2017-2018 Chapter Management Handbook

 General Information

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is training that equips the recipients with entry skills, retrains them for changing employment, or updates them with current technological skills.

Program Standards

  • Career and technical education programs are an important component of the total educational sy
  • Career and technical education programs should duplicate or simulate actual work environment
  • Career and technical education programs must be taught by individuals who have work experience in the occupational area.
  • Career and technical education programs are to be operated under the guidance of advisory committees.
  • Career and technical education should be available to all who need it, want it, and can profit by it.

Competencies

The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education/ Colorado Community College System believes that student organizations are an integral part of career and technical education programs.

The value of career and technical supportive education is broader than teaching students an occupation. Students need to learn not only how to earn a living but how to live a satisfying and meaningful life. They need to develop social skills and positive attitudes as well as stable and productive values if they are to be successful as employees and as citizens of their communities.

For career and technical supportive education, teaching is more than the act of instruction. It cannot be reduced to something a teacher does in the classroom or laboratory–a technique or a procedure because it involves the teacher’s total influence on students’ lives.  Career and technical supportive education has a responsibility to provide students with the kind of experiences they need to develop an identity.

Therefore, teaching is the kind of example a career and technical education teacher sets by work and action. Interests, attitudes, appreciations, ideals, biases, habits, life style, and much more have an important effect on the personal development of the student.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) exist to provide students with the kind of experience they need to develop their full potential for living a satisfying life as well as experiences that develop leadership and planning abilities, moral character, and mutual understanding. Although their stated objectives may be different, the overriding purpose and goals of career and technical student organizations are quite similar as a curricular activity.  Leadership skills are defined as competencies in leadership, citizenship, organization, initiative and personal development responsibility, which are integrated into the career and technical education program.

Common elements of leadership competencies include:

  • citizenship
  • organization
  • initiative
  • personal development
  • responsibility
  • leadership

Common elements of leadership competencies include:

  • community service
  • critical thinking skills
  • decision making skills
  • leadership skills
  • job search skills
  • parliamentary procedure
  • public speaking
  • business and industry partnerships
  • teambuilding

Suggested examples of activities which demonstrate leadership competencies include:

  • elect chapter officers
  • participate in mock job interviews
  • plan and conduct field trips
  • prepare a newsletter
  • attend professional meetings
  • review professional goals
  • establish committees
  • professional dress and grooming
  • parliamentary procedure
  • individual competitions
  • community service
  • team competitions
  • speech preparation and delivery
  • work with business leaders
  • participation in school and social activities

Student Organizations

The activities of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are a required part of all secondary career and technical education programs.  Student activities are also an important part of many postsecondary programs. The recognized career and technical student organizations are:

  • Colorado DECA–An Association of Marketing Students
  • Colorado FBLA–Future Business Leaders of America
  • Colorado FFA– An Association for Agricultural Education Students
  • FCCLA–Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • HOSA–Future Health Professionals
  • SkillsUSA – An Association for Technical and Industrial Education Students
  • TSA – An Association for Technology Students

Postsecondary

Postsecondary level students in Health Science Education, Marketing Education and in Trade and Industrial Education participate in student activities through the organizations of HOSA, Delta Epsilon Chi and SkillsUSA. The postsecondary organization for business students is Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), which is open not only to postsecondary career and technical students but to other students who enroll in postsecondary general business, business administration, or business-related courses.

Colorado FBLA Facts

Colorado State Theme

2017-2018: Find Your Peak

Colorado Membership*

FBLA: 6,245

Middle Level FBLA: 126

PBL: 91

TOTAL: 6,462

*2016-2017 school year

 

Colorado FBLA History

The Colorado Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) was first organized in 1962 by John Binnion.  Colorado was chartered with the national office June 15, 1963, as state chapter number 33. The organization was created as a result of the increasing interest in business education on the part of the high school students throughout the state and on the interest expressed by business, teachers, and community leaders. Through FBLA, all sought to emphasize the importance of business and the role it plays in the lives of all people.

Colorado FBLA’s first official chapter was at Loveland High School (Charter 232) and Colorado PBL’s first official chapter was at Adams State College (Charter 1576).

All career and technical supportive Business Education programs in the State of Colorado must provide an opportunity for their students to participate in a student leadership organization. This organization is the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Its primary purpose is to develop leadership characteristics in each student for his/her career, home, and community.

Colorado FBLA is the largest state within the Mountain Plains Region with over 6,200 members in over 170 chapters.

Colorado Song

I’m Colorado born and Colorado bred and when I die, I’ll be Colorado dead!

So rah rah Colorado, rah rah Colorado

Rah rah that dear old state of mine

I’ve traveled east and I’ve traveled west and now I know that COLORADO’S  BEST!

So rah rah Colorado, rah rah Colorado

Rah rah that dear old state of mine

State Structure

The Colorado State Chapter is comprised of active chartered local FBLA chapters within Colorado which are then divided into geographical districts.  The State Chapter is governed by the Colorado State Constitution and Bylaws.

 State Staff

Name Position E-mail Areas of Responsibility
Jen Girvin State Adviser jen.girvin@cccs.edu General FBLA Questions,

Conference Questions

Dana Anderson Program Director dana.anderson@cccs.edu Curriculum Questions,

Program Approval Questions

Linda Bigley Program Assistant linda.bigley@cccs.edu Finance and Payment Questions
Tonya Davies State Officer Adviser tdavies@pvre7.org

 

State Officer Questions,

State Officer Candidate Questions

Sharon Seger Judge Coordinator sharonseger@haxtunk12.org

 

Judge Recruitment for Competitive Events
Janna Robinett Competitive Events Coordinator janna.robinett@dcsdk12.org Competitive Events

State Chairperson-Adviser

The FBLA-PBL State Chairperson-Adviser is appointed by the Community Colleges of Colorado as the Business and Marketing Program Director. The State Chairperson-Adviser’s responsibilities, which may in some cases be delegated to the State Adviser or other members of the Colorado Board of Directors includes the following:

  • Serve as liaison between the National Office and the State Board of Directors
  • Represent the State Board of Directors to the national association
  • Bring matters relative to the operation of the State Chapter to the president/chief executive officer and the National Board of Directors.
  • Prepare and submit informational reports to the National Office relative to internal revenue affairs.
  • Submit State Chapter reports to the National Office, including budgeting and financial reports, membership projects, and activities.
  • Appoint the Colorado FBLA State Officer Team Adviser in accordance with Colorado guidelines.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors, District Leadership Conferences, Fall Leadership Conferences, State Leadership Conference, and National Leadership Conferen The Adviser serves as a liaison between the local, state and national levels.

State Adviser

The FBLA-PBL State Adviser is appointed by the Community Colleges of Colorado as the Colorado FBLA-PBL State Adviser. The State Adviser’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Promote the FBLA organization throughout the state.
  • Coordinate FBLA activities with the activities of other career and technical student organizatio
  • Encourage teacher training through workshops, in-services, and leadership training semina
  • Organize and administer funds and facilities for workshops, training sessions, and production of handbooks and promotional material
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of the state officers.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Board of Directors and the State Executive Board.

State Officer Team Adviser

State Officer Team Adviser Job Description:

  • To provide communication between the state CTSO staff of career and technical education, the operating advisory committees, state CTSO officers, the career and technical instructors and CTSO members in Colorado.
  • To assist in the planning, conducting, coordinating and evaluating of leadership training activities of the Colorado career and technical student organization.
  • Review and recommend changes in all state career and technical student leadership training activities and competitive events.

In addition, the FBLA State Officer Team Adviser is responsible for the following:

  • Provide direction, counseling, supervision, and suggestions to the State Officer Team
  • Attend meetings at national, regional, and state levels upon request of the State Adviser and/or Colorado Community College System
  • Offer guidance in the writing of the State Program of Work
  • Coordinate officer attendance at the District Leadership Conference and other CO FBLA events
  • Attend, supervise and assist in coordination of all meetings:
    • May Officer Orientation
    • Summer CTSO Training
    • June National Leadership Conference
    • September State Officer Meeting
    • Colorado Fall Leadership Conference
    • November National Fall Leadership Conferences, when applicable
    • April State Leadership Conference
  • Coordinate and validate state officer forms:
    • Travel Authorization forms
    • Driver’s license
    • Medical Forms
    • School transcript
    • Auto insurance
    • Yearly report
    • Reimbursement forms
    • E-mail and home addresses
    • Officer information form
    • Emergency form
    • Minutes of all minutes
  • Coordinate and validate Monthly Officer Reports:
    • Obtain Monthly Officer Reports
    • Respond to all Monthly Officer Reports and provide appropriate consultation
    • Report any problem in not receiving Monthly Officer reports
  • Assist the State Adviser with any additional conference needs prior to and at State Conferences
  • Assist with State Nominating Committee at the State Leadership Conference, if applicable
  • Serve as the liaison between the State Officer Team and the State Adviser
  • Make all assignments for attendance at official functions
  • Send out e-mail communication to all officers from the State Adviser
  • Communicate all responses of officer team to the State Adviser
  • Coordinate and provide materials needed at functions
  • Represent the Officer Team in its best interest

 

State Judge Coordinator

Judge Coordinator Job Description:

  • Recruit qualified judges for all events (live and prejudged)
  • Communicate with judges about events, lodging and other logistics
  • Collect pre-judged materials, if applicable
  • Sort data and e-mail materials to judges, if applicable
  • Create spreadsheet of prejudged and production scores, if applicable
  • Create judge folders and administrator packets, if applicable
  • Coordinate on-site judge orientation during conference
  • Send thank you notes to judges
  • Collect and analyze judge evaluations for continuous improvements

State Competitive Events Coordinator

The Competitive Events Coordinator completes at least the following tasks:

  • Familiarity with the registration system
  • Identify, communicate with, support and assist Competitive Events personnel
  • Plan the Competitive Event schedule
  • Provide an update at the SLC Adviser Orientation
  • Determine supplies needed
  • Select tabulations team
  • Run the tabulations room at SLC
  • Communicate winner’s list to production company

State Office Services

  • Installation/Reactivation. Those wishing to organize local FBLA chapters receive guidance in the installation of new and reactivated chapters.
  • State Officer Visits. State Officers are available to visit chapters. To request a state officer, complete the form found in LiveBinders.
  • Networking. Connecting with other advisers to share ideas.
  • Technical Assistance. The state chapter helps organize district and state leadership conferences.
  • Training. The state chapter provides in-service training for chapter advisers.
  • Material Requests.Requests are quickly filled and inquiries a
  • Resources. Access to resources to assist in the implementation of FBLA.

 

State Board of Directors

The Board of Directors guides and directs the activities of Colorado FBLA. It is composed of the State Chairperson-Adviser, State Adviser, elected district advisers, the Colorado FBLA State Officer Team Adviser(s), the Colorado FBLA State President, and appointed representative(s) from business and industry.

 State Officer Team

Members of the State Officer Team establish goals for Colorado FBLA; implement state projects to achieve those goals, and present workshops at various conferences and school sites. They act as ambassadors to present a positive image of the organization.

 

The team is composed of the State President, Colorado’s National Officer/Executive Vice President, State Secretary, Social Media Representative, State Reporter, and State Vice Presidents representing each of the eleven districts.  The Board of Directors and a local chapter adviser of each officer shall serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members.

 

 

State Publications and Resources

  • Colorado FBLA Handbook – This is the official guide for Colorado FBLA. This handbook also contains the official regulations, policies and procedures for Colorado FBLA.
  • Colorado FBLA Chapter Planning Guide – This is a handbook with resources to assist the chapter adviser in planning the year.
  • Colorado District Leadership Handbook – This is the official guide for Colorado FBLA District Conference
  • State Officer Handbook – This is the official guide for the State Officer Team and gives instructions on applying for office.
  • FBLA TODAYThis is a statewide newsletter that is posted on the Colorado Website by the State Reporter and provided to all local chapters.
  • Colorado FBLA-PBL Website – This is a web source for members and advisers
  • LiveBinders – This is an online source for all documents for FBLA advisers and members

State Program of Work

The Colorado FBLA State Program of Work is developed by the State Officer Team. This year, the Program of Work is a living, updated document:

  • Service
    • Support and raise funds for March of Dimes as well as Colorado Relief Fund
    • Recognize individuals and chapters that participate in service activities as well as promote service activities such as the Community Service Award
  • Education
    • Increase understanding of FBLA concepts through communications and competitions
    • Raise awareness for Middle Level FBLA, and encourage active participation
    • Increase the total member participation in BAAs and Peak Awards by 10% or more
    • Create understanding of business concepts and their implementation of everyday life
    • Maintain or increase Colorado FBLA membership
  • Progress
    • Keep State Officers personable and accessible to all the members and advisers
    • Increase following of the official Colorado FBLA social media pages
    • Have District VPs network with local chapter presidents to increase communications between the state and local levels
    • To encourage advisers, alumni and those in the business community to join FBLA as professional members
    • Provide assistance to local chapters in creating programs of work to help further state and local objectives and accomplishments
    • Have at least 2 candidates running from each district for state office

Professional Division

The Professional Division in Colorado will follow the same guidelines as set forth by the national structure.

District Structure

The Colorado State Chapter is composed of eleven geographical districts.

There are two advisers involved in district leadership positions.

District Leadership

  • Board Member: Each district has an adviser that represents the district on the Board of Directors.
  • District Adviser: The District Adviser is the adviser to the State Vice President representing the District.

 

The Board Member and District Adviser could be the same person in some years. The team of these two advisers coordinates all activities within each district and serves as the liaison between the local chapters and the state chapter.

Local Chapter Structure

Local chapters consist of young men and women who are enrolled in business education programs at the secondary level. Each chapter is organized and officially chartered in accordance with the principles of FBLA-PBL, Inc. The chapter must be affiliated with the district, state, and national organizations.

Local Chapter Adviser

One or more certified teachers in the business education department must serve as chapter adviser. The success or value of a chapter depends on many factors, but the most important influence is the leadership of the chapter adviser.

Local Chapter Executive Board

Each local chapter elects an executive board which may consist of the following officers: President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, historian, and parliamentarian. The main function of the board is to guide the chapter and organize a program of work.

Membership and Financial Structure

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., like many other student organizations that are an integral part of the school’s career and technical education training program, is financed primarily through individual memberships in local chapters. Members’ dues are paid through the local chapter. Some chapters, acting as a unit for the members, pay the dues from funds derived from income-producing chapter projects. The income from national membership dues is used exclusively by the national association for services provided to local and state chapters.

 

Colorado state chapter operations are financed through the payment of state dues by members. District and local activities are financed through the payment of chapter dues.  Memberships at the local, district, state, and national levels are unified and are not available separately.  The basic philosophy of FBLA-PBL has always been that members and chapters engage in fundraising projects to make possible various chapter activities and programs.

New Chapters

If you are interested in beginning an FBLA chapter, complete the form found online. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive a chapter number and login to enter members and activate your chapter.

Online Membership Renewal Instructions

  • Go to the FBLA-PBL homepage at fbla-pbl.org
  • Click LOGIN in the menu bar at the top right of the page.
  • Under Membership and National Conference Registration, enter your chapter number.
  • Enter the password service and click the Log In button.
  • You will then be logged in as your school.
  • Under the Services list, click Membership Registration.
  • Read the directions.
  • At the bottom of the page, click the Continue to Step One button.
  • Follow the directions for each step to add your members for the year.
  • Before exiting, click the View & Print Statement button at the bottom left-hand side of the page to preview your membership.
  • This page can also be printed to keep for your school’s records.
  • Payment must be received at the FBLA-PBL National Center before your chapter is considered official active. Paid membership dues are non-refundable.

State and National Dues

State and National dues are payable to National FBLA by October 20 to be eligible for Gold Seal recognition, Fall Publications, and chapter/state membership awards at NFLC and December 1 of the current year for competitive eligibility at district leadership conferences.  State and National dues should be sent to the national office. Membership cards are sent after membership dues are received at the national office.

 

Chapter Information

Suggested Program of Work

 

August

  • Prepare an annual program of work
  • Conduct leadership training for officers

 

September

  • Conduct a membership drive
  • Appoint standing committees
  • Recruit a new chapter or reactivate an inactive chapter
  • Collect local, state, and national dues from members
  • Make plans for chapter officers to attend the Colorado Fall Conference
  • Conduct a social event

 

October

  • Collect local, state, and national dues from members and submit to the appropriate people by stated deadlines
  • Conduct an induction ceremony for new members
  • Recruit a new chapter or reactivate an inactive chapter
  • Attend the Colorado Fall Leadership Conference
  • Make plans to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference (Mountain Plains Region)
  • Plan a fundraising event
  • Conduct an American Free Enterprise activity

 

November

  • Plan a service project (Thanksgiving basket)
  • Conduct a fundraising project
  • Attend the National Fall Leadership Conference
  • Have an activity to prepare members for a business career
  • Make plans to attend the District Leadership Conference
  • Conduct a second membership drive
  • Conduct an American Free Enterprise activity
  • Finish all membership recruitment

 

 

December

  • Conduct a service project (Christmas basket, caroling, )
  • Collect local, state, and national dues from members and submit to the appropriate people by stated deadlines (December 1st)
  • Host a social event
  • Select and prepare members who will be competing at the district conference
  • Consider running a student for district, state or national offic (See “State Officer Guide.”)
  • Make plans for Career and Technical Education/FBLA-PBL Week
  • Continue preparation for District Leadership Conference

 

January

  • Conduct a fundraising activity
  • Have a program on business careers or leadership
  • Prepare members for district conference competition
  • If appropriate, select a candidate for district, state, and/or national office

 

February

  • Attend and participate in the district conference
  • Celebrate FBLA-PBL Week
  • Conduct a service project
  • Conduct a fundraising project
  • Submit news articles and photos to the District and/or State Reporter

 

March

  • Make plans to attend the State Leadership Conference
  • Prepare to enter competitive events that begin at the state level
  • Continue preparation of members selected to represent the district in state competition
  • Have a social event

 

April

  • Continue preparation of members selected to represent the district in state competition
  • Attend and participate in the State Leadership Conference
  • Make plans to attend the National Leadership Conference

 

May

  • Attend local school board meeting and give a report on the results of the State Leadership Conference
  • Prepare for national competition
  • Elect officers for the following school year
  • Conduct officer installation ceremonies
  • Conduct an employee-employer breakfast

 

June/July

  • Have a social event
  • Prepare for and attend the National Leadership Conference

 

 

Examples of Activities

 

The following is a list of activities that have been successfully completed by other chapters. They are only examples, but they should give chapters ideas for the program of work.

 

Prepare Students for Business Careers

  • Invite speakers from educational institutions, local businesses, and personnel agenci
  • Arrange field trips to local busines
  • Manage a school savings ban
  • Provide a job-placement service.
  • Prepare students for comp

 

Service to the School

  • Conduct a school assembly
  • Offer word processing services for staff
  • Award scholarships
  • Provide hosts and hostesses for school sponsored events
  • Establish a tutoring program
  • Sponsor a school activity

 

Service to the Community

  • Present Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets
  • Visit the sick and/or elderly
  • Read to the blind
  • Volunteer for a charity
  • Provide word processing services

 

Conduct a Public Relations Program

  • Write news articles for the following:
    • School and community newspaper
    • Colorado FBLA Today
    • Tomorrow’s Business Leader
    • Social Media
  • Write a radio announcement or a feature story
  • Make a bulletin board display
  • Prepare a layout for a school yearbook
  • Submit articles for publication by other organizations

 

Conduct Officer and Member Leadership Development

  • Conduct an officer training session
  • Attend the various FBLA conferences
  • Invite speakers to present workshops on leadership and private enterprise
  • Set aside regular meeting time for member leadership development

 

Recruit Members and New or Reactivated Chapters

  • Host a membership sign-up booth at school registration
  • Utilize school announcements and bulletin boards
  • Write articles for school newspaper
  • Host a party or a meeting with food for prospective members
  • Visit a school that does not have an active FBLA chapter and give a presentation
  • Write letters to schools that do not have FBLA chapters

 

Attend and Participate in Conferences

  • Enter competitive events and actively participate in the various FBLA conferences

 

Seek District, State, or National Office

  • Discuss leadership positions available through FBLA
  • Set up a process where potential candidates are approved
  • Organize a campaign

 

Host Social Events

  • Coordinate activities with another FBLA chapter in the area
  • Get together with the other student organizations in the school
  • Go ice skating, roller skating, miniature golfing, etc
  • Sponsor a dance
  • Host a party, potluck dinner, picnic, etc
  • Conduct an awards program

 

Conduct Financial Leadership Activities

  • Provide a word processing service for faculty, business, and civic organizations
  • Sponsor Financial Leadership Activities (fundraisers)
  • Provide inventory services
  • Prepare and sell athletic programs

 

Committee Structure to Accomplish a Program of Work

Need for Committees

The most active chapters have been those which utilize several committees effectively. Committees aid in the development and implementation of activities for the following reasons:

 

  • Ensure the success of activities by delegating specific responsibility to specific individuals or grou
  • Provide opportunities to develop responsibility and leadership experience to more memb
  • Allow more members to participate in the development and execution of projects.
  • Promote more efficient chapter meetings by brain-storming and discussing specific ideas outside the meeting.

 

Standing Committees

Standing committees are appointed at the beginning of each year and operate until the end of the school year.  Suggested standing committees include social, fundraising, service, conference, and careers and leadership.

 

Special Committees

Special committees are appointed for a specific activity and are active only while the planning or execution of that project is in progress.  Special committees include membership, selection, Christmas dance, etc.

 

How to Form a Committee

Committees are generally formed in one of two ways.  The general membership may appoint or elect the membership of a committee, or the chapter president may appoint a committee. It is helpful to have members on the committee who have an interest in the activity; therefore, members should be asked to volunteer. The resident should indicate which member is to be the chairperson or the committee can elect one.

 

The chapter president and vice president should be responsible for insuring that the committee chairpersons facilitate committee meetings as needed or on a regular basis. The president and vice president should meet with the committees as often as possible.

 

Duties of a Committee Chairperson

  • Arrange in advance a meeting time and plac
  • Be certain each committee member is informed of the meeting.
  • Call the meeting to orde Introduce the members unless everyone is acquainted.
  • Appoint one member to serve as secretary to the co
  • State the purpose of the committee and the goal toward which the group is to work.
  • Ask the group how the committee can go about suggesting solutions to the problem

 

The following rules are recommended:

  • Give every member a chance to particip
  • Solicit opinion
  • Keep the discussion on the questio
  • Summarize each point after the group has agreed on what action to take.
  • Review, in closing, the points decide
  • Thank every member of the committee for his/her hel
  • Use the secretary’s notes to write the committee rep
  • Make a duplicate copy of the rep Give the second copy to the secretary or to the president, as directed.
  • When called on for the committee’s report, give the committee members credit.
  • Be prepared to give the report orally to the group unless figures are to be given.
  • Offer suggestions to the group at the conclusion of the repo

Guidelines for Reactivating or Chartering a New Chapter

When establishing a new chapter or reactivating a chapter, the following should be followed:

  • Contact a the State Adviser to see if the school has ever had a chapter before
  • If this is a brand new chapter, complete the link for a Chapter Information Packet
  • Ensure the CTSO guidelines in the CCCS Administrators Handbook are followed

 

Ideas for the reactivation or chartering of a chapter:

  • Installation and initiation of members
  • Showing the emblem ceremony
  • Show FBLA membership video
  • Ideas on membership drives and financial leadership activities
  • Use of state and national brochures
  • Talk from a state officer

 

Those to invite:

  • School administration
  • Instructors and counselors
  • Students interested in business
  • Parents
  • Radio, television and newspaper representatives
  • The business community (Advisory committee, employers, prospective supporters)

 

Conferences

Leadership conferences give members of Future Business Leaders of America an opportunity to meet new people and to travel to different parts of their own state and throughout the nation. Members can be helped to develop leadership qualities and to learn about career and technical education opportunities from speakers and workshops.

Colorado Fall Leadership Conference

  • In September -October, the state officer team hosts fall leadership conferences for local chapter officers and membe The main objective of these workshops is to provide leadership training for local chapter officers and members.

National Fall Leadership Conference

  • National FBLA is divided into five regions each of which has been hosting regional conferences since 1971 for the states which comprise them. These regions are Eastern, Southern, North-Central, Mountain-Plains, and We  Colorado is part of the Mountain-Plains Region which also includes Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. This conference is traditionally held in November.  The Mountain Plains Vice President presides at this conference.
  • The purpose of the National Fall Leadership Conference is to develop comprehensive business and leadership skills in a national environment through professional networking and innovative workshops and keynote
  • Only registered members of Colorado FBLA may attend the National Fall Leadership Conferences. Members must be registered in the National Database and must register in advance or on-site for the

District Leadership Conference

  • Each of the eleven districts has a conference in January/February hosted by the Vice President representing each respective district.
  • The purpose of the District Leadership Conference is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their career and technical education skills via tests, productions and through presentations. Winners may qualify to represent their chapter and their district at the State Leadership
  • Only registered members of Colorado FBLA may attend the District Leadership Conferences. Members must be registered in the National Database by December 1, registered for their respective DLC by the published deadline and members must be paid in the National Database by the dues eligibility deadline; failure to do so may result in the disqualification of students from the conference and

State Leadership Conference

  • In April, Colorado FBLA presents a State Leadership Conferen The purpose of the conference is to elect state officers, conduct state business, offer leadership and career workshops to members.
  • Another purpose of the State Leadership Conference is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their career and technical education skills via tests, productions and through presentations; winners may qualify to represent their chapter, district and state at the National Leadership Conference. Students also engage with business and industry leaders in workshops, keynotes and additional career and technical education
  • Only registered members of Colorado FBLA may attend the State Leadership Conference. Members must be registered in the National Database by the close of SLC registration, registered for SLC by the aforementioned deadline and members must be paid in the National Database by the dues eligibility deadline; failure to do so may result in the disqualification of students from the conference and
  • Starting with the 2018 State Leadership Conference, in order to be eligible to compete at the State Leadership Conference, the chapter must be stay at the hotel blocks acquired by Colorado FBLA for the duration of the conference.

Institute for Leaders

  • The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Institute for Leaders is the international leadership certification program for the largest student business organization in the world. This training program is designed for FBLA-PBL’s top one percent of members with specialized leadership tracks concentrating on Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Career Success, Local-National Officer Training and Educator/Adviser

National Leadership Conference

  • The National Leadership Conference is held in the su State winners from all states compete in the various events to determine the national champion. National officers are elected and workshops are offered.
  • The purpose of the National Leadership Conference is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their career and technical education skills via tests, productions and through presentations; winners receive recognition and may receive a scholarship or cash
  • Only registered members of Colorado FBLA may attend the National Leadership Conference. Members must be registered in the National Database by March 1 (FBLA & Middle Level), registered for NLC by the start of conference and members must be paid in the National by March 1; failure to do so may result in the disqualification of students from the conference and
  • Any student attending the National Leadership Conference must be accompanied by his/her local adviser, local school district employee, or his/her p If the above mentioned is unable to accompany the student to the National Leadership Conference, the student will forfeit his/her right to competition and the next place winner will be notified. The Board of Directors is aware of the financial responsibility but also expects the Colorado reputation to remain unscarred.
  • Starting with the 2018 National Leadership Conference, in order to be eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference, the chapter must be stay at the hotel assigned to Colorado by National FBLA.
  • The State’s policy is to bump a student who placed in the top 10 in a reasonable amount of time. It was suggested that advisers have students sign a letter of intent before State so that if an adviser has a student who is bumped up, they know right away whether or not the student wants or can take the bump.

Professional Division

All professional members are urged to attend the conferences of both FBLA and PBL. Professional members may be used to judge, administer, or coordinate events. The Professional Division may provide workshops and speakers to help the members become better aware of the free enterprise system and the business world.

Conference Information

Americans With Disabilities Act – reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate, please notify the Colorado FBLA State Office during the registration process.

 

Both students and advisers need to plan early if they are to attend a conference. Here are some helpful suggestions and policies:

Financial Arrangements

You will have to determine how much money you will need for transportation and meals en route plus meals at the conference, registration fees, hotel accommodations, cab or bus fares, etc. Make your hotel and plane reservations early–it may save you money.

 

You will need extra money for tips, souvenirs, and snacks. The amount you tip and the person you tip will vary with the type of service you receive.  The rule of thumb is 17 percent for good service.

 

Keep all receipts for money spent if you are using chapter money.  The money may need to be accounted for when you get back home. Check with your adviser.

Travel Tips

  • Be early for departure; two hours if flying
  • Be responsible for your own belongings; keep valuable equipment with you
  • Room service can be expensive; use it sparingly
  • At a restaurant, ask for separate checks before you place your order
  • Travel light; take just enough clothing for the trip

Adviser Responsibilities

  • Make and confirm all arrangements made for the conferen This includes travel, registration, hotels, and competitive events.
  • Review the Code of Conduct with your students regarding their behavior and their cu
  • Let them know what you expect.
  • For an overnight conference, each student is required to have a signed Code of Conduct and an Authorization-Medical Release on file. You may substitute a district form for this permission fo
  • Review the FBLA Dress Code with your students so they know what clothing to
  • Meet with your students upon arrival at the conference to finalize arrangements for meals, meetings, competitions, et

 

 

Colorado FBLA Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to ensure that FBLA members who attend a conference are aware of expected behavior. It is the adviser’s responsibility to discuss the form with the members and stress the importance of abiding by the rules. Colorado FBLA is proud of its reputation and encourages advisers to closely monitor students at all conferences. Advisers must have a signed Code of Conduct in their possession at all FBLA activities and must submit a Certification Form certifying that all members have read and signed the Verification Form.

 

CONDUCT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR COLORADO FBLA

The following conduct policies reflect minimum behavioral standards for Colorado FBLA members. The policies are in effect for all delegates who are attending any Local, State or National FBLA function. The term “delegate” shall mean any FBLA member.

 

  • Defacing of public property—any damage to or loss of property or furnishings of the properties being utilized for meeting purposes will be paid for by the individual or chapter responsible.
  • Delegates shall keep their adult advisers informed of their activities and whereabouts at all times.
  • Delegates will not be allowed to leave the conference site at any time without adult supervision.
  • Members will be prohibited from participation without local supervision provided by the chapter or school. For the National Leadership Conference a designated local adviser or parent will be expected to accompany the participants.
  • Delegates shall not use their own cars or ride in cars belonging to others during the conference unless accompanied by an adviser or other responsible adult.
  • Alcoholic beverages and controlled or illegal substances (drugs) of any form are not allowed. These items must not be used or possessed at any time, or under any circumstances. Use or possession of such substances may subject the delegate to criminal prosecution.
  • Use of tobacco in any form by an FBLA member is prohibited, including e-cigarettes.
  • Participants will NOT be admitted to conference activities and competitive events if in violation of the dress code. Furthermore, competitors will not walk on stage during awards sessions if observed violating the dress code.
  • Observe the curfews as listed in the conference program. Curfew is defined as being in your own assigned room by the designated hour.
  • Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in sleeping rooms in hotels or motels unless the door is WIDE OPEN or the chapter adviser or responsible adult is present in the room.
  • Colorado FBLA-PBL photographers and videographers will be taking photos and videos throughout the conference for use in any manner FBLA-PBL deems appropriate including, but not limited to, publishing in FBLA-PBL publications, on the FBLA-PBL website, and in connection with competitive performance events. By attending the conference, you grant FBLA-PBL the right, without approval, to photograph, record, use, and edit your photograph, video, image, likeness, appearance, performance, and any other indicia of identity, in any format whatsoever, and to publish, disseminate, exhibit, publicly display, give, sell, and/or transfer the same in any and all forms of media or distribution now known or hereafter discovered or developed (including, but not limited to, print media, Internet, Web casting, video streaming, television or radio), for the use of FBLA-PBL, its affiliates, or any individual, organization, business, publication, network or other third party, in perpetuity, without payment or any consideration.

 

DISREGARDING OR VIOLATING THE CODE OF CONDUCT

Delegates who disregard or violate this code will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, competitive event disqualification, forfeiture of privileges to attend further events, confinement to your hotel room, dismissal from the conference, and being sent home at your own expense. Parents and/or guardians will be notified and FBLA-PBL reserves the right to notify law enforcement. Any Code of Conduct violation must be brought to the attention of the state adviser prior to the conclusion of the conference.

Leadership

 

The experience of running for a local, state, or national FBLA office–win or lose–is an educationally rewarding experience and one that is typical of the American way of life. A good campaign demands cooperative effort and allegiance on the part of each member of the team.  In no situation other than in an FBLA office does a chapter member have more opportunity to develop the qualities of leadership. The qualifications and duties of the officers at each level of FBLA are presented in this section.

 

Local Chapter Office

 

Qualifications for Local Chapter Office

Each local FBLA chapter follows its own regulations for running for local office. Many advisers have found it advantageous to elect new FBLA officers in May to serve until the same time the following year. This means that the officers who are in their senior year will have their major responsibilities over by May and their senior activities will not interfere with the FBLA activities.  At the same time, they are available to assist the new officers with their duties.  This also gives the officers a good opportunity to become thoroughly familiar with FBLA before they attend the conferences and workshops the following year.

 

Suggested Duties of Local Chapter Officers

All local chapter officers should be familiar with the chapter constitution/bylaws, as well as the annual program of activities.  Each officer should cooperate with other officers and members at all times.

 

Officer Resource Guides are in development.

District Office

Check with the District Adviser and Board Member from your district to find out your district’s offices and process for applying.

State Officer

Qualifications and Procedures

Each candidate must be a member in good standing in an FBLA chapter at the school in which he/she is enrolled.

Candidates must have taken or be currently enrolled in a business or business-related course.

  • A school may have no more than (3) three candidates for an office. An unlimited number of candidates may come from a distri However, they may compete in an individual written event (an event qualified in at districts).
  • Candidates MAY NOT compete in any speaking, interview or presentation events at the state level.
  • Each candidate must have been approved by his/her local adviser and local cha
  • Each candidate must have at least one full school year remaining in the business education progra
  • Each candidate must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Candidates must have completed one year of high school before applying.
  • Each candidate for state office must submit to the State Adviser by the state registration de
  • Each candidate for state office must hold or have held an elective executive office in his/her local chapter or a similar office in an organization on the approved list of National and State Activities released by the National Association of Secondary Prin
  • Each officer candidate must be able to attend a mandatory state officer training the summer following installation.

 

State Conference takes precedence over prom/athletics or other activities.  This is not negotiable!

State Officer Candidates

Each chapter may run three (3) members for state office. State officers (President, Executive Vice President, State Vice Presidents, Secretary, Social Media Representative, and Reporter) are selected at the State Leadership Conference. The Executive Vice President position is reserved for a candidate running for a national office.

 

It is not too early to start planning! Organization is of great importance if accurate and efficient information outlining the positive characteristics and goals of a candidate is to be available. Scheduling of specific tasks, which need to be completed is a good idea so that the ideas and plans will be accomplished in a neat and thorough manner.  By having a set schedule and sticking to it, all of the materials will be finished before the date for application, and there won’t be a mad rush at the last minute.

Phase 1: Application Process

Interested members will apply through the online application process for a state office by the established deadline.

  • State Officer Application and Candidate Agreement Form with appropriate signatures
  • One page resume (without personal information beyond a name – no address, phone number or email)
  • Professional headshot photo
  • Recommendation from the local FBLA adviser
  • GPA Verification
  • Signed Code of Conduct Form
  • A professionally-written article relating to FBLA Leadership or business education submitted to the Colorado FBLA Today newsletter. (Minimum of 200 Maximum 500 words) Deadline dates: October 1, December 1, and March 1. The article may NOT be a candidate biography or chapter article.
  • State officers wishing to run for a state/national office a second time must obtain the signature approval of the state officer team adviser and the state adviser.

 

The candidates for office must be present at the Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference to be eligible for official selection. All candidate applications for state officer positions will be reviewed by an appointed Selection Committee at the State Leadership Conference.

National Officer Candidates

If you are interested in running for an elected National Office (Mountain Plains VP, President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Parliamentarian), you must be:

  • Selected by the Colorado Selection Committee at the State Leadership Conference to represent Colorado.
  • You must submit all Colorado State Officer materials
  • If we have more than one candidate for a national office, the Selection Committee will select one person to represent Colorado at the National Conference.
  • National Parliamentarian: Colorado may submit one candidate for this position. A candidate must be selected by the Selection Committee, as stated above.
  • If selected to represent Colorado as a National Officer Candidate, you will serve as the Colorado Executive Vice President.

 

Phase 2: Knowledge Test

All candidates will take a 50-question test comprised of multiple choice questions regarding facts about FBLA and the information included in this State Officer Handbook. This test will be given on-site at the State Leadership Conference.

 

Candidates will want to review all aspects of the FBLA organization including the history, organizational chart, pledge, leadership goals, and insignias; as well as the State Officer Handbook.

 

Phase 3: Selection Committee

State officer candidates will be sequestered together for the duration of the selection process and leadership activities at the State Leadership Conference.

 

Leadership activities for officer candidates at the State Leadership Conference will include but are not limited to the following:

  • A two minute or less elevator speech promoting FBLA
  • An individual interview with selection committee members
  • Team building activities
  • An interview with the candidate’s local adviser(s)
  • Session rehearsals with multimedia company
  • Meet the Candidate Session

 

Questions That Might Be Asked of an Officer Candidate

  • Why do you think you are qualified to be a (district/state/national) officer?
  • What does FBLA mean to you and how has FBLA played an important part in your life?
  • How are you at assuming responsibility?
  • What are some of the qualities a leader must have? Do you have them? Explain.
  • What is the one main purpose of FBLA?
  • Describe your relationship with your Chapter Adviser, and will he or she be able to help you in completing your duties as a State Officer?
  • How will you balance missing school, work, or athletics?
  • What is your best asset? What is your worst trait?
  • Give four adjectives that best describe you. Why?
  • Describe how you will present if something important is taking place at your school and you are asked to be at a special state officers’ meeting?
  • What is your favorite thing to do when you have spare time?
  • If you could change one thing in FBLA, what would you change?
  • How can the state officers in FBLA promote the national projects?

Phase 4: Notification of Selection

Candidates will be notified of selection and announced during the Closing Awards Session during State Leadership Conference

Selection Committee

A Selection Committee will be responsible for choosing the State Officers by utilizing rubrics for the application materials and confidential discussions. There is an online Selection Committee Application for those interested.

 

Each District may send one student to serve on the Selection Committee. Students who are chosen for the Selection Committee will be provided most meals. The Selection Committee may be composed of, but is not limited to, past state officers, current and past FBLA local advisers, other CTSO members and advisers, business and industry representatives and FBLA members as assigned by the FBLA State Adviser and State Officer Team Adviser(s).

 

Each district needs to select a student to serve on the Selection Committee at the State Leadership Conference; this can either be done by the State Vice President of that District or the Board Member for that District. In order to be eligible, a student:

  • Must be a one-year (+) member of FBLA;
  • May not be from the same chapter as an officer candidate;
  • May not be competing at the State Conference and MUST BE available for two days at the conference.

State Officer Candidate Guide

Refer to the State Officer Candidate Section of the State Officer Handbook as the official guideline for all aspects of running for state office. Specific officer duties are outlined in this guide, as well as responsibilities of the officer and his/her adviser. Advisers are urged to read this guide carefully and to encourage qualified students to run for state office. State officers receive a program of leadership training that is a valuable experience. A copy of the handbook can be located on the Colorado Web Site, State Officer page.

State Officer Meetings

There will be three to four Colorado FBLA Executive Council Meetings during the year that the officer and his/her adviser will be required to attend.  Following is a summary of each meeting.

 

  • The first meeting is held after the state leadership conferen All state officers and advisers are required to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to become acquainted with some of the responsibilities and activities of a state officer and adviser. Topics include: state structure, board policies, calendar of events, and general information pertinent to the year as a state officer. All district and state activity dates must be confirmed.
  • The second meeting is held in Septemb All state officers and their advisers are required to attend this meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to review fall leadership conferences and confirm the state officer travel for district conferences.
  • The third meeting may be held in Decembe All state officers and their advisers are required to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to finalize plans for the State Leadership Conference.
  • All state officers are required to meet one/two day(s) prior to the state conferen

State Officer Team Policies and Procedures

  • All state officers are expected to appear in uniform or professional attire at all State and District Conferences, Executive Council meetings, and other activities as specified by the State Chairperson and/or State Adviser.
  • The Vice President Representing the District’s chapter adviser is also the District
  • The Vice President Representing the Districts and District Advisers are responsible for the District Leadership Conference, along with the Board member representing the same district.
  • All state officers and advisers may be required to attend a meeting in the summer to receive training in planning Fall, District, and State Leadership Conference
  • A Vice President Representing the District must be selected each year in order to hold a District Leadership Conferen If a District Leadership Conference is not held, chapters within that district are allowed to send only voting delegates and representatives for chapter competitive events to the State Leadership Conference.
  • At the district level, a state officer can compete in live events if they are not running for office again.
  • State officers are responsible for providing input for the State Leadership Confere
  • All state officers should attend one Fall Leadership Conference and two District Leadership Conferences (one in district and one other). Money for attending these conferences will be reimbursed from FBLA funds. State officers who attend more than the required number of conferences will not be reimbursed for the additional expenses.  Officers must obtain approval of local and State Advisers, principal, instructors, and parents before attending all conference
  • A Colorado national officer will be reimbursed by Colorado FBLA for in-state expenses approved by the state adviser.
  • All state officers should make a minimum of two local chapter visitations with costs to be reimbursed by local chapters.
  • State officers’ expenses are reimbursed from state FBLA funds; State and District Advisers’ expenses will be reimbursed from CTSO funds and/or state FBLA funds.

 

 

 

Constitution and Bylaws

 

Colorado Future Business Leaders of America Constitution

Updated September 2017

Article I.  Name

The name of this organization shall be the Colorado State Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc hereinafter referred to as “the chapter.”

 

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of this FBLA Chapter shall be to further the goals of FBLA within the State of Colorado. The Chapter shall provide as an integral part of the instructional program additional opportunities for secondary students (grades 9-12) in business education to develop career and technical supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.

 

The purpose of this FBLA-Middle Level Chapter shall be to further the goals of FBLA within the State of Colorado. The Chapter shall provide as an integral part of the instructional program additional opportunities for middle level students (grades 5-8) in business education to develop career and technical supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.

 

The purpose of this PBL Chapter shall be to further the goals of PBL within the State of Colorado. The Chapter shall provide opportunities for postsecondary and college students to develop career and technical supportive competencies for business occupations and business teacher education. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

 

The specific goals of FBLA-PBL and the Chapter are to:

 

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community
  • Develop character, prepares for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work

 

The Chapter shall not have any purpose nor engage in any activity inconsistent with the status of an educational and charitable organization as defined in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any successor provision thereto, and none of these goals shall at any time be deemed or construed to be other than the public benefit purposes and objectives consistent with such educational and charitable status, nor shall the chapter adopt goals or engage in any activity inconsistent with the goals and policies of FBLA-PBL, Inc.

 

Article III.  Membership

The membership of the Chapter shall consist of FBLA or PBL members residing within the State of Colorado. Classes of membership identical to those established by FBLA-PBL, Inc., shall be established by the Chapter. Such classes, together with the voting and other rights of each, may be more specifically set forth in the Bylaws.

 

Article IV.  Dues and Finance

Section 1.  The Chapter may assess dues from the members in addition to dues assessed by FBLA-PBL, Inc.

 

Section 2.  No part of the net earnings of the Chapter shall inure to the benefit of any member, sponsor, donor, creator, director, officer, employee, or any other private individual or to the benefit of any corporation or organization, any part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any private individual; provided, this shall not prevent payment of reasonable compensation for services actually rendered the Chapter in effecting its goals.

 

The Chapter shall not divert any part of its income or corpus to any member, sponsor, donor, creator, director, officer or employee; by lending any part of its income or corpus without receipt of adequate security and a reasonable allowance for salaries, or other compensation for personal services actually rendered; by making any purchase of security or other property for more than adequate consideration for money or money’s worth; by selling any substantial part of its securities or other property for less than adequate consideration for money or money’s worth; or by engaging in any other transaction which, either directly or indirectly, results in such diversion of its income or corpus. The Chapter shall not make any accumulation of its income unreasonable in amount or duration.

 

Section 3.  The chapter shall not use any income for purposes other than the objects in this Constitution set forth or invest any income in any manner that might jeopardize the fulfillment or carrying out of its objects. The Chapter shall not devote a substantial portion of its activities to carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and in no event shall the Chapter engage in any legislative activities other than those in direct furtherance of the Chapter’s stated objectives.  The Chapter shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  In general, the Chapter shall not act in any way or engage in any activity which might affect its right or the right of FBLA-PBL, Inc., to full tax exemption or the right of donors to the Chapter of FBLA-PBL, Inc., and the Chapter shall be so operated as to be entitled to and receive all tax exemptions, federal or local, which may be granted to charitable, scientific, or educational associations or foundations.

 

Article V.  Organization

Section 1.  The Chapter is a subsidiary of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. As an integral part of the FBLA-PBL, Inc., the Chapter shall have goals and engage in activities consistent with the Organization’s status as a charitable and educational organization as defined in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Reports shall be submitted to FBLA-PBL, Inc., as requested.

 

Section 2.  The Chapter shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall serve as the policymaking body for the Chapter, and which shall be subject to this constitution, the FBLA or PBL Bylaws, and the Board of Directors of FBLA-PBL, Inc.

 

Section 3.  The chapter shall adopt a set of Bylaws consistent with this Constitution, which shall include the powers and duties of the board of Directors, officers and selections, meetings of the Chapter, and any other provisions necessary for the orderly administration of the Chapter.

 

Section 4.  The Chapter shall maintain such relationship with FBLA or PBL local chapters within the State Of Colorado as shall be approved by the Board of Directors.  The Chapter may apply to the Internal Revenue Service for a group tax exemption ruling on behalf of the local chapters within the state.

 

Section 5.  Upon dissolution, all the assets of the Chapter shall be and remain the assets of FBLA-PBL, Inc.

 

Article VI.  Emblems and Insignia

The Chapter emblems shall be the emblems of the national organization. Only members in good standing may use official emblems and insignias.

Article VII.  Amendment

This Constitution is a mandatory Constitution drafted by FBLA-PBL, Inc., for adoption by its state chapters and shall be un-amendable without the written consent of FBLA-PBL, Inc.  Should amendments be required for the purpose of qualifying or retaining qualification under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any successor provision thereto, such amendments, as approved by the board of Directors of FBLA-PBL, shall become a part of this Constitution with or without the consent of the Chapter.

 

Colorado Future Business Leaders of America Bylaws

Updated, April 2007, Updated, April 2008, Updated, June 2009, Updated, June 2010, Updated, July 2011, Updated, June 2014

Article I.  Name

Section 1 – Name. The name of this organization shall be the Colorado State Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. The letters “FBLA” may be used officially to designate the organization, its units, or members thereof.

Article II. Purpose

Section 1 – General Purpose.  The purpose of FBLA is to assist youth and young adults enrolled in business programs to develop career and technical competencies, a sense of civic responsibility and to instill leadership capabilities for home, work, and community.  FBLA is designed to be an extension of the instructional program; thus, becoming an integral part of the business curriculum.

 

Section 2 – Promotion. It shall be the purpose of the Colorado State Chapter to encourage and promote active FBLA chapters in educational institutions offering instruction in business education.

Article III.  Membership

Section 1 – State Membership.  Colorado FBLA is a state organization for students currently enrolled in business programs (public, parochial, and private) or for those students who have previously taken at least one business course, including those operating under the provisions of the Colorado State Plan for Career and Technical Education, as provided by the current state and federal legislation. The Colorado State Chapter shall consist of all local chapters of FBLA in educational institutions in the State of Colorado.

 

Section 2 – Special Emphasis Groups. A local chapter may have as many special emphasis groups within the organization as it deems necessary to meet the needs of all student interests. Special emphasis groups operating under the FBLA “umbrella” may be in the following fields: clerical, information processing, accounting, management, secretarial, cooperative education, etc.  The local chapter of FBLA shall assume full responsibility for coordinating the program for these special interest groups.

 

Section 3 – State Chapter Membership.  Membership of FBLA shall consist of the total members of the chartered chapters, and these members shall hold membership in Colorado and the respective local FBLA chapters on an active status determined by a payment of dues by the members or the school. The Colorado State Chapter is chartered as a member of the National FBLA organization as approved by the National Board of Directors of FBLA- PBL, Inc.

 

Section 4 – Unified Membership.  Membership in FBLA is unified on the local, state and national levels and is not available separately. Membership is open to all business students and established by the payment of dues and by the fulfillment of other required obligations.  Local chapter members shall be recognized only through the Colorado Chapter of National FBLA.

 

Section 5 – Types of Membership.  Membership in the chapters of FBLA may consist of the following four types:

 

Active Membership – any student participating in a business program, including those operating under the provisions of the Colorado State Plan for Career and Technical Education, as provided by current state and federal legislation, is entitled to become an active member of the chapter. A member must accept the purposes of the organization, subscribe to the creed, and demonstrate a willingness to contribute to good school/community relations, and possess and develop qualities for employment. Active members shall pay dues as established by FBLA and shall be eligible to participate in district, state, and national events, serve as voting delegates to district, state and national conferences, hold district, state and national office, and to otherwise represent Colorado or their local chapter as approved by their respective state and local adviser.

Provisional Membership – Colorado FBLA will accept continued membership of current members for one year after the closing of the business program. This will allow students to participate in FBLA activities at the local, district, state, and national levels. This does not allow for new FBLA membership (which will limit the participation/involvement at the state and national levels). The FBLA Colorado Board of Directors, the school district, the FBLA state adviser, and the program director for business education must agree upon the local adviser that will be responsible for all FBLA Chapter activities for that final year.

 

Professional Division – shall be persons associated with or participating in the professional development of FBLA as approved by the Colorado FBLA Chapter.  Such members may include local and state chapter advisers, supervisors of cooperative work-training students, advisory council representatives, members of the business community, and other persons contributing to the growth and development of FBLA, but shall be ineligible to participate in the competitive events, serve as voting delegates, or hold office

 

State Honorary Life Membership – may be persons making significant contributions to the field of business education and to the growth and development of FBLA at the state level. Honorary life members may be selected by the State FBLA Executive Council, Executive Committee or Board of Directors. These members shall not be eligible to vote or hold office and are not required to pay dues.

Article IV.  Membership Dues

Section 1 – Membership Year.  The membership year shall be from August 1 through July 31

 

Section 2 – Membership Dues.  Membership dues shall be established by the State Executive Council, and approved by the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors.  Initial dues deadline is October 20–final dues are payable prior to December 1 (received) of the current school year, for participation in competitive events at the District Leadership Conferences.  Dues for members new to the business program, taken into the chapter after December 1, are payable at the time of induction but must be paid prior to attending the District and State Leadership Conferences. Out-of-state members moving to Colorado must pay their Colorado membership dues 15 days prior to the District Leadership Conference.

 

Any established local chapter member whose State and/or National dues are not paid by December 1 (received) will be ineligible to compete in competitive events at conferences or hold office. However, if dues are paid after final deadline, members may attend conferences as voting delegates or attendees.

 

Section 3 – New Chapter Dues.  New chapters whose charter application, including payment of state and national dues has been submitted to the State Office by December 1 shall be eligible to participate in the District and State Leadership Conferences. Eligibility to participate in the District Leadership Conferences will not be extended beyond the December 1 deadline, however, chapters chartered after December 31 are eligible to send voting delegates to State Leadership Conference.

Article V.  State Chapter Management

Section 1 – Board of Directors.  An elected Colorado FBLA Board of Directors will establish policy and long-range plans of the organization. Elected advisers, one each representing their respective districts plus the State President of Colorado FBLA, State Officer Team Adviser(s) and appointed representatives from business and industry shall be voting members of the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors shall be nominated by local chapters and elected by the local FBLA chapters of their respective districts for three year terms in accordance with the nominating and voting procedures determined by the Board of Directors. Representatives may serve two consecutive three-year terms at a time. If a district receives no nominations for the Board of Directors, then the State Chairperson shall appoint the board member of the vacant region. Appointments to the board may void the three year term limitation.

 

Section 2 – Executive Council.  The Executive Council of Colorado FBLA shall be composed of the State President, Colorado’s National Officer/Executive Vice President, State Secretary, State Social Media Representative, State Reporter and the State Vice Presidents representing each district.  The State Executive Council shall meet upon the call of the State President, with the approval of the State Chairperson-State Adviser. The State Executive Council shall be given authority to plan and carry out activities that promote the welfare of FBLA, properly present the image of FBLA, and effectively represent FBLA as occasions may arise, as approved by the State Adviser-State Chairperson.

 

Section 3 – Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee of Colorado FBLA shall be composed of the State President, Colorado’s National Officer/Executive Vice President, State Secretary, State Social Media Representative, and State Reporter.

 

Section 4 – Colorado FBLA State Chairperson-Adviser.  In addition to being State Chairperson-State Adviser, these persons are ex officio members of all committees in the State Organization. It is their duty to advise the State Executive Council and committees on matters of policy and to assist the officers in conducting meetings and in carrying out programs. The State Chairperson-State Adviser reviews all applications for local charters. The State Chairperson-Adviser act as agents of the organization and are responsible for the administration of the funds of the chapter.  The State Chairperson-State Adviser will be certified business educators.

 

Section 5 – District Adviser. The adviser for each District of Colorado FBLA shall be the local adviser of the State Vice President selected to represent the district.  The District Adviser shall have authority to manage all district activities.

 

Section 6 – Advisory Council Membership.  The Colorado FBLA State Chapter shall have a FBLA State Advisory

Council which consists of the following:

  • State Chairperson-State Adviser
  • Members of business and industry as selected by the Executive Council and Board of Director

 

Section 7 – Advisory Council Duties.  The Council shall be responsible for serving as an advisory group cooperating with State Officers, State Chairperson-State Adviser and shall support and actively participate in the activities of the Colorado FBLA State Chapter.  The Council may establish a plan whereby Colorado FBLA may receive grants or gifts of money or property to support state activities.

Article VI.  State Officer Selections

Section 1 – Selections. The offices of State President, State Secretary, State Social Media Representative and State Reporter of Colorado FBLA are selected at the annual State Leadership Conference; only active members are eligible to hold office.  The State Vice Presidents representing each district are selected annually at the State Leadership Conference.  National officer candidates are nominated and/or selected at the annual State Leadership Conference to run for the position of National Officer Candidate/Executive Vice President. Only active members are eligible to hold office.

 

Section 2 – Application. To be considered for an officer position in Colorado FBLA, a candidate shall: (a) have the endorsement of the parent(s) and/or guardians, the local adviser and school administrator; (b) file an official application with the State Adviser; (c) have at least one full school year remaining in the business education program; (d) hold or have held an elective office in his/her local chapter or comparable office in an organization on the approved list of National and State Activities released by the National Association of Secondary School Principals; and (e) be approved by the Selection Committee.

 

The Selection Committee shall select candidates for State President, National Officer Candidate/Executive Vice President, State Vice Presidents to represent the District, State Secretary, State Social Media Representative, and State Reporter. Each district may run at the State Leadership Conference an unlimited number of qualified candidates. A school may have no more than three (3) candidates run for an office.

 

Section 3 – Eligibility. Only those applicants who are officially certified to be eligible by the Selection Committee and who have prior permission of adviser, school district administrators, and parents are eligible to become candidates for a State or National office. A candidate for office in FBLA shall be from an active local chapter.

 

Section 4 – Term of Office. The State President, State Secretary, Social Media Representative, State Reporter, and National Officer Candidate/Executive Vice President may be selected annually at the State Leadership Conference. The State Vice Presidents to represent each district shall also be selected annually at the annual State Leadership Conference.  All officers will be installed at the annual State leadership Conference and shall assume official duties immediately following the State Leadership Conference, with terms to expire at the close of the Awards Program of the following State Leadership Conference.

 

Section 5 – National Officer Candidate.  The National Officer Candidate selected to represent Colorado will serve as a voting member of the Colorado FBLA Executive Council/Committee in the capacity of his/her national office. In the event that Colorado’s candidate is not selected nationally, he/she will serve as Colorado’s Executive Vice President.  If there is no national officer candidate selected at the State Leadership Conference to represent Colorado, this position will be left vacant for the year.

 

Section 6 – Voting Procedures. The Selection Committee will approve officer candidates, conduct required leadership activities, and select the officers for the upcoming year.

 

Section 7 – State Officer Team Adviser. A State Officer Team Adviser will be selected by the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors, State Adviser-State Chairperson.  The State Officer Team Adviser will be a certified business educator.

Article VII – Voting

Section 1 – Voting Delegates.  Each local chapter in good standing shall be entitled to send voting representatives and one alternate (Standing Committee Member) from its active membership to the District and State Leadership Conferences in accordance with the following regulations:

  • Under 50 members – two voting delegates
  • 50 to 100 members – three voting delegates
  • Over 100 members – four voting delegates

 

Section 2 – Verification of State Voting Delegates.  All voting delegates must attend and will be verified at the voting delegate meeting.

Article VIII.  Officer Duties

Section 1 – The State President.  It shall be the duty of the State President of Colorado FBLA to serve as chairperson of the Colorado Executive Council and Committee; preside over the Council meetings and business of the FBLA division; appoint appropriately needed committees and committee chairmen; serve as a member of the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors; maintain a close and continuing relationship with the State Chairperson-State Adviser; and perform other duties for the promotion and development of FBLA on the local, district, state, and national levels.

 

Section 2 – National Officer Candidate/Executive Vice President. It shall be the duty of the Colorado National Officer/Executive Vice President to fulfill his/her commitment to the National Association. In addition, he/she shall assist the President in the promotion and development of FBLA on the local, district, state and national levels, and serve as liaison between the State and National Associations.

 

Section 3 – The State Secretary.  The State Secretary shall perform the duties common to the office such as keeping an accurate record of the Chapter and State Executive Council meetings. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep the National office informed concerning such items as names of officers, meetings, programs, projects, newsletters, and other state activities when necessary. One copy of the minutes and substantiating reports shall be given to the State Chairperson-State Adviser within one week after the annual State Leadership Conference and after any meetings of the Executive Council for the permanent files; one copy shall be retained for the secretary’s files; and one copy shall be mailed to each member of the Executive Council.

 

Section 4 – The Social Media Representative.  The Social Media Representative shall assist the State Chairperson-State Adviser in connection with, proper conduct, and the maintenance of all Social Media outlets related and productive for Colorado FBLA.  Including, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others

 

Section 5 – The State Reporter.  The State Reporter shall act as a public relations officer for the Colorado Chapter and maintain a historical record of the Colorado State Chapter. The reporter shall prepare for printing and distribution FBLA newsletter(s) during the school year, and may also be responsible for the preparation of the Annual State Business Report due at the annual National Leadership Conference.

 

Section 6 – The State Vice President Representing the District. It shall be the duty of the Vice President representing each respective district to coordinate district conferences and to promote and develop FBLA in the districts which selected them.  It shall be their responsibility to carry out the designated duties given them by the State Executive Council/Committee.  If the office of the State President becomes vacant, the State Vice President from the same district as the President becomes the President of Colorado FBLA.

 

Section 7 – Vacancy Replacements.  A replacement for any officer, other than the State President or Executive Vice President, who cannot serve his/her term shall be appointed as recommended by the FBLA State Adviser-State Chairperson with the approval of the FBLA Board of Directors.

 

Section 8 – Removal from Office.  A Colorado FBLA State Officer may be removed from office if he/she, in the opinion of the State Adviser-State Chairperson, Local Adviser, Executive Council, or FBLA Board of Directors, is not representing FBLA as is appropriate for a young business leader. The officer may request a hearing with the FBLA Board of Directors to present his/her case.  Removal from office must be approved by the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors.

Article IX.  Reports to the National FBLA Chief Executive Officer

Section 1 – Information to the National Office.

  • A list of the newly selected State officers immediately following each State Leadership Confer
  • A report on any changes in, or amendments to, the State Chapter constitution and bylaws immediately following each State Leadership Confer
  • A list of official delegates to the National Conference at least two weeks prior to the Confere
  • An annual State chapter report giving data such as status, activities, and progress as may be deemed advisable and called for by the National Board of Directors.
  • Special reports as request

Article X.  Committees

Section 1 – Selection. The State President of Colorado FBLA shall, with the advice and consent of the Executive

Council, designate committees, name their members for a period not to exceed his/her term of office, and assist these committees in their activities.

 

Section 2 – Standing Committees.  There shall be five (5) standing committees for Colorado FBLA. They shall be (1) Selection Committee; (2) Auditing Committee; (3) Youth Leadership Development Activities Committees; (4) Bylaws Committee, and (5) Public Relations Committee.

 

Section 3 – Standing Committee’s Duties.

  • The Selection Committee shall, through an intense evaluation at the State Leadership Conference, carefully consider all candidates for office. The activities performed by the Selection Committee shall be determined by the State Adviser and Colorado FBLA Board of Directors prior to the annual State Leadership Confere Members of the Selection Committee may include, but shall not be limited to, business professionals, FBLA-PBL local chapter advisers, FBLA-PBL local chapter members, FBLA-PBL state officers, FBLA-PBL Professional Division members, FBLA-PBL alumni, and state officers from other career and technical student organizations.
  • The Auditing Committee shall review the financial records of the associa
  • The Youth Leadership Development Activities Committee shall review and recommend special projects, establish goals for FBLA, and suggest ways and means of attaining them. The committee shall examine all special projects proposed by local chapters for completion at all levels and make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Coun
  • The Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for reviewing all bylaw changes submitted to the Executive Council and shall recommend those changes appropriate to the voting delegates at the annual State Leadership Confere
  • The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for development of and/or implementation of Colorado FBLA public relations activities and projects and recommend specific yearly projects to the Executive Co

 

Section 4 – Standing Committee Membership.  Each Standing Committee shall meet at the time of the annual State

Leadership Conference and shall consist of the following representatives:

  • One adult FBLA adviser appointed by the State Chairperson/Advi
  • One State officer, appointed by the State President, shall chair the commit
  • Local chapter members appointed by the preside The President may, if he/she wishes, ask chapters to designate and certify a member for a Standing Committee.

Article XI.  Meetings

Section 1 – Fall Leadership Conference.  An annual Fall Leadership Conference (for local officers, members, and advisers) may be held in each designated district area during the fall. A chapter may attend a fall leadership conference outside of their own district.  The dates and locations of these conferences are the responsibility of the Vice President representing each district and his/her adviser and are to be presented to and approved by the Executive Council and State Chairperson-Adviser.

 

Section 2 – District Leadership Conference.  An annual District Leadership Conference is to be held in each of the designated districts at least 45 days prior to the State Leadership Conference. The dates and locations are the responsibility of the Vice President representing the respective district and his/her adviser and are to be presented to and approved by the Executive Council and State Chairperson-Adviser.

 

Section 3 – State Leadership Conference.  A Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference shall be held annually prior to May 15 at a time and place to be determined by the State Chairperson-Adviser with input from the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors.

 

Section 4 – Meeting Procedures.  Parliamentary procedure of all meetings will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

Article XII.  Emblems and Colors

Section 1 – Uniformity. The Chapter emblems and insignia shall be the emblems and insignia of the National Organization and the State Association. The official emblem and insignia item designs are described and protected from infringement by registration in the US Patent Office under the Trademark Act of 1946. The wearing or displaying of this emblem shall be governed by each state chapter of FBLA. The National FBLA-PBL Association and the Board of Directors of FBLA-PBL, Inc., emblems and insignia shall be uniform in all local and state chapters and within special emphasis groups; they shall be those of FBLA.

 

Section 2 – Display. All active, associate, honorary members, and chapter advisers and sponsors shall be entitled to display and wear the National emblems and insignia.

 

Section 3 – Custodianship. The National Chief Executive Officer shall be custodian of all FBLA emblem and insignia items and such items may be obtained only from the FBLA National Office.

 

Section 4 – Colors. The official colors of FBLA shall be blue and gold.

 

Section 5 – Motto. The motto shall be that of the National Organization: Service, Education, Progress.

Article XIII.  Policies

Section 1 – Policies of Operation.  Policies of operation of the Colorado FBLA chapter shall be adopted, as deemed necessary, by the State Executive Council and approved by the State Chairperson-Adviser and the Colorado FBLA Board of Directors.

Article XIV – Amendments

Section 1 – Bylaw Amendments.  Proposed amendments to the bylaws must be sent, in writing, to the State Chairperson Adviser, and Board of Directors at least 45 days prior to the annual State Leadership Conference by authorized representatives of each local chapter or the state officers, with the approval of the adviser of the chapter.  The proposed amendments must be reviewed by the Board of Directors, State Chairperson-Adviser and the State Executive Council which will, in turn, present their recommendations to the Bylaws Committee. The Bylaws Committee will then present the amendments, with recommendations, to the delegates at the annual State Leadership Conference. Amendments may be adopted or revisions made in the State bylaws at any State Leadership Conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates present.


 

State Association Policies & Procedures

Alcohol & Tobacco Policy

  • Colorado FBLA’s policy prohibiting alcohol use, smoking and the illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and illicit drugs is designed to promote both the health and safety of all members at all sanctioned events. Should any member or adviser be found in violation of this policy, their school district may be notified of the infraction. If the incident is in violation of Colorado or Federal law, appropriate legal action may

Award Policies

The following options are available to individuals and/or chapters involved with Colorado FBLA:

  • Administrator of the Year: Recognizes administrators that have provided outstanding support of local, district and state FBLA. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition.
  • Adviser of the Year: Recognizes chapter advisers that have provided outstanding support of local, district, state and national levels of FBLA. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition.
  • Businessperson of the Year: Recognizes a businessperson (not a school employee) that has demonstrated support of local, district and/or state levels of FBLA
  • Colorado Relief Fund: The Colorado Relief Fund was started in 2008 in response to natural disasters around the state. The Board of Directors will approve funds at the next quarterly meeting after receiving the application.
  • Competitive Events: All competitions available at the National FBLA level shall be offered at the state level, with recognition as listed in the competitive events policies.
  • New Adviser of the Year: Recognizes chapter advisers with 5 or less years of experience that have shown outstanding potential and achievements in supporting local, district, state and/or national FBLA.
  • Peak Awards: The Colorado Peak Awards were designed to further local chapter involvement in statewide activities, increase membership and boost the morale and spirit of Colorado FBLA. The Peak Awards closely follow the National FBLA Business Achievement Awards. Those earning Peak V Award will be recognized as Gold Seal chapters at National Leadership Conference. Full guidelines can be found at the Colorado FBLA-PBL website, under events.
  • Scholarships:
    • Dave Sanders Memorial Scholarship – named for Dave Sanders, a business teacher who gave his life during the Columbine school shooting, this award is presented to those selected in an application process
    • Cecelia Rothenburg Future Business Leaders Award – presented to the first place winner of the Future Business Leaders event at the State Leadership Conference
    • CBE Scholarship The Executive Board of Colorado Business Educators on September 18, 2015, established the $500 Colorado Business Educators Scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving high school senior. The nominee must have been an active participant in his/her FBLA chapter activities preferably for two years. The nominee must express an interest in majoring in business or technology education, and the nominee must have been accepted into a Colorado college/university.
    • Alumni Scholarship – This scholarship is to provide a small piece of recognition to those who contribute to the organization in a big way, but don’t otherwise have the opportunity to be recognized for it. Applicants cannot be current or past state officers.
  • State Competitions: Fall Leadership Conferences
    • State Pin Design: An individual event involving an FBLA member designing a lapel pin. After chapter voting at CFLC, the winning design may be used in a pin design for National Leadership Conference.
    • State T-shirt Design: An individual event involving an FBLA member designing a T-shirt design. After chapter voting at CFLC, the winning design may be used in a T-shirt available for purchase at State and National Leadership Conferences.

Board of Directors Voting Policy

The Board of Directors may vote using electronic means, if necessary, in between established Board meeting dates.

Chaperone and Supervision Policy

  • When attending Colorado FBLA conferences and events, advisers are expected to provide adequate supervision for his/her students. All chaperones must follow the Colorado FBLA dress code and code of conduct as outlined in this manual.  Chaperones are expected to attend all workshops or meetings with the members and advisers.
  • Colorado FBLA must follow the following chaperone policy:
    • 1 district/school approved adult for every 12 members at state events
    • 1 district/school approved adult for every 5 members at national events
  • Chaperones must be a school approved adult. In the event that your school district has a different chaperone policy than the one outlined above, your district’s policy should be followed.
  • Colorado FBLA recommends having a chaperone of each gender for overnight events where both genders attend from the school.
  • At each Colorado FBLA conference, an adviser, school official or school approved adult, must accompany the students. If there is no such person available, the chapter will not be permitted to attend the conference.
  • Under no circumstances should an adviser leave the conference site without a school approved adult supervising their students.
  • In some instances, a student may be traveling with another chapter to an event. The chaperoning chapter must accept full responsibility for the student and their actions. All permissions and liabilities must be arranged between the two chapters.

Child Abuse & Neglect – Mandatory Reporters

All states have statues identifying persons who are required to report suspected child maltreatment to an appropriate agency, such as child protective services, a law enforcement agency, or a state’s toll-free child abuse reporting hotline. Colorado’s laws are listed below:

Colorado Professionals Required to Report

Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304

Persons  required  to  report include:

  • Physicians, surgeons, physicians in training, child health associates, medical examiners, coroners, dentists, osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, hospital personnel, dental hygienists, physical therapists, pharmacists, or registered  dieticians
  • Public or private school officials or employees
  • Social workers, Christian Science practitioners, mental health professionals, psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and  family therapists
  • Veterinarians, peace  officers,  firefighters,  or  victim’s advocates
  • Commercial film and photographic print processors
  • Counselors, marriage  and  family  therapists,  or  psychotherapists
  • Clergy members, including priests; rabbis; duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of a church; members of religious orders; or recognized leaders of any religious bodies
  • Workers in the State Department of Human Services
  • Juvenile parole and probation officers
  • Child and family investigators
  • Officers and agents of the State Bureau of Animal Protection and animal control officers
  • The child protection ombudsman
  • Educators providing services through a Federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children, as provided for in 42 S.C. § 1786
  • Directors, coaches, assistant coaches, or athletic program personnel employed by private sports organizations or programs
  • Persons registered as psychologist candidates, marriage and family therapist candidates or licensed professional counselor candidates
  • Emergency medical service providers

Reporting by Other Persons

Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304

Any other person may report known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Institutional Responsibility to Report

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Standards for Making a Report

Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304

A report is required when:

  • A mandated reporter has reasonable cause to know or suspect child abuse or
  • A reporter has observed a child being subjected to circumstances or conditions that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect.
  • Commercial film and photographic print processors have knowledge of or observe any film, photograph, videotape, negative, or slide depicting a child engaged in an act of sexual

Privileged Communications

Rev. Stat. §§ 19-3-304;  19-3-311

The clergy-penitent privilege is permitted. The physician-patient, psychologist-client, and husband-wife privileges are not allowed as grounds for failing to report.

Inclusion of Reporter’s Name in Report

Rev. Stat. § 19-3-307

The report shall include the name, address, and occupation of the person making the report.

Disclosure of Reporter Identity

Rev. Stat. § 19-1-307

The identity of the reporter shall be protected.

Colorado FBLA Verification Statement

  • Each year, Colorado FBLA requires students to complete a Verification Statement. This form absolves Colorado FBLA of responsibility for the student and allows for the distribution of a student’s name and
  • Colorado FBLA asks that the local chapter adviser collect the completed Medical Releases and a signed Verification Form from each attendee.
  • The local chapter adviser then submits a completed Certification Form to the State Office prior to the start of the The Certification form confirms that the completed Medical Releases and signed Verification Forms are in the advisers possession during the conference.

Competitive Event Policies & Procedures

Eligibility

  • FBLA members must have paid state and national dues to National FBLA before December 1 in order to compete at district, state, and national leadership conferences.
  • If dues are paid after December 1, the member may participate in a chapter event or as a voting delegate and may attend workshops but MAY NOT participate in any individual or team competitive events.

District Policies and Procedures

District Qualifiers

  • Students may compete in two events, but MAY NOT compete in two live judged events.
  • Competitors may not compete in the same event if participated at a previous National Conference unless adhering to the rules outlined by national.

District Leadership Conference Online Testing

  • For all objective tests, members will take an online test.
  • Directions and time frames for testing will be sent by the Vice Presidents and Advisers of your District.

Recognition

  • Pins are awarded at District Leadership Conferences to the state qualifiers in each event.

State Qualifiers

  • If a student would qualify for the State Leadership Conference in two events, the student’s adviser must notify the District Adviser within ONE week of the District Leadership Conference as to which event the student wishes to enter at the State Leadership Conference.
  • Notification of the event choice should be made to the District Adviser. Should one student of a team choose an individual event, the chapter may substitute another eligible member; however, at least 50% of the original team must be the same: Two members of the Parliamentary Procedure team, or one member of any other team event must be retained from district to state. Also, the max number on the team must be maintained, a team of 2 cannot be substituted in for a team of 3.  Otherwise, the next place team will be eligible for competition at the Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference.

State Policies and Procedures

Judge Definition

In most cases, the following apply for judges:

  • Not be a parent or relative of a student competing in the same event they are judging
  • Be an approved past judge
  • Possess knowledge in their field and event to be judged
  • Be at least 5 years out of high school or in a managerial or entrepreneurial position
  • Not be scheduled to judge any student they employ
  • Not be a teacher, or staff member, unless they are judging an event in which no one from either their school or their school district is competing

Volunteer Conduct Standards/Social Media Policy

This summary of the standards are designed to help volunteers understand the practices we expect them to employ while involved with FBLA members.

  • Young people look to adults for examples of appropriate behavior. Volunteers must use appropriate language and model honorable behavior, such as respect, integrity, honest and excellent. Profanity or sexualized language or jokes are inappropriate when working with students. Colorado FBLA strictly forbids violating any state law regarding interactions with you; for example, providing them alcohol or legal or illegal drugs, or coaxing them into illicit relationships over the Internet or otherwise.
  • Volunteers must take particular care when touching youth. Most adults understand the difference between appropriate physical contact such as a handshake or pat on the back, and contact that is sexual or disrespectfully, students do not always understand the difference. Volunteers also must be cognizant of how any physical contact may be perceived.
  • Interactions with students must both be appropriate and appear appropriate. It is expected that volunteers’ interactions with students are at all times appropriate and professional, and are strictly related to the role of business mentor/judge. It is unacceptable to seek or engage in one-to-one meetings with students at any time.
  • Colorado FBLA takes the privacy of students seriously. Volunteers should always receive permission from FBLA or school staff before taking and sharing any photographs of students.
  • Colorado FBLA volunteers should not actively “friend”, “follow” or correspond with minor-aged students directly through common social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. FBLA volunteers should not reach out to any minor students though public platforms.
  • Colorado FBLA volunteers agree to preserve the confidentiality of all student records and any confidential data or information, and shall not use any of the data or information to benefit himself/herself, any entity, business or person and will not take or misuse any confidential information at any time.

 

The aforementioned standards do not represent a comprehensive list. Other actions not included could result in a dismissal as a volunteer.

Substitutions

  • No substitutions are allowed in competitive events except for team events and chapter events after the registration deadline.
  • Since event qualifiers are determined at the District Leadership Conferences, all substitutions must be cleared by the state adviser and must be submitted via the Event Participant Substitution Form. If submitted after the deadline, a $10 fee will be charged.
  • Voting Delegate substitutions will be allowed until the beginning of the conference.

State Officer and Candidate Competition Eligibility

  • In addition to Who’s Who in FBLA, state officers will be allowed to participate in one competitive event at the State Leadership Confere The officer automatically earns a spot in the state level competition for an individual event. If the officer is a part of a team event, the entire team must compete and qualify for state competition at the district level.
  • Due to the time limitations of state officer candidates at the State Leadership Conference, candidates may only compete in individual written tests at State. Performance and team events are restricted due to schedule conflicts.

Recognition

  • Certificates are available online after the conference for all competitive event participants.
  • Plaques are awarded at the State Leadership Conference on stage to the Top 5 in each competitive event.
  • Top 10 placements are communicated to advisers after the conference.

Miscellaneous

  • Students MAY NOT compete in two events. Competitors may not participate in the same event, if competed at a previous National Leadership Conference, unless they meet the qualifications outlined by Nationals.
  • All roleplays will now present a case study in a preliminary round at SLC.   The preliminary round will have a weighted score.  50% of each team’s overall preliminary score will be based on a team’s preliminary performance score and the other 50% of each team’s overall preliminary score will be based on the team’s objective test score. The top five overall scores from each section will present a roleplay in the final round.  The score in the final round will be 100% based on performance and the objective test will only be used as a tiebreaker in the final round.
  • All individual, objective tests will be taken at Vail provided there is space, while all team tests will be taken during the online testing window.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Colorado FBLA-PBL.
  • No observers will be allowed during the State Leadership Conference.
  • If a student and/or chapter is deemed by the State Adviser or Board of Directors member to have engaged in cheating or academic dishonesty on any approved FBLA-PBL competitive event, a meeting shall be set with the student, adviser, Board member and State Adviser to determine repercussions. A student may be disqualified from their event, the entire chapter may be disqualified from their competitive events and the chapter may be banned for a period of time from competing at the discretion of the State Adviser and State
  • If a high school student graduates early, they may still compete in FBLA competitive events. The school, however, must accept full responsibility for the student and their action. A letter from the school must be sent to the State Adviser prior to registration for the conference

National Qualifiers

  • If eligible winners to the National Leadership Conference are unable to attend, please contact the State Adviser and substitutes will be appointed.
  • Substitutes: At least 50% of the original team must be the same: Two members of the Parliamentary Procedure team, or one member of any other team event must be retained from district to state to national. Also, the max number on the team must be maintained, a team of 2 cannot be substituted in for a team of 3.  Otherwise, the next place team will be eligible for competition.
  • Competitors may not have entered the same event at a previous National Leadership Conference to be eligible to compete at the State Leadership Conference except in Parliamentary Procedure where two team members may have participated at a previous National Leadership Conference. Only one team member may have participated at a previous National Leadership Conference in any other team event.

Complaint Procedures

All official complaints must be written and sent (or delivered in person) to the State FBLA Adviser within a reasonable amount of time (10-15 days if circumstances should warrant) following the event.

 

A legitimate complaint consists of a written, signed statement lodged by a person or persons believing they have evidence to substantiate the complaint. This includes personnel in commercial establishments, State FBLA staff, FBLA members, FBLA advisers, and other affected persons.

 

In the event that no local discipline policy exists or that a school district for some reason does not enforce the policy or that the local school district would rather have the state proceed with the state discipline procedures, then Option two will be enforced.

 

First Option – School District Level

The local school district will enforce the school disciplinary procedures when a legitimate complaint has been filed against individual or chapter.

 

Second Option – State Level

The affected individual and/or chapter (chapter adviser, career and technical director, and superintendent of school) will be notified by letter when an official complaint has been received within ten (10) working days following receipt of the written complaint; they will be notified of the meeting date of the hearing and requested to attend and have a right to counsel. The individual or chapter may elect not to attend the hearing.

 

The State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser will conduct the hearing; the State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser will determine the disposition of the complaint.

 

The following action may be taken:

  • Case dismissed
  • Letter of reprimand to school administration, chapter adviser and chapter
  • Chapter and/or member may be placed on probation for a maximum of 13 months
  • Chapter and/or member may be placed on suspension for a maximum of 13 months
  • The correspondence will be sent by certified mail.

 

The school superintendent, career and technical director, and chapter adviser shall receive in writing the decision of the State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser within ten (10) working days after the hearing.

Within ten (10) working days after receiving the decision, the member or chapter may appeal the decision to the State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser in writing.

 

Within ten (10) working days, the State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser must inform the member or chapter of the scheduled meeting date of the appeals hearing before an unbiased board. The Board will consist of three individuals who are not associated with FBLA (such as, but not limited to: college/university personnel, local school administrator, business/professional persons, and local advisory committee members). After deliberation, the decision will be made and presented to the State FBLA Chairperson Adviser.

 

The State FBLA Chairperson-Adviser will inform the member and/or chapter adviser, career and technical director, and the superintendent in writing of the committee’s decision within ten (10) working days after the decision is made.

 

Last appeal means an appeal to the civil court.

 

NOTE:   Probation shall be interpreted to mean a warning to the individual or chapter. Probation will not eliminate the member or chapter from participation in state or national activities or events.

Suspension shall be interpreted to mean that any member and/or chapter will not be allowed to participate in any state or national activity for a period of 13 months.  Under suspension, state awards and offices for the individual and chapter for the current year shall be withdrawn.

 

Dress Code Policy

Event Dress Code
Fall Leadership Conferences Casual Dress Code:

·         Pants: Full-length or capri of denim material.

·         Shirt: FBLA T-shirt, nice T-shirt, polo with no inappropriate slogans or drug/alcohol/tobacco promotion

·         Shoes: Casual shoes

District Leadership Conferences Colorado FBLA adopts the approved National FBLA-PBL Dress Code each year for District and State
State Leadership Conference Colorado FBLA adopts the approved National FBLA-PBL Dress Code each year for District and State


District Expenses

Districts will help offset expenses to the state organization, using the following breakdown:

  • Test Cost: One dollar ($1) per registrant at the district conference is paid to the state to help defray online test costs.
  • Administrative Cost: Fifty dollars ($50) per district is paid to assist with administrative costs such as officer team adviser and officers.
  • Officer Formal Cost: One hundred dollars per district is paid to assist with officer formal cost
  • Online Registration Cost: One dollar ($1.35) per registrant for district online registration expense, unless incurred by district budget.
  • Recognition Item Cost: At-cost for recognition items (e.g. medals or pins) ordered for district competitors

 

The district expenses listed must be paid to Colorado FBLA within one month of receiving the invoice from Colorado FBLA.

Financial Policies

The following policies have been adopted by the FBLA Board of Directors for use with all funds generated by

Colorado FBLA:

 

  • Expenditure of funds is the responsibility of the State FBLA Adviser with approval of these expenditures by the Board of Directors on a semi-annual basis. If requested, this information can be forwarded at more frequent intervals.
  • Outside consultants for conferences and other support activities may be contracted through the CTSO speciali Appropriate fees and expenses will be determined by these two parties and funded through student dollars with approval by the Board of Directors.
  • An annual budget will be approved by the Board of Directors with individual budgets being developed for specific activities and approved by the Executive Cou
  • All financial records will be maintained for a minimum of five These records will be stored in a storage facility provided by CCCS. Year-end reports will be maintained on file at the state office indefinitely.
  • Tax reports will be filed on an annual basis and will be maintained on file at the state office indefinitely.
  • Official minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and State Executive Council will be kept on file at the state office indefinitely.
  • A three-part accounting system will be used to document control of the funds of Colorado FBLA. The assigned Program Assistant will make all deposits of funds as they are receive This will be during the regular workday and will vary in time of day that deposits will be made directly to the bank. The assigned CTSO accountant will handle all financial bookkeeping of the state association. Receipts will not be written for conference registrations and payment of dues unless requested. The State Adviser and other CTSO Specialists will have the authority to expend funds.
  • A “no cash” policy is in effect for Colorado FBLA. In the event that cash is received, the following policies will be enforced:
    • At least two people must be present when the cash is received
    • The cash must be counted and recorded at least twice before deposit
    • The CTSO accountant will not be responsible for the collection of cash at any CTSO activity
  • Whenever possible, direct billing accounts will be established with businesses that impact the operation of Colorado FBLA.
  • For any check in excess of $5,000, dual signatures will be require The Business and Marketing Program Director may serve as the second signature on Colorado FBLA checks.
  • For any check in excess of $10,000, the amount will be authorized by the FBLA State Adviser, Business and Marketing Program Director and Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Educ
  • Maintaining a credit card for Colorado FBLA will reduce the number of checks which must be used when on site for state association activities. The CTSO Specialist will submit receipts supporting documentation for credit card charge Credit card charges will be authorized by the FBLA State Adviser, Business and Marketing Program Director and Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education.

Harassment Policy

  • Harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability will be regarded as a violation of this policy.
  • Harassment based on race or color can include unwelcome, hostile and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on, or directed at, the characteristics of a person’s race or color, such as nicknames emphasizing stereotypes, racial slurs and negative references to racial customs.
  • Harassment based on religion can include unwelcome, hostile and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on, or directed at, the characteristics of a person’s religion or creed, such as comments regarding surnames, religious tradition or religious clothing, as well as religious slurs and/or graffiti.
  • Harassment based on national origin or ancestry can include unwelcome, hostile and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on, or direct at, the characteristics of a person’s national origin, such as comments regarding surnames, manner of speaking, customs, language or ethnic slurs.
  • Sexual harassment of students includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature. Sexual harassment may occur whether the harassment is between people of the same or different sex. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome oral, written or physical conduct, directed at, or related to, a person’s gender, such as sexual gossip or personal comments of a sexual nature, sexually suggestive or foul language, sexual jokes, whistling, spreading rumors or lies of a sexual nature about someone, demanding sexual favors, forcing sexual activity by threat of punishment or offer of education reward, obscene graffiti, display or sending of pornographic pictures or objects, offensive touching, pinching, grabbing, kissing or hugging or restraining someone’s movement in a sexual way.
  • Harassment based on sexual orientation can include unwelcome, hostile and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on, or directed at, the characteristics of a person’s sexual orientation, such as name-calling and imitating mannerisms.
  • Harassment based on disability can include unwelcome, hostile and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on, or directed at, the characteristics of a person’s disability condition, such as imitating manner of speech or movement; hospital or offensive acts; and/or interference with movement or access to necessary equipment.
  • All advisers and students share the responsibility to ensure that harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability does not occur at any Colorado FBLA activities or functions.

Meeting Emergency & Crisis Policy

Introduction

Though the likelihood and impact of crisis varies from event to event, we know that, in today’s world, the risk is always present.

 

The Colorado FBLA Board of Directors believe that the following policy and procedures will make our participants more safe and our staff better prepared so that everyone may have an enjoyable time at our state meetings and conferences.

 

Unfortunate events can occur quickly and without warning, so planning is a crucial first step toward a calm and effective response.

 

All meeting participants should use this document to be completely prepared should an emergency or crisis occur.

Emergency Contact Plan

All meeting attendees are required to submit parent/guardian contact information as part of the medical release forms. All FBLA advisers submit the Certification Form certifying that this form is completed and they will have immediate access to this information as needed while on site and during the entire event.

Primary Emergency Contacts

Conference personnel should have on record a list of all primary contacts (cell phone numbers) for all chapters. This will be a required part of conference registration. Conference personnel should have immediate access to this information as needed while on site and during the entire event.

Notifying Emergency Contacts

Emergency contacts should be notified immediately – as soon as the situation is safe – should an emergency or crisis occur.

 

The State Adviser will guide the notification process, which could include phone calls, text messages, emails, information posted on the Colorado FBLA website or social media, or any other method of communication that he/she deems appropriate for the situation. All conference personnel should follow the directions of the State Adviser throughout the emergency notification process.

Conference Evacuation Plan

Default Evacuations (Fire/Smoke Alarms)

If you see fire or smell smoke, follow these guidelines to report the situation and exit the building:

  • Remain calm. Conference facilities have sophisticated and efficient fire alarms and suppression systems and many exit doors.
  • Call 911 and report the exact location of the fire if known (room number, aisle number, area description, etc.).
  • When reporting a fire and no telephone is available, notify the nearest security officer or event staffer.
  • Proceed calmly to the nearest emergency exit, and exit the building immediately.
  • If there is an actual fire, an audible alarm will sound.
  • Do not attempt to use elevators.
  • Try to assist disabled or elderly persons who may need assistance exiting the building.
  • Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by fire department or conference personnel.

Discretionary Evacuations

In the event of a crisis, you may need to evacuate the building. Should that become necessary, you would receive instructions about what to do and where to go by emergency and conference personnel. In such an instance, you should follow these instructions:

  • Remain calm.
  • Be attentive for instructions.
  • Leave the facility through the nearest exit as instructed.
  • Do not take time to retrieve personal property.
  • If possible, assist elderly and disabled persons.
  • Do not loiter or wait for others.
  • Do not try to re-enter the building.
  • Listen for the “all clear” signal before attempting to return to the building.

Emergency Procedures

Medical Emergency

If you see an ill or injured person, one of the most important things you should do is request assistance in getting medical help. Medical personnel may be stationed at a first aid station located in your event area and can assist you immediately. If no personnel are stationed there, look for conference personnel or a house phone or use your cell phone to call 911.

 

Should a medical emergency occur, you should follow the guidelines below:

  • Remain calm.
  • Check for injuries.
  • Do not move him/her, unless they are in danger.
  • Call for help to get medical assistance immediately.
  • Reassure the victim that help is on the way.
  • Do not attempt to perform first aid or CPR unless you are trained and certified to do so.
  • Stay with the individual until emergency personnel arrive.

Bomb Threats

Every bomb threat is treated as a serious matter. Most bomb threats are received by telephone. If you receive a bomb threat, keep the caller talking and get as many details as possible. This can provide important information that can help diffuse the situation and give clues to the location of a bomb.

 

In the event of a bomb threat, follow these instructions:

  • Remain calm.
  • Do not hang up on the caller. Attempt to keep the caller talking as long as possible so you can get as much information as you can.
  • Listen for voice-identifying characteristics and background sounds.
  • Try to remember the exact words used by the caller (e.g., location of device, explosion time, etc.).
  • Try to write the conversation down.
  • Have someone else call 911 and provide the dispatcher all important details.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency responders.

Suspicious Packages

Should you encounter a suspicious package, follow these security guidelines to report the package and keep yourself and others safe:

  • Do not touch or move the package.
  • Alert conference personnel of the package.
  • Note and share the location and general description of the package, explaining why you found the package suspicious.
  • Follow the instructions of conference personnel.

Severe Weather Events

Weather can change quickly, and the best protection is to be aware of what’s happening by paying attention to severe weather alerts and news/weather outlets. Follow these guidelines for severe weather events.

Earthquake

If you are inside a building:

  • Stay where you are until the shaking stops. Do not run outside. Do not get in a doorway, as this does not provide protection from falling or flying objects, and you may not be able to remain standing.
  • Drop to the ground onto your hands and knees so the earthquake doesn’t knock you down.
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris.
  • If you are in danger from falling objects, and you can move safely, crawl for additional cover under a sturdy desk or table.
  • If there is low furniture or an interior wall or corner nearby, and the path is clear, these may also provide some additional cover.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as light fixtures or furniture.
  • Hold on to any sturdy covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops. Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. Once in the open, drop to the ground, cover your head and neck, and remain as still as possible. Stay there until the shaking stops. This might not be possible in a city, so you may need to duck inside a building to avoid falling debris.
  • If you are in a moving vehicle, stop as quickly and safely as possible and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that the earthquake may have damaged.

Tornado

  • Go the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Do not open windows.
  • If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision.

 

Possible actions include:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible.

Winter Weather and Storms

  • Stay indoors during winter storms.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Dress properly for cold weather to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Do not drive if the conditions are unsafe.
  • Information about mountain driving conditions and recommendations will be made available to State Leadership Conference attendees by Vail Valley Partnership.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

  • Use a battery-operated weather radio for updates from local officials.
  • If needed, use flashlights, not candles.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices, including those plugged into electricity for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands or take a shower. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches or balconies.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle, and turn on the emergency flashers.

Lockdown Procedures

In some circumstances, it will be safer for those in a room or building to remain inside. Should conference personnel determine the need for you to go under a lockdown, you should follow these guidelines to stay informed and protect yourself:

  • Remain calm.
  • Follow the instructions of conference personnel.
  • Be attentive for instructions.
  • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.
  • Close the door and remain quiet.
  • Barricade the door if materials are available.
  • Assist any elderly or disabled persons.
  • Do not try to leave the room or building.
  • Stay in your assigned area.
  • Listen for the “all clear” sign given by conference personnel before attempting to leave the room or building.

Continuity of Leadership

Should the State Adviser of Colorado FBLA be unable to perform his/her duties under the guidelines of this plan, the following leadership succession is in place.

 

Persons are listed in the order of succession with the first position listed being first in line, the second position listed being second in line, etc.

CCCS Business & Marketing Program Director

CCCS Assistant Provost of Career and Technical Education, if present

Chair of Colorado FBLA Board of Directors

CCCS FBLA Program Assistant

State Officer Team Adviser

Communicating the Plan

Emergency contacts, evacuations plans, lockdown procedures (or a link) should be included in the programs of all state events.

General Safety Tips

For Adviser:

  • Before traveling to the meeting, collect parental consent forms and emergency contact forms from students and bring these forms with to the event. Keep them handy by carrying them with you in a binder or folder.
  • Take a digital photo of each student traveling with you to the meeting using your phone or camera. Have the photos readily available with you either on your phone or on a flash drive. In the unlikely event that a student becomes lost, the photos will help convention staff and local authorities to locate him or her.
  • Remind your students of the general safety tips and emergency procedures included in this document.

 

For Students

Hotel Safety

  • Read the emergency instructions on the back of your hotel room door. Familiarize yourself with the fire escape route.
  • Count the number of doors between your room and the nearest exit.
  • Do not leave your door open, and always use the dead bolt.
  • Do not open your hotel door to anyone you don’t know. Call the front desk to verify hotel staff, security guards, and others requesting entrance to your room.
  • If you encounter questionable individuals, report them to the front desk.
  • Do not say your room number in public.
  • Do not leave valuables out in the open. Many hotels provide lock boxes for your security.
  • Keep your room key with you at all times.

 

Parking Safety

  • Always lock your car and/or bus doors.
  • Do not leave valuables in view inside the car or bus.
  • Do not store an extra key under the car/fender, etc.
  • If you must lock valuables in your vehicle, hide them in the vehicle before you arrive at the parking lot/garage.

 

Public Transportation Safety

  • Use call boxes or emergency intercoms that are available.
  • Be aware of emergency exit and fire extinguisher locations.
  • Keep your belongings with you at all times.
  • Follow the instructions of drivers and conductors.

 

General Safety

  • Go for the RED.
    • R = React: Take information around you seriously.  Pay attention.
    • E = Evaluate: Judge the level of threat to your safety or the safety of others.
    • D = Decide: Decide if you need to take immediate action or seek help.
  • Do not wear Colorado FBLA badges or nametags outside of Colorado FBLA events.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Refrain from visiting with strangers.
  • Make sure your adviser knows where you are.
  • Be aware of what’s happening around you.
  • Carry a cell phone. Make sure people closest to you know how to reach you. Make sure you know how to reach other members of your group, including chapter members, chaperones, and your adviser.
  • Report emergencies immediately.
  • Locate emergency exits and fire alarms.

Payment Policy

All chapters are encouraged to pay invoices received in a timely manner. If a chapter does not pay within 30 days, the following steps will be taken:

 

30 Days Past Due

  • Invoice will be resent to the adviser
  • There is a $25 late fee.

 

 

60 Days Past Due

  • A letter will be sent to the adviser and the principal stating that the balance is still outstanding.
  • An additional $25 late fee is assessed.
  • The chapter will not be able to register or attend any FBLA event until the outstanding balance is paid.

 

120 Days Past Due

  • An additional $25 late fee is assessed.
  • A letter will be sent to the adviser, principal and CTE Director that all actions have been taken and the organization regrets to inform the chapter that no registration will be accepted until all past due balances are paid.

Reimbursement Policies

Funds are available to cover approved travel, lodging and food expenses for Colorado FBLA staff, contractors, officers and Board of Directors according to the following policies.

  • Travel reimbursements will be processed according to agreements for Colorado FBLA positions such as Judge Coordinator and State Officer Team Adviser.
  • Travel reimbursements will be processed after receiving a W-9 and completed Travel Reimbursement Form
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at the current Colorado Community College System state rate.
  • Travel submitted more than 60 days after the event may be taxed.

State Officer Reimbursement

  • State Officers and their advisers are eligible for travel reimbursement.
  • State Officers and their advisers are not allowed to double dip. If a state officer rides with their adviser, only one may claim reimbursement. If a state officer or their adviser receives reimbursement from their district, they may not claim reimbursement from Colorado FBLA.
  • Uniform: An official FBLA blazer will be provided by the state organization, with an option to buy the blazer for $50 at the end of the term. A polo shirt and dress shirt will also be provided to the officer. Name badges will be provided for officers.
  • Registration: Complimentary registration will be provided by Colorado FBLA for each officer at the Colorado Fall Leadership Conferences and the State Leadership Conferences.
  • Mileage: Mileage will be reimbursed at the current Colorado Community College System state rate.
  • Meals: Most meals will be provided to state officers during mandatory meetings. If meal reimbursement is required, the state per diem will apply.
  • Hotels: For mandatory state officer meetings requiring an overnight stay, a hotel room will be provided. For meetings beginning before 9:00 am, hotel rooms will be provided for officers living more than 120 miles from the site of the meeting for the night before the meeting. Hotel rooms will be provided by Colorado FBLA at an approved hotel, preferably at the government rate. Hotel rooms must be requested no later than 2 weeks before the meeting date. Any other hotel reimbursements will need pre-approval, no later than 2 weeks before the date of travel. Special circumstances where it would be more cost effective to spend the night than to drive back and forth for back-to-back meetings may be considered.
  • Equipment: iPads may be available for an officer to use for the duration of their term. An iPad acceptable use policy must be signed prior to disbursement of the iPad.
  • Supplies: Check with the Colorado FBLA State Adviser and State Officer Team Adviser on supplies reimbursement. Any supplies reimbursement must be pre-approved.
  • Business or formal attire is required for the Awards session at the State Leadership Conference. The ladies will wear business attire (color determined at or before CTSO Training) and the gentlemen will wear a tuxedo provided by the conference sponsor. The ladies may be reimbursed up to $100 with the presentation of their outfit receipt.
  • Two hundred dollars ($200) may be paid to each state officer to offset part of the cost of being an officer upon completion of assigned officer duties. The reimbursement form must be completed by the officer after State Leadership Conference and no later than May 31st after their officer term. The State Adviser and State Officer Team Adviser will determine the eligibility of the officer to receive the $200, based off officer performance throughout the year.
  • Up to five hundred dollars ($500) may be paid to the National Officer Candidate to help defray campaign cost

Expenses covered by the officer:

  • Expenses during the SLC at which the officer is elected
  • Business cards, if desired
  • Any pictures made for publicity purposes
  • Expenses to Institute for Leaders, the National Leadership Conference and National Fall Leadership Conference, which is optional but recommended
  • Internet access for iPad or other means to check e-mail and complete projects through Google
  • Postage, if applicable
  • Personal cell phone bills
  • Uniform expenses, except the blazer, polo shirt and dress shirt
  • Replacement name badges, if needed
  • Business or formal attire, with reimbursement as stated above
  • Expenses for attending a local chapter meeting or conference outside your own to which you are invited are to be paid by the chapter. The officer is responsible for negotiating these reimbursements in advance of the visit.
  • No student shall be denied the right to serve as a state officer because of limited finances. It is the responsibility of the local adviser to notify the State Adviser and State Officer Team Adviser of a potential candidate in this situation.

Board of Directors Reimbursement

  • Board of Directors members are eligible for travel reimbursement
  • Board members are not allowed to double dip. If a Board member receives reimbursement from their employer, they may not claim reimbursement from Colorado FBLA.
  • Mileage: Mileage will be reimbursed at the current Colorado Community College System state rate.
  • Meals: Most meals will be provided to Board members during mandatory meetings. If meal reimbursement is required, the state per diem will apply.
  • Hotels: For meetings beginning before 9:00 am, hotel rooms will be provided for Board members living more than 120 miles from the site of the meeting for the night before the meeting. Hotel rooms will be provided by Colorado FBLA at an approved hotel, preferably at the government rate. Hotel rooms must be requested no later than 2 weeks before the meeting date. Any other hotel reimbursements will need pre-approval, no later than 2 weeks before the date of travel. Special circumstances where it would be more cost effective to spend the night than to drive back and forth for back-to-back meetings may be considered.

Reimbursement Instructions

  • Reimbursements will be made only if the officer or board member exemplifies good conduct and completes all assignments in a proper and prompt manner.
  • Requests must be submitted within ten days of the date incurred or reimbursement may be denied or reduced.
  • A completed W-9 must be on file for reimbursements to be processed.
  • Dated receipts, if applicable, are to be stapled to the back of the reimbursement form.

 

All situations cannot be covered by the rules. In some cases, a judgement may need to be made by the State Adviser and/or State Officer Team Adviser. Their decision is final. The decision will be made first in concern for the state organization’s treasury, then with the consideration of the person involved. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in stretching our funds.

 

Any donations or sponsorships that officers or board members secure to help defray expenses or the operation of the state would be beneficial and greatly appreciated!

Refund Policy

  • No individual registration refunds are processed after the regular registration deadline posted for each event.
  • Any chapter overpaying for an event will need to request the refund in writing.

State Adviser Travel

The State Adviser may travel to local chapters for the purpose of promoting FBLA-PBL and supporting career and technical education. Any travel expense that is not covered by the Colorado Community College System, the State Adviser may submit a reimbursement request through Colorado FBLA-PBL.

Travel Policy

Members of Colorado FBLA are expected to travel with their adviser or school approved adult to all Colorado FBLA events.

 

Adopted September 26, 1990, by the FBLA State Board of Directors

Amended September, 2017 by the FBLA State Board of Directors

 

Colorado FBLA District Policy and Procedures

Organization

There will be districts with a Vice President Representing the Districts elected and installed at the State Leadership Conference.

  • Each district may elect a District Secretary and Repo
  • It is strongly recommended that the district officers are elected from chapters other than the Vice President representing the District’s chapter. If there are no interested parties, the Vice President representing the District has the authority to appoint the officers from any local chapter in the distri
  • Each chapter having a student as a candidate will submit an application by the District registration deadline to the Vice President representing the Distri District Officer applications are provided in the District conference registration packet.
  • The newly elected district officers will be installed at the last general session of the District Leadership Conference at which they were elected
  • Each district will have a district FBLA Executive Council comprised of the Vice President Representing the District, the District Secretary, the District Reporter and their advise
  • A Grievance Committee will handle all grievances at the district level.

Guidelines

  • Each district may conduct a Fall Leadership Conference
  • Each district will conduct a District Leadership Conference
  • Each District Leadership Conference should offer all competitive events and follow all guidelines listed in the National Chapter Management Handbook (with some adaptation in the Colorado Competitive Events Handbook)
  • Each district may offer additional events such as name tag, quiz bowl, etc
  • Each district will follow the policies for conduct and dress as designated by the state guidelines
  • Each district will present pins to the state qualifiers in each event. (Pins, plus scantrons (if needed), will be ordered from Colorado FBLA, 9101 East Lowry , Denver, Colorado 80230-6011)

Grievance Committee

A grievance committee will be selected by the District Adviser prior to the District Leadership Conference. The committee will consist of three advisers:

  • The adviser to the District Secretary, the adviser to the District Reporter, and one other adviser selected or appointed at the district’s fall adviser m In the event that any of the district officers come from the same school, this position will be filled by a random drawing of chapter advisers
  • One or two alternates to be selected or appointed at random
  • The District Adviser will serve as an ex-officio member

 

The function of this committee will be to hear grievances and resolve all problems at the district level. The following procedures will be used:

  • The local school district will enforce the school disciplinary procedures when a legitimate complaint has been filed against an individual or cha
  • The official complaint is directed to the conference chairperso
  • If the grievance cannot be resolved, the chairperson has the option to call the grievance committee to handle the sit
  • The grievance committee has the final say in all matters concerning the grievanc

Voting Delegates

Under 50 members – two voting delegates

50-100 members – three voting delegates

Over 100 members – four voting delegates

 

Over half of the voting delegates present and voting will constitute a majority. Example: If there are 50 voting delegates present and voting, then the majority would be 26.

Reimbursement

The Vice President Representing the Districts and their advisers will be reimbursed from state funds for state activities and district funds for district activities.

Duties of the Vice President Representing the District

  • The Vice President Representing the District will attend a state officers’ leadership conference to be held in the summ
  • The Vice President Representing the District may organize and conduct a Fall Leadership Conference and must organize and conduct a District Leadership Conferen
  • The Vice President Representing the District will direct the district officers in their duties.
  • The Vice President Representing the District will assist the state officers with the State Leadership Confere
  • The Vice President Representing the District will be encouraged to attend other Fall and District Leadership
  • Conferences as designated by the State Chairperson/Adviser and the State Officer Team Ad
  • The Vice President Representing the District will attend the FBLA State Officer meetings as designated by the State Chairperson/Adviser and the State Officer Team
  • Each Vice President Representing the District shall determine deadline dates for District Conferences and corresponding deadli

Duties of the District Officers

Secretary

  • The District Secretary will be responsible for all minutes at District Council meetings.
  • The District Secretary will be responsible for both the Fall and District Leadership minutes and will send a typed copy of the minutes for each conference to the Vice President Representing the District within one week of the confere
  • The District Secretary will be responsible for all duties assigned at District Executive Council m

 

Reporter

  • The District Reporter will be responsible for the district newsletters and reporting district news to the State Reporter for the FBLA Today.
  • The District Reporter will be responsible for collecting news articles, photographs, etc., for the State Reporter for possible use in the State Chapter Annual Activities Re
  • The District Reporter will be responsible for all duties assigned at the District Executive Council meetings.

District Policy

District policy will be reviewed at each summer conference by the state officers and advisers. A two-thirds majority of the FBLA Board of Directors will be required for any revisions of district policy.

 

Adopted September 26, 1990, by the FBLA State Board of Directors

Amended September, 2017 by the FBLA State Board of Directors

 

 

 

Ceremonies and Services

The procedures for ceremonies which follow are given only as suggestions and guidelines. Appropriate additions and omissions in the ceremonies can and should be made to conform to local structures.

While many chapters are established with the assistance of an installation team from a nearby FBLA or PBL chapter, such a procedure is not required. However, a visiting installation team does contribute to the occasion and should be encouraged when possible.  Special guests, the chapter advisory board, and school officials are often invited to attend the ceremonies.

Ceremony Settings

In general, the following setting is recommended for the Chapter Installation Ceremony and the Induction of New Members Ceremony; individual tables for the four speakers representing the written words–Future, Business, Leaders, and America; and one long rectangular table for the president, adviser, or installation official.

 

Many chapters have impressive candlelight ceremonies.  Candles lend a soft light to the setting as well as provide a method of sealing the pledges.  Chapters are encouraged to use candles of various colors to represent certain offices as specified in some of the ceremonies.  The candle on the table of the installing official should be the tallest candle used.

 

Background music adds a distinct quality to the effectiveness of the ceremony.  Appropriate music may be used throughout the entire ceremony or during certain parts of the program, such as during the reading of the Creed or at the end of the ceremony.

 

In more formal ceremonies, the officers and members may, if so desired, be attired in robes such as choir or graduation robes. Otherwise, appropriate business attire is recommended.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, members may be presented with membership cards and pins and keys if they have been purchased.

 

The following copy of the Creed has been marked for reading by phrases for use during ceremonies: believe education is the right of every person.

 

  • I believe the future / depends on mutual understanding and cooperation / among business, industry, labor, / religious, family and educational institutions, / as well as people around the world. / I agree to do my utmost / to bring about understanding and cooperation / among all of these group
  • I believe every person / should prepare for a useful occupation / in a manner that brings / the greatest good to the greatest numbe
  • I believe every person / should actively work toward improving / social, political, community and family life.
  • I believe every person / has the right to earn a living / at a useful occupation / and that this right should not be denied / because of race, color, creed, sex or handica

 

  • I believe every person / should take responsibility / for carrying out assigned tasks / in a manner that brings credit to self, / associates, school, and community.
  • I believe I have the responsibility / to work efficiently and to think cl / I promise to use my abilities / to make the world a better place for everyone

Chapter Installation

This ceremony should take place before a large group such as a school assembly, group of business students, or a special meeting to which parents and business people are invited. Seat the installation team on a stage or a raised platform. Materials needed (may substitute colored ribbons or flowers):

  • Tall candle
  • Candles: white, gray, green, violet, blue, yellow, orange, and red
  • Official charter
  • Names of charter members

 

Installing Official: (standing) FBLA-PBL is a national organization for business students who are preparing for careers in business or business education. I have been authorized to conduct the installation of (school name), into the national chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc.

 

FBLA-PBL is designed to promote future business leaders. It is fitting, as we begin this new chapter,  that we consider what these words mean to our organization.

 

Future: Our daily educational experiences and our involvement in leadership activities prepare us for the future—a time to accept challenges. In FBLA-PBL, we will find the tools to prepare for the future. We will profit from the experiences of others, those who have preceded us, as well as our teachers and others with whom we associate. Our studies and activities will help us meet changing conditions and further our understanding of the world’s varied economic systems.

 

Business: We realize the importance of education and training in business methods and procedures. We appreciate the roles of business and education in our daily lives.

 

Leaders: The future of our country depends on the quality of leadership. Leadership implies honor, foresight, tact, competence, dependability, discretion, and integrity. A leader must listen, withstand criticism, and be flexible. A leader accepts failure in stride but is willing to profit from it. As members of FBLA-PBL, it is our duty to prepare for the enormous responsibility of business leadership in the years ahead.

 

America: If America is to remain a world leader, intelligent young men and women are needed to guide our country by studying America’s past and analyzing her present. The initiative and success of leaders in business will help shape the future of America. Through FBLA-PBL, we will strive for leadership in the field of business, thereby helping to strengthen America.

 

(At this point in the ceremony, it may be helpful to provide a brief history of FBLA-PBL.)

 

Our organization has a definite and worthwhile list of goals. I should like to ask (name of assistant installing officer or member of installation team) to read these goals.

 

Installing Official: Will the new officers of the (school) chapter of FBLA please rise and remain standing as I announce each officer. (Installing officer calls name and title of each officer.)

 

You have been chosen from among the members at (name of school) as officers for the coming year. You have been selected because your members have faith in your ability and confidence that you will fulfill the duties of your office. I challenge you to accept the responsibility that has been given to you.

 

Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. I, as an officer of the (school) chapter of FBLA do solemnly promise that I will fulfill the responsibilities of my office to the best of my ability, and that I shall carry them out in accordance with the bylaws of FBLA-PBL, Inc.

 

(While lighting the tall candle) By lighting this candle, I seal the vow you have taken and vest in you the authority of your office.

 

(Speaking to all members) You have heard the vows that these officers of your chapter have taken. In your presence, I now declare them officially installed as officers of the (school) chapter of FBLA for the year 20    .

 

(Speaking to officers and members, and particularly to chapter president) By authority of FBLA-PBL, Inc., I am pleased to present you with the official charter of your chapter. (Reads the charter.) By virtue of this charter, this chapter now becomes a part of the national organization. You now have the privilege and the responsibility of operating under the name Future Business Leaders of America, and as a part of the state chapter and the national organization. The responsibility of making the (school) chapter a success rests with its members and officers.

 

Installing Official: The FBLA chapter president, (name of president), will give the oath of membership to the charter members of the chapter. (Chapter officers turn and face audience.)

 

Chapter President: The secretary will now read the names of the charter members of (school) chapter of FBLA. As the names are read, the members will please rise and remain standing until all members have been presented.

 

Chapter Secretary: (Reads slowly the name of each charter member. Charter members stand as their names are called and remain standing until the oath has been administered.)

 

Chapter President: Each of you, please raise your right hand and repeat the oath of membership in unison after me. I do solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of FBLA-PBL and, as an active charter member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary to become a leader in business and in the community in which I live.

 

As president of the (school) chapter of FBLA, I declare you duly inducted as charter members.

 

Installing Official: (Name of assistant installing official or member of installation team) will lead members in reciting in unison the FBLA-PBL Creed.

Officer Installation

Installing Official: Will the newly elected officers of the (school) chapter of FBLA please come forward as I announce your office. (Installing official lights white candle.) Lighting the tallest candle symbolizes the chapter in its entirety with all its members working together. With this symbol we shall charge each officer to do the job for which he/she has been elected.

 

(Name of parliamentarian), parliamentarian. (Parliamentarian comes forward.) You have been named parliamentarian of the (school) chapter of FBLA. As parliamentarian, it will be your responsibility to monitor all formal chapter meetings so that they are conducted within the framework of parliamentary procedure. Through your efforts, the chapter meetings will be conducted in an orderly fashion, resulting in the efficient disposition of business. Do you accept this responsibility?

 

Parliamentarian: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the parliamentarian (gray candle is lit by white candle). This gray candle symbolizes the achievements possible when chapter meetings are conducted in an orderly fashion.

 

(Name of historian), historian. (Historian comes forward.) You have been elected historian of the (school) chapter of FBLA. As historian, it will be your responsibility to maintain records of the chapter, including a report of activities, awards, and publicity. Through your efforts, people see the progress and activities of your chapter. Do you accept this responsibility?

 

Historian: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the historian (green candle is lit by white candle). This green candle symbolizes the satisfaction that can be derived from preserving the past and recording the present, while preparing for the future.

 

(Name of reporter), reporter. (Reporter comes forward.) You have been elected reporter of the (school) chapter of FBLA. As reporter, your job will be to report meetings and other newsworthy activities of the chapter through the proper channels. Do you accept this responsibility?

 

Reporter: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the reporter. (Reporter selects violet candle from table, and installing official lights it with white candle.) This violet candle symbolizes the inspiration and enlightenment that can be brought by reporting the activities of the FBLA chapter of (school).

 

(Name of treasurer), treasurer. (Treasurer comes forward.) You have been elected treasurer of the (school) chapter of FBLA. In electing you to this office, the members have shown their faith in your business ability and your honesty. Do you promise to keep accurate records of all money received and spent and to present orderly reports upon proper requests?

 

Treasurer: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the treasurer. (Treasurer selects blue candle from the table and installing official lights it with white candle.) This lighted blue candle symbolizes the trust and confidence that the members have in your ability to safeguard all funds.

 

(Name of secretary), secretary. (Secretary comes forward.) You have been elected secretary of the (school) chapter of FBLA. Accepting this office obligates you to be present and keep a record of what takes place at every meeting. Do you accept this responsibility?

 

Secretary: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the secretary. (Secretary selects yellow candle from table, and installing official lights it with white candle.) This yellow candle symbolizes constancy in attendance and in keeping members informed of the chapter’s progress.

 

(Name of vice president), vice president. (Vice president comes forward.) You have been elected vice president of the (school) chapter of FBLA. Your duty will be to assume the responsibilities in the absence of the president. Will you strive to carry out the duties of this office?

 

Vice President: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the vice president. (Vice president selects orange candle from table and installing official lights it with the white candle.) This orange candle is the symbol of the harmony and faithfulness that should characterize your efforts in working with the president to carry out the ideals of the chapter.

 

(Name of president), president. (President comes forward.) The members of the (school) chapter of FBLA have bestowed upon you a great honor in electing you the president. Your major responsibilities are to lead and encourage this chapter in all its activities. It is your duty to preside at all meetings and see that they are conducted in accordance with the constitution and correct principles of parliamentary practice. Do you accept this responsibility?

 

President: I do.

 

Installing Official: I now declare you in the name of FBLA, the president. (President takes red candle from the table and installing official lights it with the white candle.) This red candle is the symbol of your duties and obligations to the chapter and its members.

 

(Addressing members of the chapter.) In your presence, I now declare them officially installed as officers of the (school) Chapter of FBLA for the coming year. (Candles are blown out.) You may be seated.

 

(The newly elected president is called forward, and with a few appropriate remarks, the installing official presents the gavel to the new president who closes the meeting.)

New Member Induction

Guide: Mr. or Ms. President, these candidates have expressed a desire and meet the requirements to become members of the (name) chapter of FBLA.

 

President: (to the candidates) We accept you as candidates for membership in the (name) chapter of FBLA. Before you become members, however, let us consider the meaning of the words in the name of our organization.

 

Future: Our daily educational experiences and our involvement in leadership activities prepare us for the future—a time to accept challenges.

 

In FBLA-PBL, we will find the tools to prepare for the future. We will profit from the experiences of others, those who have preceded us, as well as our teachers and others with whom we associate. Our studies and activities will help us meet changing conditions and further our understanding of the world’s varied economic systems.

 

Business: We realize the importance of education and training in business methods and procedures. We appreciate the roles of business and education in our daily lives.

 

Leaders: The future of our country depends on the quality of leadership. Leadership implies honor, foresight, tact, competence, dependability, discretion, and integrity. A leader must listen, withstand criticism and be flexible. A leader accepts failure in stride but is willing to profit from it. As members of FBLA-PBL, it is our duty to prepare for the enormous responsibility of business leadership in the years ahead.

 

America: If America is to remain a world leader, intelligent young men and women are needed to guide our country by studying America’s past and analyzing her present. The initiative and success of leaders in business will help shape the future of America. Through FBLA-PBL, we will strive for leadership in the field of business, thereby helping to strengthen America.

 

President: You have just heard the meaning of the letters used in our title. We are a national organization for business students who are preparing for careers in business and business education.

 

FBLA-PBL is based on a definite set of goals, including development of competent, aggressive business leadership; creation of more interest and understanding of American business enterprise; and participation in worthy undertakings for the improvement of business and citizenship.

 

As you accept and strive to achieve these goals you will gain the greatest benefit possible from your membership in this chapter. Welcome to the (school) chapter of FBLA-PBL, Inc. You are now officially accepted as members in good standing, entitled to your full rights and responsibilities.

Emblem Ceremony

An official FBLA emblem should be constructed from paper, cardboard, felt or wood and be large enough for handling and have a number of removable parts (see next paragraph for each division’s description). These parts are to be affixed to the shield.  An alternative would be using prepared slides.

 

FBLA parts include: a likeness of an eagle, and the words “Service,” “Education,” “Progress,” “Future,” “Business,” “Leaders,” “America.” PBL parts:  a likeness of an eagle, and the words “Service,” “Education,” “Progress,” “Phi,” “Beta,” “Lambda.”

 

The following ceremony can be presented at official chapter functions. If each officer will take a single part of the shield, explain what the part represents, and at the conclusion of the ceremony, a completed shield will be visible.

 

The president raps the gavel once for the group to come to order and the members to take their places. He/she begins:  “You are about to witness the emblem ceremony in which the significance of each component of our emblem is described.” (President raps gavel once, and the members stand.)

 

President:  (Stands at rostrum and picks up eagle.)  The eagle denotes our belief in democracy, liberty and the

American way of life. (Affixes the eagle to stand and steps back a few feet from rostrum.)

 

Member No. 1:  (Moves to rostrum and picks up word “service.”) The word “service” denotes the idea that every individual should be interested in and take responsibility for promoting better social, political, community and family life. (Affixes the word and steps back.)

 

Member No. 2:  (Moves to rostrum and picks up word “education.”) The word “education” is symbolic of the idea that education is the right of every individual in America.  (Affixes word and steps back.)

 

Member No. 3:  (Moves to the rostrum and picks up word “progress.”) The word “progress” represents the challenge of tomorrow which depends upon mutual understanding and cooperation of business, industry, labor, religious, family and educational institutions and by the people of our own and other lands. (Affixes word and steps back.)

 

Member No. 4:  (Moves to rostrum and picks up word “future.”) The word “future” reminds us that the future of the world depends upon the quality of leadership we are able to produce and we in FBLA will be the business leaders of the future.  We must learn to recognize the situations in which our individual talents will become useful. (Affixes the word and steps back.)

 

Member No. 5:  (Moves to rostrum and picks up word “business.”) The world of business is our world. To be successful in business, a person must be educated both formally and informally in business methods and procedures and in the basic principles of our economic system and government. (Affixes word and steps back.)

 

Member No. 6:  (Moves to the rostrum and picks up word “leaders.”) The word “leaders” represents the search for knowledge in order for us to become better citizens. This knowledge will prepare us for the great task of leadership in years ahead. (Affixes word to stand and steps back.)

 

Member No. 7:  (Moves to rostrum and picks up the word “America.”) Finally, we think about America. The future of America depends upon our generation.  We should pledge ourselves to use any abilities endowed to us to make America a better place for everyone.  (Affixes word to stand and steps back.)

 

President:  (Moves to rostrum and gives closing.)  All the words now attached stand for (pauses) Future Business Leaders of America. The shield stands for our organization which provides opportunities for each member to become a leader of tomorrow.  The ceremony will close with all members reciting the Creed. (All members say the Creed in unison.)