Southeast Region Vice President
Hello Southeast Region! I write this last post knowing that the time has come to pass the gavel to the next Southeast Region Vice President. The past year has definitely been a whirlwind of fun and adventure. Serving as the Southeast Region Vice President has opened my eyes to a world of opportunities, and I thank each and everyone of you for giving me the chance for it. Check out the tabs below to see my journey, what the Southeast Region has accomplished this year, and the schedule for the State Leadership Conference.
At the beginning of my sophomore year, my local chapter advisor, Kimberly Hackett, asked me if I would consider running for a state office. Though the idea scared me, I decided to take on the challenge. On March 16, 2016, I gave a speech in front of 100 voting delegates for the Southeast Region to convince you that I was readily available to represent you on the state level. The next day, I was elected the Southeast Region Vice President. A joy flooded over me that I have never felt before. I knew that for the next year, my life would unfold in many different ways. Throughout my term, I’ve experienced many new things and traveled to places that were not planned. In June, I took my first airplane ride to Atlanta, Georgia, to experience IFL and NLC. The best part of the entire 45 minutes was sitting down and our state advisor, Mary Jane Thomas, saying to me, “On the bright side, we know that if anything goes wrong, we’ll die any way!” Needless to say, I have yet to sit beside her on a plane since. One week, plenty of new friends, and one huge ferris wheel later, I had partaken in my first National Leadership Conference. The BFIT summer conference was successful two weeks later. Though my right hand girl, Taylor, was on mission trip to Costa Rica, I was able to “hold down the fort” with the guys. Through this trip, I was able to connect with new advisors in FBLA and make friends from different organizations such as Arjun Keshava, State President for HOSA, and Jamsison Koch, Coastal VP for Deca. In November, I attended the Daytona Beach, Florida NFLC with my local chapter (we took a train; worst 12 hours of my ENTIRE life!). Though a long train ride, the conference was amazing. The next weekend, I attended Dallas, Texas for NFLC with the state officer team. After a three hour flight delay, a two hour flight, and a full English term paper written in the sky, we had arrived and connected with many friends we met in Atlanta over the summer, including the Texas State Officers. Much to our surprise, we won Battle of the States, which was the highlight of the trip. Fast forward to March of this year, and memories are flooding in. Never will I forget the loud music, dancing in concourses of conferences, trips to Carowinds, or late night talks. Thank you, Southeast Region and Mrs. Hackett, for giving me this opportunity.
March 23-25, 2017 Thursday – Saturday NC FBLA State Leadership Conference Greensboro, NC – Koury Convention Center
April 1, 2017 Receipt Deadline for the following events and awards to be received at National FBLA Office:
Membership Madness and Membership Mania, FBLA Membership Achievement Award, FBLA 100 Percent Class Participation, Connect Ten, Diamond Chapter, Good Neighbor, Market Share Awards, FBLA Outstanding Chapter, Distinguished Business Leader Scholarship, Membership Achievement Awards, Big 10 Awards membership deadline, National Bylaws Amendment
Signing off one last time-
2016 – 2017 Southeast Region VP