Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2005

Students start business club

January 27, 2005

Thirty years ago, when Sue Lednicky was a sophomore in high school in Brush, Colo., she saw the need for a Future Business Leaders of America chapter.

This fall, Lednicky had the chance to use her experience to help start another FBLA chapter, this time at LHS.

It was, she said, a goal she had since she came to Lansing as a business teacher in 2001.

"Many of the students are college-bound but will end up in the work force eventually," Lednicky said.

This spring, the club expects to put on workshops on how to build resumes and collaborate with other clubs within the school to gain more business experience.

"I'm really surprised at the turnout," said Lednicky, FBLA sponsor. "I was expecting five or six (students)."

So far, FBLA has 25 members, five of them seniors. The future of the club relies on the leadership from its underclassman members and officers. The club nominated junior Megan Logan to serve as president; junior Stephen Fischer, a catalyst in the club's formation, will serve as vice president. In the future, the club will hold elections and students will campaign for officer positions.

"They are really willing to do work," Lednicky said. "They saw the need for it."

Fischer stressed that the skills members would develop in the club would be useful in any future pursuits.

"You're always going to use those skills - leadership, communication, technology skills. It's always going to be a great thing for you," he said.

This semester, the club hopes to get its charter and accumulate more information about the program. Members hope to observe other clubs work at the state FBLA competition later this school year.

"I'm really excited about getting it started," Fischer said. "We've seen some real enthusiasm from some other students."

The club has gotten the ball rolling already. On Tuesday, four officers from Pleasant Ridge High School FBLA spoke at LHS about the importance of the club and how it can help all LHS students.

"Because of their visit, I feel positive that we will be increasing our membership," Lednicky said.

FBLA members also will attend Career and Technical Education Day at the Kansas State Capitol Feb. 14.

There students will have the opportunity to speak with local legislators about the importance of funding for Career and Technical Education. This money helps to fund programs that enable students to gain important and necessary work skills, Lednicky said.

The club also plans to compete at the state conference in Topeka on March 31 and April 1. Members are excited for the competition, Lednicky said, especially because they will have about two months to study and practice.

LHS students can join FBLA for $18, a fee set by the officers to cover the cost of state and national fees as well as the costs of going to competitions in the future.


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