“Extreme makeover: FCCLA edition”
Approximately 1,600 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from across South Dakota attended the 2012 South Dakota FCCLA Leadership Meeting April 22-24 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At the meeting, members have the opportunity to show their leadership skills through educational workshops, STAR Events, and general sessions.
The opening general session featured speaker was Jamie Utt. In his keynote address “Are You the 100th Monkey?” he challenged members to be persistent in making a difference and to be the one that ultimately brings about positive change.
Members competed in twenty-three different STAR Events. STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects throughout their schools, communities, and families. Through these STAR Events members are able to learn leadership skills and prepare for careers. Top winners in each event advanced to the national competition in July in Orlando, Florida.
Thirteen members of the Bison chapter participated in the South Dakota FCCLA Leadership Meeting. Receiving Top Superior ratings were Kylee Sandgren and Carrie Schalesky in Focus on Children; Sydney Arneson and Kimberly Peck in Illustrated Talk and Beth Seidel in Career Investigation. Kassidy Sarsland received a Gold rating in Illustrated Talk and Megan Serr, Shelly Peck and Anna Hatle in Chapter Showcase; Lenae McKinstry and Kiana Brockel in Illustrated Talk and Charlotte Johnson and Kayley Johnson in Interpersonal Communication each received a Silver rating in their respective events. Their adviser, Joyce Matthews, along with Paul and Aletha Adcock, also attended this annual spring leadership meeting.
In cooperation with Sanford Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network, FCCLA chapters were challenged to sell links of love (paper strips which were then joined to form a chain) to help support the unexpected medical costs faced by families. Through this cooperation, a chain was formed from all chapters that participated in this project that circled the conference hall twice and raised nearly $21,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. Families who have been helped through Children’s Miracle Network shared their stories at the second general session on Monday night.
As the final session ended on Tuesday morning with award recognition and installation of state officers, it was evident that the purpose of the organization remains. FCCLA, founded in 1945, is a dynamic leadership organization promoting personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.