March 14, 2017
Dear Chapter Advisors:
Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.
UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
March 16-19: BPA State Leadership Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)
April 1: National BPA Cares Awards Deadline (Special Recognition Awards & Service Learning Awards)
April 1: Ambassador Torch Awards Deadline
** SLC FINAL WELCOME MEMO
Please download and read the four-page memo (PDF) that is attached to this message. It has a lot of important information regarding the conference. This information is being provided electronically only and will not be provided on site at the conference.
** NLC TRADING PINS
This year’s NLC trading pin will be a blinky pin. This has increased the price of shipping because the pins are larger in scale this year. We are confident that our pin will be a hot item this year. Make sure you order your pins by March 31, 2017 online at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-trading-pins.
** SPECIAL MICHIGAN DISNEY Y.E.S. EVENT
As mentioned in the Tuesday Tipster this past week, Michigan BPA will be arranging a special Disney Y.E.S. Event for our delegates who wish to arrive early in Orlando, Florida.
Disney offers a Youth Education Series and it will begin with a 3-3.5 hour program entitled “Disney Leadership Strategies” located at Epcot Center. A complete synopsis of the event and the learning outcomes is attached to this message.
We are working with Disney to coordinate a special Michigan event that includes a half-day leadership training and a two-day/one-park pass to any of the Disney parks. This is admission into any one park per day for two days. Price comparison is that if you buy the equivalent ticket directly through Disney World, the price would be $199; the price through National BPA would be $209…without the leadership training for either of these prices.
The leadership training and the two-day passes will cost $172. The “Disney Leadership Strategies” workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, which would require arrival in Orlando on Monday, May 8, 2017. Space is limited.
If you know you are interested in participating, please send a message with the subject “RSVP…Disney YES 2017.” I know you don’t know the number of people yet, but knowing how many schools will participate will help me estimate how many tickets to purchase in advance.
SLC PROGRAM BOOKLET
The SLC Program Booklet (in PDF format) is available for download at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. You can print this document for your conference attendees OR provide it to them electronically. Printouts or program booklets will not be provided on site at the conference.
SLC MOBILE GUIDE
Visit www.michiganbpa.org/mobile to download our conference mobile app. All conference attendees can use this site to view and build a conference schedule, view our legacy launcher workshops, obtain information on our sponsors, view judged event finalists, view the hotel map, and so much more.
Especially useful for advisors is the ability to build a to do list. You can use this to do list to keep up with items that are specific to your chapters or other important matters.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
All members can visit www.michiganbpa.org and download a packet to meet all the state officer candidates. For the first time, we are giving everyone a sneak peek at all state officer candidates. You and your students can find out more about the candidates by reading their short essays. This year, there will be stiff competition for the ten positions on our state executive council.
VOTING DELEGATES PACKETS
Voting delegates packets can be downloaded from www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. Please make sure your two voting delegates have copies of these packets so they can be prepared for their important role of electing the next leaders of our association.
SLC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
Please visit and download the four documents from our SLC website regarding Sunday bus departures and bus staging information. These documents are available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. You will need to obtain the cell phone number of the bus driver who will be picking you up on Sunday. In addition, there is a form you will need to turn in to the hotel’s front desk when you check in on Thursday or Friday. Please plan ahead to obtain this information.
AWARDS SESSION SEQUENCE
The sequence of the order in which the awards will be presented during the Awards Session is located at the back of the SLC Program Booklet.