On January 29th, the District 10 meeting was held at the Indian Hills Community College. STAR event presentations began immediately after Opening Ceremony. Members who were not competing toured the facilities with IHCC Chef Gordon, who shared his life experiences along the way. Members also were able to chat with Chef Gordon’s students from South America. After touring and lunch, Marlene Sprouse, IHCC Community College’s President, shared her thoughts on leadership and what it took to be successful in an ever-changing society. The day concluded with the installation of new officers, pictured below.
On January 18th, District 5 held their District STAR competition at Waukee High School. Members were greeted by the morning’s guest speaker, who discussed what it meant to make the “Everyday Difference.” Soon after, STAR Event presentations began for some members, while other members were able to participate in a number of service projects in the cafeteria. The students brought in many donations! The day was concluded with the award ceremony and closing session.
Although this was the first of many star event competitions, we hope you are getting excited, and working hard on all your projects! On behalf of the state officer team we wish you lots of luck! We can’t wait to see you at STATE CONFERENCE!!
(Pictured are state officers in attendance; Kate Closson, and Nick Greiner)
On October 26th, chapters in District 3 met in Waterloo at Hawkeye Community College. Members got the opportunity to meet the keynote speaker, Brent Matthias. Brent spoke about leadership and the characteristics of being a leader. Members also participated in a district service project. The service project was called “Hailey’s Helping Hand”. This project involved helping patients of a hospital obtain necessities needed in everyday life that they may not be able to afford or obtain on their own. All chapters attending the meeting brought in needed items such as shampoo, conditioner, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, and other personal care items. Each person attending received the opportunity to create a care package. All together there was about 100 care packages made. District 3 officers concluded their terms as officers and new 2015-2016 officers were elected. The 2015 district 3 meeting was a great success!
Pictured above: the 2015-2016 District 3 Officers
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Chelsea Boyden and Alesha Terveer attended the District 2 meeting on December 9th in Altona, hosted by the Lake Mills chapter. They started off the day by welcoming all of the members and discussed Peer Education, the State Wide Service Project, STAR events, and other opportunities that FCCLA members will have this year. Each chapter was encouraged to bring unfrosted cupcakes and decorations and to compete in a friendly cupcake war competition! After that, members went and toured the Camp Algona POW (prisoner of war), where they viewed the Algona Nativity Scene. This camp was ‘home’ to a total of 10,000 German Prisoners from April 1944 to February 1946. Upon their return, they enjoyed a nice lunch catered by HyVee. Chelsea and Alesha had the opportunity to talk with the District Officer Candidates about the upcoming year and about possibly running for state in the future. All of the members in attendance then made Christmas cards for children in the hospital for their community service project. The meeting was concluded with the installation of the 2015-2016 District 2 officers.
On December 10, Hailey Schmitz visited with the Waverly Shell-Rock High School FCCLA Chapter. It was a great afternoon meeting filled with lots of helpful information. We discussed fundraising ideas, ways to keep the chapter enthused throughout the year, and STAR event competitions. Hailey also shared information on the Iowa FCCLS Statewide Service Project and gave even more ideas on how to stay involved!
The district one meeting was held on October 21st in West Lyon. In addition to the state Vice-President of Public Relation, Nick Greiner, the National President, Josh Sorbe, was in attendance, who was featured as the events guest speaker. His session taught members about branding FCCLA as a positive and professional organisation by branding themselves as positive and professional individuals. The meeting was concluded with a presentation on Peer Education by the State Peer Education Coordinator, Janet Mann.
After traveling 4 1/2 hours to Shenandoah, Alesha Terveer and Chelsea Boyden finally made it to the District 8 meeting located at Shenandoah High School. They started off with the district officers conducting opening ceremony, reading of the minutes, and having a couple chapters present about their experiences from National Leadership Conference and National Cluster Meeting. After that, Alesha and Chelsea gave a welcoming speech and talked about peer education, STAR events, and running to be a state officer. The guest speaker, Kristan Gray,then spoke about the importance of self love and forgiveness. The state officers then had the opportunity to talk to the district officer candidates before they gave their speeches and help calm their nerves and to get them excited for an amazing year of FCCLA and leadership! Chelsea and Alesha joined the Clarinda chapter for lunch at a local restaurant called “The Sanctuary”–If you’re ever in the Shenandoah area, they highly recommend this place! Since Alesha and Chelsea had to travel such a long way, they had to leave early, but not before thanking the Clarinda chapter and congratulating the officer candidates. Congratulations to all the 2015-2016 District 8 officers! President: Alexis Stoakes, Vice President: Mikayla Rostro, Secretary: Carly Rahn, Treaserur: Ami Apperson, and District Representative: Alexis Winfield.
Vice President Abigail Pickard Visited District 9 on November 23rd at Southwest Valley High School in Corning, Iowa. The meeting began at 8:00 am with an opening from the District President. The meeting did not have separate breakouts, but instead had all members involved in learning activities. Members were asked to divide into smaller groups and were given a STAR Event category. Each group had to give a short presentation about their certain category. The district was also educated on financial aid and how to spend their money wisely. Abby was asked to present on STAR Events, and the State Wide Service Project. After the meeting, she went around at talked to the members about how involved they were in FCCLA. Many of the district members are interested in being state officers!!
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Hopefully everyone is recovered from Fall Leadership Rally! It was a wonderful day at Iowa State University. Members were motivated by guest speaker, John Beede, who challenged them to find their own mountain to summit. Following that, were several breakout sessions for each member to become more educated on one of the four peer education teams, FCCLA as an organization, fundraising techniques, the statewide service projects, how to become a state officer, the building blocks of FCCLA, and how to stay involved in FCCLA beyond high school. Each chapter was then challenged to help with out statewide service project. This year Iowa FCCLA is proud to be partnering with Children and Families of Iowa, a local charity whose central focus is also on that of the family (just like FCCLA!). The five programs offered by Children and Families of Iowa are: Domestic Violence, Teen Programs, Family Support Programs, Early Childhood Development Services, and Mental Health Services. Each chapter was challenged to donate 100 items, either bring them to State Leadership Conference or donate them to a local charity. Overall, it was a great day and a great start to the year! Next event: district meetings!