Welcome to Pennsylvania FBLA’s 70th year serving more than 7,000 Pennsylvania students in 250 chapters in Grades 5-8 (middle level FBLA) and Grades 9-12 (high school FBLA). Pre-pandemic restrictions, Pennsylvania FBLA’s membership was more than 13,000 students in approximately 325 chapters across the state.
Beginning with the 2021-2022 FBLA year, membership procedures will change as outlined below. If you have questions or need support, please contact Bruce Boncal, PA FBLA Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570.279.6998 (cell/texts).
National FBLA Webinar for Advisers / Training to Use the National FBLA my.fbla-pbl.org Membership System
click here to watch the training webinar for advisers — access code: aYq%Cc#0
recorded Tuesday, August 10, 2021
At its July 23-24 PA FBLA Board of Directors meeting, a detailed discussion took place regarding how membership and dues will be processed for Pennsylvania FBLA chapters starting with the 2021-2022 school year. Based on BOD action with my recommendation, how we process membership, where you process membership, and where you will pay for your members will change, effective August 1, 2021.
A Little History
As you may have read from earlier communication, Bonnie Polk, our FBLA secretary, retired after 19 years with PA FBLA; and membership processing was her primary responsibility. During her time with PA FBLA, advisers processed membership through the PA FBLA website; she checked; formatted; corrected; and finalized membership for each chapter. She also processed dues checks for deposit, and maintained all payment records.
With Bonnie’s retirement and the tremendous progress National FBLA has made advancing its national membership system AND the upcoming changes to the National FBLA website and the programs it supports, it is important that we become familiar with, comfortable with, and involved with the many new and revised opportunities National FBLA will offer this year. Now is the time to make the switch to process all membership on the National FBLA website. Effective August 1, all membership will be processed through the National FBLA website. I know change occurs and there are people who exist in the world who live by “change is good as long as it doesn’t affect me”; but we need to embrace change if it makes us more efficient, stronger, and makes sense. This change will be good for us and for you, and you can believe you will have my total support and help through the process. I will be granted more access to help you than I have had before.
Here’s What You Need to Know:
- PA FBLA grades 9-12 dues are $12 per student ($6 state, $6 national).
- PA FBLA middle level (grades 5-8) dues are $9 per student ($3 state, $6 national).
- National FBLA will not be collecting regional or local chapter dues.
- Dues are not refundable!
PA FBLA advisers will no longer be able to enter membership names on the Pennsylvania FBLA website, effective August 1.
Effective August 1, the National FBLA website will accept membership from PA FBLA high school and middle-level chapters. The process to do that and the form to do that at the national level is nearly identical to what you did on the Pennsylvania FBLA website. You will need to be prepared with the following information:
- Student First Name (required)
- Student Last Name (required)
- Student Grade Level (required)
- Grades 9-12 OR grades 5-8 (required)
- Student Gender (required)
- Student Email Address (required)
- Office Held (optional)
- Ethnicity (optional)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Collect and list the student’s personal email address UNLESS you can be absolutely certain email from outside your school system will reach the student. Without a valid email address, you will not be able to enter a student as a member in the National FBLA membership system.
Where to Pay State and National Dues
You will pay all state and national dues to National FBLA; you will not pay your dues to Pennsylvania FBLA. You will be able to generate your own invoice for dues to submit to your school’s business office for payment.
You will be able to pay by check or by credit card (immediately); there is no convenience fee for using a credit card through the National FBLA website.
PA FBLA will have access to your membership data through the National FBLA website, and National FBLA will forward your state dues to Pennsylvania at the end of each month.
All state and national dues will be sent to the National FBLA lockbox. All state and national membership dues are sent to the following address:
National Membership Dues
Payable to: FBLA-PBL
PO Box 79063
Baltimore, MD 21279
by credit card
pay directly on the National FBLA membership site
Click Here for the W-9 Form for Your School System Business Office for National FBLA
It’s my plan that we will use a new conference management program for our workshop and conference registration and lodging activities at some point this year. That conference management software is used by many FBLA state chapters across the country and is highly recommended. More on that will come your way.
With these changes, your membership data will be imported back into the PA FBLA system for temporary use for the state workshop.
Registration for the PA FBLA State Leadership Workshop will be delayed several weeks as we make this transition. Stay tuned for information.
FBLA advisers and FBLA middle-level advisers have or will establish their own password for the National FBLA website. That’s how you will logon. If you don’t know your password, you can reset what may be set and establish a permanent password. More on that later. No one in Pennsylvania FBLA can see your password, nor will it be a common password. You will establish your own password known only to you.