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Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America
PO Box 5085, Jersey Shore, PA 17740
570.398.4652 phone/fax   |   bboncal@pafbla.us
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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.               

Pennsylvania FBLA Headlines

2014-2015 State Project:  Twilight Wish
Celebrating Seniors and Making Dreams Come True

http://www.twilightwish.org
Project Theme:  "Making Hope New and Wishes Come True"
Fund Raising Goal:  $33,000
Make all checks payable to:  PA FBLA State Project. 
Send all checks to: 
Justin Miller, PA FBLA State Treasurer, Springfield High School, 49 West Leamy Avenue, Springfield, PA 19002

Twilight Wish Foundation FBLA Toolkit
1.  Twilight Wish Tool Kit Cover Letter -- see letter for more detail on kit
---------FBLA Tool Kit (.zip file)
2.  TWF PowerPoint Presentation
3.  TWF Logo
4.  TWF Media Kit
5.  TWF Fundraising Ideas
6.  TWF Brochure
7.  TWF Wish Granting Posters (Veterans)
8.  TWF Wishing Well
9.  TWF PSA Video (.zip file)
10.TWF Brotherly Love Video (YouTube)
11. TWF Wishes Granted Video (YouTube)
12. Twilight Wish Web Site
13. TWF Bookmark
14. TWF Contacts List

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.


2014-15 Membership Processing Information
2014-2015 National Theme:  Step Up to the Challenge

Membership Processing Opens August 1, 2014

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

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.

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.


2014-15 Special Video Project Information

Pennsylvania FBLA announces four digital video production events in which individuals or teams up to three members may participate.  Students may enter one or all of the events and earn the right to attend the 2015 State Leadership Conference in Hershey.  Guidelines:
1.  Students must be paid FBLA members at the time of submission.
2.  All entries will be submitted digitally.
3.  Deadline for submission is October 31, 2014.
4.  Video productions must not exceed two minutes.
5.  Evaluation is based on 40% vote by PA FBLA Executive Committee Members; 30% vote of advisers across the state; and 30% vote from PA FBLA Facebook page’s registered users.
6.  Top three individuals or teams in each project category automatically advance to the State Leadership Conference.
----------> Video Project #1:  Competitive Events Changes
----------> Video Project #2:  Social Media Promotion
----------> Video Project #3:  State Project Promotion (Twilight Wish Foundation)
----------> Video Project #4:  Membership Recruitment 
-------------------->Event Entry Form for Video Projects

Submission Guidelines

  1.    Chapter advisers must submit an “Event Entry Form” for each individual/team entry to the PA FBLA Executive Director, Bruce Boncal, no later than October 24, 2014, or one week prior to the submission of the video project.

  2.     Once the state office receives the event entry form, instructions will be e-mailed to the chapter adviser regarding the upload procedures to the PA FBLA drop box.  Entries will not be accepted on DVD, CD, thumb drive, etc.

  3.     On the event entry form, the chapter adviser will identify an e-mail address to which the dropbox sharing invitation will be sent.

  4.     There must be a separate event entry form for each submission.

  5.     Advisers must be able to upload the video to the PA FBLA dropbox—not share it from their own dropbox.


2015 State Leadership Workshop Information

Dates:  November 2-3, 2014
Registration/Payment Deadline:  September 24, 2014
Location:  Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Sunday Night Lodging:  at Penn State Conference Center Hotel

Optional Saturday Night Lodging at Three Different Locations:
1.  Harrisburg Hilton (95 minutes from State College)
2.  Williamsport Holiday Inn Express (65 minutes from State College)
3.  Johnstown Hampton Inn and Suites (75 minutes from State College)
We are unable to secure Saturday night lodging in State College because it is a football weekend.  Because the football schedule changed after we had our dates selected and contracts signed, football weekends have priority.  Rather than move from State College, we have chosen to offer optional lodging locations as close to State College as we can offer.  Although it is not ideal, it does provide Saturday accommodations closer to State College for those traveling greater distances.

SLW Communication
1.  SLW Update #1

2.  SLW Update #2
3.  SLW Workshop Descriptions

4.  SLW Personal Schedule

5.  SLW Schedule at a Glance

6.  SLW Final Update 103114
7.  SLW Sunday Shuttle Schedule

8.  Check Out the Starting Lineup at the 2014 State Leadership Workshop
----------> Keynote Speaker -- Bill Cordes
----------> Entrepreneurship Magazine's "2012 Entrepreneur of the Year" -- Jason Lucash

Membership Processing Procedures
Online SLW Registration and Lodging Procedure
State Leadership Workshop Promotional Memo -- Who Should Attend?
SLC Overview, Dates, and Lodging Details
Tentative Schedule
Battle of the Chapters
Delegate Code of Conduct
Dress Code
SLW Refund Policy
1.  SLW Refund Request Form

Permission/Emergency Forms

1.  Student Permission Form -- Including Dodgeball Permission
2.  Adviser/Guest/Chaperone Emergency Form
3.  Form to Accompany Student and Adviser/Guest/Chaperone Forms
4.  Adviser Hotel Safety Guidelines
Credit Card Processing Form
Lodging Template Form
Special Events
1.  Basket Auction

2.  Dodgeball Tournament

3.  T-shirt Flyer

---------->T-shirt Order Form


 


2014 - 2015 Competitive Events Topics Announced
Click this link for a complete list of event topics.
New Competitive Events Announced (stay tuned for guidelines)
3D Animation
Microsoft Office Specialist (Excel)
Microsoft Office Specialist (Word)
Sales Presentation
Securities and Investments
Social Media Campaign


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.



National Leadership Conference Winners

Congratulations to all Pennsylvania FBLA contestants and award winners who participated in the 2014 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  With 53 award winners (improving upon last year’s total of 43), Pennsylvania FBLA had the third highest number of award winners among all the states in attendance at the NLC. The final tally will come from the national office in the next few weeks, and I will send out any updates to my totals or list.

Pennsylvania members earned 4 first-place awards at the 2014 NLC. 
For the first time in our Pennsylvania 62-year history, a Pennsylvania FBLA member is now serving as National FBLA President.  Congratulations to Sam Kessler of Wissahickon High School (20), the first National FBLA President from Pennsylvania!  We are proud of Sam and the professional campaign that presented at the National Leadership Conference.

Once again, we are “Pennsylvania Proud” of our delegation, our competitors, and our newly elected National President, Sam Kessler.  The Pennsylvania delegation was also complimented for our professionalism, courtesy, and respect at the Country Music Hall of Fame AND by the daughter of Barbara Mandrell on our visit to Fontanel, Ms. Mandrell’s mansion.  According to Ms. Mandrell’s daughter, Pennsylvania FBLA was, by far, the best high school group they had ever experienced that had toured their facility.

Thank you all for making this a tremendously successful year for Pennsylvania FBLA!  Our success is due to motivated and hard-working members; advisers who step up—even in the face of additional work above and beyond their classroom responsibilities--give their students opportunities to shine and excel; and parents and school administrations who stand behind their children and students to help them make their way to the NLC to represent Pennsylvania.

Click here for a complete list of NLC award winners.



Members/Officers Email Lists

Chapter officers, complete this online form to receive direct information from the PA FBLA state office.  Officers will be listed in a directory of local chapter officers.

PA FBLA members, register here for the "member's listserve" for information from the state officer and the state officer team.
 


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 -- mangle@pafbla.us


Region Leadership Conference Guidelines/Important Dates
RLC Update #1 -- What is a PA FBLA Region?
RLC Update #2 -- The Competitive Events Big Picture
RLC Update #3 -- What are the Competitive Events (Individual)
RLC Update #4 -- What are the Competitive Events (team)
RLC Update #5 -- What are the Competitive Events (school-site)
RLC Update #6 -- What are the Competitive Events (performance)
RLC Update #7 -- What are the Competitive Events (state-only)
RLC Update #8 -- Event Competencies/Task Lists (check this out)
RLC Update #9 -- Competitive Events Resources
2014 NLC Awards of Excellence Program Replay:
----->click here:  http://pdcproductions.com/fbla/
----->click here:  Complete NLC Awards Winners List

2014 SLC Awards Program Replay:
----->click here:  www.thinkcybis.com/pafbla-live
----->click here:  Complete SLC Awards Winners List


 

 


 
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