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FHS’s FBLA attends State Fall Leadership Conference

Oct 30, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield High School’s Future Business Leaders of America members work their way through the National Guard Leadership Reaction Course at Camp Dodge. The course is designed to build leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.

Fairfield High School’s Future Business Leaders of America members attended the State Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 1-2.

Forty-two students loaded the buses at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in business attire. Upon arrival to the Holiday Inn in Urbandale, everyone listened to the keynote speaker Col. Timothy A. Glynn. He spoke about “Ethics in Leadership.” He also covered how FBLA was when he was a part of it compared to how it is today. Glynn talked about the qualities FBLA gives you. He said they are also qualities that are in the Army, and are helpful in anything you do in life.

During the keynote address, a bucket was passed for a minute to see how much money each chapter could raise for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes raises money for premature babies and is FBLA’s sister charity.

After the keynote address, all members had the chance to attend breakout workshops. Some workshops included: There’s no “I” in team, Accounting and Saving Go Hand-in Hand, FBLA Alumni Panel, Synergy-Together Every one Achieves More, Running for State Office 101, Majors and More!, It’s all about the Brand. (Business Horizons), FBLA in College-Phi Beta, Elevate Your Membership, and Elevate Your Future with Internships.

After attending at least three workshops, it was time for dinner. Members practiced proper etiquette. Students ate their meal and made sure they sat with people from other chapters so they could talk about why they enjoy FBLA and some of their favorite memories. The activities ended at 11 p.m., and the closing session began.

The closing session consisted of getting to see a state officer be pied in the face based on the coins in the jar which were later donated to March of Dimes. Around $600 was raised.

In the morning, the Fairfield chapter went to Camp Dodge and worked its way through the National Guard Leadership Reaction Course, which is designed to build leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills. The course is versatile and each of the 12 scenarios are completed in groups.

The greatest challenge to the individual is his or her ability to problem solve in a team setting. If a student is not an athlete, they did not need to worry that they cannot help their team accomplish the mission. According to the guard representative, each activity is 75 percent mental — problem solving and planning — and 25 percent physical.

As with all schools, some members fell in the water during the scenarios. Alie Kensett, the FBLA reporter for Fairfield FBLA said “It was still a fun time and really showed how to be a leader and work together. To sum up the event, there was tons of fun and many leadership and networking opportunities.”

 

Family night

FBLA members and their families attended the potluck family night Oct. 8 in the FHS Commons.

The officer team lead the group through the night’s activities as they shared their electronic presentation. Members were initiated, officers were installed, and adviser Goudy shared a calendar of dates to remember.

Members currently are ordering club T-shirts designed by Amiritha Kumar. Surveys have also been taken for career interests for Mentor Night Nov. 6.

Plans are being made for Mentor Night, when community individuals share their career information with FBLA members in a speed networking format. Mentor night is sponsored by the Friends of Student Business Leaders. Membership in this adult group is open for both individual and businesses. Contact Beth Ward-Greiner or Lindsay Lippincott, the co-chairwoman, for details. There are many opportunities for involvement in the organization to help the student members.

This year, the student membership stands at 73 members, the largest in Fairfield’s history.

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