[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #8

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in bold, italics are messages from the state executive council or national officers. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
October 16-20, 2017: BPA Membership Recruitment Week
October 25, 2017: Michigan NLC Trading Pin & State Theme Graphic Contest Deadlines (S)
November 1, 2017: Advisor/Preliminary Membership Dues Deadline

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20172018/2017/10/10. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Student Certification Web Series
--Membership Registration System Update
--State Theme & NLC Trading Pin Contests
--Guidance to Assist with Comfortable Environments for LGBT Students
--Updated 2017-2018 WSAP Guidelines / September Update

** PREPARE FOR BPA SUCCESS SESSIONS (S)
Davenport University would like to invite BPA secondary students and advisors to their various campuses throughout the state to attend the “Preparing for BPA Success” sessions.

There will be six different dates: November 3 (Ludington HS, Ludington, MI), November 10 (Livonia), November 17 (Grand Rapids Lettinga Campus), December 1 (Midland), December 8 (Livonia), and December 15 (Grand Rapids Lettinga Campus). These mentoring sessions are available to high school BPA student members, BPA advisors, and high school counselors at no charge. Sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and lunch is provided. Space is limited.

For other information, contact Ron Draayer at ron.draayer@davenport.edu or 616.554.4707.

** BPA SCHEDULER REGIONAL REGISTRATION WEBSITE (S)
The BPA Scheduler website is open for registration for regional competitions.

For more details, including your username and password, refer to the e-mail message entitled “BPA SCHEDULER ONLINE REGIONAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS READY” that you received last week.

** NEW BPA ADVISOR ORIENTATION
A new BPA advisor orientation will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 during the MBEA Annual Convention in Frankenmuth, MI. See the information below about registering for the convention so you can attend the new advisor orientation.

** MBEA CONVENTION REGISTRATION
Planning to attend the Michigan Business Education Association Annual Convention in November? The registration deadline to avoid late fees is October 20. Registration and payment must be received to be registered for the convention. The room block will be released very soon. To insure that you receive the convention rate, make your reservations if you have not already done so. Visit www.mbea-online.org for details about concurrent sessions, special training workshops, networking activities, and more.

A BPA advisor training orientation for new advisors will be held during this convention. First or second year advisors are encouraged to attend the convention in order to attend this orientation.

Questions about the convention should be directed to MBEA President Colleen Webb at webb6164@gmail.com.

PISTONS EVENT
I had the privilege of attending a pre-season Detroit Pistons basketball game this past Friday. The new Little Caesars Arena is out of sight. You and your chapter will definitely want to take advantage of the BPA Pistons Event in November. It is a must-see venue. You will be impressed. Details about the BPA Pistons Event can be found by downloading the “BPA Pistons Event Advertisement and Participant List Form” from www.michiganbpa.org/documents.

PRELIMINARY MEMBERSHIP DUES DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1 (S)
November 1 is the preliminary deadline to enter your advisors and student dues-paying members. The link to enter your dues-paying members is: http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/

All students must be entered into the system prior to the regional conference registration deadline in order to be eligible for ANY BPA competitive event. Students entered as a dues-paying member after regional conference registration will be eligible for open events only. Saturday, November 1 is just around the corner…act today!!!

As explained during the fall leadership conference, you can import your list of students’ names as well as their torch awards activities from last year during the time period when you create your first membership dues list. Click the appropriate “import” button option when you login to the site to create your dues list.

2017-2018 MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Remember, Membership cards are now available electronically instead of in paper form. In an effort to provide immediate access to membership cards, National BPA is now providing membership cards via download under the chapter log-in. They will be available once the membership invoice is paid and recorded in our system. National BPA will continue to ship membership pins to chapters and provide a notification with the pins on instructions to download the cards. The instructions will also be found online with your invoice when printed and in other marketing avenues.

Maurice S. Henderson