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Winter 2012

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a section with a mission PRESIDENT’S CORNER Hello Mission Valley FBLA! Thank you to everyone who attended the Officers and Advisers Training (OAT) Day in September and LDI South in November. I am so proud to see all the Mission Valley FBLA chapters taking all the opportunities available to become more involved in this organization. Please continue your involvement by participating in the new Section Projects and the updated State Projects. Remember that your chapter will be recognized with a ribbon at the Section Leadership Conference and a certificate/ribbon at the State Leadership Conference for completing these projects. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference in February! Let’s make Mission Valley stand out and dominate as we continue to pioneer possibilities. As always, please do not hesitate to email me at missionvalleypresident@cafbla.org with any questions you may have. Happy holidays! SINCERELY, YADANAR OO, MISSION VALLEY SECTION PRESIDENT

FUNDRAISING TIPS!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tip #1: Execution and distribution methods are crucial February 1: Leaders in Action, Internship, and Professional Division elements to a successful fundraiser. Don't restrict yourself to the Projects Deadline typical methods of publicizing! Reach out to the community by February 23: Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference placing an ad in the local newspaper or publicizing through local March 15: March of Dimes, Government Awareness, and FBLA Goes businesses. Try to plan fundraisers that appeal to a variety of Green (Chapter) Projects Due individuals, from toddlers to grandparents. Tip #2: Be mindful of returns! The most expensive and elaborate fundraisers may not be the most practical. Something The Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference is just around the corner, cheap can make just as much money as something luxurious. For example, selling 25 roses for $1 each generates $25, while selling 1 which means it’s time to start hitting the books! I’ve run into a few study FBLA sweater for $25 will also amount to $25. tips that I found very useful during my years in FBLA! Tip #3: Create a Fundraising Committee: Fundraising can be 1. Flashcards: I love using flashcards to study! They’re portable, so you can difficult. Build a committee of 3-10 people dedicated to coordinating literally take them everywhere. Waiting in line while shopping? Whip out fundraisers. It will make planning far more efficient and fun! those flashcards and start reviewing! Tip #4: Lastly, don't be afraid to try new things! Most 2. Don’t always trust the practice tests: Practice tests aren’t always perfect. schools have their traditional fundraisers. Never forget that there I’ve run into a few with incorrect answers before, so it’s important that you are plenty of new ideas. Think outside of the box! do some research if you suspect that an answer is incorrect. Fundraising is one of the most important elements of a 3. An hour a day is all it takes: If you start studying now, all you have to do successful chapter! Remember that the money that you raise will be is commit an hour a day and you’ll be very well off! But make sure that you going towards conferences and activities for your members! stay focused, which means closing all web browsers, turning off all music, BY: DAPHNE CHEUNG, LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATE and silencing your phone. You must concentrate to learn what you’re studying! 4. Study Buddy: Are there multiple FBLA members in your chapter in your Conversation, food, and activities always bring people event? Study with them! They may be your competition but in the end, it together. As a chapter member, you want to bond with other comes down to who actually took the time to study. From my experience, members and officers as frequently as possible because when group study sessions keep you engaged in your event and make you more people are closer, they tend to work better together. For example, eager to study! when Mission Valley held its first section officer meeting, the only BY: NOELLE MARYNE, VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP sounds were crickets chirping. After that meeting, the team planned a “bonding day” at Laser Quest. We had an amazing time attacking each other with laser guns and later enjoyed a very fun dinner filled with laughter and jokes. No crickets were heard! The meetings since have been much more interactive because we all knew each other a little bit better and were more comfortable together. Even if chapter members only have time to eat a fastfood meal together or participate in a quick ice breaker activity, they will get to know one another just a little bit better and be far more comfortable in each other’s company. It’s time well spent! BY: WILLIAM LIN, LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATE MISSION VALLEY OFFICER TEAM AT SECTION BOARD MEETING

REACHING FOR THAT PLAQUE

THE CRICKETS WHO CHIRPED

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Winter 2012

Issue 2

DO YOU DO BUSINESS? DO YOU CARE? Mission Valley Section Projects have been uploaded onto www.cafbla.org under our section’s page and can be found under the “Files” section in the “Section Projects” folder. The two section projects are Mission Valley Does Business and Mission Valley Cares. One provides members with hands-on business experience and the other provides members with volunteer experience, respectively. Here is a brief overview of each of the projects: 1. Mission Valley Does Business - Chapter Project (Must Be Received by Jan. 30, 2013) Select one of the two options: Option 1: Visit a Business -Take a tour around a business; follow all guidelines under this option Option 2: Sell a Product -Learn how to operate a business and raise money for a non-profit organization; follow all guidelines under this option 2. Mission Valley Cares - Chapter Project (Due the 30th of every month) Participate in at least one section organized event -For any three of the four months out of October, November, December, and January, attend a community service event -Summaries, pictures, and forms for each of these events are due on the 30th of the month that your chapter participates in the project Completing these chapter projects will help members expand on “service, progress, and education.” Therefore, we highly encourage you to complete these projects! Your chapter will also receive ribbons for nametags during the section leadership conference as recognition. BY: SARA PAK, VICE PRESIDENT OF ACTIVITIES

MISSION SUCCESS! During the weekend of November 17-18, the Mission Valley Section Team, along with the other section teams in the South hosted the 2012 Leadership Development Institute (LDI). This year’s conference had a record number of attendees with over 935 members! Mission Valley Section had the largest attendance at the conference! At the conference, members enjoyed unique experiences only FBLA could provide. Once the members arrived at the Hyatt Regency hotel, they were greeted with the opportunity to meet and socialize with members from all across Southern California. Then, the first two rounds of workshops started. The workshop topics ranged from Public Speaking to Personal Finance. After the members were presented with the opportunity to learn from the Section Officers and Professional presenters, they were treated to a hearty lunch and the Opening Ceremony, led by California’s State Officer Team. After another six rounds of workshops, the members attended the Zumba Workout. Then, members were able to have fun at the LDI Dance! On Sunday, members took practice tests to prepare themselves for the upcoming competitions at the section leadership conferences. After the rounds of practice tests, the Section and State Officer Teams presented Closing Ceremony. The members were entertained by the State Officer Team playing Chubby Bunny and the Flashback Video of LDI 2012. This year’s LDI was one of the greatest of all time. With the largest Leadership Development Institute in the history of California, and Mission Valley being the largest section in attendance, there are high expectations for California FBLA and we can beat them! BY: GREGORY GUNADI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

SCAVENGER HUNTS, SCIENCE, & BUSINESS Mission Valley’s OAT Day at the California Science Center, was very successful as we had a record-breaking 115 attendees. We started off with our opening session with the introduction of the Section Officers. During Opening Session, each school cheered loudly as their chapter was called out during roll call. The Section Officers then introduced themselves to members and offered a warm welcome. Soon after, the Section Officers proudly presented a workshop on their respective positions to give members an idea of their upcoming responsibilities. The Section Officer incorporated many activities and icebreakers in their workshops to make their presentations more engaging. The second round of workshops provided general knowledge of FBLA as Section Officers presented workshops on a “Roadmap of the Year” and “Section and State Projects”. Throughout the day, chapter officers were able to network with each other. We concluded OAT Day with a competitive activity. Each chapter was instructed to create a scavenger hunt, based on what they learned at the California Science Center. The winning chapter would receive a Competitive Events Study Guide. Later in the day, we held our closing ceremony and the Section Officers were able to thank everyone for coming. After reading through many creative scavenger hunts, the Section Officers voted for the one they liked best. Congratulations to San Marino for winning the scavenger hunt! BY: JACKIE HWANG, LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATE

! From the Mission Valley Section Officer Team

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