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Hello everyone! I hope the year is going well for you. For those who attended the Leadership Development Institute, I hope you had a blast; I know I did! If you were unable to attend, do not fret; we have another joint section activity coming up! The magnificent Gold Coast, Inland and Southern sections are holding a Sports Marketing Event at the LA Kings Game on January 9. I encourage you to come and network with people from all over Southern California. Before the game, a business tour of the stadium will be held. And in only two months on the 6th of March, we have our amazing Section Leadership Conference! This year it will consist of equal parts of competitions, fun, and awesomeness. Furthermore, I encourage all of you to embrace the leader within you, and apply for Section Office. It is an exhilarating experience that will enable you to learn lifelong skills that will help you dominate in your career, and leave you much the wiser. Show the world what Future Business Leaders of America are truly about! Hope to see you soon at the Kings Game!

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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION SERVING THE GOLD COAST SECTION OF CALIFORNIA FBLA

DEVANG SAMPAT

Issue 2 Winter 2009 December 7

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE By Jennifer Tran (Gold Coast Secretary/Treasure)

Chapters all across Southern icebreakers that sure rocked with the March of Dimes California arrived at the Hyatt the members’ socks off and dance. Regency Irvine on November rallied the crowd to cheer Early Sunday morning, a 21 to attend the long anticipated “FB?!” “LA!” all night long. test drive on written com2009 Leadership Development The Grand Prix was a fantastic petitive events was given to Institute-South. The members, where conference kicked they took sample off with guest tests to test their speaker Cary knowledge. Other Trivanovich, who members attended captured the attenworkshops on skill tion of his audience and presentation with engaging stoevents. Everyone ries and humor at left with the knowlthe general session. edge that will defiFollowed by the nitely fuel their inspiring speech, competitiveness at Southern, Inland and Gold Coast Section Officers pose members attended Section. The confor a picture after closing session various workshops ference ended with presented by the Section Offi- networking session to meet a breakfast buffet and closcers from public speaking to new friends and bond with old ing speech by Cary tips to college admissions, and ones. The ballroom then Trivanovich. While the even graphic design! Attendees opened its doors for hot Salsa memories and friends made let loose for an exciting evening dancing lessons taught by our at the conference were of entertainment. California very own section members priceless; this is just the PBL members led the Grand from Charter Oak. Saturday beginning. Exciting times Prix session with stimulating night concluded on a high note are ahead of us. Members

Going Green on a Whole New Level By: Leslie Chang (Gold Coast Vice President of Service)

Yes, I recycle. I also have a food compost and hybrid, not to mention my reusable lunch box and water bottle. But no, I do not just pull these out when it is time for me to complete the FBLA Go Green State Project; I go green every day. . LA KINGS— January 9 In a world where going Membership Dues—February 3 green is the new thing, it only sense for the future busiGold Coast Section Conference makes ness leaders of America to follow along and do their part in —March 6 saving our earth. The Gold State Leadership Conference Coast Goes Green Chapter Project was established to be —April 15-18 environmentally conscious and

UPCOMING EVENTS

to work on increasing awareness and carbon reduction among the world’s upcoming business leaders. How can we fuel our future if we are not even (alternative) fueling our planet? And we wonder why our climate seems to be so erratic. . This section project will ensure that Gold Coast FBLA goes green every day. Chapters who complete the project will receive the first and only ribbon ever to be achieved at the section level: the Go Green ribbon. Chills should run down your spine at the thought of wearing the only ribbon attainable at section, and saying to others: “Yeah, there’s only one

ribbon, and I got it.” Gold Coast FBLA, this is your call to action. Start improving tomorrow, today. More information is available for download on the Gold Coast blog; be sure to read the instructions carefully and complete each task diligently. Contact Leslie Chang at goldcoastvpservice@cafbla.org for questions.


Send us your pictures, ideas, inputs, articles and more at goldcoastpr@cafbla.org Students from Walnut High School pose with their plaques

Officer Adviser Training Day By: Angela Chang (Gold Coast Vice President of Membership) On September 26, chapter officers and advisers spent their Saturday at Gabrielino High School “fueling their future” at the Officers’ and Advisers’ Training Day. After introductions and playing a short ice breaker activity, members were dismissed to attend two rounds of workshops. One was specific to their officer positions and the second session was devoted to the state projects. While the chapter officers learned from the section officers, the advisers met to discuss issues specific to their chapter needs. Before lunch, officers were tested on FBLA knowledge including what they had learned at the workshops with a game of FBLA Jeopardy! The one hundred OAT Day attendees quickly got into the competitive spirit as they each fought to gain the most points. The day closed with a delicious Italian pasta lunch, and officers and advisers left with new connections, plans, and confidence for the 2009-2010 FBLA year.

Getting Competitive By: Devang Sampat (Gold Coast President) It's that time of year again. Christmas? Why no, I mean studying time for the Section Leadership Conference! No matter what event you are competing in, there is a way to study for it. For the written examinations, I suggest asking your chapter officers for old tests that you can practice with. Also, be on the lookout for OAT Day at Gabrielino HS comprehensive review books regarding your competition, such as a n y t h i n g o n t h e C o m p T I A By: Leslie Chang (Gold Coast Vice President of Service) certifications if you are competing in a It’s a big deal, the an- this breathtaking event). working experience, and not technology related event. Once you nual Tournament of Roses, This year, Gold Coast to mention a lot of fun! have your materials to study from, find when hundreds of girls FBLA members will have a nice quiet place away from your In addition, Rose Float from all around the Los the opportunity to be part decorating qualifies for the friends, computer, and phone to begin Angeles area congregate in of this float making magic. “Other” section in the Gold studying right now. If you Pasadena in hopes of being procrastinate, you will not be able to Working on the floats is Coast Go Green Chapter selected the next Rose a great bonding and netreach your potential! If you put it off Project, so if chapters Queen. But even till tomorrow, the next day you will are able to provide at more important put it off again and it will lead to a least five people for than the Rose snowball effect of procrastination. each shift on one Court are the Finally, if you need any direction on particular day, they Rose Floats: what to do to get first place, talk to will be able to use magnificent previous competitors who in that event this for their Decemstructures on that have placed. They will give you ber Go Green activwheels that travel fantastic advice on what to do and ity. six miles in the what to study from. So crack open traditional Rose those books, and I'll see you up on Parade (January Work on floats just like these, while stage, receiving that 1st place plaque! 1, 2010 marks meeting other FBLA members!

A Cut Above the Rest!


Gold Post, Winter 2009