Monday, July 26, 2010

FCCLA Knows How to Party!

At NLC we collected membership recruitment ideas that celebrate FCCLA’s 65 Years of Leadership from FACS Education majors and new advisers in our Newcomers Session. As you think about beginning the school year, why not kick it off by sharing our important history?

  • Send a birthday invitation to non-members asking them to join FCCLA.
  • Serve birthday cake in FACS classes or during school lunch.
  •  Hold a birthday scavenger hunt.
  • Celebrate 65 Days or 65 Seconds of FCCLA by having members share about FCCLA history at the beginning of class.
  • Create a cardboard decorated cake and have students bring new toys to donate to Children’s Miracle network. Every time a new toy is added place a candle on the cake.
  • Reward the first 65 FCCLA members to affiliate with a cupcake or treat.
  • Have a “65 Seconds to Win It!” contest in honor of FCCLA before meetings.
How are you celebrating this special accomplishment? Show your FCCLA spirit by adding your ideas to the comments section.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Review: The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age

We finish our social media series by Marketing & Membership Assistant Lauren Rhodes with this review of The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age.

William Kist’s The Socially Networked Classroom should be in every teacher’s classroom.  Kist’s background as a teacher enables him to interact with educators on their level and provide realistic examples and resources.  Kist begins by explaining new media and social stereotypes then introduces the reader to the new literacies of social media.  From there, The Socially Networked Classroom is organized based on the availability of technology and internet access in your educational environment.  Depending on the individual access of the reader to technology, Kist then provides ideas, guidelines, and strategies to implement in the classroom.  Every chapter provides real-world examples and resources, classroom questions, and samples of rubrics and worksheets.

We recommend this book as a valuable resource for any adviser, teacher educator, or educational administrator; whether they have expansive knowledge of social media or have never used this technology before.

Ordering Information:
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Corwin Press (October 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1412967015
ISBN-13: 978-1412967013

Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 NLC Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2010 National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois! FCCLA celebrated 65 Years of Leadership in the best way possible- with members, advisers, alumni, staff and guests from all over the nation.

Congratulations to the 2010-2011 National Executive Council and the outgoing NEC for doing a wonderful job onstage and during the week. Also, congratulations to all Competitive Events participants for the hard work and extreme dedication put into the conference. Your preparation paid off and everyone at FCCLA is very proud. Keep working hard and continue doing great thigns in your schools and communities.

It was a great pleasure for FCCLA to present a check for over $241,000 to Children's Miracle Network and hear from our own miracle child, Aidan. FCCLA will once again partner with Children's Miracle Network for the 2010-2011 National Outreach Project. All chapters and states are encouraged to continue fundraising for another year so we can help impact the lives of sick and injured children.

If you have any questions or comments about this year's National Leadership Meeting, please feel free to contact National Staff. Contact information can be found on the national website at Also,  FCCLA members are encouraged to follow FCCLA on Twitter (NationalFCCLA) and Facebook (Search Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

Thanks again for a successful conference and good luck preparing for the upcoming FCCLA year!.

Banking on FCCLA: Fundraising Tips and Ideas from Chicago

National Consultant Team Member, Cathe Felz, presented a fundraising workshop to advisers at the 2010 National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The following are various ideas that advisers from across the nation wanted to share:

"We held a Cookie Lee Jewelry Sale in the faculty lounge and cafeteria prior to Valentine's Day. FCCLA was only responsible for advertising."   
-Kathy Vik, AK

"We made homemade bread and rolls and sweet rolls to sell to the staff using our under utilized professional kitchens from a disbanded hospitality program. Best sellers were seedy wheat (fiber wheat loaves), rye bread, and cinnamon rolls. Next year we would like to expand to student access before school (e.g. Tasty Tuesday)."   
-Helen Martin, WI

"Our best fundraiser has been sales of TJ's Pizza (not sure if they are nation-wide, we're in St. Louis, MO). They have 50% profit, are easy to work with, and the pizzas are well-known so they sell themselves. TJ's also sells cookie dough and pies/cakes."  
  -Lisa Thompson, MO

"We go to Larry's Pizza Restaurant and work as servers. We get all the tips for the night plus 10% of the sales. We net almost $300.00. We do this in the early fall and then again in spring if we need a filler. All FCCLA members work. We have it from 5-8 pm. The kids love this and show up to work."     -Sheila Churchill

"For school sports (i.e. football, basketball, track, etc.) our FCCLA would do the concession stands."    

"Our FCCLA has a soup supper for the community, sells orange crush on Valentine's Day (secret crush), sells candy canes during the holidays with messages. Also, certain days we will have teachers pay $1 to wear jeans or hats."    
-Julie McLean

"One event our FCCLA does is called the 'Tour of Tables'. Every member is encouraged to sell 8 tickets (full table) for $10. We serve a meal which is ordered through the school food service provider. Last year's menu was: chicken stuffed with fontina cheese, vegetables, twice baked potatoes, and cheesecake. Each table is decorated with a silent auction item. 20-30 minutes prior to the meal, everyone starts the tour of tables for the silent auction."    
-Jenny Ferrel

"We have a burrito sale. Customers pre-order and pay and the students make the items. We sell them 2 for $3. All supplies we try to get donated and the parents help with assistance. We sell to the public schools, parents, workplaces."    
-C. Simmons

"Talent Show! We raise money by having an application fee. People can enter as a team or individual. We charge admission for the event night and also have concessions provided. A 50/50 raffle or silent auction is also held to raise money."   
-Melissa Welsh, PA

A grant writer contact was also given during the session. Please feel free to use this contact as a consult and resource:

Julian Miller
Dreyfus/Kellog Expert
(662) 402-8249