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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 43 Issue 1

Fall 2012


ABTech PBL Plans Events

The A-B Tech PBL chapter has been extremely busy with our membership recruitment drive for the 2012-2013 school year. The groundwork started at the National Leadership Conference when our chapter brought home two individual awards, two chapter awards, and 2 Institute for Leader's graduates!

Our annual awards banquet was held in August where our members gathered for food, fellowship, and fun. During the banquet, awards were presented to members for event winnings and hard work throughout the year.

Members assisted SGA with its annual Fall Festival in September as well as the Community Open House and Campus Clean-up in October. Other upcoming events will be the Children's Holiday Party, Lighting of the Green, and Earth Day.

Our chapter hosted the 2012 PBL Kick-Off which was extremely informative and PBL members from other chapters left with a lot of important information. Even though the western region is small in the number of chapters, everyone had a good time.

We are working on numerous fundraising events this year which include "Jewelry Is Fun", "Fashion Victims Ball", and the "Fly Fishing Expo". In October we will once again sponsor "Books Are Fun" on our campus. Books of all kinds will be sold for up to 70% off the retail price.

All of our members are looking forward to another exciting year filled with fun, friendship, education, lifelong experiences, and unique ways to celebrate leadership. The Phi Beta Lambda chapter at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is looking forward to "Igniting Innovation".



Barton College PBL Making a Difference

The Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Barton College is continuing its efforts to make a difference in the Wilson community, provide leadership development, enhance its visibility, increase membership, and raise funds for its projects.  

Eight members and an adviser traveled to San Antonio, TX, for the PBL National Leadership Conference again garnering trophies while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Riverfront. 

As a member of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Gamma Gamma chapter volunteered for the Wilson Business Expo. The chapter displayed its trophies at the annual Club Fair and at the Majors Fair. All activities presented a unique opportunity to recruit our new and returning students.  The chapter has also exhibited at three sessions of Barton's Freshman Orientation-advertising our organization to prospective students.

Barton College members and Eastern Region Vice President Sarah Casey hosted the 2012 Eastern Region Kick-Off. Ten chapters with 48 members and advisers attended.

Chapter members fielded a team for the DZ Turtle Pull. The chapter will participate again this year in the Barton College Day of Service on October 17.  All classes are cancelled!!  

During the semester, we will partner with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson County Department of Social Services, and the Wil-Med Foundation assisting in their community service activities.  The chapter will also assist with the School of Business Alumni Social during Homecoming Weekend.

The chapter has a special Free Enterprise Day activity and March of Dimes project planned, as well as several fundraisers.

Our chapter continues to blend the talents of both traditional and Weekend College students through joint projects as we continue our journey Igniting Innovation!



Central Carolina CC Focuses on Membership

Sanford / Lillington, NC

The chapter is off to a very fast start. The 2012-2013 year is only returning three members from last year, with many graduating and taking their skills into the workforce. With an effort to focus on membership the chapter has already passed last years' membership numbers with a 25% increase that is still growing.

We also would like to welcome our new lead adviser, Michael Fann who joined the faculty this year. A former Phi Beta Lambda member who is married to a former PBL national officer. His experience as a member and professional division member will bring new opportunities to the chapter.

The fall has already seen the chapter get organized as several officers attended the Fall Kick-Off at Barton College. From there the officers hit the ground running with ideas and opportunities for the chapter to succeed as they look to ignite innovation within the chapter and its members.

During the campus activity day the members sold over 320 raffle tickets for its first fundraiser for the semester. October 23rd will see the new members and officers participate in the chapter induction ceremony which we are anticipating over 80 people in attendance. Members also are preparing for the FLDC in Raleigh, November 2nd-3rd, where the chapter looks to participate in the Membership Recruitment Display and Non-Trivia contest.



Durham Tech CC Focuses on Community Service

News from the Delta Beta Upsilon chapter at Durham Technical Community College

This past June, DTCC PBL sent three students to National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Lisa Carr, Hugh Jones and Paeder Wall were selected to go after placing in their events at the State Conference in Charlotte.  Hugh and Paeder represented us in Network Design and Networking Concepts, both coming in first in their respected categories.  Lisa was first place winner in Computer Concepts at State and represented NC at Nationals.

This Fall Semester we are planning to continue with our community service in ways such as the Santa Train at The Durham Museum of Life and Science as well as adopting a family at Christmas.  We are looking forward to "Igniting Innovation" at Durham Tech this year!



Gaston College PBL Helping in Local Community

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter of Gaston College in Dallas, NC teamed up with Girls on the Run of Gaston County to assist with registration for upcoming events for their organization. Girls on the Run of Gaston County is a local nonprofit organization sponsored by the Gaston County Health Department to assists girls from grades 3rd-8th by participating in a development program for which the goal of the program is to encourage positive, emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development. Phi Beta Lambda assisted this organization by entering the participants' registration data into the organization's registration database based on completed membership applications. This was an afternoon project and was held in one of Gaston College's very own computer labs. A total of 4 hours was donated to complete registrations for all applicants and PBL members, officers, PD members and our PBL adviser were on site to help get the job done! PBL also recruited students from the college to come out and assist with this project and donate any amount of time that they were able to donate that afternoon. With over 10 participants total and everyone kindly donating anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and some donated up to 4 hours of their time it was great to know that the job was done and accomplished! The Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda volunteers were able to complete all of the registration information for each applicant that had registered for the program this year. The director of Girls on the Run, Ms. Kathleen Boyce, expressed her appreciation for our help and indicated that it gave them a great head start for their program this year. Overall it was a great experience for Phi Beta Lambda to participate in this project for we always try to help the local community in any way that we possibly can. For more information on Girls on the Run of Gaston County please visit their website at: . For more information on Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda please visit our website at: GCPBL.ORG. We look forward to continuing to help out the community with more upcoming projects and we look forward to teaming up with Girls on the Run of Gaston County for some of their future events.

Erika Prado, Vice-President
Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda




Isothermal CC Firing up the Fundraisers

The Omega Theta Chapter is off to a great start this fall. We have already attended the Kick-Off at AB Tech. We have participated in a joint fundraiser with Phi Theta Kappa where we organized and ran the concession stand for a John Tess concert at the Isothermal Foundation Venue. We are currently working on getting our Isothermal Activity Day booth together, which includes a guessing game and dressing up our scarecrow for entry into a campus contest. We will also have a Jewelry sale fundraiser during the activities. We have several officers going to the FLDC in Raleigh and to the NFLC in Charlotte. Most of us have never been to a conference, so we are really exciting about going. In the near future, we will be starting our annual Angel Tree project, and annual Coat Drive and Canned Food Drive to help less fortunate families out at Christmas.

Our new officers for this college year are:
Mary Brooks -- President
Pam Bridges -- VP Community Service
Lauren Henderson -- VP Fund Raising
Shannon Whitesides -- Secretary
Emily Antonio -- Reporter



Louisburg Graduate Wins at NLC

We are very excited to share that 2012 graduate David Safran was awarded first place in his competition category on Wednesday, June 27 at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He placed first in the "Sales Presentation" category, competing against students from schools such as Rutgers, Florida International, and Valparaiso University.

One of Safran's Phi Beta Lambda advisors, former business faculty member Nancy Hammersley, attended the national competition in support of her former student. "David is a joy to work with," Hammersley said after Safran's Phi Beta Lambda advisors, former business faculty member Nancy Hammersley, attended the national competition in support of her former student. "David is a joy to work with," Hammersley said after Safran's win. "He is mature, self-reliant, very confident, and just extremely well prepared and he understands what it takes to succeed." After graduating from Raleigh's Broughton High School, Safran trained in car repair and worked as a Land Rover technician, delving into medical sales a few years later. A church mission trip to the South American country of Guyana inspired Safran to consider a change in his life, and he decided to attend college to earn a business degree.  We hope that David's success will help inspire our current PBL members to achieve their potential this year.

Nancy Hammersley with David Safran



Montgomery CC PBL Elects Officers

New officers for the Montgomery Community College Phi Beta Lambda chapter were elected in the regular meeting on September 17, 2012.

Amanda Saunders was elected President.  She is an Early Childhood major and is excited about leading the group to new heights.

Curtis Carter was elected Vice President. Curtis is an Associate in Arts major.

Amanda Greene was elected Secretary. Amanda is a Criminal Justice major.

Elizabeth Johnson was elected Treasurer.  Elizabeth is an Associate of Arts major.

Christy Rushing was elected Historian/Report. Christy is an Office Administration major.

On October 5, we held a Car Wash which was on a Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We had a wonderful turn out as our club washed numerous cars and raised $204 for our club and our upcoming PBL Conference trip in November.











Mount Olive College PBL's New Officers Ignite Excitement

To start our 2012-2013 PBL year off our Mount Olive College chapter began with officer elections. We nominated several new faces into our officer ranks. These new officers bring fresh ideas, energy, and excitement to our chapter. This year we have attended the NCPBL Kick off at Barton College and we are planning on attending the Fall Leadership Development Conference. We are currently participating in fundraisers to help reduce the costs of the upcoming conferences. Within the next month we anticipate being very active with fundraisers, community service projects, and taking part in an activity for American Enterprise day. We have been very successful in recruiting new members and we hope that this success will continue into the future.



Nash CC Fires Up Community Involvement

In preparation of a new and exciting year, our local chapter made a goal to become more involved in our schools and communities. Our Nash Community College chapter is really fired up about all the great opportunities to be involved in service, education and progress. On September 20th, Nash Community College's Student Government Association hosted a Club Awareness Day to allow students on our campus to learn more about student organizations. Our chapter had an information booth setup and members passed out brochures about PBL and talked with prospective members about how they can get involved. This was a great event for Nash Community College and our local chapter! We gained new members and brought awareness about PBL to the students on our campus. Not only did our chapter use this event to recruit new members, we also used it as a fundraising opportunity to sell 50/50 raffle tickets. While Club Awareness Day was important for our chapter, we also made time for two of our chapter members to attend the Kick-Off at Barton College. It was a motivating experience and allowed us to connect with other chapters in our region.

Our Nash Community College chapter is on the road to excellence! Our newly elected chapter officers are looking for ways that we can Ignite Innovation on our campus and in the community! Our local chapter slogan this year is "We Can Achieve!" We plan to achieve excellence by completing the TLLA, obtaining the Gold Star Chapter Award and having our members complete CMAP.



Pfeiffer PBL Participates in Homecoming Event

Pfeiffer University Phi Beta Lambda sends its greetings to other PBL chapters as the 2012-2013 year begins. Our chapter has started very strong this year, having a great response from students on campus.

Officer Elections resulted in the following: President: Christopher Stokes; Vice-President of Public Relations: Christie Mello; Vice-President of Finances: Joshua Roberts; and Vice-President of Operations/Planning: Vontenea Williams.

The chapter participated in homecoming activities with the Pfeiffer University students and alumni. One of which was competing in the "Build-A-Freddie" contest, in order to win money for the chapter this upcoming year. The contest consisted of decorating a cardboard cutout of the school's mascot, Freddie the Falcon, in representation of their organization.

Members of our chapter will be attending both the FLDC and the NFLC this November. We hope for a great year and wish all the Phi Beta Lambda chapters a successful year.








Randolph CC Focuses on Goals

After a successful graduation here at Randolph Community College, our chapter was impacted with a loss of a large majority of our membership. It is a happy loss, but at the same time we miss them. RCC's Phi Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is off to a great start. The chapter currently has 13 paid members and 6 Professional Division members. One of our members attends classes at RCC online from her home in England- making her our first international member! Our youngest member, who technically is not a student, is Mrs. Palmer's son who was born in March- Luke Palmer. Our chapter has a variety of goals for the year. First, we have made an initiative triangle to help focus our goals. The triangle consists of three central elements in which all activates are based: Education, Service, and Connection. We started planning fundraisers to help our members attend the Fall Leadership Development Conference and the National Fall Leadership Conference. The first fundraiser is our semiannual Krispy Kreme doughnut sale- YUM! We have also raffled off a diaper cake to raise money for March of Dimes- Save the Babies!- at Asheboro's Fall Festival. We are preparing for the workshops at FLDC as well as the recruitment board, pin design, and the t-shirt design contests. After the FLDC and the NFLC, the innovative work begins with the preparation for the State Conference in April. Here at RCC we are igniting innovation. May success be ever in our future!









Rowan-Cabarrus CC Sends Greetings

Our chapter at Rowan-Cabarrus has been working diligently since the start of the school semester. We have had two meetings with our members and set a schedule for our future meetings. We have elected our officers for the 2012-13 school year. The members of our chapter are excited, as we have several conferences to attend in November, community service projects we have scheduled for the Presidential Election, winter-time, and tax season.  

We then had the honor of hosting the NCPBL Kick-Off for the Central Region on Thursday, September 20th, on our North Campus in Salisbury, NC. There were several colleges from the region in attendance, including Wake Tech, Durham Tech, Randolph Tech, Mitchell Community College, Livingstone College, Catawba College, Stanley Community College, Piedmont Community College, Pfeiffer University, Montgomery Community College, and of course, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We had plenty of fun while learning about the state website, competition changes, contests, upcoming events, and membership.

We have also been busy helping the SGA on campus with several events, such as Voter Registration for the upcoming presidential election, decorating display cases, and planning our on and off campus community service projects.

We hope to have a fun, safe and successful year. See everybody soon.



Stanly CC at NLC


Stanly CC delegates Rathavone Wilder, Pat Maddox, Kalia Vang, Sue Vang, Elizabeth Lor, Maggie Mobley, Courtney Seidenschmidt, and Jesse Crump following a Mexican meal on the RiverWalk at 2012 NLC in San Antonio

Stanly CC's Parliamentary Procedure team members get best wishes from national president Jake Barraeu preceding performance competition.  Left to right:  Rathavone Wilder, Jesse Crump, Kalia Vang, Jake, Sue Vang, Brandon Harkey

Maggie Mobley and Courtney Seidenschmidt with 2012 NLC keynote speaker and "The Apprentice" winner Randal Pinkett

Kalia Vang, editor of Stanly CC's Annual Business Report, shows off national 4th Place Award at 2012 NLC

The excitement of the 2012 NLC Awards Program has made the Stanly CC folks a little "crazy."  Left to right front row:  Kalia Vang, Elizabeth Lor, Sue Vang, Courtney Seidenschmidt; back row:  Brandon Harkey, Jesse Crump, Mr. Hazlett (adviser), Josh Crump, Maggie Mobley

The 2012 NLC was lots of fun but it's 5:00 a.m. and time for the Stanly CC delegation to head to the San Antonio airport to return home.  Left to right:  Josh Crump, Brandon Harkey,  Courtney Seidenschmidt, Maggie Mobley, Pat Maddox, Jesse Crump, Kalia Vang, Rathavone Wilder, Sue Vang; in front, Elizabeth Lor

The Stanly CC female delegation wanted a picture to send to Mr. Hazlett's wife!!!  Left to right:  Pat Maddox, Sue Vang, Kalia Vang, Elizabeht Lor, Mr. Hazlett, (Adviser), Rathavone Wilder, Courtney Seidenschmidt, Maggie Mobley

NCPBL Adviser Kenneth Kleiner with plaque recognizing completion of his term on the National Awards Program Committee (2012 NLC)




Stanly CC Receives Local Recognition

The Stanly Community College chapter has been busy since last spring, and we're excited about the upcoming year and the "Igniting Innovation" theme.

After last year's SLC, two PBL'ers were among the 12 college students honored at the annual Student Leadership Awards Luncheon.  In honor of the city hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the theme of awards program was "Charlotte -- A Leading City!"  Honored with college medallions were Jeri Nester and Brandon Harkey.

During the program, PBL received the SCC "Soaring Eagle" award as the Club of the Year for 2011-12.

A full page in the SCC CONNECTIONS magazine featured Stanly's SLC participation and pictures of event winners.  The magazine is published twice a year and mailed to every resident in the county and placed in waiting rooms at businesses throughout the county.

In June, Brandon Harkey attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting to present Chamber President Matt Smith with his plaque as the state PBL Business Person of the Year.  A picture of the presentation was published in the local newspaper.

Eleven chapter delegates attended the national conference in San Antonio.  State Officers Courtney Seidenschmidt and Brandon Harkey participated in the Institute for Leaders program preceding NLC.  Four NLC pictures were published with an article in the local newspaper.

Members assisted with the Chamber's Business Expo in October, getting the opportunity to meet business owners throughout the county.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming fall conference and send all our fellow PBL members best wishes for a good year.




Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo - October 2012

Stanly CC PBL'ers Shavona Sharif and Mitchell Lee assist one of the merchants participating in the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held in October.

Brandon Harkey and Storm Industries HR and Community Relations Director Charlotte Maness visit at the company's booth at the October Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.  Ms. Maness has led leadership development seminars at the last two NCPBL SLCs.

Brandon Harkey and Pat Maddox, representing Stanly CC PBL, assist Seven Oaks  Door and Hardware owner Ed Shimpock with his Business Expo display.  Mr. Shimpock was the chapter's 2011 Business Person of the Year.

Stanly CC PBL'er Shavona Sharif works the registration table at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo in October.

Brandon Harkey, Stanly CC PBL officer, going over Business Expo information with Downtown Development  Association Director Kathy Almond and Chamber of Commerce Board Member Kathy Gardner during the Chamber's annual display of  products made and sold by local businesses and industries.  The Expo is open to the public.




VGCC Installs New Leaders

Vance-Granville Community College's Chi Beta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the business student organization, recently elected officers for the 2012-2013 year. New officers were installed and members were inducted at a ceremony on Sept. 14 on VGCC's Main Campus.

The officers include president Theresa Chiplis of Norlina, vice president Diane Power of Oxford, and reporter/historian David Henry of Macon. The chapter advisor is Business Administration instructor LaTonya Steele and the co-advisors are Business Administration/Accounting/Entrepreneurship program head Carl Hann, Jr. and South Campus Business Administration instructor Delton Farmer.

Neili Eggert, a Mitchell Community College student and state president of North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda, was the special guest at the ceremony and performed the formal installation of officers and induction of members. In addition to students, several VGCC faculty, staff members and alumni became "professional division" members.

"Phi Beta Lambda is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world," said Theresa Chiplis. "PBL ignites innovation by sparking confidence, leadership skills and networking contacts in its members. Together we are going to work hard, achieve our goals, and ultimately make it to the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where we will make Vance-Granville Community College proud with our accomplishments."

In closing remarks, VGCC Dean of Business and Applied Technologies Bobby Van Brunt congratulated the new officers and offered his support for the chapter. "Over the past four years, this chapter has won many awards, bringing great recognition to VGCC and our students," Van Brunt said. "The bar has been set high, but you, the new officers, represent a vanguard of new leadership, and I look forward to another successful year."







What's New with Phi Beta Lambda at SCC?

The Xi Alpha Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Southeastern Community College welcomes our new members for 2012-2013. Our second meeting was a greater success than the first. We saw the addition of several new members and held an election of officers for the new year. We had a group of members eager to become involved. Nearly every position had more than one person nominated. After speeches were made concerning qualifications, elections were held. The result was a good mixture of experience, wisdom, talent, and enthusiasm. With the support of other club members, this year should prove to be both exciting and productive.

Past Efforts Renewed

Once again, this year our organization will be doing its part to help the environment. Thursday, October 4th, our chapter in conjunction with the Environment Action Club, will hold a campus clean-up. All members are encouraged to take pride in our school by participating in this event.

Fall will provide two opportunities for our club to help the less fortunate both in our community and overseas. Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box donations will be collected from October 15- November 2. Items needed include small toys, hygiene items, hard candies, and school supplies. October 15- November 16, we will also be conducting a canned food/ coat drive. All donations will be delivered to local food banks, where they will be distributed to the needy of Columbus County.

Our chapter will take part in SCC's annual Fall Fling. Students can enjoy music, games, food and fun! These social gatherings give student groups and organizations visibility, allowing for fundraising and recruitment. A similar event will be held in the spring. Fall Fling--October 24, 2012--10am-2pm.

Moving Forward

Our chapter will have several committees geared toward various initiatives and events. We will also give the same special attention to CMAP and the Terry Lowrance Leadership Award. These two achievements will be a primary focus for our chapter this year. We will strive to be proactive in our pursuits for these prestigious recognitions.

Our next meeting will cover fundraising ideas, potential designs for a club T-shirt, as well as upcoming community events. As the year progresses, our local chapter will partner with organizations such as the March of Dimes and Relay for Life.

Many events are already scheduled, but we remain open to new ways to raise funds and better serve our community.