Wed Feb 20, 2019
ORGANIZING A MIDDLE-LEVEL CHAPTER
Mrs. Michele Sites
234 Village Drive
Canonsburg, PA 15317
|Please direct all questions regarding the
formation of a middle-level chapter to Michele Sites.
When ready, request the state office to create a middle-level chapter
record and an adviser username/password.
Follow these steps to charter or reactivate an FBLA middle-level chapter:
Make sure you have received all necessary approvals to start an FBLA
1. Speak to staff members who might be willing to serve as a
2. Schedule to meet with the school principal about your desire to
start an FBLA chapter.
3. Be ready to meet with the school superintendent and possibly the
4. Use the documentation found below to create a packet of
materials for your principal, superintendent, school board.
Step #1: Read the cover letter listed below:
Chapter Starter Packet Cover Letter
Step #2: Download and complete the chapter reactivation/starter
application form listed below:
chapter application form
---------------------->1. complete all information on the form, including
the members' names.
-------------------------------->2. Add the students' grade levels after
Step #3: Complete the sample chapter bylaws found below:
Local Chapter Bylaws in PDF Format.
Local Chapter Bylaws in Word Format.
Step #4: E-mail the state office that you would like to
start/reactivate an FBLA chapter:
------------->Send a message to Bruce Boncal, PA FBLA Executive Director, at
------------->Your name will be put on the advisers' mailing list to receive
regular FBLA mailings.
------------->You will receive a username and password to enter members into the
PA FBLA membership system.
Step #5: Process one check for membership dues (PA FBLA pays the
$20 reactivation fee):
------------->Make the check payable to: Pennsylvania FBLA.
------------->Dues are $9 per student ($3 state dues and $6 national dues)
for students in Grades 5-8.
------------->Dues are unified. A member must pay both state and national
------------->Dues are not refundable once they are processed.
Step #6: Mail the following items to the PA FBLA State office:
------------->1. New/reactivated chapter application form
------------->2. Copy of local chapter bylaws
------------->3. Membership dues check
To process additional memberships after you submit your initial application
------------->Advisers will receive a username and password to enter members
online at the PA FBLA web site.
------------->Enter members; generate an invoice. Make your check payable
to: Pennsylvania FBLA.
------------->Mail to the state office.
State Office Mailing Address:
Mr. Bruce E. Boncal
PA FBLA Executive Director
PO Box 5085
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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.
01. PA FBLA Middle-level Fact Sheet
FBLA Fact Sheet
National FBLA Middle-level Recruitment Video
Middle-level Chapter Building Basics
FBLA Adviser Resource Guide
06. Logos and Imagery
(including downloadable recruitment poster, middle-level logo)
07. Five Steps to
Ten Recruitment Ideas for Middle-level Chapters
Member Recruitment Letter
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.
Chapter Management Resources
Chapter Management 101
Five Easy Steps to Chapter Management
Adviser Role and Responsibilities
Electing Officers and Their Duties
05. Managing Your Meetings
Chapter Program of Work
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
• 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
• 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
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