Welcome Central Region Advisors and FBLA Members!
Happy love month, everyone! I hope you are all continuing to do well in school and enjoying the new semester! As for FBLA, the fun is always happening! FBLA week is this month, and I hope you check the shared information about it below. Since it’s already February, we must focus our attention to the State Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC because it’s only a month away! The competition will sneak up on you before you know it, so make sure you’re practicing, practicing, practicing. FEBRUARY MEANS ONLINE TESTING FOR EVENTS. Make sure you’re studying!
DOUBLE CHECK DEADLINES and make sure you are prepared to have everything in on time. I would love to see each member of our Central region at the State Leadership Conference, and it would be sad for anyone to miss out because of miscommunicated deadline. Here are some important dates below:
Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines
February 3rd-21st: Online testing for SLC
February 10th-15th: FBLA week
March 20th-22nd: NC FBLA SLC
CELEBRATE FBLA-PBL WEEK WITH US!
FBLA-PBL sets aside the second full week of February, each year, as National FBLA-PBL Week. Chapters are encouraged to use this time to publicize their activities and successes, boost their membership, and gear up for their spring activities. Each day has a special focus to help you get your members excited to participate, nationally, during FBLA-PBL Week!
Follow throughout the week by reading blog posts about the day’s activities:
February 10 – National President’s Forum & Fight to the Finish
Kick off FBLA-PBL Week with the National President’s Forum! All three division national presidents (FBLA, PBL, and Professional Division) will host a live Google Hangout on Monday, February 10, at 6:00 pm EST to kick off FBLA-PBL Week.
February 11 - Each One Reach One Day
Are you ready to double your membership? Discover fun and easy recruitment ideas you can use for “Each One Reach One” day.
February 12 – Professional Attire Day/Adviser Appreciation Day
Show off your professionalism by dressing for success and share your appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter. Read more for tips on how to do both.
Get involved with your Professional Division and start connecting with community leaders. It’s the ideal way to celebrate Career Awareness Day!
February 14 – FBLA-PBL Pride Day
Show your true colors by posting a group photo to our Facebook page. While you’re at it, schedule a Google Hangout and celebrate with your national officers—FBLA or PBL! Your National Officer Teams are waiting to share successful FBLA-PBL Week tips on how to show your FBLA-PBL pride and engage your members in the experience.
February 15 – Community Service Day
Serve your community by planning a service project for your chapter. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, organizing a blood drive, and partnering with a local charity improves your community—and FBLA-PBL member team spirit!
Additional ideas to help spread the word about FBLA-PBL Week, locally:
• Promote FBLA-PBL Week with a press release [sample]. Send a press release about FBLA-PBL Week to the local newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, including the local community access cable station. Send a follow-up reminder a few days before your event with a special page describing photo opportunities available during FBLA-PBL Week at your school.
• Promote FBLA-PBL Week online. Blog, Tweet, or Facebook before and during FBLA-PBL Week. Create and post a FBLA-PBL Week promotional video to YouTube. And be sure to snap photos throughout the week and post them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, etc. Don’t forget to tag the FBLA-PBL National Facebook page.
• Download the sample Proclamation. You will need to research the process for requesting a proclamation in your area. Look on your local or state government’s website for contact information and procedures. Depending on the volume of requests their office receives, you may need to submit your request several days prior to the date you’d like to pick it up. Once you have a contact, send them a copy of your proclamation sample text and they will let you know when you can pick it up. Be sure to ask if a government official will be there to present it to you, and if so, be sure to bring a camera. If you are planning to receive your proclamation in conjunction with an event, send a press release to your local media.
Have any special secret admirers? I hope they’re an FBLA’er! (Just kidding. But that’s ALWAYS a plus in my book!) Have a fantastic February Central Region, and good luck with your new schedules.
Central Region Vice President