NC FBLA Central Region
Welcome Central Region FBLA Members and Advisers!
Why Hello There Central Region!
Very strange or unusual : having the quality of a dream
Surreal is the best word I can use to describe my entire experience as a state officer, especially, the last two months. Surreal, as mentioned above is of dream like quality, as if something was not real, yet it is. I sometimes sit and think of how lucky I am to be serving on a board so full of willing and able people who strive to do better each and every day. I think how amazing it is that I have traveled across this country, and will continue to do so, reaching new heights every step of the way. I find it incredible that I have met so many people, done so many things, and yet I find myself remembering I am one small stone in a very large pond. I am incredibly and infinitely grateful.
That is how I want to start off this post. I want to thank those who have come into my life as a state officer and to those who have impacted me in ways I cannot describe. While this is not a good-bye post (yet), I want to remain appreciative and humble and to always remember that I am only a small piece to the big puzzle that is NC FBLA! So, to those of you whom I have met, to those who have touched my heart, and to those whom I have made an impact on, or to those who are willing and trying, to those who are in FBLA… I thank you, and I am humbled by your efforts.
Now since things are all sappy let’s get to some more thank yous! Starting with RCEC!
The Central Region Competitive Events Conference
I am absolutely, incredibly, without a doubt so happy to have been able to host this years Central RCEC! This was an experience for the books! Hosting this amazing conference has been the highlight of my FBLA career and will be something I will never forget. I will be the first to tell you though, planning a conference is not easy, and I give the most thanks, kudos, and respect to those who have ever planned a conference and to those who will plan in the future.
First off, I want to thank my Central Regional Board member, Mrs. Abbott, for helping me and my adviser every step of the way. I know that you were an essential and welcomed key in planning this conference.
Second, I would like to thank those at the school who supported me including our Principal at Kinston High, Mr. Brian Corey, who gave KHS FBLA all the tools we needed to turn our school into a mini-conference center; Mr. Joshua Bridges who supported our conference through testing, administrating, and facilitating, as well as Mrs. G, Mrs. Vonbee, Mr. Cratch, and any other KHS Faculty that were around to help. My gratitude extends further than what a simple post can express.
I would also like to thank all the Central Services staff that allowed for our conference to be successful including our Superintendent for Lenoir County Public Schools, Mr. Brent Williams; the CTE Coordinator, Mrs. Amy Jones; the Career Development Coordinator, Mrs. Jessica Shimer; the Federal Programs Director, Mrs. Tina Newman Letchworth; and all other Central Services Staff who helped with the conference.
Finally, last but not least, I would like to thank Mrs. Gina Cousins, my adviser. Mrs. Cousins was integral in planning this conference, did all of the paperwork necessary, took me down to reality when I needed a dosage, and used her connections to make the Central Regions Conference a success! Mrs. Cousins, I thank you for all of your hard work, dedication, and I wish I had the power to give you a day off because I know you deserve it from all of your intense work you put in to this conference, in and out of school, on and off the clock, and stressed and not stressed. My biggest thanks goes to you for making this happen. You’re amazing!
I have to shout-out my local chapter for all of their hard-work and dedication throughout this conference. Without you guys I would not have remained sane the entire time (it’s very stressful) and I appreciate you guys being so willing to help out. I don’t know how the conference would have turned out without you guys and I appreciate everything you do. You guys are the best.
I would also like to thank all who attended the conference. I would like to believe we had a successful conference, and I wish I had the opportunity to host many more! I would like to hear your opinions on the conference; and if you have any comments, questions or regards in reference to the conference, DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME!
I have included a link to all of the pictures that were taken if you did not receive your pictures in an email. I, once again, would like to thank all that attended the conference and to everyone that placed I look forward to watching you compete in your respective competitions; and I am excited to see everyone at the SLC for another great competition!
I hope you enjoyed this conference and welcome your input!
It was such a pleasure to meet many of you at the RCEC, and I am very grateful for all of your hard work that you do for your students. I know that many of you work in and out of the classroom and I appreciate all you do to make your students successful.
I would like to remind you of a couple of things so that you can continue to ensure the success of your students.
January 13th 2017: 2nd National Dues Deadline
Please have your dues sent to the National Office by this date to ensure their eligibility to compete at the SLC!
January 16th 2017: Receipt Deadline for Project and Competitive Events for the SLC
Please check the Calendar of Activities at the beginning of page 3 for the list of competitive events that require materials to be submitted by this date. This is the RECEIPT deadline for these materials to be mailed to Mrs. Thomas, though it should be noted that it can take several days for mail to actually reach Mrs. Thomas so the earlier the better!
January 16th – January 30th 2017: Registration for SLC
Please complete registration during this time, as there is no extension and ensure that your students are paid to be eligible for competition at the conference.
February 1-28th 2017: National Career and Technical Education Month (CTE)
February 1st 2017: FBLA-PBL’s 75th anniversary
February 5th-11th 2017: FBLA-PBL Week!
February 18th 2017: NC FBLA State Officer President Candidate Screening in Raleigh
February 5th – February 11th
I hope everyone is excited for FBLA-PBL Week Coming up in February! It is an exciting time to have this week as it is the 75th anniversary of FBLA this year! It is an exciting time to be a part of this organization and I task each of you and your chapters to participate in FBLA-PBL Week! It would be helpful to have social media accounts so that you can share the stories, pictures, and adventures during FBLA-PBL Week! If you guys happen to post anything, I encourage you to tag the NC FBLA social media accounts, as well as use the hashtag #FBLAWeekNCCentral
I will be looking through this hashtag and looking at all the exciting stories and pictures you all have to share!
Each day of FBLA-PBL Week has a different meaning and tasks members of FBLA to do these things on each day! The days are as follows and remember: If you cannot do each of these things on each day, like get your entire chapter together on Friday for a group photo or if you can’t find your FBLA shirt, post an old picture and tell its significance! We want to show our pride in NC and to show our love and share our experience with FBLA!
Sunday, Feb. 5th 2017 : Share Your FBLA-PBL Story Day
Share your FBLA-PBL story on social media. Tell why you joined, your favorite FBLA-PBL memory, or what FBLA-PBL has done for you. Tag your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #FBLAPBLWeek.
Monday, Feb. 6th 2017 : National Presidents’ Forum & Fight to the Finish
Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017: Each One Reach One Day
Wednesday, Feb. 8th 2017: Professional Attire Day/Adviser Appreciation Day
Dress for success and share your appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter.
Thursday, Feb. 9th 2017: Career Awareness Day
Get involved with your Professional Division and connect with community leaders.
Friday, Feb. 10th 2017: FBLA-PBL Spirit Day
Show your FBLA-PBL pride by posting a group photo to the FBLA-PBL Facebook page and using the hashtag #FBLAPBLWeek on Twitter and Instagram.
Saturday, Feb. 11th 2017: Community Service Day
Choose a community service project to support. Suggested activities include working with the March of Dimes, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or conducting a blood drive.
February 1st – February 28th
February also is the time of year for National Career Technical Education month, otherwise known as CTE Month! CTE Month is an important time for FBLA members as a majority of members have participated in the CTE program, or are currently taking classes under the CTE Curriculum. CTE is important in giving students the skills now to better prepare them for the workforce, higher education and the rest of their life. There are many divisions to CTE such as Business, Agriculture, Finance, Health Science, and Education; and many FBLA members are involved in these divisions.
CTE Month is a recognition period that helps spread the word about CTE and the benefits of CTE. Students are encouraged to showcase the benefits and impacts of CTE on their lives end education through social media, engagement with policy makers in your local community, working with industry leaders, and making the programs of CTE known at your local school.
CTE Month is a time where students take charge, and for all of February showcase what they love about CTE and the benefits reaped from their experience in CTE classes, organizations and other divisions of the program.
Please share your CTE Experiences on social media and make sure you hashtag #CareerTechEd or #CTEWeek
There are several ways to communicate about CTE through social media:
- Twitter: Share your story in 140 characters or less, and be sure to include hashtag #CareerTechEd.
- Facebook: Write your story on your legislator’s Facebook wall. You can also post it on the ACTE Facebook wall or post on your own wall/status.
- LinkedIn: Discuss CTE classroom strategies and CTE public policy issues with your professional colleagues.
- Blog: Create and share your experiences on your own blog; send policymakers the link.
- Video: Create a video about your program, post it to YouTube and share it through Twitter or Facebook.
Use these tips and social media platforms to help boost CTE awareness, CTE is an amazing program and should be recognized for all that it brings to students nation-wide!
I am looking forward to seeing all of your CTE Month and FBLA-PBL Week posts, and I hope that you will interact with me throughout February and share your experiences!
The State Leadership Conference
March 23rd – 25th 2017
The State Leadership Conference (SLC) is quickly approaching and deadlines are coming around the corner left and right! Please make sure you have a copy of the Calendar of Activities downloaded so that you can keep up to date on what needs to be submitted and when! Make sure that you are adhering to all deadlines and working diligently on preparing for your competitions.
If you need any help with any competitive event, I will do my best to assist you and gather the resources you need to prepare, and to compete effectively! We want to make sure NC is VERY WELL represented in Anaheim this year! I have included some important dates below for the SLC, and encourage you to print out the Calendar of Activities and to highlight the dates that are important for YOU!
January 16th 2017: Receipt Deadline for Project and Competitive Events for the SLC
Please check the Calendar of Activities at the beginning of page 3 for the list of competitive events that require materials to be submitted by this date. This is the RECEIPT deadline for these materials to be mailed to Mrs. Thomas, though it should be noted that it can take a couple of days for mail to actually reach Mrs. Thomas so the earlier the better!
January 16th – January 30th 2017: Registration for SLC
Please complete registration during this time, as there is no extension and ensure that your students are paid for to be eligible for competition at the conference.
February 6th 2017: NC FBLA Will email production tests to the proctors if a students event is a home-site test. Please have your proctors check for the tests on this date, and ensure that tests are received.
Tests at the HOME SITE must be taken between February 6th – February 20th at 7:55 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. each day
February 8th 2017: If your proctor has not received home-site tests by this date, please inform Kurt Garner for all other online tests EXCEPT for highlighted home-site productions:
Computer Applications, Database Design & Application, Keyboarding – I, Keyboarding
–II, Spreadsheet Application –HS, Spreadsheet – ML, Word Processing
February 10th 2017: Receipt deadline for the hotel reservations for SLC! Reservations at the hotel must be received by this day!
This also the receipt deadline for the final list of attendees for the SLC and the payment of registration for the SLC. Please see the calendar of activities for the necessary materials included in the mail.
The closer that SLC comes the more I will update my page to ensure each student is on the same page, though the dates above are some of the most important! Please refer to the calendar of activities for more information, or if you do not understand or need assistance, please use my contact information below!
I look forward to seeing each of you at the SLC this year, and I am excited to be a part of hosting this amazing conference!
Please let me know if you have any questions on any of these events, or if you would like to see some of your State Officer team at your events!
I anticipate hearing from all of the chapters in the Central region and I hope to share your many successes in NC FBLA!
Thank-you all so much,
Central Region VP
Useful Information and Dates
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- January 13th 2017: 2nd National Dues DeadlinePlease have your dues sent to the National Office by this date to ensure their eligibility to compete at the SLC!
- January 16th 2017: Receipt Deadline for Project and Competitive EventsPlease check the Calendar of Activities at the beginning of page 3 for the list of competitive events that require materials to be submitted by this date. This is the RECEIPT deadline for these materials to be mailed to Mrs. Thomas, though it should be noted that it can take a couple of days for mail to actually reach Mrs. Thomas so the earlier the better!
- January 16th – January 30th 2017: Registration for SLCPlease complete registration during this time, as there is no extension and ensure that your students are paid for to be eligible for competition at the conference.
- February 1-28th 2017: National Career and Technical Education Month (CTE)
- February 1st 2017: FBLA-PBL’s 75th anniversary
- February 5th-11th 2017: FBLA-PBL Week!
- February 18th 2017: NC FBLA State Officer President Candidate Screening in Raleigh
Brandon Matthew Standley
Central Region Vice President
If you have any questions, feel free to email me!