Stanly CC - Spring 2016

The Stanly Community College Phi Beta Lambda chapter had a great time at the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC, in November.  In addition to attending several leadership workshops, we entered a team in the Non-Trivia Contest, had a member interview for one of the PBL scholarships, and won second place in the "Presidents’ Award" competition for the best display of recruitment materials.

In November, the SCC PBL chapter drafted a Proclamation for the Stanly County Board of Commissioners to sign recognizing National FBLA-PBL Week.  The chapter invited officers of the Pfeiffer University PBL chapter to join them at the Commissioners meeting for the presentation.  Members spoke about PBL and the success of the chapters from the two county colleges.  The commissioners' meeting was televised.

On November 16th, in recognition of American Enterprise Day, SCC PBL toured the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, the SCC Economic Development and Small Business Center, and the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation, all located in Downtown Albemarle.  At each location, the president or director spoke to the group about the work of the organization and its influence on job growth.  Ms. Kathy Almond, 1982 SCC PBL president, is the recently selected president of the Albemarle/Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, and former PBL member Alicia Herrin is director of the Small Business Center.   Following the tour, the group had supper at Second Street Sundries Coffee and Café, owned by GHA Autism Supports, which opened on January 19, 2015, with a mission to provide employment opportunities for individuals with autism that the non-profit agency currently serves.

Also during FBLA-PBL week, the SCC PBL chapter organized a bowling event as a national "Connecting Chapters" activity. Pfeiffer University, Catawba College, Livingstone College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Randolph Community College members were invited to meet at Strike Zone Bowling Lanes in Albemarle. Attendees then went out for dinner together at Little Tokyo restaurant.

In February, the chapter announced the selection of Mr. Shawn Oke as its Business Person of the Year.  Mr. Oke, in addition to being the city fire chief, is 16-year owner of The Sweet Shop.  The bakery is one of the oldest businesses in Albemarle, and the chapter particularly wanted to honor one of the older businesses since the city is celebrating its 175th Anniversary.  Mr. Oke will be scheduled to speak to the chapter during the spring on his career and his advice to members getting ready to enter the workforce.

Most recently the chapter also hosted a diaper shower for the local Pregnancy Resource Center.  An electronic invitation was sent to all campus employees, and many contributed diapers or money.  Ms. Jackie Almond Poplin, a former PBL member now employed as Development Director at the PRC, attended the shower.  Chapter members provided refreshments.