FBLA Regional Conference Finds 2010 Home in Reading

Posted on September 28, 2010 by

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Fleetwood’s FBLA chapter is one of the best in Berks County, and on Thursday, October 14th, they will be attending the regional conference at Reading High School.  Mrs. Ackerman, who is not here for the 1st making period because of maternity leave, is the advisor for all of Region 8 as well as the advisor for Fleetwood High School’s chapter of FBLA. The interim advisor for the Fleetwood chapter is history teacher Ms. Nagle.  The officers for the Fleetwood chapter include Kiley Petro, president; Alison Williams, vice president; Caitlin Petro, secretary; and Dominick Scatamacchia, treasurer.  None of these officers will be attending the conference, however, because of a prior obligation to attend the senior class trip. Fleetwood’s two representative officers will be Beth Rothenberger, communicator, and Demi Rissmiller, reporter. Members who are attending usually leave after 1st period.

This is a professional event, so everyone is expected to dress professionally.  All clothing should be business casual. Most men wear suits, dress shirts, dress pants, ties, dress shoes, etc. Typically, the ladies wear dresses, suits, skirts, blouses, dress shirts, dress shoes, etc. Sneakers, t-shirts, and jeans are totally unacceptable for any FBLA related trips.

Says Nagle, “Every year we do the same routine, but everything changes a little bit.” Miss Barnett will also be attending this regional conference. The Regional Conference–also called the Regional Leadership Workshop–is an event that takes all day. Schools such as Boyertown, Governor Mifflin, Wilson, and others are attending the Regional Conference.

Each year, the FBLA sponsors one charity, and the conference this year will host the announcement of the 2010-2011 selection.  In addition, everyone will be learning the pledge for FBLA. Each representative will participate in ice breakers and other introductory exercises. Also, there is always an inspirational speaker that the host school will provide. This year’s speaker is still unknown.

After the whole meeting, which usually ends at lunchtime, Fleetwood’s chapter will be going to a restaurant for an etiquette lunch. Each student is expected to eat in a formal manner, which means that no one can eat with his or her hands. Everything is to be eaten with utensils–including hamburgers, fries, and sandwiches. While it may seem like serious business, Fleetwood’s FBLA members still say that they have a lot of fun participating.

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