Ord FBLA Chapter Celebrates A Year of Success!

The Ord Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America celebrated a year of impactful activities, successful competitions and newly formed community partnerships at a celebration held on May 2nd in the new commons area at Ord High School.  Active FBLA members and Coach Jennifer Remmereid, parents and community leaders attended the banquet to celebrate achievements with a program and dessert bar. 

During the program, officers and members presented the FBLA mission, creed and emblem to the audience.  Bryant Els, FBLA President and Ord High School Senior received the Outstanding Leader Award.  Bryant has also qualified to compete in the Economics competition at the National FBLA conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer.  FBLA members received certificates of achievement for their involvement in activities throughout the year.  Coach Remmereid also presented the Valley County Community Foundation Fund with a certificate of appreciation for its sponsorship and support of the FBLA program.  Kristina Volf, Becky Ries and Dahn Hagge were also recognized for co-sponsoring the organization. The program concluded with a discussion session among community leaders and FBLA members.

Bob Stowell, Chairman of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund thanked the FBLA students for their leadership and community involvement throughout the year.  Stowell stated “The connection between our business community and our youth is imperative to our continued success in growing our economy and creating opportunities for our youth to return home after college to raise their families and begin their careers or start a business.  It is thrilling to see so many talented young people engaging in entrepreneurial activities, business planning opportunities and community service experiences. The Valley County Community Foundation is proud to sponsor the FBLA program.”

Some of the highlights of the year’s activities included the following:  starting the Chant Nation School Store in which students managed the sales, inventory and supply orders for this apparel and fan gear business; sponsoring a Safe Driving Campaign to encourage drivers of all ages to use their seatbelts; attending two leadership conferences with nationally renowned speakers, leadership development opportunities, and business competitions; implementing a community recycling program; and being nominated for three awards at the Chamber/Economic Development Banquet including ExtraORDinary Young Citizen, ExtraORDinary Organization, & Community Development & Improvement Awards.

FBLA is a national vocational student organization for middle and high school students who are interested in business or business education careers.  The mission of FBLA is “To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”  The four key components of the program include entrepreneurship, leadership, competitive business skills contests and community service projects.

The FBLA acronym stands for the following: Future: The word future reminds us that the future of the world depends upon the quality of leadership that we are able to produce. We must learn to recognize the situation in which our individual talents will be useful.  Business:  The world of business is our world.  To be successful in business, a person must be educated both formally and informally in business methods and procedures and in the basic principles of our economic system and government.   LeadersThe word leaders represents the search for knowledge in order for us to become better citizens.  This knowledge will prepare us for the great task of leadership ahead.  America:  The future of America depends on our generation.  We should pledge ourselves to use the abilities that we have to make America a better place for everyone.

The Ord FBLA Chapter was re-chartered in August 2011 through a partnership between Ord High School and the Valley County Community Foundation Fund.  All schools throughout Valley County are welcome to join the chapter.  To learn more about FBLA contact Jennifer Remmereid at Ord High School by calling 308-728-3241.

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