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March 8, 2017

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State Leadership Conference (SLC) Program

The conference program is now available and can be found by clicking here.

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Silent Auction

The Tennessee FBLA State Leadership Conference silent auction is organized as a means to raise funds to offset students’ costs to attend the National Leadership Conference.  Chapters are asked to submit two (2) baskets of theme-based items or single items, such as a gift cards or specific paraphernalia (college or professional sports teams, etc.).  State conference attendees will have an opportunity to bid on the items throughout the conference, and the proceeds will be donated to directly to the Tennessee FBLA NLC sponsorship fund.
Requirements for Basket/Gift Item Donation
  • Baskets must represent a specific theme (ex: University of Memphis items, office supplies, health and wellness, etc.). – (Value of $20 or More)
  • All items inside the baskets (or individual items) must be new.  When selecting your donations and creating your baskets, try to choose items that you personally know you would want to bid on and purchase as well. WE WANT TO SELL EVERYTHING!
  • Gift cards should have an original receipt denoting the amount on the card.  This can be taped to the back of the card.
  • A submission form should be completed and submitted with EACH donation (5 donations = 5 forms).  Donation drop off will be Sunday, March 19 (during registration) and Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m.–10:30 a.m. (in Silent Auction room)
Silent Auction Hours of Operation
  • Silent Auction Hours are as follows:
    • Monday, March 20, 2017 | 3–6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Winning bidders (and donators of unpurchased items) will be contacted from 12–1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.
    • Advisers on assignment and hospitality committee members will make these calls.
  • Winning basket/unpurchased donation pick up will be on Tuesday, March 21 from 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    • Doors will be locked at 2:30 p.m.
  • NO CASH PAYMENTS will be accepted.  Credit and debit card payments will be accepted.  Checks should be made payable to Tennessee FBLA. A valid ID will be required for all purchases.
Guidelines for NLC Sponsorship Recipients
  • Students who place 1st or 2nd at the State Leadership Conference are eligible for reimbursement of the National Leadership Conference registration if they choose to compete in their winning event at NLC.
  • In order to receive reimbursements, the competitors must attend ALL required sessions at the National Leadership Conference as detailed on the signature card he/she will receive upon arrival to the conference.  Tennessee FBLA personnel will be available at the conclusion of each event to provide attendance signatures.  Signature cards must be submitted at the end of the awards/closing session after obtaining the final signature.
  • Reimbursement amounts are based on funds raised during the silent auction.  In the instance of team events, the reimbursement amount may be divided equally among team members.
If you have any questions, please contact Amber Stokes, West Tennessee Professional Liaison and Silent Auction Coordinator, at 

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Mandatory Cluster Trainings

The required cluster trainings for the competitors in the events below are designed to offer an exclusive opportunity for these competitors who only have an objective test associated with their competitive event to participate in an on-site event at our State Leadership Conference this year. These 75-minute premier trainings will be facilitated by skillful presenters who will help our members strengthen their skills in these clustered areas.

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Chapter Scrapbook Guidelines

The 2017 scrapbook guidelines and rubric can be found on the Tennessee FBLA competitive events webpage or by clicking here

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Adviser Assignments

The advisor assignments can be found here. SLC cannot run successfully without your hard work and willingness to play a vital part in the daily operations. Your commitment is truly appreciated!

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Community Service

March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is our national community service partner. Each chapter is encouraged to donate a check in the amount of $1.00 per conference attendee. Doing so, we can help babies begin a healthy life. Each chapter is encouraged to submit their check to the local March of Dimes office and turn in a March of Dimes Fundraising Report during onsite chapter check-in. If chapters choose to bring their donation to the conference, checks must be made payable to "March of Dimes" and can be turned in at the conference registration desk. (Each chapter will have an opportunity to send their chapter president or another designee on stage during the opening session to submit their chapter’s donation.)

Ronald McDonald House Can Tab Drive 
By donating can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, Tennessee FBLA members can help provide families a place to stay while their critically ill children receive inpatient or outpatient medical care at area hospitals. Chapters can collect can tabs and place them in gallon jugs. Can tabs should be donated at your local Ronald McDonald House, or they can be turned in at the registration desk at SLC. Chapters that deliver can tabs must submit the Can Tab Verification Form at registration to be recognized during the conference.

Tennessee Family Literacy Project
For a number of years, Tennessee FBLA members have collected books to donate to Tennessee families. While we encourage you to make donations of new books in your community and submit a Tennessee Family Literacy Project Donation Verification Form, during onsite chapter check-in, your chapter can submit new children's books to be donated to Chattanooga-area families. 

State Leadership Conference (SLC) Aquarium Night

The mandatory dress code for the Aquarium Fun Night is the Tennessee FBLA SLC t-shirt, blue jeans, conference lanyard and name tag. Blue jeans cannot have holes and must be worn properly around the waist. Only the chapters that pre-ordered Sticky Fingers barbecue dinners will receive meal wristbands. (Click here for the aquarium flier.)

The aquarium will be open for Tennessee FBLA from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Tennessee FBLA Bylaw Amendment Proposals

The Tennessee FBLA bylaws shall be made available to the membership 60 days prior to the State Leadership Conference. The bylaws can always be found here.

Proposed amendments have been submitted in writing to the State Chair over 90 days prior to the annual meeting of the State Leadership Conference. Voting on adoption of proposed amendments to the state bylaws shall be at the annual meeting held at the State Leadership Conference provided they are not in conflict with the National FBLA Bylaws. Amendments may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the voting delegates at the Annual Meeting of the State Leadership Conference.

The motivation behind these changes is to allow our state chapter to be fiscally responsible by streamlining officer positions and the corresponding duties. The changes allow for the modernization of job descriptions, which are more in line with a 21st century business and industry environment. At the same time, it provides students in these leadership positions a meaningful and enriching experience improving their college and career readiness skills.

The bylaw amendment proposals can always be found here.

Required CTSO Release Form for 2016-17

All 2016-17 FBLA conference participants must have a signed CTSO release form on file before participation can be granted. Please click here to download a copy of the form. Advisers must keep all release forms in their possession at all times and be prepared to show them at the registration table at any FBLA conference. Attendees without a signed form on file will be sent home from the conference and will be unable to participate.

All required Tennessee FBLA forms can be found here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

March 2017
19–22                    State Leadership Conference | Chattanooga, TN

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