If you are thinking of applying for the Executive Director position, please remember, it’s due this week by Wednesday at 11:59 pm. Also– please remember to send three reference letters to Lisa Konecne.

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Peer Education Welcome 2015-2016

     Peer Education 2015-2016


Dear Advisers,


This letter is to introduce Peer Education to those of you who are new advisers, and to remind all other advisers about the upcoming training and registration.


Peer Education is a State and National program that allows teens to educate their peers about relevant (teen) topics.  It is an excellent way to publicize your FCCLA chapter and to encourage members to become involved.   Members can work alone or in teams.  The team concept is explained within this letter.


Iowa Peer Education has met or exceeded the goals that were set.  Our main goal was to increase the number of members involved in Peer Education.  Over the last three years we have more than doubled the number of members involved.  We increased member involvement from 145 members two years ago to 300 members last year.  I believe that the team approach to projects has been one of the greatest factors.  I also feel that the State Officers have provided outstanding training at Fall Leadership.  They have worked very hard to provide all team members with worthwhile projects ideas.


For those members who are not sure about being on a Peer Education team they may attend the training at Fall Leadership Rally and check out each of the teams before registering to be on a team.  So encourage your members to attend Fall Leadership, and listen to the Peer Education Presentations.


The team concept:


○      Teams may be made up of 1, 2, 3 , 4 or 5 members.

■Public Relations team members from XYZ school

Team 1…..Susie Smith

Team 2…..Bill Smith, and Tom Brown

Team 3…..Jewel M., Mollie R. Kali G., Jessica P, and Kaylee H.

When working on and reporting projects, Susie will complete all three of her projects on her own.  She is a team of one. Susie will turn in her three projects report forms without including anyone else from her school.   Bill, and Tom will work together on all three projects, but when reporting or turning in their three projects, they will report as a team on the same report form…NOT three individual reports…..only one project report.  Jewel, Mollie, Kali , Kaylee and Jessica will remain a team of four also for all three projects.  Jewel (team 3) and Jane (team 2) will not switch teams they will remain working with their own team as they are registered.



Again this year the Peer Education State Officers will be holding a face-to-face training at the Fall Leadership Rally (FLR).  This will be held Monday, October 5th at Iowa State University in the Scheman building.  The cost for attending the Fall Leadership Rally is $40.00. Members attending may attend the Peer Education Trainings and then pick the team that they want to be a member of. Advisers will then register them online for the team. Chapters will then be invoiced for the registered Peer Education Team members.   For peer education team members who are unable to attend FLR, the officers will be posting the training materials on the state FCCLA website under the “Programs Tab”.  The materials are found in the Peer Education section.  Registered team members/Advisers, and those wanting to know more about peer education may view the materials on the website.  Any members wanting to be on a team after viewing the materials will need to contact Janet Mann for registration.  All members will be charged only $5.00 for participating on a peer education team.   ($5.00 covers the cost of certificates and team recognition pins). Members and advisers have the advantage of reviewing the training materials on the website at anytime during the year or they may contact the state officers with any questions.



All members or team of members who complete all 3 projects (1 project is a required project) and then the additional two projects by the designated due dates, will receive recognition at the State Leadership Conference (SLC).  The key to success is completion of the 3 projects, on or before the designated due dates and meeting the team criteria.  Each member who meets this criteria will receive a certificate and pin at the SLC.  Advisers will be given the certificate and pin of those members who are unable to attend the SLC.


Due Dates

At the 2014 State Leadership Conference (SLC) the Peer Education State Officers conducted a survey during the meeting held for the peer education members.  It was suggested to change the dates of project submission.  The current submission dates for 2015-2016 will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Friday, January 15, 2016 and Friday, February 26, 2016.  These dates will fit better with school holidays, and will allow more time for the State Officers to complete their team records before the SLC.



As the State Peer Education Coordinator I have been very impressed with the projects that have been completed by members from previous years.  Peer Education is a way to get members involved at the local and state level.  For those members who are involved in STAR Events, peer education projects can be used for STAR.  For those members who are not competitive Peer Education is a perfect way for those members to build their leadership and communication skills.  As you look at your chapter members, I am sure each adviser could recommend this state/national program to some of your their chapter members.  If you are looking for a way to incorporate leadership skills into your curriculum….peer education projects can be used within the classroom or as an extension of the classroom.


As you read through these changes and need clarification, please do not hesitate to give me a call 712-433-1887 school phone, or 712-840-9856 cell.



Mrs. Janet Mann

Iowa FCCLA Peer Education Team Coordinator


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SEC August Training Meeting

On August 8th and 9th the SEC met in Ankeny for their monthly meeting. First we discussed National Leadership Conference; how we bonded as a team, all the new ideas we discovered, and how we could improve for next year. Following that, we began planning for Fall Leadership Rally, which will be held on October 5. We lined up speakers and prepared breakout sessions to get Iowa FCCLA members excited for a new year to do great things with FCCLA. We have so many new and exciting things for you to see!

Our Peer Education Team Leaders; Chelsea Boyden (Vice-President of Families First), Nick Greiner (Vice-President of Public Relations), Alesha Terveer (Vice-President of Financial Fitness), and Kilie Akers (Vice-President of Student Body) all met with Janet Mann, the Iowa FCCLA Peer Education Coordinator to receive training for the upcoming projects. Overall, we got a lot accomplished and we are excited to see you all on October 5 at Iowa State University!

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Iowa FCCLA Immediate Opening for Executive Director

Interested in working for Iowa FCCLA?! We are currently looking for an Executive Director for immediate hiring. Please send (email preferred):

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Three References

Email to Lisa Konecne at

Refer Questions to Lisa Konecne

Applications are due by August 26th 11:59pm

Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, August 29th


Please see Job Description Below

State Executive Director 15′-16′ Job Description


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The SEC and nearly 100 other Iowa FCCLA Members gathered in Washington D.C. for the 2015 National Leadership Conference. The Conference was full of accomplishments, including 68 participants competing in STAR events, earning 36 gold, 27 silver, and 5 bronze medals. The SEC also introduced the 2015-2016 state theme: Destination Leadership: Pave the Way!
The SEC bonded with members from across the nation during their training sessions, where they also learned about Effective Communication, Group Dynamics, and the Responsibilities of Leaders. The Iowa Officers took pride in using their communication skills to build the largest straw tower of any state!
This year’s national theme, Together We Are Healthy, introduced the newly revised Student Body program, which includes a new mental health component. National FCCLA also announced our partnership with Leed2Feed for the National Outreach Project. At the conclusion of the conference, a new National Officer Team was elected to serve for the upcoming year.
Our Officers returned home with their heads spinning with new ideas to make this year the best year ever for FCCLA. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
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IACTE/IFCSE Conference

This Tuesday two state officers, Kate, and Nick, and the national officer candidate, Sydney attended the IACTE/IFCSE Conference in Des Moines to promote Iowa FCCLA. They attended several breakout sessions where they helped new advisers and potential advisers to gain a better understanding of FCCLA. Kate and Nick even had to opportunity to meet with DMACC President Rob Denson and share their personal experiences with him. Later that night, the three were able to speak to FCS teachers about the benefits of having FCCLA in their communities. The conference was a wonderful experience for the team to network with advisers, hand out business cards, and set up school visits.

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June State Executive Council Meeting

The SEC gathered for three days packed full of learning and fun! Our first opportunity to flaunt our Red Jacket Swag was during the FCCLA Board of Directors Meeting, where we got to meet the adults in charge of FCCLA’s success. Then, we visited the Children and Families of Iowa. Together we have chosen this organization as our State Wide Service Project. After dinner, we returned to our hotel to prepare a few surprises for National Leadership Conference. We can’t wait to share them with you!
The next day we attended CTSO Officer Training and bonded with the other Iowa  (DECA, HOSA, FBLA, BPA). We made some great friends and shared ideas on fundraising, recruitment, community service, and conference ideas. Our favorite part was the Improv-Rap-Battle-Ice-Breaker! We hope to incorporate all of the ideas we’ve learned to an event with you!

On the final day of or meeting, we developed and addressed over 120 sponsorship letters. We left the meeting with our heads spinning with ideas and more excited than ever for National Leadership Conference. We hope to see you there!





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State Wide Service Project!

This past week at our State Executive Council meeting we had the chance to visit the Iowa Children and Families of Iowa. Together we have chosen this organization as our State Wide Service Project! There will be more information to come, for now you can learn about Children and Families of Iowa:


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First State Executive Council Meeting

The 2015-2016 Iowa FCCLA State Executive Council had their first meeting on May 9th-10th. To start the meeting, we each brought in five “pieces of me” to share, and learn more about each other. We also talked about who are stakeholders in Iowa FCCLA. We came up with the members, the school, parents and family, business owners, communities, and the government. Without any one of these six groups FCCLA either wouldn’t exist or would be based around something completely different. After that, we worked on our communication skills as a leader. We learned about each other’s strengths and weaknesses in leadership abilities. This helped us learn how to be leaders on the inside and out. The best part of the day was getting to try on our Red Jackets for the first time!

That night, we worked on our Program of Work goals and decided on a theme for the upcoming year! The next morning we talked about sponsorships and making SMART goals. After this, we ended our meeting with talking about the plans for National Leadership Conference in Washington DC! By the time we left, the State Executive Council felt we really connected with each other, and we formed memories we will never forget at our first meeting. We look forward to our next meeting in preparation for nationals!


Will you be joining us in Washington for National Leadership Conference in July?! We can’t wait to announce our theme for the year and start meeting you, the members!IMG_1162

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Meet your 2015-2016 State Executive Council!

Hello Iowa FCCLA! My name is Kate Closson, and I am your 2014-2015 State President. I discovered that I wanted to run for state office at the first State Leadership Conference that I had attended. I was able to see the amazing experience that the state officers that year had, and they inspired me to run for state office later in my FCCLA career. Once I was able to build confidence and become a better leader after several years of being a member, I knew that it was my time to run for state office. As a state officer, I am looking forward to allowing others enhance their leadership skills, while also continuing to improve mine. I am so excited for what this upcoming year has in store! My favorite FCS class that I have taken is Culinary Arts. I appreciate good food, and I thought that it was a great experience to be able to prepare it. Along with FCCLA, I am also involved in tennis and national honor society. After I graduate high school, I plan to major in actuarial science and attend either Drake University or Iowa State University.



Hello, my name is Abby Pickard and I am your 2015-2016 State Vice President.  As a past vice president and current president of my district, I discovered that my leadership had a big impact on others around me.  FCCLA has challenged me to step outside my comfort and become a strong leader.  At the 2014 Fall Leadership Rally, I decided to challenge myself a little bit more and attend the state officer breakout session.  It got me fired up and ready to become an even stronger leader by inspiring more people.  As a state officer, I am looking forward to helping my community even more and encouraging members to be the best leader they can be.  My favorite FCS class I have taken would have to be Child Development.  This class greatly helped me become more prepared for the future for when I become a parent. I am also involved in drama, speech, national honor society, silver cord, youth group, and choir.  After high school, I plan on becoming a speech therapist and attending Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.



Hello Iowa FCCLA! My name is Hailey Schmitz, and I am your 2015-2016 State Vice-President of Records and Finance. After attending National Leadership Convention in San Antonio, Texas this past summer I realized all the amazing opportunities that I had been able to experience as a result of FCCLA. This is when I was inspired to be apart of something bigger than myself, and run for a state office. I am most looking forward to getting to know a lot more of the incredible FCCLA members around the entire state of Iowa. My favorite FCS class that I’ve taken was FCS 3; in this class I was a part of a lab group where we experimented cooking with different recipes, and of course eating them afterwards! I am also involved in cross-country, golf, basketball, dance team, dance, softball, FFA, future problem solvers, national history day, talented and gifted, church youth group, national honor society, husky leadership team, national society of high school scholars, 4-H, girl scouts, silver cord, and speech. My plans for after high school are to attend Wartburg College for pre-medicine, and then continue on to medical school where I plan to become a dermatologist.



Hello FCCLA cool-cats! My name is Nick Greiner and I will be serving as your 2015-2016 Vice-President of Public Relations. I decided to run for a state office after noting the growth and development in last year’s President, Austin Graber. I watched him grow as a leader for years before realizing, “HEY! I can do that too!” My favorite FCCLA memory so far would be at last year’s National Leadership Conference when the interest session rooms were mixed up and I ended up in State Officer Training… maybe it was a sign, because here I am now! As a state officer, I’m looking forward to networking and visiting all the district meetings. My favorite FCS class has been FCS Leadership because it allows me to help with the special education classes. Outside of FCCLA, I spend a majority of my time with track, soccer, NHS, choir, marching/pep/concert band, and my job at the ARK Recording Studio. After high school I plan to enlist with the National Guard or attend college for Audio Engineering.



Hello Iowa FCCLA! My name is Chelsea Boyden, and I am your 2015-2016 Vice President of Families First. In junior high and through my freshman year, I’ve always admired and looked up to the SEC, thinking, “They’re awesome, I want to be like them”. So at a young age, I set myself a goal, and here I am now! I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas and putting my leadership skills to good use, and most importantly, encourage fellow FCCLA members and to educate them about the many leadership possibilities you get through FCCLA! My favorite FCS class is Intro to FCS, because I was able to do just about a little bit of everything in that class, and I love diversity! Along with being a chapter, district, and now state officer in FCCLA, I am the president of my 4-H club, I participate in dance, math club, TAG, class president, choir, band, color guard, drama, speech, church youth group, church day camp coordinator, and I work at a bank and a local restaurant. After high school I plan to major in music therapy and to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa


Hello Iowa FCCLA! I am Kilie Akers, your 2015-2016 Vice President of Student Body. Joining FCCLA my freshman year, and being able to watch everyone that ran for state office last year, gave me the drive and determination to run for state office this year. I told myself at that moment, that I was going to be in a red jacket, and most importantly be a representative for Iowa FCCLA the following year, and here I am. It’s given me the opportunity to do more community service, and has taught me that anything is possible if I set my mind to it. I have also learned valuable life lessons that I can take with me everywhere I go, and speaking abilities I never would’ve had without this organization. I am so excited to share my knowledge about FCCLA with everyone, and learn even more about the organization that I never knew before. I am looking forward to meeting all of you who love FCCLA as much as I do, and to be able to share my leadership skills I have gained through this organization. My favorite FCS class is FCS itself. I love to bake, and through the class, I get to be apart of the bakery we put on. My favorite part about the class is making cakes, like ones you see on the TV show Cake Boss (except mine aren’t as cool looking as theirs). I am also involved in volleyball, club volleyball, cheerleading, track, softball, ASA softball, dance, dance competition team, choir, chamber choir, band, pageants, National Honors Society, and I am even a dance teacher. I plan to get my Doctorate in Anesthesia to become an Anesthesiologist, and attend the University of Iowa (for now).



Hello Iowa FCCLA! My name is Alesha Terveer and I am a sophomore at Iowa Falls-Alden High School. I am your 2015-2016 Vice President of Financial Fitness! I chose to run for this position after hearing a lot about the great things officers do from the two previous state officers that went to my school. In the upcoming year, I hope to meet a lot of new people and get to know my State Executive Council members, while striving to improve my leadership skills. My favorite FCS class so far has been Textiles and Merchandising. I like to learn new things and love to be creative. So it was perfect for me. Besides FCCLA, I am active in cross country, tennis, color guard, individual group speech, concert band, pep band, marching band, math club, leo club, Girl Scouts, and church youth group. My future plans are to attend Allen College to become a Nurse Practitioner.

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