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Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.               

2017-2018 FBLA Year News

Executive Director Welcome Back to 2017-18 Email to Advisers
State President's Welcome Letter

1.  2017-18 Theme:  Elevate Your Future
2.  2017-18 Competitive Events Changes:

3.  2017-18 Competitive Events Topics/Themes:
4.  Grades 9-12 FBLA Dues: 
$12 Total ($6 state/$6 national)*
5.  Middle-level Dues (Grades 5-8): 
$9 Total ($3 state, $6 national (an increase of $2))*
----------*all dues are paid to the PA FBLA state office; not the national office

7.  PA FBLA Announces Special Video Production Contest (click the title for the guidelines)
PA FBLA members, either individuals or a team up to three members, are invited to participate in the 2017-18 Special Video Production Contest to promote the state project, the National Kidney Foundation.  Members will create a promotional video not to exceed 3 minutes.

The top 3 individuals/teams will automatically qualify to attend the State Leadership Conference in Hershey in April 2018.  The deadline for submission is October 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm.

Read the following for guidelines on the contest rules:  17-18 Video Contest Guidelines
Event Entry Form for Special Video Contest:   17-18 Video Contest Event Entry Form

Adviser Changes

If you are aware of adviser changes at your school or other schools in your region, please email Bruce Boncal, Executive Director, at bboncal@pafbla.usThis will ensure that our state and national records are up to date.  Please provide name(s) and email address(es) of the new advisers, or update us on any retirements, resignations, or transfers that may have taken place of 2016-17 advisers.

New Advisers -- Register Here

Want publicity for your chapter and its activities? 
Submit your articles to the State Reporter for the first Penn Pal Digital Newsletter edition.  Deadline for the yearly editions is:
Summer Issue Deadline:  September 15
Fall Issue Deadline:  November 15
Winter Issue Deadline:  January 15
Spring Issue Deadline:  March 15
Online Submission Form:

Members and Advisers -- join the Monthly "Elevate Your Future" Webinars Hosted by State Officers

All webinars are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month starting at 8:00 pm.
Link to join:
See the following flyer for a list of topics:  Monthly Webinar Topics

Webinar #1 -- September 10, 2017 Webinar #5 -- January 14, 2018
Webinar #2 -- October 15, 2017 Webinar #6 -- February 11, 2018
Webinar #3 -- November 12, 2017 Webinar #7 -- March 11, 2018
Webinar #4 -- December 10, 2017  

Membership Recruitment Resources:
1.  PA FBLA Fact Sheet
2.  National FBLA Fact Sheet
3.  2017-18 Competitive Events Brochure
4.  Other Chapter Management Resources Found in the Downloadables Files Section

State Leadership Workshop Promo (click the thumbnails for a larger version)
1.  SLW Update #1 from Janet Skiles, Conference Coordinator
2.  Who Should Attend?
3.  Tentative Schedule of Events
4.  Dodgeball Tournament Information

5.  Basket Auction Information (to benefit The Alzheimer's Association)

6.  T-shirt Sales Information (to benefit The Alzheimer's Association)

7.  More SLW Files in the Downloadable Files Section

2017 SLW @ Kalahari Resort in the Poconos
Sunday/Monday, November 5-6; lodging available Saturday, November 4

Online SLW Registration/ Lodging Now Open; Registration Closes September 30, 11:59 pm
(click this link for step-by-step instructions)

Registration:  $40 per person
Lodging:  $170 per room (1-4), includes tax and admission to America's largest indoor waterpark

There is no restriction on # of attendees per chapter.


News Flash!  Plan for PA FBLA Night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, on Friday night, February 2, 2018, 7:05 pm, for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Hershey Bears hockey game.  Benefits The Alzheimer's Association.  All chapters are welcome to attend!  Behind-the-scenes tours will be arranged closer to the date.  Click here for the flyer regarding the PA FBLA Night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets may be reserved for chapter members, advisers, family members, and friends!

Congratulations to the 50+ event winners
at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.  For a complete list of award winners, click this link:  You have made us all "Pennsylvania Proud."  Thank you to the 612 PA FBLA members, advisers, parents, chaperones, and family members who traveled to California as part of the PA FBLA travel package.
Press Release for Award Winners:

Congratulations to Adam Sands, PA FBLA State Treasurer, who was elected National Eastern Region Vice President.  Adam will serve both Pennsylvania AND all the chapters of the National Eastern Region during the 2017-18 year.  Adam and his fellow newly-elected national officers will soon gather at the national office for their national officer's training program.

Congratulations to Luke Skerpon, PA FBLA Middle-level Coordinator and Staff Assistant for Conferences/ Competitive Events, who was selected to serve a three-year term on the National Awards Program (NAP) Committee.

2017-18 Membership Processing Information

2017-2018 National Theme:  Elevate Your Future

Membership Processing Opens August 1, 2017

1.  Click here for step-by-step membership processing instructions.

FBLA Grades 9-12 Recruitment Video:
The national office has made available a 3-minute recruitment video online. Click here to watch the video.

Click here to watch a middle-level recruitment video.

Membership may be submitted as many times as a chapter wishes during the year; however, advisers must pay attention to the deadline for competing in the regional events.

The Alzheimer's Association --
2017-2018 State Project Information

Special Video:  Learn About Alzheimer's Disease
2017-2018 State Project:  The Alzheimer's Association 

Project Theme:  "Memories Matter"
Fund Raising Goal:  $54,000
Current Total Collected:  In Progress
Make all checks payable to:  PA FBLA State Project. 

Send all checks to:
Mr. Adam Sands
PA FBLA State Treasurer
Wallenpaupack Area High School
2552 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428


How to Start/Reactivate an FBLA Chapter

Depending on grade levels, schools may start either an FBLA chapter (grades 9-12) or an FBLA Middle-level chapter (grades 5-8).

Click here for more information on how to start a Grades 9-12 FBLA chapter.

Click here for more information on how to start and FBLA Middle-level chapter (grades 5-8).

A business educator is preferred to serve as the primary 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.

PA FBLA Virtual Chapter Membership

Igniting Innovation -- The Gateway to Virtual Greatness!

Students in schools that do not have an FBLA chapter may become part of the PA FBLA virtual chapter.  Click here for more information about the PA FBLA Virtual Chapter.  Start spreading the word of the PA FBLA Virtual Chapter among those you know who are at a school without an active FBLA chapter.

The PA FBLA Virtual FBLA chapter is now accepting applications.  Click this link to submit your online membership application.

Click this link for downloadable Virtual Chapter files.

Watch the membership recruitment video.

Maura Angle, Virtual Chapter Adviser --

FBLA Pledge
I solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of Future Business Leaders of America and, as an active member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary in becoming a responsible business leader.

FBLA Goals
* Develop competent, aggressive business leadership
* Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
* Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
* Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community
* Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
* Encourage and practice efficient money management
* Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
* Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
* Facilitate the transition from school to work

FBLA Code of Ethics
I will be honest and sincere.
I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.
I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.
I will seek to profit by my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.
I will abide by the rules and regulations of my school.
I will exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.
I will dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and to my school.
I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.

FBLA Creed
I believe education is the right of every person.

I believe the future depends on the mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.  I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.

I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.

I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.

I believe that every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.

I believe that every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.

I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and think clearly.  I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.

2017 NLC Awards of Excellence Program Replay:
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----->click here:  Complete NLC Awards Winners List

2017 SLC Awards Program Replay:
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----->click here:  Complete SLC Awards Winners List



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