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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 47, Issue 2

Spring 2017


Pfeiffer University - Spring 2017

Pfeiffer PBL Holds Final Membership Drive for Potential New Members Before SLC 

Pfeiffer PBL is a constantly growing chapter and perhaps that is because of the current members' drive to recruit new members to join the organization that they feel so passionately about. After all, the more the merrier! Pfeiffer PBL's officers decided to hold a table membership drive in Stokes Student Center on February 15, 2017 in order to reach out to students who may have heard about PBL, but hadn’t joined yet. Pfeiffer gets a lot of transfer students, even during second semester so it is important to make the club available to them as well as to new students in the fall. Many new students, especially freshman do not feel confident enough in their abilities to jump headfirst into a club during their first semester, but are more comfortable in their second semester and therefore it makes more sense to attempt to recruit them then. Overall, it was a relatively successful recruitment day and it is always fun to get to tell other student about the things that Pfeiffer PBL has accomplished whether or not they choose to join.


Central Carolina CC - Spring 2017

The CCCC Phi Beta Lambda is off to another great year as we prepare for the upcoming SLC in April. The chapter officer team is hoping to accomplish their goals for the year this spring semester. Two of those goals, which include increasing chapter membership and professional membership, the chapter has already surpassed and will continue to add members all the way to the deadline. The recruitment committee has done a great job of marketing and reaching out across the campus to bring in more members.

Another goal of the chapter was to increase professional development within. The chapter has partnered up with Toastmasters International who now has a chapter on campus. Toastmasters International focuses on teaching how to be a better speaker. A skill needed for anyone entering into the workforce. All officers are required to join and attend meetings and all other members are encouraged to join as well.

Networking was also a goal of the officer team. So this year the chapter officially became a member of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce. All registered chapter members and professional division members are now members of the chamber and can attend all chamber events. Events include morning networking events, after hours social networking, to more formal events that include guest speakers and opportunities to meet with local government officials. This opportunity has created a gate way for our members to interact with local companies that will provide long term opportunities for members to find employment.

To prepare for the upcoming SLC and NLC, which will be held in California this June fundraising efforts are in full swing. The chapter continues to work in Charlotte at Time Warner Arena and the Lowes Motor Speedway and just formed a new relationship with the PNC arena in Raleigh. Fundraising not only helps to send the chapter to conferences, but it allows the chapter to provide scholarships, subsidize community service projects, and financial support chapter professional development.


We hope to see everyone at SLC in April and look forward to another successful year for NCPBL at NLC in June.


Stanly CC - Spring 2017

The spring started off with new member recruitment and planning for semester activities.  Following a chapter social held at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant on January 27th, chapter members attended PBL Tip-offs at Pfeiffer University on February 2nd.  Speakers included Mr. Chad Nichols (Rowan-Cabarrus Community College adviser), Dr. Christopher Howard (Pfeiffer University adviser), Mr. Dan Hazlett (SCC Lead Adviser and State Adviser), and Katrina Sams (NC PBL Historian). 

A proclamation was officially issued for FBLA-PBL Week at the Stanly County Commissioners meeting on February 6th.  Invitations were extended to West Stanly FBLA and Pfeiffer University PBL chapters to join, and SCC PBL members, Amy Ray (President) and Katrina Sams (VP), appeared before the elected officials and spoke about the importance of the FBLA-PBL organization for area students.

As part of the FBLA-PBL week festivities, Ms. Sarah Barnett spoke about the power of a positive attitude in school, life and career on February 7th at the weekly chapter meeting.   An Adviser Appreciation dinner was held at Blue Bay Restaurant on February 9th that featured a Hollywood star theme with cupcakes, "filmstrip" signature banners, and gifts of appreciation for Mr. Hazlett and Ms. Chaney.  SCC PBL also held community service events during February where chapter members met with Ms. Scott with Stanly County Schools and assembled Parent Engagement Packets that would be distributed to families at local area elementary schools.

On February 20th, chapter members and advisers met at the Rosebriar Restaurant in Albemarle for lunch and networking with Dexter Townsend.  Mr. Townsend, a current Albemarle City Council member and form SCC PBL chapter office, was recently selected as Stanly County's Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  In addition to enjoying a great meal and dessert at a locally-owned  restaurant, it was interesting to compare notes with how things have changed through the years at Stanly Community College and PBL.

Ms. Tracey Hayes, a financial advisor with Edward Jones and founder of Stanly Womens Associated Network, was recently selected as SCC PBL's nominee for 2016-2017 Business Person of the Year.  Ms. Hayes spoke to the chapter on February 20th about financial considerations regarding career and retirement.  During the meeting,, Amy Ray presented Ms. Hayes with a certificate of recognition.

We are continuing to add members and delegates are looking forward to attend the NC PBL State Leadership Conference in April.  

This year promises to be one of the best ones yet as we work to become part of "A Legacy of Leadership!"



Barton College - Spring 2017

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.

Local chapter President and NCPBL State President Jamie Barton represented the Barton College chapter at the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro.

In the ninth year of the Barton College "Day of Service," Gamma Gamma chapter members enthusiastically volunteered to participate in October 2016.  Members volunteered with Hope Station packaging non-perishable food and with yard work. In November 2016, the chapter celebrated Free Enterprise Day with Professional Division-Foundation member Charles Lanier 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 experience "A Legacy of Leadership" 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 2016, the 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 2017.


Durham Technical CC - Spring 2017

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter finished off October by volunteering with the Museum of Life & Science's annual pumpkin. Every year the Museum holds this event to help the community celebrate Halloween. Our members helped the museum staff by helping members of the community with such activities as: Picking out a pumpkin, decorating their pumpkin, face painting and tattoo’s, the pumpkin sling shot, the pumpkin train, and the corn sand box.


We continued donating our time to Urban Ministries of Durham in November by helping sort clothes in the clothes closet and stocking the shelves of the food pantry. Our chapter has made it a priority to spend 2 hours on every second Saturday of the month working with Urban Ministries of Durham. Several members and advisors of our chapter recognized and celebrated Prematurity Day on November 17th. On November 18th and 19th one advisor and 7 members attended North Carolina FLDC. Our officers and members taught a workshop on leadership and team building. We were also award the gold seal chapter award. Chapter Treasurer Christopher McDuff was awarded one of three Professional Division Foundation Scholarships and President Betina Huntwork won the Professional Division's annual design a pin contest. We capped off November with advisors and officers grading FBLA regional competition event tests.


December was a busy month for us as a club with several activities going on. We kicked off December with another volunteer session at Urban Ministries of Durham on December 3rd. On December 9th one advisor, one PD member, and 5 members volunteered at the Museum of Life & Science’s annual Santa Train event. Our members helped guests with various science activities, face painting, faux ice skating rink and passing out hot chocolate. We concluded our year on Saturday December 10th, where one advisor and three members helped state officers judge FBLA Regional Competition events at Chapel Hill High. 


We started our year off with an Officer meeting to discuss the rest of our year in terms of recruitment, fund-raising, community service, conferences and awards. In February, we held activities for FBLA-PBL week. On Sunday February 5th, our members shared their stories via social media on how PBL has impacted them and the memories they have because of the experiences within PBL. Monday February 6th, we went on online and had a viewing party of the president’s webinar. Tuesday February 7th, our officers spoke in their various classes about PBL and the opportunities it can provide for each one reach one day. Wednesday February 8th, our members decorated our advisor’s doors and gave them gifts as tokens of our appreciation for all their hard work and support in honor of Advisor Appreciation Day. Later that day several members and advisors got together to take a picture honoring professional attire day as well. On Thursday February 8th, we reached out to a PD member to arrange for them to speak about career awareness day. Friday February 9th, several members wore their PBL shirts and showed off their PBL spirit for spirit day. We capped off FBLA-PBL week by volunteering at Urban Ministries of Durham for Community Service day on February 11th. 


Throughout the year our chapter has been working on various chapter awards in the fall we completed Super Sweeps and Non-stop November. We finished off February by completing Action-Awareness, TLLA, Outstanding Chapter and lastly, the Diamond Chapter award as well.



Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Spring 2017

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter has been quite busy this spring semester as we prepare for the upcoming state and national leadership conferences. We have continued our recruitment efforts by offering open informational meetings and creating a vivid bulletin board display with information about PBL. We have distributed flyers across campus and spread the word about PBL and its benefits by sparking open conversations across campus. 


We attended the Spring Tip-Off at Isothermal Technical Community College and we were excited about the opportunity to network with other members across the state. We continue to maintain our campus clothing closet, The Locker. We collect donations of new and gently used professional clothing items to offer to our students and community members. 


We have conducted a few fundraisers as we anticipate a high financial need for the National Leadership Conference travel to Anaheim, California. During one event, we sold small stuffed animals with candy and treats on Valentine’s Day on campus. We partnered with Fatz Café to host a pancake fundraiser breakfast. We also have another fundraiser planned in conjunction with our Student Government Association sponsored Earth Day event. We will be selling straw hats during this outdoor event.


For our spring community service project, we have partnered with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry to help with some of their urgent needs for their Veterans Restoration Quarters. This is a residential program to help restore the lives of homeless veterans. We will be collecting items such as men's multiple vitamins, spray air freshener, and triple edge disposable razors. These items are in constant need at the facility. We also plan to participate in other events as a group cook team for upcoming meals at the facility.


This is a busy time of year for our chapter and we are excited about the upcoming opportunities at the State Leadership Conference and National Leadership Conference.



Gaston College - Spring 2017

Gaston College PBL held a March of Dimes Mini Walk on November 17, 2016. We held it on our Dallas Campus, which is our main campus. We set up a table with information about March of Dimes. We also had March of Dimes items we were giving away with donations. We spent an hour and a half walking the campus and collecting donations. We raised over $300 for March of Dimes. This is an annual event on our campus and is a personal event for our advisers, some faculty and staff, and some of our members. We hope that each year we can raise more money than the previous year. 



Appalachian State University - Spring 2017

The following events have been completed by the Appalachian State Phi Beta Lambda chapter this year.


Primo's Dinner Fundraiser – On November 30, 2016 the Appalachian State PBL chapter partnered with a local business to fundraise for the NC PBL State Leadership Conference.


Phi Beta Lambda Week -During the week of February 5th – February 10th of 2017, our PBL chapter participated in different activities that included: "Share your FBLA story day", "Member Spotlight", "Professional Attire Day", Community Service Day, and Career Awareness.


WCOB Service Week – In the forthcoming week of April 23rd – April 29th of 2017, our PBL chapter will be competing against other Walker College of Business clubs to have the greatest amount of service hours.  The chapter plans to participate in Adopt a Highway, have a canned food drive to help local food pantries, and hold an event to raise awareness for March of Dimes for Babies.


Fall Leadership Conference – Three members from the chapter attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 18th and 19th.



Isothermal CC - Spring 2017

The 2016-2017 school year at Isothermal Community College has been fantastic. We focused our attention towards recruitment and we ended up adding at least five new members. These new members have become very active in our club and are a key part of who we are. Our participation rate has certainly improved from last year. Omega Theta only had 3 remaining officers at the beginning of the year, so we elected the best individuals to serve in the remaining positions. 


To start the year off we participated once again in our college's Grub Day where we competed in a scarecrow contest. Members of our club traveled to the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro where our team won First Place in the "NON-Trivia" Contest and also placed first for our recruitment table. One of our students also won one of the scholarships that was available at the fall conference. Members from our club participated in several volunteer activities, including a coat drive and collection of Christmas cards to send to our local veterans. We also donated cases of water to the local firefighters fighting the fire in Lake Lure.


This year we have completed several fundraisers. We started off with Belk cards, then had a PBL night at a local restaurant where they donated 10% of a customer's check to our club. Our club hosted its 3rd annual Chili Fundraiser and it was a success. Isothermal Community College PBL hosted the 2017 Spring Tip Off on February 2nd.  We were delighted to have the VP and Secretary of our state attend this Tip Off, as well as McKenzie Worley, the Southern Region VP. 


Currently, our members are preparing for the State Leadership Conference in April. Nine of our members will be competing at state their two events.