Featured Blog: FCCLA Join UP!


By Josh Bowar, Featured Writer

The holidays are over, it’s time to head back to school, and 2017 is still fresh. So what should we be doing?

The communication theme for January is FCCLA Join UP. What does that mean? Something new!

Let’s check out a new year, a new you, and new members.

A new year means new opportunities. Almost the entire year is waiting for you. Take some time to identify important goals, write action steps to meet those goals, and then hold yourself accountable. What do you hope to accomplish this year? How will you make use of the Unlimited Possibilities in FCCLA? As Melody Beattie shares, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” What pages will you write?

A new year means a new you. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new things, learn a new skill, develop new relationships, and push yourself to focus on what’s important in your life. As Neil Gaiman shares, “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and, more importantly, you’re doing something.” What learning and living will you do this year? How will you change yourself and the world?

A new year means new members. Why not continue to share the Unlimited Possibilities FCCLA has to offer through welcoming more people into the FCCLA family? Spread the word that FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus, and participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

Who can join FCCLA? Any student who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences, or as determined by the state department of education, middle school through grade 12 is eligible for active membership in an organized chapter within their school. Once the state and national dues are paid, the student will be an official affiliated member. It’s that easy! Check out http://fcclainc.org/membership/join-fccla.php for more information.

And don’t forget about Go For the Red, the FCCLA membership campaign. Go For the Red provides incentives for members and chapters working to increase membership. Go For the Red empowers you to recruit, retain, and recognize members.

Plus, there are awards for your membership efforts! Individual members have the opportunity to be awarded for recruiting 3 or more new members to FCCLA. If you meet all qualifications and deadlines, you will receive a special Go For the Red t-shirt for your recruiting efforts (deadline is April 1, 2017). Chapters will be awarded Bronze, Silver, or Gold status for increasing membership by 10, 15, or 20 members.   If the chapter meets all qualifications and deadlines, it will receive an FCCLA banner to showcase the achievement (deadline is April 1, 2017). To learn more, head to http://fcclainc.org/membership/membership-campaign.php.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start 2017 with a bang by focusing on a new year, a new you, and new members!

Josh Bowar, Featured Writer

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