Dear Chapter Advisors:
NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in a maroon color is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.
UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
September 23, 2016: Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)
September 30, 2016: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online
October 10, 2016: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (Secondary)
October 11, 2016: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (Secondary)
** WELCOME ABOARD LILLY SHELINE
Michigan BPA is pleased to have our 2015-2016 State Secretary/Treasurer Lilly Sheline from Berrien Springs High School attending Eastern Michigan University. She is also working in the Michigan BPA as a State Office Assistant. State Administrative Assistant Matt Leddy is graduating from EMU this school year. He will be training Lilly in order for her to take over all of his responsibilities next school year. We’re very fortunate to have two outstanding past state officers working with us.
** FLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY (S)
This Friday is the registration deadline for the fall leadership conference. Please make sure you have submitted your conference registration by 11:59 PM on Friday. Details are available online at www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration.
Advisors from Region 5 (the Upper Peninsula) will meet with the state director via videoconference. Information regarding that meeting has been sent to you by your regional advisor.
** STUDENT PARTICIPATION AT THE FLC
As indicated in the fall leadership conference registration materials, each chapter in the Lower Peninsula must bring a minimum of two students to the conference. This applies to the fall conference being held on October 10, 2016.
** STATE SERVICE PROJECT
By Emily Reeves, Executive Vice-President
I hope everyone has had a great start to their school year! A new school year brings a new BPA year and I am very excited for everything that we have planned for you. I’m pleased to announce that the State Executive Council has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as the State Service Project for the 2016-2017 school year. We chose this non-profit because it pairs young children and students in low-income homes with a mentor to ensure that they have a positive role model in their lives. Often these mentors will help students with homework and provide them with a safe environment. BPA is about ensuring that students find success in the present and the future, and BBBS has this same central focus.
Your chapter can get involved with BBBS fundraisers and participating your local affiliates activities such as Bowl For Kids Sake. More information on how you can get involved will be presented at the Fall Leadership Conference on October 10. We hope to see you there!
** 2016-2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Our full 2016-2017 Michigan BPA Calendar of Events information is now complete. You can visit www.michiganbpa.org/calendar for a month-by-month view or you can download the complete calendar as well.
FALL PROMOTIONAL PACKET, MEMBERSHIP POSTER & NLC POSTER AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!
The 2016-2017 Fall Promotional Packet were shipped from National BPA in mid-August. If you have not received your packet by now, please contact Shawna Gfroerer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online versions are also available by logging on to The Source at www.bpa.org/source/post/583.
MIDDLE LEVEL BEGINS ITS SECOND YEAR
This will be the second year that the BPA Middle Level Division is up and running in Michigan. Their fall start-up meeting will be held on November 5, 2016. The first annual BPA Middle Level State Leadership Conference will be held on March 4, 2017 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.
More details about the Middle Level Division is available online at https://webber5.davenport.edu/mlbpa/. In addition, check out the promotional video from one of our Middle Level chapters at www.michiganbpa.org/middle-level-in-michigan-starts-its-second-year.
NEW CHAPTER REGISTRATION
The deadline to start a new BPA chapter at the high school level in Michigan is November 9, 2016. New Postsecondary chapters may be chartered up until January 11, 2017. Any prospective chapters must adhere to these deadlines and must contact us as quickly as possible to make sure they have everything in order to start their chapter this year.
COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE
The 2016-2017 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files were posted online on September 1, 2016. Download a copy of these items by visiting www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter. You must logon to the bpa.org website using your login name and password.
MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN
The 2016-2017 Membership Registration System for Business Professionals of America is now open! Logon to www.registermychapter.com/bpamem to begin the registration process for your chapter. Advisors may submit multiple registration invoices for the membership year. Register early to receive expedited shipping of your annual membership pin. Remember, annual membership cards are presented as online downloads upon completion of registration and payment submission. Membership cards will not be shipped and must be downloaded online.
LOCAL ADVISOR CERTIFICATION SERIES
The 2016-2017 National Local Advisor Certification Webinar Series, Student Certification Webinar Series, and General BPA Webinar Wednesdays have started. Visit www.bpa.org/about/webinars for more details. Registered students and advisors can participate in one session for BPA University credit or all sessions for the full certification credit. Participation in the advisor certification series will help you and your student members.
Visit www.bpa.org/membership/Certify today to learn more about the BPA Local Advisor Certification.
Students may visit www.bpa.org/membership/StudentCert for more information about the BPA Student Certification Series.