The Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter received "Gold Star Chapter" recognition for completing a list of organizational goals at the business student group's recent Fall Leadership Development Conference. Meeting at the Wyndham Garden Inn in Greensboro, delegates from 25 chapters attending the conference participated in workshops, group sharing activities, and general sessions.
At the opening session, State President Jamie Barton, from Barton College, announced the "Gold Star Chapter" recipients and presented chartering plaques to new chapters at Meredith College, UNC Greensboro, Pitt Community College, and Wake Forest University.
Among the speakers for the conference were Melissa Coffey, the 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient given by the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Professional Division-Foundation, Inc., and Stanly Community College's Katrina Sams, the state's 2016 selection for induction into the national "Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda."
Phi Beta Lambda and the secondary level Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as a national organization with the theme "A Legacy of Leadership." McKenzie Worley, a junior at Appalachian State University and PBL national Vice President, used the theme during her remarks to conference delegates. The theme was also used for a chapter display contest, won by Isothermal Community College. SCC placed Third.
Stanly Community College was also represented at the PBL National Fall Leadership Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida. At that conference, SCC Adviser Dan Hazlett led a workshop entitled "Legacy Lessons and the People from PBL's History Who Taught Them!"
Other fall activities included a tour of business support offices in Albemarle and a Membership Induction- Officer Installation service at Blue Bay Restaurant.
Speaking at the Officer Installation was Patricia Maddox, a former member and the 2012 state First Place and national Fourth Place winner in the PBL Management Analysis and Decision Making competitive event. State PBL Professional Division-Foundation member Calvin Sams presented certificates to members and officers.
In observance of National American Enterprise Awareness Day on November 15, chapter members visited the SCC Small Business Center, the Downtown Development Association, and the Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Albemarle. Alicia Herrin, Katie Furr, and Kathy Almond, respective heads of the organizations, spoke to the members about the work of each group.
"It has been a busy fall for PBL, and we were excited to be among the ‘Gold Star' designees at the state fall conference," commented SCC Chapter President Amy Ray, a Business Administration major. "When we return from semester break, we will begin preparing for the 2017 state and national conferences and competitive events. With the new semester, we will welcome new members. Information is available from any of the Business and Technology instructors at the College."
(Left to right): SCC PBL Member Samantha Vang, Chapter President Amy Ray, and State Historian Katrina Sams prepare SCC's chapter display commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., during the recent state PBL Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro.