feed

Celebrations and Supporting Materials
01.  American Enterprise Day -- November 15 (from national web site)
02.  FBLA-PBL Week -- February 5-11, 2017 (from national web site)
---------------> Planning Kit
---------------> Sample Proclamation for FBLA Week -- Use Locally or at State Level

Recruitment Materials

01.  Middle-level Recruitment Video
02.  National 2016-17 Welcome Back Webinar
03.  Middle-level Chapter Starter/Universal Application Packet
04.  Middle-level Chapter Application Processing Instructions

05.  Competitive Events/Business Ed Standards

06.  National Middle-level Fact Sheet
07.  Pennsylvania FBLA Middle-level Fact Sheet

08.  Sample Middle-level Membership Application
09.  Sample Middle-level Recruitment Letter

10.  Ten Middle-level Recruitment Ideas
11.  Middle-level Leadership Activities for Officer Teams

12.  FBLA-PBL Assorted Logos/Image Library
---------->2016-17 Membership Recruitment Poster

13.  Middle-level Installation Ceremonies
---------->New Member Induction Ceremony
---------->Officer Installation Ceremony
---------->Chapter Installation Ceremony

National Programs
01.  National High Five Leadership Development Program
02.  American Enterprise Day -- November 15
03.  Middle-level Achievement Program
---------->MAP Entrepreneur Level
---------->MAP Business Level
---------->MAP Enterprise Level

04.  100% Class Participation Award
05.  Membership Achievement Award

06.  Night of the Body Snatchers I
07.  Night of the Body Snatchers II

08.  Chapter Excellence Award

 



Links
01.  National FBLA Middle-level Web Site
02.  National Middle-level Advisers' Area




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