My observations on the National FCCLA Conference 2022 in San Diego, California. .
This year, I attended National Leadership Conference as a National Officer Candidate (NOC) voting delegate. This was my 3rd NLC, but my 1st time attending in-person. If you ever have the chance to compete at the National Level in your competitive event, I highly recommend going! Beyond the great opportunities to meet other members from across the states, the keynote speaker Kenyon Solo was amazing! Not only this, but the National staff had some great workshops that taught us many professional and leadership skills.
As a voting delegate, you have the responsibility of electing the new National Executive Council, or the national officer team. It involves a process of reviewing applications, networking, and speeches. Around late May/early June, the NOC applications are made available to the public on the website. As a voting delegate you will sift through 20 or so applications, grading them on essays and their resume. Once you get to NLC, a series of NOC networking sessions are held for members and voting delegates. This is to help the delegates understand how the candidates will react to questions from those in and outside the organization. After this, the NOC will give a pre-written speech, and answer a couple situation questions.
Once these have been completed, the election ensues. Every state gets a set amount of voting delegates based upon their membership. Once the ballots have been tallied, the new Exec council is notified. Through a set of workshops, the selection committee will see who fits what position best. Once this has been done, they are introduced in their positions and sworn in at closing ceremony. For 3 consecutive years, we have had a National Officer from Minnesota. Nathaniel Janssen from New Ulm was elected to serve as the Vice President of Parliamentary Law for the 2022-2023 National Executive Council.