Spice Up Your Year and Choose a Chapter Theme!


Engage your chapter in coming up with a chapter theme for your year- something that happens at each meeting, or something that you celebrate each month……

As most of you know, every year the Executive Council comes up with a new year-long theme for Minnesota FCCLA. This year, we are encouraging chapters to think of their own individual year-long themes or individual themes for each meeting. You may be wondering where to start or what you can do for a theme. The great part about this is that your chapter can choose almost anything they want for a theme or themes for meetings as long as they are FCCLA appropriate.

There are so many different options for theme ideas, and the fun part is working together as a chapter to make it creative and fun.


You could base it off of music genres, movies, TV shows, sports, holidays, and much more. As I stated before, this can be one theme for the whole year or a new theme for each meeting. The important part is to incorporate this theme or themes into your chapter’s meetings through decorations, activities, and whatever else your chapter can come up with.

Chapter themes are a great way to spruce up your meetings and attract more new members. Don’t be afraid to take plenty of awesome selfies that show your themes and post them to social media with #MNFCCLA! We love to see your great photos! We hope you have fun creating your themes and have a great rest of your school year!

By Johannah Nielsen, MN FCCLA Vice President of Marketing



FCCLA members work together to create awesome video messages about their FCCLA experiences.

Here are some outstanding videos from the Area Leadership Video contests!

FCCLA is for Everyone! From Central East and the Litchfield Chapter

Why do you like FCCLA? From Southwest Area and RTR Junior

Congratulations on these chapter’s video projects.





One of the most exciting event you and your chapter don’t want to miss at State Conference 2017 is the 7-up highlighter party. This special event is not open to everyone, and there are some requirements that need to be met.



There are different ways to be able to attend this event including:

  • ·     Your chapter has to increase its numbers by 7
  • ·     If 33.3% of your student body is involved in FCCLA, you have obtained the 7-up challenge
  • ·     FCCLA chapters who have retained membership have the option to purchase tickets to this event
  • ·     Middle level and co-curricular affiliated chapters have already obtained access to this event

Members who complete the 7-up challenge get to attend a party on Thursday night at State Conference. Highlighters will be provided but attendees are responsible for bringing their own white t-shirt. Attending this event is not only going to provide an evening full of fun, but also a wonderful networking opportunity for everyone. So go out and recruit new members! Check the 7-Up Party page on page 28 of the MN FCCLA Mini Handbook.Fulda at San Diego

Its not too late to go for 7 more members!

7-Up Challenge- An “Invitation Only” Party at State FCCLA Conference



There are only a couple of months until our 7-up highlighter party at State Conference 2017! You and your chapter want to meet the requirements to attend this exciting event. It is being held on Thursday at State Conference and you don’t want to miss it.


The 7-up highlighter party is a great way to network with new people and have a fun time. Some ways to increase you membership and meet the requirements include:



Make a social media site that talks about you chapter in FCCLA using platforms like:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Make a website
  • Form a membership committee
  • Keep all of your meetings fun!

Challenge your chapter’s current members to bring at least one new friend to the meeting

Using these types of recruiting methods will help you and you chapter obtain the 7-up challenge.

(See page 28 of the MN FCCLA Mini Handbook for details.)

  • Increase your chapter membership by seven more members from the previous year’s membership.
  • Have 33% or more of your student Body involved in FCCLA. advisers must notify the state office by March 1st.
  • Retain your membership at last year’s number and you can purchase tickets for $5.00 per member. Retaining members must have a minimum of 12 members and register by March 1st.

Written by State President Elect Mya Christensen.

Building Excitement for Involvement …Ideas for the Year


5 FCCLA Chapter Ideas for the Year

Planning activities and events that an FCCLA chapter can do together can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple and fun ideas that any chapter can complete throughout the whole school year!IMG_4391-560x373


  1. At the Moviesmovies

Popcorn, a good movie, and great friends are the best way to start the weekend. As a chapter, what better way to enjoy each other’s company other than having a movie night? Whether it’s a scary movie, the funniest movie you have ever seen, or maybe just your typical chick flick, everyone loves a great movie. Who wouldn’t love a night spent in the school, a night out on the town, or at a friend’s house? So sit back and enjoy the movie!


  1. New PlacesJerry and bi plane

If your chapter meetings are becoming a little boring and are in need of a little something new, try changing the meeting space. Going to the bowling alley, ice skating rink, or a pool party for a chapter meeting is a great way to change it up a little. Sometimes the change of scenery creates the perfect environment to keep people engaged and keep them active in the chapter.

  1. Get Active!stubod (1)

FCCLA has a national program, Student Body, focusing on a fit and healthy you. And what better way to do that and still have fun than going to the local park and starting a game of kickball, softball, tennis or any other sport?! Sometimes it’s also nice to play a good old fashioned game of Pokemon Go! and catching all those Pokemon creatures together as a chapter!


  1. TheBog SNowmanmed Holiday Parties

, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are some great reasons to get together for a little celebration with your chapter. Dress up in your wackiest costume and celebrate with your chapter for Halloween. During Christmas, our adviser makes our whole chapter lasagna and we all pass around gifts to each other. But you could also turn these holidays into a community service project to fit your community’s needs.  Wade a Deer Creek got a national award for trick or treating for food shelf items. What could your chapter do?


  1. Color paint cans

    Color paint cans

    Arts and Crafts Night

As a chapter, the members can do arts and crafts together. A craft that can be done at any age is key. Websites such as Pinterest can offer fun, simple, and creative ideas that your chapter can try. Why not have a friendly competition among members with your arts and crafts activity with winners winning prizes? One example of the prizes could be the winner picking the fun activity for the next meeting.


written by Gracie Vatthauer, Representative to the Board of Directors