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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 44 Issue 1

Fall 2013


Stanly CC - Fall 2013

Following a very successful 2012-2013 year, Stanly Community College’s PBL chapter is already off to a busy start.  On September 19, 2013, five chapter members accompanied Mr. Hazlett to the 2013 Fall Kick-Off.

Chapter officers for the year are:  Krista Bedrin (President), Chuckie Vanhoose (Vice President), Katrina Sams (Secretary-Treasurer), David Osborne (Student Government Association Representative), Hergheng Moua (Social Director), and Germanic Colson (Public Information Officer).

An organizational meeting was held on Monday, October 14, 2013.  Our chapter is excited about attending the upcoming Fall Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC. Ideas are already in progress for our Chapter Recruitment Display Setup, applicants for the PBL-PD-F scholarship are putting the finishing touches on their applications, and the Non-Trivia Team is already hustling to prepare for competition.

Stanly Community College is also hosting a Fall Festival for students on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, and our chapter is finalizing plans for a PBL table at the event.  Weather permitting, we may exhibit our Chapter Recruitment Display Setup.  We will also be having a basket raffle that will contain 40 items in celebration of our chapter’s 40th anniversary at Stanly Community College.  Proceeds from the basket raffle will be donated to the March of Dimes.

For American Enterprise Day on November 15th, 2013, our chapter is planning to visit and tour the local Chamber of Commerce and have the director conduct the installation of new officers for the year.  In September, Stanly Community College PBL was pleased to learn that Kathy Almond was named President and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.  Kathy was chapter president in 1982 and received state awards in Future Business Leader Executive and Extemporaneous Speaking.  As owner of Designs of Distinction, a local gift and floral design shop, she was Stanly Community College’s PBL Business Person of the Year.

In May, Rathavone Wilder and Courtney Seidenschmidt were among the ten Stanly Community College students who received Outstanding Student Leader medallions at the college’s Leadership Convocation and Luncheon.

In preparation for the National Leadership Conference, the annual PBL dessert auction was held.  A total of twelve items were on the list and, as usual, Ms. Amirtharaj’s cherry cheese cake brought in the highest bid at $42!


Gaston College - Fall 2013

On Saturday October 5, 2013. Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter members volunteered at The March of Dimes “March for Babies” 5K run and walk. The event was held at the Shelby City Park located in Shelby, NC. The March of Dimes is an organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The foundation works together for stronger, healthier babies. FBLA-PBL is a March for Babies partner, so we put on our shoes and walked for the cause.

The activities kicked off at 8:00 a.m. Our chapter was in charge of directing participants along the designated route. Members had a wonderful time cheering the runners on. Together we all showed our support!

Entertainment was provided by local dance teams, as well as, free carousel and train rides. Signs and balloons were placed throughout the park area. The names and pictures of children for whom participants were walking and running were displayed on signs. Before the walk began, we released purple and white balloons. The balloon filled sky was such an inspiration for volunteers who believe in the mission, and join in the fight against premature birth.

Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda was proud to put excellence into action during this event.


Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Fall 2013

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College PBL chapter has new challenges ahead for the 2013-14 school year. After returning from the National Leadership Conference with 2 individual awards, one team award, and one chapter award, we dove right back into fundraising for next year's conference expenses. For many years, our chapter has raised money by running a beverage stand at our local Bele Chere event—a popular downtown music and arts festival with a 35 year history—but this year Bele Chere had somber undertones; this year was the last Bele Chere.

As much as local businesses, musicians and artists will miss the income Bele Chere brings, so too will our club. However, this change in the usual plan presents a valuable opportunity to this year's club members: the opportunity for each member to have a measurable impact on the club as a whole, to offer new fundraising ideas and give meaningful feedback on those ideas, to experience a year where our advisers don't have all the answers and don't have tried-and-true plans. Our chapter has always displayed excellence in following directions, completing projects and winning awards, but this year is different. This year, by necessity, each of our members must also display excellence in action.

This year more than ever, we need every member to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities to raise money, opportunities to serve our community, and opportunities to grow both as a club and individually. Already our members are coming up with new and promising ideas to engage our campus and our community, and it's exciting!

Of course, fundraising isn't all we will be doing this year. We assisted our SGA with the annual Fall Festival in September, where over 2,000 students gathered to check out information from the departments, organizations and clubs on campus (ours included), dance when the DJ played really good songs, and enjoy lunch. We hosted the Western Region's 2013 Kick-Off again this year, and although not all the chapters could attend, everyone there enjoyed the 60s-themed trivia, and left with all the important info for the upcoming FLDC and the rundown on the SLC and NLC. We will be driving a van full of members to FLDC this year—almost twice as many as last year! In December, we will  be sponsoring head-start kids for A-B Tech's annual Children's Holiday Party again this year, where warm, fuzzy feelings and bruised shins will be had by all—with dozens of toddlers on big wheels, accidents happen, but they're all so cute that you can't be upset! We look forward to many more events and opportunities coming our way in 2014.

And as always, we look forward to another exciting year filled with fun, friendship, education, lifelong experiences, and discovering our own excellence in action!


Chowan University - Fall 2013

Chowan University’s PBL Chapter Supports Relay for Life

For more than 20 years, Chowan University’s Mu Zeta Chapter has raised money for various causes with a Halloween fundraiser.  Each year PBL members have taken orders from students, faculty, and staff for Halloween treat bags.  The treat bags are only $1.00 and delivery on campus to designated recipients is provided.  For the past several years, monies from this fundraiser have been designated for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Chowan University hosts the local Relay for Life Hertford-Gates County event on campus each spring, and Phi Beta Lambda is one of many campus organizations who form a team and participate in the event.  Preparation for the spring 2014 Relay for Life is already underway, and members of Chowan’s PBL chapter are actively taking orders and raising money to help make a difference to fund the fight against cancer. 


Isothermal CC - Fall 2013

We in the Omega Theta Chapter here at Isothermal are off to a slow start with our membership being the lowest it has been in years. We have tried a number of recruitment ideas such as a display table, IC3 freshman welcome event, visiting classes and are hoping those who showed interest will follow thru with paying dues!

Our fund raisers and community service projects are already under way with our Isothermal Fun Day event this week. We are also working with Belk’s on another fundraiser. Our annual Christmas Angel Tree will be starting around Thanksgiving and we are always excited about the possibility of helping children in our community.

We have two members and our adviser attending the FLDC the first weekend of November. They are looking forward to some great workshops and meeting members from all over the state. We send our wishes for a great year to all the chapters and hopes for all to have Excellence in Action as we carry out this year’s chapter plans!


Barton College Fall 2013

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.  

Five members and two advisers (and former Barton student and Mt. Olive graduate) traveled to Anaheim, CA, for the PBL National Leadership Conference again garnering trophies while enjoying the sights and sounds of Disneyland. 

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 sessions of Barton’s Freshman Orientation—advertising our organization to prospective students.

Barton College members hosted the 2013 Eastern Region Kick-Off. Thirteen chapters with 45 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 16.  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 continue its Home Delivered Meals community service project—volunteering each Thursday to deliver meals in the community.
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 showcase Excellence in Action!


Central Carolina CC - Fall 2013

The Central Carolina Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is off to a great start to the 2013-14 school year. Returning members are showing the energy to excite others in joining and the new officer team has a goal to double the membership from last year. The officer team is mostly made up of members who were at Anaheim, CA for NLC where CCCC took twenty members to represent the school and NCPBL. Ten of those members placed at nationals and the group returns with an agenda to see the chapter achieve even more success this year, which included several officers attending the Fall Kick-Off at Barton College. The officer team includes the Central Region Vice President Lupita Norato.

The chapter has already started off strong with membership exceeding the total from last year and community service projects are in full swing. The chapter has already participated in Veterans Stand Down, a national project aimed at helping homeless veterans. The chapter had been an important part in bringing together over 40 service providers to our forgotten heroes. The chapter also is already in full swing working with local organizations and the Central and Eastern Food Bank of North Carolina to help provide food for families in the three counties our college represents. Members have been collecting can goods, working vineyards, and other farms in efforts to maximize resources for our community. And in an effort to support March of Dimes the chapter has already completed 1 of a 10 part project for raising funds and awareness. The chapter is currently working on several more community service projects for the school year, including partnering with the Red Cross, the Local Farmers Market, and other events planned in our community.

The chapter has also put an emphasis on fundraising to ensure chapter needs are met and members can participate in events and conference without financial hardships. Members have already worked events like Cirque du Soleil, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and NASCAR. Future events include concerts, basketball games, PGA Golf, and NASCAR.

Future upcoming events for the chapter include Induction Ceremony, FLDC in Greensboro, and monthly social events that include movie night, salsa night, and open mic night. All three social events take place on campus and bring members and other students together. The chapter is also working with Toastmasters, Junior Achievement, creating a Dress for Success closet on campus, and helping to start a FBLA chapter with Lee Early College.
The members of the CCCC PBL chapter look forward to another great year and to develop more friendships with other members from across the state and create partnerships with other NCPBL chapters. The chapter hopes add to the success of NCPBL as we all move forward and show the rest of the country our Excellence in Action.


Wayne CC - Fall 2013

Wayne CC PBL Excited About New Officers

The Gamma Chi Chapter at Wayne Community College saw a great start in 2013, beginning with elections for new officers. Returning this year to lead the pack as President is Angela Cromer, a Networking Technology major who brings her skills to the table with a major overhaul of the chapter’s social media options. Under her direction public pages have been created on all major social platforms to allow the benefits of PBL news to reach as many members and supporters as possible.

Serving proudly beside her as Vice President is returning member Ashley Hildebrand, whose natural people skills allow her to successfully manage members and execute our various events. Her management skills were indispensable during Pickin’ for Piper, last semester’s charity bluegrass concert for Piper Wilhilde, a newborn who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. We continue to see the same dedication from Ashley already this year.

New to the line-up is Trenna Harrell as Treasurer, whose passion for charity is driving the chapter toward having a more positive presence in the community. She brings many ideas to the table including our upcoming events supporting the Ronald McDonald House and the MeFine Foundation.

Also new this year is Emory Gibson, who takes the role of Secretary with gusto. His presence on the officer team is invaluable, offering his time and support to any needs the other officers may have.

Our chapter also welcomes a new adviser to the team. Tim Kennedy, the Simulation and Games Development teacher at WCC, joins Lisa Gay and Allison Sullivan to lead PBL to success this year. After being with the chapter only a few months, he has already had much success with recruitment and bringing the technology aspect back to PBL.

With this new team working hard for our chapter’s success, we continue to look forward to the 2013-2014 year with enthusiam.


Wake Technical CC - Fall 2013

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Tau Beta chapter successfully appointed new office positions on September 17th. Vice President, Historian, Reporter, Advisor, Parliamentary, and Secretary are among these positions. In the following days, Tau Beta hosted a Snacks and Facts recruitment table via Wake Tech Student Government Association on September 25th, and 27th at Wake Technical Community College’s main, and northern campus. A great turn out yielded a handful of new members.  With the help of these new affiliates, and three club meetings, our chapter has organized fundraising activities with March of Dimes in which we hope to promote strong, and healthy baby development during the month of November. In addition, Tau Beta has also made arrangements for Back Pack Buddies Community Service Event at Bond Park on November 2nd.





Mount Olive College - Fall 2013

Mount Olive was represented by two students, our adviser Sonya O’Brien, and Dr. Norm Crumpacker, MOC PD-F member at the PBL kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 19, at Barton College.  We have many new members this year so the information shared was helpful in understanding how PBL works.

Our chapter recently elected new officers for 2013-2014.  This gave our new members an opportunity to be more involved in our chapter’s leadership.  Currently, we are having multiple fundraisers in order to go to the NC PBL FLDC on November 1st and 2nd in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are having a bake sale in the dorms and Phi Beta Lambda will be going from room to room selling delicious baked goods, like brownies and cookies.


Appalachian State University - Fall 2013

Phi Beta Lambda off to a great start at Appalachian State University.

For the past two weeks, the Phi Beta Lambda chapter at Appalachian State University has shown commitment to putting PBL’s service goal into action. On Friday, October 4, as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, eight members, along with their adviser, beautified the Appalachian region by cleaning a street in Boone. That sunny day, members collected 10 bags full of trash and made the country even prettier. Then five days later, on October 9, the chapter conducted a Krispy Kreme fund raiser to help raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes. Members sold 25 dozens of doughnuts. All the proceeds will be donated at the High Country March for Babies where members will walk on November 2. This is just a start; the Appalachian State University PBL chapter is planning to do many more activities to benefit the community this semester.






South Piedmont CC - Fall 2013

Our club is off to a great start here at South Piedmont Community College. On October 4th, 2013 the President and Historian were invited to Jay M Robinson High School in Concord, NC to deliver a presentation on epilepsy to two clubs: the Multicultural club and the Spanish National Honor Society. There the President shared her experiences with epilepsy and educated the students on the condition and the first aid involved when a person has a seizure. She was also able to show a video that spoke about the different types of seizures. After the presentation, she followed up with a few true or false questions and to her surprise, the students answered every question correctly. The presentation was a very educational experience and the students seem to engage and enjoy it. They even asked questions while they were getting ready to leave and Jenny was able to provide them with brochures on an epilepsy support group she facilitates out of Charlotte. Overall, I believe this was a positive experience and the students and teachers involved in the presentation seemed to enjoy and learn a lot about epilepsy.

Another event we were involved with was the Bocce Tournament for Special Olympics on October 12th, 2013. We were asked to be officials and help out with the event through our adviser, Fredrea Crawford-Smith, who is highly active in the Special Olympics. We had an overall count of 57 people which was mostly athletes but did involve ten of our PBL members. The athletes really enjoyed playing the game and we are thankful for everyone who made the event possible. It was a privilege to get to know and work with 13 people from our community with special needs. Chick-Fil-A provided us with lunch. The lunch break was a great opportunity for many of us to talk with and get to know our athletes better. Many companies came together to make this event happen and we are looking forward to working further with our adviser in the Special Olympics. Overall, I believe this was a very positive and successful event. I believe the volunteers enjoyed themselves just as much as the athletes.

We are looking forward to some upcoming events here on campus such as FBLA’s Fall Leadership Conference on October 25th, 2013 and the State Fall Leadership Development Conference on November 1st-2nd, 2013. At the FBLA Leadership Conference, there will be many guest speakers, including our PBL President, Jenny Modesitt. Her topic of discussion will be “From Adversity to PBL President” and will talk a little on how she overcame her epilepsy diagnosis and became the president of PBL. We are looking forward to hearing some of the speeches that will be given and a day of fellowship with many high schools from across our region. I believe this is going to be a great experience for not only our club but the high school students that will be attending the workshop. The State Fall Leadership Development Conference is a two day event where we will be educated and trained to become better leaders. There will also be some time for us to celebrate the 60th Anniversary for NCPBL as well as activities and competitions such as a 50’s theme costume contest. I believe this will be an overall positive experience for our club and am looking forward to learning how to grow as a leader.













North Carolina Central University - Fall 2013

Highway Cleanup

Our first highway cleanup had a good amount of participants and was a great success. Phi Beta Lambda came together as an organization and accomplished the task of leaving our adopted highway spick and span. We all gathered together at our designated meeting location at 7:45am. After making sure everyone was accounted for we took off towards the highway to get started. Everyone was accommodated with vests and gloves to pick up the trash.

We split up into two groups to cover each side of the highway. This method works very efficiently and helps the group save on time as well. Along with getting the highway cleaned up, the group also used this time to bond and share fun and laughs. It made the experience that much better. The members of Phi Beta Lambda enjoyed this community service event as a whole. It was a great service to our community as well as a great service to the organization. Since the event was such a success we are going to expand the outreach of volunteers and open it up to the entire campus. It’s a great way for Phi Beta Lambda to carry out our values and maintain our community.


Montgomery CC - Fall 2013

The first meeting as well as an information session was held on Wednesday, September 12th. There were 5 new members who attended and gained knowledge about PBL. New officers were also elected. Current members decided to let new members intern to gain experience for next year’s officers elections. During this time members also voted on some fundraisers for the upcoming year; they include, car wash, bake sale, barbecue plate sale, and 50/50 raffle.

Annual Car Wash
Singing: “Working at the car wash…working at the car wash!”
Our first car wash of the year was held Friday, September 27th. This was a great team effort event. Everyone worked hard and diligently. Proceeds will be used to offset costs for fall conference.

Baby Food and Formula Drive
Phi Beta Lambda held a baby formula and baby food drive to serve those in need in Montgomery County. All items were donated to the Biscoe Food Pantry. Items needed are: canned baby food, baby cereals, any kind of infant/toddler formulas, nutritional supplement drinks, etc.


Durham Technical CC - Fall 2013

This year has flown by with all of the events, meetings, and fundraisers DTCC PBL has been involved in. In April, we had three members, Linda Johnson, Joe Joines, and Andre Nance, along with co-adviser Michele Parrish attend SLC.  Linda Johnson placed 7th in Job Interview and 5th in Networking Concepts. Joe Joines placed 3rd in Networking Concepts. All attending enjoyed participating in leadership workshops and getting to know and network with other NCPBL members.

In June, Paul Pacheco and Joe Joines, co-advisers Michele Parrish traveled to Anaheim, CA to attend NLC. There was a great deal of networking and getting to know other PBL members from around the country enjoyed by all but our greatest pleasure was in watching as our own Paul Pacheco placed 2nd in the nation in Cyber Security.

In August, Durham Tech was pleased to welcome Ms. LaTonya Steele as an instructor in Business Administration. As a result, DTCC PBL was very fortunate and pleased to welcome Ms. Steele as a new co-adviser to our chapter. We have increased our active student membership as well as our NCPBL-PDF membership with the possibility of even more members joining.

What a wonderful year it has been and is continuing to be!  
Next Stop, Greensboro and FLDC!


Mitchell CC - Fall 2013

We had an outstanding fundraiser for movie night on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Mitchell campus.  On the circle, people of the community gathered to watch Monster’s University; as a result, we raised $88.00 for the event.  Another event held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Mitchell campus, was a homecoming welcome for Statesville’s own astronaut, Tom Marshburn.  The club chapter earned $20.00 for another popcorn sell.  The club chapter welcomes a new member, Arthea Howell, as club chapter V.P.!!


Catawba College - Fall 2013

Catawba  PBL organization at Catawba College held its monthly meeting on October 7, 2013. The PBL organization of Livingstone College attended this meeting and then were treated to lunch by the PBL organization of Catawba College.