[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #17

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday break. It’s now time to return to the world of work.

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
January 5, 2018: Regional Leadership Conferences: Regions 5 and 6
January 6, 2018: Regional Leadership Conference: Region 8
January 9, 2018: Regional Leadership Conference: Region 10
January 10, 2018: Deadlines – New Chapter Charter Deadline for Postsecondary, Scholarship Application, State Executive Council Candidate Application, Chapter of the Year Award, Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award, Statesman Torch Award, Community Service Award.
January 12, 2018: Regional Leadership Conferences: Regions 1, 3, 4, and 9

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/advisors/. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
** BPA Office Holiday Closure
** Diplomat Torch Awards Status
** RLC Grading & Results (S)
** RLC Finalists Eligible for SLC (S)

** ONE-MINUTE SURVEY: ADVISOR CONTEST ASSIGNMENTS
Last year we had many retirements and there were many changes in contest assignments. I am expecting the same situation this year. In order to help assign advisors to various events at the state leadership conferences, please complete the survey posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-advisor-contest-assignment-survey. This survey will take less than one minute because outside of indicating your name, chapter, and e-mail address, there is only one question to answer. Please complete the survey immediately…but hopefully prior to January 9, 2018.

** REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Information for the various Secondary and Postsecondary State Leadership Conferences will be posted online sometime on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Stay tuned for information to be posted on our website was www.michiganbpa.org.

BARBARA CHAMBERS OUTSTANDING ADVISOR AWARD (S)
Nomination forms for the Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award will be posted online later this week. Once it is posted, you may want alert your student members. Nominations for this award must come from student members.

VARIOUS SPECIAL AWARDS DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2018 (S)
Submissions for various special awards are due January 10, 2018. Check our website and the Michigan Guidelines Supplement for information about these various awards. The following items must be postmarked or submitted online on January 10, 2018:
Michigan BPA Scholarship Application
State Executive Council Candidate Application
Chapter of the Year Award Application
Barbara Chambers Outstanding Advisor Award Deadline
Statesman Torch Award Deadline
Community Service Award Deadline

BPA STATE OFFICER CANDIDATES (S)
Do you have a student with excellent leadership skills? Do you believe that they could provide outstanding contributions to Michigan BPA? Why not recommend that they run for state office. Serving as a state officer is a rewarding experience and provides real-world training in many different areas. The Michigan BPA State Executive Council candidate application is available on the documents page of our website. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2018. This is the best time to start completing the application. Do not wait until January to start.

SLC THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT: CHAPTER FEUD (S)
By Kaytlyn Honore, Executive Vice-President

The state officers are pleased to announce that the Thursday Night Event at the 2018 Michigan BPA State Leadership Conference will be Chapter Feud. This will be an exciting time with fun questions, facts, and prizes. To make the game more accurate and fun for everyone, we ask that you take this short information survey! Please share this link to a Google form with your chapter members. In addition, chapter advisors may complete the survey as well.  https://goo.gl/ydjwTY

MICHIGAN BPA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE (S)
Michigan BPA will continue its tradition of recognizing top graduating seniors with our Michigan BPA Scholarship. The scholarship application is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. The application deadline is January 10, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced and presented during the dinner session at the state leadership conference.

Maurice S. Henderson