[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #3

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in italics is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
September 22, 2017: 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)
October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online
October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)
October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20172018/2017/09/05. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Greetings from Your State Executive Council
--FLC Registration is Open
--Competitive Events Guidelines Available
--Michigan Guidelines Supplement
--Membership Registration System is Open

** JON SMITH NAMED DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES & EVENTS
Michigan’s 2007-2008 Region 5 Vice-President Jon Smith, from Sault Area Career Center, is now a part of our National BPA staff. On September 18, 2017, Jon will begin as our new Director of Member Services & Events. He will oversee all our membership services, conference and event management, webinar management, membership materials, and online membership and conference membership registration systems.

Jon has been active as an alumni member of Michigan BPA since his service as a state officer. He has volunteered many hours to our association in terms of conference planning by way of helping with our state conference in terms of competitive events, general session management, judging competitions, and so much more.

Michigan BPA is proud of him and will support him fully in his new position. Congratulations Jon!

** MIDDLE LEVEL BEGINS ITS THIRD YEAR
This will be the third year for the BPA Middle Level Division in Michigan. The Third Annual BPA Middle Level State Leadership Conference will be held on February 23, 2018 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. More details about the Middle Level Division is available online at https://webber5.davenport.edu/mlbpa/.

** NEW CHAPTER REGISTRATION
The deadline to start a new BPA chapter at the high school level in Michigan is November 8, 2017. New Postsecondary chapters may be chartered up until January 10, 2018. 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.

** FLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS DRAWING NEAR (S)
Registration deadline is September 22, 2017. Registration for the 2017 BPA Fall Leadership Conference is open. Visit www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration for details.

MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT (S)
The Michigan Guidelines Supplement is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. All Secondary (high school) Division chapters must download this document. This document contains changes to some competition guidelines and other important, valuable information for the school year.

Maurice S. Henderson