Leadership Opportunities with Minnesota FCCLA
Minnesota Family, Career & Community Leaders of America is a career and technical student organization functioning as an integral part of the family and consumer sciences curriculum operating within the middle and high school system. MN FCCLA is part of the national organization of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. FCCLA emphasizes the three areas of peer education, leadership, and family by focusing on critical thinking and decision making skills. FCCLA realizes that all individuals have leadership potential and enables them to develop these abilities.
Minnesota FCCLA offers many leadership opportunities for members.
- Area Officer Teams
- State Officers
- Chapter Officers
- National Officer Candidate
Peer educators know they make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Being a peer educator gives you the opportunity to:
- Learn more about topics and issues that concern you
- Make positive changes in your own life
- Help peers make positive choices
- Learn to communicate well
- Make new friends
- Be a leader
- Prepare for your future
- Have fun!
FCCLA peer educator-learn and share ideas, information, and examples.
- Gather and analyze information about concerns and issues
- Teach peers about issues
- Learn where young people can find out more and get help with problems
- Model positive choices
State Officer team is selected by a process of application, speeches, and interviews at the annual state conference. An application is available early in the year for candidates. State Executive Council meets together in June, July, September, November, and January each year. They are coordinated by the State Staff for state leadership of events and working together with a National Program with the regional officers and Peer Educators. State Officers present a roundtable workshops and speeches for Region Conferences and plan the State Conference.
The State Executive Council of state officers and their advisers direct the state programs for each year. Each of the State Officers carries responsibilities for the coordination of state projects. Three members of the State Officer team serve on the Board of Directors ( President, President-Elect and Rep to the Board).
The Board of Directors guides the official actions of the organization. The Board of Directors is made up of advisers, outside representatives, the State President, the President-Elect and the Representative to the Board of Directors.
A Guide for Candidates and Application for State Officer positions is available annually.
The state is divided into 5 areas which meet and conduct regional business. The Officers conduct the meetings and plan for area events and projects. A junior high member is part of the officer team and works to include programs for middle-level members at the regional level. Each region has one adviser serving as the Area STAR Coordinator who conducts the Mid-Winter STAR Event competition meeting.
Area (Region) Officer positions include:
- Vice President
- Junior High Council
An application for Officer positions is available annually.
Working with the Area Officers, a Junior High Council member helps to conduct the Area Leadership Meetings and plan for events and projects. A junior high member is part of the officer team and works to include programs for middle-level members at the regional level.
An application for Junior High Council positions is available annually.
Each FCCLA Chapter will determine the chapter officers they will operate with.
The current team of FCCLA officers is often referred to as an executive council. The council may include president, vice-president(s), secretary, treasurer, and any other officers needed to help the chapter function smoothly and reach its goals. The following officers and responsibilities are provided as samples. Duties, officers, and positions may vary by chapter.
Some typical Chapter positions might include:
- Works with the executive council and adviser to develop an agenda for each meeting.
- Presides at chapter and executive council meetings using the adviser- approved agenda and basic parliamentary procedure. Starts meetings on time and keeps them moving.
- Assists in group decision-making through member participation.
- Sees that necessary committees and subcommittees are formed and committee chairs are selected. May serve as an ex-officio member on committees.
- Knows the responsibilities of all officers and committee chairs and keeps them informed of all chapter business.
- Confers frequently with the executive council, adviser, advisory committee, and other program stakeholders.
- Checks all plans with adviser and school administrator before taking action.
- Represents chapter at special school events and district/region, state, and national meetings.
- Provides opportunities for all members to express ideas and share responsibilities.
- Assumes the duties of the president in the president’s absence.
- Assists the president as needed.
- Works with the program planning committee to help members develop and plan a chapter program of work that will meet the needs and interests of the chapter, school, and community.
- Keeps accurate and complete minutes of all chapter and executive council meetings and activities.
- Makes minutes and other chapter resources (committee lists, activity calendars, bylaws, etc.) available to the membership by reading, posting, or circulating as determined by the chapter bylaws.
- Keeps attendance at chapter and executive council meetings. Keeps a current list of affiliated members.
- Reminds president of any unfinished business prior to the next meeting.
- Counts and records chapter votes.
- Assists adviser in processing chapter affiliation forms.
- Helps create and distribute membership cards to affiliated members.
- Keeps an accurate record of all chapter income noting date received, source, and amount. Gives receipts to chapter adviser.
- Assists adviser in collecting and submitting state and national dues in advance of deadlines.
- Records dues (local, district/region, state, and national) when paid by each member. Communicates records to secretary.
- Keeps an accurate record of receipts for all money paid out, to whom it was paid, and the amount.
- Prepares and presents a Treasurer’s Report (4.12) for each business meeting.
- Works closely with the chapter adviser to manage chapter funds.
- Works with the fundraising and program committees to prepare a chapter budget. Presents tentative budget and fundraising plans for chapter approval
Chapters may also define chapter officer teams in different ways determined by their chapter.
Applications for chapter officers would be available from the local chapter adviser.
Annually, Minnesota FCCLA can submit candidate(s) for National Officer. Two candidates per state are currently accepted at the national level.
A National Officer candidate represents Minnesota in the national conference candidate election process. They also are a liaison and serve on the MN Board of Directors either as a candidate or as a National Officer. A National Candidate goes through a process of interviews, speeches, and applications to be determined as a candidate at the national level.
Ten National Officers serve from July to July on the NEC. National Officer positions are:
- First Vice President
- Vice President of Community Service
- Vice President of Competitive Events
- Vice President of Development
- Vice President of Development
- Vice President of Finance
- Vice President of Membership
- Vice President of Parliamentary Law
- Vice President of Programs
- Vice President of Public Relations.
An application for a National Officer position is available annually from the State and National Office.
Student Leadership Challenge – Exemplary Leadership Traits
FCCLA utilizes the Student Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Possner.
MODEL THE WAY
Find Your Voice • Affirm Shared Values • Reflection and Action
SET THE EXAMPLE
Personify the Shared Values • Teach Others to Model the Values • Reflection and Action
INSPIRE A SHARED VISION
ENVISION THE FUTURE
Imagine the Possibilities • Find a Common Purpose • Reflection and Action
Appeal to Common Ideals • Animate the Vision • Reflection and Action
CHALLENGE THE PROCESS
SEARCH FOR OPPORTUNITIES
Seize the Initiative • Exercise Insight • Reflection and Action
EXPERIMENT AND TAKE RISKS
Generate Small Wins • Learn from Experience • Reflection and Action
ENABLE OTHERS TO ACT
Create a Climate of Trust • Facilitate Relationships • Reflection and Action
Enhance Self-Determination • Develop Competence and Confidence • Reflection and Action
ENCOURAGE THE HEART
Expect the Best • Personalize Recognition • Reflection and Action
CELEBRATE THE VALUES AND VICTORIES
Create a Spirit of Community • Be Personally Involved • Reflection
Sample-Meeting Agenda Form
Chapter Name: ______________________________________________________
Date: ________________________________________ Time: ________________________
Person Presiding: _____________________________ Leadership Position:___________________________
Type of Session:
Determination of Quorum/Attendance:
Committee Reports: Person scheduled to report:
FCCLA Officers use the FCCLA Planning Process
FCCLA offers tools to help members organize their projects.
Five Stages of FCCLA Program Involvement:
This concept is an organization tool to help you think about the types of activities to complete when implementing a program.
- Learn about the program and related issues
- Investigate specific needs, interests, and concerns in the local program, school and community
- Work with others if possible
- Plan and carry out projects that address the identified needs, interests and concerns
- Evaluate, share and report results
FCCLA Planning Process
This process is a step by step procedure to turn interests and concerns into actions.
- Identify Concerns-Brainstorm concerns, evaluate concerns, narrow to one workable idea
- Set a Goal-Get a clear picture of what you want to accomplish, write it down, evaluate it
- Form a Plan-Plan how to achieve your goal; decide who, what, where, when, why and how
- Act-Carry out project
- Follow Up-Evaluate project, recognize participants