The first FBLA meeting of the year took place on Wednesday, September 12th. FBLA-- meaning Future Business Leaders of America-- is a club for students focused on learning about the business world.
Mrs. Anderson, the sponsor for FBLA, has been running the club for three years. The club meets every second Wednesday of the month. At the end of the year, the members have a chance to do competitions and tests.
When asked about the categories of tests and competitions, Mrs. Anderson said, “There are approximately 70 different tests and competition categories that students are able to participate in. These events range from individual to team events, role play/performance events, written tests, interviews, and performance events with a written test. As far as the actual events, several that we typically have students participate in include: Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Calculations, Electronic Career Portfolio, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, Impromptu Speaking, Job Interview, Personal Finance, Social Media Campaign, Sports & Entertainment Management, and Website Design. They do a great job of including a large array of events that cover a variety of occupations and skills.”
Fifty-eight students have already signed up for this club, most of which have already participated in it in previous years. First-time joiners hope to further their education and learn how to run a business.
There are many things you can participate in if you join this club; for instance, you can do community service, which includes helping at the balloon festival and drive-by raking.
When asked his opinion over FBLA, Joseph Rethemeyer, an active member, said, “FBLA is good for the community and teaches you a lot about business etiquette.”
Other students who have participated in FBLA before say that it’s a great club to get involved in and that it helps you work on your public speaking skills.
When asked about the tests you can take in FBLA, most students said that they were very challenging.
Lexi Oetterer, a senior who has taken one of the tests before, said, “I studied as much as I could with the test packets that Mrs. Anderson provided, but it was still really difficult.”
Students who have participated in FBLA before said that they have enjoyed doing the competitions. Many of them recommended participating in them.
Lydia Otten, junior, who has participated in a competition for Intro to Business, strongly urges new members to compete as well.
Good luck on the upcoming year, FBLA members!