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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 46, Issue 2

Spring 2016


Durham Technical CC - Spring 2016

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Durham Tech continues our tradition of service and activities. We have been very productive since the start of the new school year in August. We had one advisor and two officers attend the Fall Kick off at Randolph Community College, where we learned about the many different conferences to be held this year and did some teambuilding activities. We had members attend the Greensboro Leadership Conference in October where our advisers, Ms. Parrish and Ms. Kerber, presented a workshop on team building, our chapter was recognized for attaining PBL Gold Star status, and our club submitted and was selected as the 2015-2016 State Pin Design Winner as well as receiving the President's Award for Recruitment Materials Display .

We also collected over 270 pounds of food at DTCC Fall Fest for the Durham Tech Food Bank. We served as judges for the FBLA Triad Regional Competition at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, as well as helped grade tests for the competition. 

In the fall, we helped get the word out about American Enterprise Day and we participated in two volunteer events at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, the Pumpkin Patch and the Santa Train.  We had a great time at both, helping kids see the Great Pumpkin and Santa Claus.

We started off this spring semester by volunteering at Durham Tech for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We helped by creating box lunches and packing food for various Food Banks in the area.

In February, we started off FBLA-PBL week by having Durham Mayor Bill Bell draft a proclamation officially declaring February 8th – 13th, 2016 as National Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Week.

Several members dressed in professional attire on February 10th for Professional Day.

We celebrated Advisor Appreciate day with Signs, Chocolates and Flowers as a token of appreciation for all the hard work they do in support of FBLA-PBL and our members.

On Saturday February 13th we had several members participate at Urban Ministries by sorting clothes in the clothes closet to close our FBLA-PBL Week. At the begging of the week three of our members became supervisor certified at Urban Ministries so that we can continue to help out with this wonderful organization as frequently as possible.


Barton College - Spring 2016

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. 

Chapter member and Eastern Region Vice President Jamie Barton represented the Barton College chapter at the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro.

In the eighth year of the Barton College "Day of Service," Gamma Gamma chapter members enthusiastically volunteered to participate in October 2015.  Members volunteered with the First Christian Church assisting shut-in church members with yard work. In November 2015, the chapter celebrated Free Enterprise Day with Professional Division-Foundation member Richard Lee speaking to the members.

To recruit new members, chapter members have attended several Barton College classes to promote Phi Beta Lambda. Members prepared power point presentations, played PBL promotional videos, and distributed handouts highlighting the benefits of the organization. They were also able to share with the students their experience with Phi Beta Lambda and all of the skills acquired through their involvement. The chapter has also exhibited at Barton's Open Houses—advertising our organization to prospective students.

Phi Beta Lambda members and chapter advisers are equipped to "Connect" by showcasing the Gamma Gamma chapter’s activities of community service and leadership development while recruiting members at Barton's Freshman Fair, Club Fair, and Meet your Major. During the semester, we have partnered with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson County Department of Social Services, and the Wil-Med Foundation assisting in their community service activities. 

December 2015, two members and two advisers judged at the FBLA Triangle East Regional Competition. Chapter members are judging Digital Events and Computer Applications School-Site Events prior to the FBLA State Leadership Conference. Jamie Barton and the two chapter advisers will judge at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro in March 2016.



Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Spring 2016

The A-B Tech chapter of Phi Beta Lambda has been active this past fall. 

Wendy Alexander, Carmel French, Angela Lore, Robert McCary, William Mitchell, Katie Roberts, Christian Sluder, and Caitlin Youngblood served as delegates for the FLDC in Greensboro.   Advisers Dr. Kathie Doole, Ms. Veronica Dooly and Ms. Jean Finley were also in attendance.  We were pleased to come home with a Gold Star Chapter award as well as third place for Membership Recruitment Display.  Katie, William, and Christian took on the Non-Trivia contest in spite of being PBL members for only one month.  Angela and Carmel competed for the NCPBL Scholarship.  We are delighted that Angela won and are proud of both ladies.  In addition, Wendy entered the Pin Design contest.

Angela Lore represented the chapter at the National PBL Fall Leadership Conference.  Dr. Doole attended the conference with her which was held in Charleston, SC.

In November, we began gathering items for Homeward Bound to help those in need.  Items collected included toiletries and paper products.  The items were wrapped and delivered to the center in early December.

Also in December we helped sell tickets at the Fly Fishing Expo held at the WNC Agricultural Center. We sponsored three children at the annual SGA Children's Holiday Party where we purchased Big Wheels and attended the party with the children.  We also sold holiday evergreen wreaths.

Our clothing closet, "The Locker", continues to grow.  Donations of new and gently used business attire from individuals and businesses are still rolling in.  Items to those students needing professional wear, include suits for men and women, skirts, slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes, and even dress coats.

The members honored the advisors during FBLA-PBL week.  Homemade candles were given to them along with cards signed by the members.

We are currently preparing for the State Leadership Conference.  We look forward to networking with members from across the state.  Good luck to everyone in the competitions.


Isothermal CC - Spring 2016

The 2015-2016 year at Isothermal Community College has been a blast. Not only did we focus on recruitment and end up doubling our members, but our participation has improved immensely. Omega Theta only had two remaining officers from last year, so we made sure to elect the very best for the other five positions.
We kicked the year off with our college's Grub Day and won the scarecrow contest by a landslide. Members from our club were involved with multiple volunteer opportunities including the fund drive for our school's radio station, welcoming middle school students to the college, and helping the Grace of God rescue mission with their soup kitchen.
There have been many fundraisers for our chapter this year. We started with Pizza Inn cards, then we sold hundreds of lollipops. Our Chili Fundraiser was rescheduled due to the weather but we succeeded in collecting even more donations than the year before. Our current fundraiser is through Tom Wats, which we will conclude the first week of March.
Currently, we are preparing for the State Leadership Conference in April. Eight of our members will be participating and everyone is getting ready to compete in their two events.


Appalachian State University - Spring 2016

The Beta Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Appalachian State University is off to a strong start in 2016! So far this year, we have dedicated time to recruiting new members via various club fairs on campus. These efforts resulted in an increase in membership from Fall semester. In February, new members were inducted, welcomed to the organization, and presented with a chapter T-shirt designed by our officers and sponsored by The Cottages of Boone. This semester, in addition to recruitment activities, we participated in National FBLA-PBL Week and National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

This February, Appalachian members participated in several FBLA-PBL Week activity days including Each One Reach One, Professional Attire, Adviser Appreciation, Career Awareness, and FBLA-PBL Spirit. Two highlights of week were Adviser Appreciation Day and Career Awareness Day. We showed Dr. Finnell how much we appreciated her by taking her to dinner and showering her with a few of her favorite things. For Career Awareness Day, we hosted representatives from Aerotek (staffing firm) and GEICO (insurance company). They spoke to members about building your brand, interviewing, career opportunities available within their companies, and their experiences working for the companies.

To promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Appalachian members participated in the Western Region North Carolina Technology Student Association Conference held February 26 at Appalachian State University. Members judged business-related projects and scored other prejudged projects. Several of Appalachian’s members will continue to serve and promote CTE and FBLA-PBL by assisting with the North Carolina FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro later in March. At this conference, members will act as administrators for the competitive events portion of the conference. This is an event that Appalachian participates in annually.

In an effort to finish the semester strong, we have plans to raise funds for the March of Dimes and conduct at least two Adopt-a-Highway cleanups. We also plan to participate in the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference in Charlotte in April. Appalachian State University is very excited to continue connecting with others throughout the state in hopes of gaining a spot at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this summer! 


Central Carolina CC - Spring 2016

The chapter wanted to hit the ground running and continue on with the success of the fall. The chapter finished the fall with over 100 members and looks to increase that number for the spring semester. The chapter had members attend both the NCPBL Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro and the National Fall Leadership Conference in Charleston SC. Both conferences provided learning environments that helped members grow as professionals and gain skills that will help create success for the chapter this spring.

The chapter now prepares for the State Leadership Conference in Charlotte this coming April after a successful FBLA-PBL week that saw activities planned each day to promote PBL and demonstrate to the campus what we have to offer. Fundraising activities are now active as the chapter looks to provide opportunities for any member that wants to attend. The annual spaghetti dinner is scheduled for March and a few other fundraisers planned working fundraisers in Charlotte and Raleigh.

SLC is not the only activity the chapter is focused on this spring. The chapter is heading up the Cougar Closet. A professional dress closet for students on campus to help them prepare for upcoming interviews and jobs after graduation. The project involved the chapter teaming up with Career Services to create workshops for students to attend who then can visit the closet. The chapter also creating networking opportunities for its members by joining the local chamber of commerce as well as members participating in Toastmasters International. Several members will also be representing the chapter as judges at the NCPBL FBLA State Leadership Conference in March.


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.


Pfeiffer University - Spring 2016

Pfeiffer University's PBL Week, held this past February, was a great success! On Monday, chapter members manned a bake sale station set up in the Stokes building on campus to sell homemade treats such as brownies, Rice-Krispie treats, cookies and more to students, staff, and faculty in an effort to raise funds for the March of Dimes charity. This single event raised $130! The week continued with a "Each One Reach One" event on Wednesday night where chapter officers hosted a 90's Night Trivia Contest. There was a great turnout that resulted in more students becoming aware of what our organization is all about and much fun was had by all. Rounding out the week, we participated in a Connecting Chapters bowling night in Albemarle that was hosted by the PBL chapter at Stanly Community College.