Phi Beta Lambda and its secondary counterpart, Future Business Leaders of America, celebrated its 75th Anniversary during the group's recent National Leadership Conference, and the Stanly Community College (SCC) chapter was recognized with a prestigious "Diamond Chapter" award.
Chapter President Amy Ray accepted the award and SCC's delegates attended the Anaheim, California, conference received special ribbons for their name badges.
"This was the culmination of a very successful year for our chapter," Ms. Ray commented, "highlighted by winning First Place in the state for our Annual Business Report and having Katrina Sams from our chapter elected as state president for 2017-18. It was also exciting for SCC to be on a list of 27 chapters that included the University of Texas and Rutgers University!"
In addition to the 75th Anniversary recognition, Stanly Community College was named as one of the nation's 2016-17 Gold Seal Chapters, the highest designation given to chapters on an annual basis. Gold Seal Chapters are determined based on a points system for completion of goals and involvement in activities at the local, state, and national level.
Delegates attending the conference participated in workshops, general sessions, networking activities, the election of national officers, and competitive events.
Stanly Community College had North Carolina's entries in the Public Speaking, Hospitality Analysis & Decision Making, Organization Behavior & Leadership, and Future Business Educator.
Ms. Ray was one of the 15 finalists in the FBE event, based on an interview, a written test, and a business lesson presentation. She was graduated from SCC this spring and will continue her education at UNC-Charlotte.
Advisers Dana Chaney and Dan Hazlett accompanied the students to the conference. As part of the 75th Anniversary, Hazlett, one of the longest-serving advisers in the organization, led a workshop on "Legacy Leaders and the Lessons They Taught." The workshop featured photos and information on ten influential advisers and members who had contributed to the success and growth of the organization.
Ms. Chaney participated in a series of six competitions for members of the FBLA-PBL Professional Division for alumni and business/educator supporters of the student levels, winning Third Place in Business Ethics and First Place in Agri-Business.
McKenzie Worley, a senior at Appalachian State University, was one of the presiding national officers at the conference.
Ms. Ray and Brooke Zerweck served as voting delegates for the annual business session. Kimberly Clark, a University of Missouri member, was elected as national president for 2017-18.
"Elevate Your Future" will be the FBLA-PBL theme for the up-coming school year, with the 2018 National Leadership Conference scheduled for Baltimore, Maryland, next June.
"On behalf of our members and the other advisers, Ms. Chaney and I want to thank the SCC faculty and staff, as well as numerous community leaders, for their on-going support of the Stanly PBL chapter," Hazlett commented, "especially in preparing and assisting our delegates to the national conference. Dr. Enamait's editorial in STANLY NEWS AND PRESS about PBL was published while we were in California, and we printed copies from the online edition to share with the national CEO and staff. The "Diamond Chapter" recognition would not have been possible without support from the campus and business community, and we are appreciative."
Pictured left to right: SCC PBL Adviser Dana Chaney, Chapter President Amy Ray, Member Brooke Zerwick, and Adviser Dan Hazlett following the ribbon and confetti drop as the business student group celebrated its 75th Anniversary at the recent National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.