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Future Business Leaders of America

Western Region FBLA Volume 1, Issue 1

November 2013

National Vice President’s Corner

Table of Contents National Vice President’s Corner


Western Region Calendar


Program of Work


By Parker Snook



By Jerry Sun



By Bradyn Poulsen Contribute to The Western Word!


Get To Know Your Executive Board


This is such an exciting time of the year! Many states have planned upcoming fall events, and one of which has passed is the National Fall Leadership Conference. I attended the NFLC in Salt Lake City Utah at the end of last month. Your national officer team hosted a state officer track during the conference. We are very excited to promote programs such as the Community Service Awards and Seven Up. Just some more interesting facts about me are that I am currently a Junior at Scappoose High School in Oregon and currently spend my time working at the St. Helen Community Credit Union or with friends. I love to travel and

meet new people! I am truly ecstatic serving as your Western Region Vice President and cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has to bring.

Western Region Calendar

Newsletter Designed by Elizabeth Zhang

November 8—9


November 15—16


November 15

American Enterprise Day

November 17

March of Dimes World Prematurity Day

November 22—23

NFLC—Salt Lake City 2

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Program of Work By Parker Snook This year, your national officer team assiduously developed a Program of Work that entails many exciting programs. We have also set goals on increasing our social media outreach to connect with more members. One of our newest programs this year is Seven Up! Chapters can receive this award by increasing their membership by seven from that of the previous year. The seven chapters that raise their membership the most will be recognized on stage at NLC.

Another award this year is the Community Service Award. This recognizes members for outstanding involvement and contribution in the community. This program has four levels: Future, Business, Leader, and America. Each level requires a certain amount of community service, which accumulates over one’s FBLA career. To sign up go to http:// One of the aspects that this year’s Program of Work focuses on is social media. We are steadily reaching goals

that have resulted in a dramatic increase in our connections with members across the nation. One way this is being accomplished is the State Officer Board room. State Officer Teams are able to interact with each other and learn about the programs implemented in other states. This year’s Program of Work contains all the information above and more. Your team has already accomplished portions of it and cannot wait to complete it!

Membership Recruitment By Jerry Sun Autumn marks the beginning of school and the membership recruitment season! Remember that chapters need to not only recruit new members, but retain members from prior years to have advantageous diversity in interests and experiences. How are your chapters looking to recruit members? Feel free to post on our FBLA Western Region Facebook page or tweet at us: @westernfbla. There is a plethora of great recruitment tools your chap-

ter can utilize, many of which can be found on the FBLA-PBL national website ( Several ideas are hosting after school events, handing out flyers, conducting icebreakers, and organizing raffles. Take a look at it; you’re bound to find something you might use!

should join FBLA. Typically, my school hosts a club fair, during which we receive the majority of our signees. However, the classic word-ofmouth technique works equally as well. When members have a blast in FBLA, others will take notice. But whatever your method of recruiting is, start now.

From my past experience, I have found that a welldecorated club poster and sign-up sheets work perfectly fine, as long as potential members know why they

After all, autumn marks the beginning of a new FBLA year. Let’s make this year a great one! Best of luck to your recruitment process! 3

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National Fall Leadership Conference By Bradyn Poulsen The Fall Leadership Conferences gave members the opportunity to participate in motivational sessions, development, and workshops. The Western Region was excited to host one of the three National Fall Leadership Conferences in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 22-23. Members and advisers attended the conference in the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. With guest speakers Grant Baldwin and Byron Garrett, this conference was full of excitement and inspiration to help our members strive for their excellence in action. Within walking distance of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, members found attractions, such as Abravanel Hall, City Creek Center, State Capital, and Temple Square that make Salt Lake City a premiere location for the NFLC.

From Left to Right: Bryan Poulsen (PBL National Western Region Vice President), Byron Garrett (Closing Session Speaker), Bradyn Poulsen

Workshops this year were on the business topics of Accounting, Career Exploration, Communication, Community Service, FBLAPBL Organization, Financial Literacy, Goal Setting, Leadership, Management, Microsoft Updates, New Technologies, Personal Development, Team Building, Technology, and Web Design. Hotel and early bird registration passed on October 25th, while regular online registration ($70) lasted until Nov 12. On-site registration was $80.

Want to contribute to The Western Word? Contact Elizabeth Zhang ( to find out about how your article may be featured in the next issue of our newsletter! 4

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Get To Know Your Executive Board As a senior at Westmoor High School in Daly City, California, I love to make others smile. I believe that when people smile, it not only brightens my day, but their day as well! Outside of FBLA, I lose my voice at school rallies and climb on ladders to hang spirit postDerrick Chow ers (I’m only 5’2). When I Treasurer feel like I need exercise – Westmoor HS which is almost always – I either play a pick-up game of basketball or go out for a nice run. I’m also always on social media so if you have Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, please add me because I’d love an extra friend! I stand by the three F’s – family, friends, and FBLA. If you have a chance, please feel free to talk to me. I’m always open to talking to new friends about anything. Don’t be afraid to say hi!

I am currently a junior at Newbury Park HS in Southern California. I have a 1 year old, 100 pound purebred Siberian husky, and an older sister attending Northeastern University I really enjoy baking, sketching, painting (mainly in watercolor), playing tennis, and watching KoElizabeth Zhang rean dramas. My favorite Executive Assistant foods are chocolate ice cream, Red Lobster biscuits, Newbury Park HS and burrito bowls from Chipotle. My favorite drinks are peach-flavored ramune and hot chocolate. I have always disliked yogurt, milk, coffee, and whipped cream. Moving away from food, my favorite shows are Adventure Time, The Big Bang Theory, and PBS Nature. My favorite “extracurricular activity” is definitely FBLA, in which I am a regional public relations officer in California, but I also enjoy Science Olympiad and HOSA.

I am a senior from the International Community School in Kirkland, Washington. I am currently serving as my local chapter's co-president and prior to that, public relations officer. I have participated in the Buzz Squad program with the FBLA National Center for NLC and Jerry Sun placed nationally for EmergExecutive Assistant ing Business Issues in 2012. Int’l Community HS Among others, I am also tively involved in various extracurricular programs, including my school’s ASB. Ultimately, making people smile is my hobby; making friends is my lifestyle; making memories is my goal. While school leaves me perpetually tired, in my free time, I can be found following my different interests and passions. I am proud to support my hometown Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC.

My name is Bradyn Poulsen and I have been practicing web development and programming since 5th grade, after my brother attended nationals for Website Design. With over three years of professional practice, I have created abilities and techniques that allow me to excel in my web skills, making my time on websites Bradyn Poulsen quick and efficient while proWebmaster viding genuine high quality efPine View HS fort I continually strive for. I teach the Advanced Web velopment class at my high school while managing my marketing business. Other hobbies of mine include repelling, running, volleyball, and programming competitions with my brother, Bryan Poulsen (PBL Western Region Vice President). I love my family and extremely miss my older brothers, who moved out during my middle school years. I love meeting new people and invite you to add/follow me! @bradynp on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Snapchat and @bradynpoulsen on Instagram. 5

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