[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #11

November 13, 2018

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.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
November 14, 2018: Diplomat Torch Awards Deadline
November 16-18, 2018: State Executive Council Meeting (East Lansing)
November 21-25, 2018: Michigan BPA State Office Closed for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2018: BPA Pistons Event Registration Deadline
November 30, 2018: Pre-submitted Events Deadline (S)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at https://www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20182019/10/2018/11/6. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Election Day Today
--It’s Not Too Late to Add More Members
--Regional Competition Registration Deadline (S)
--Network Design Team Competition Offered In Michigan via Videoconference (S)
--National Education for Business Month

** MICHIGAN BPA NEWS BLOG
We hope that you and your students are taking advantage of the wonderful articles that the state officers have been providing this year. Each Monday, a new article has been posted on the home page of our website at www.michiganbpa.org. Please inform your students that they do not want to miss these interesting articles.

** TORCH AWARDS DEADLINE TOMORROW
Tomorrow is the deadline for Diplomat Torch Awards. For more details, visit www.michiganbpa.org/torch. Remember, students do NOT need to apply for or receive their Diplomat award in order to apply for and receive their Statesman award. Diplomat Torch Awards entries must be submitted on or before 11:59 PM ET tomorrow.

Students need their 10-digit membership ID number and password (that you assigned to them) in order to access the Torch Awards system online at https://www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/Login.asp?From=TorchAwards.aspx.

** TORCH AWARDS SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
Please make sure you and your students have read the rules regarding submitting activities in the Torch Awards system. Our Torch Awards Coordinator Matt Leddy states that there are quite a few submissions that have incomplete sentences listed for the students’ activities. Please ensure activity statements are written in complete sentences. If activities are not written in complete sentences, those activities will not be accepted.

** BPA PISTONS EVENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The deadline to register for the BPA Pistons Event is November 23, 2018 (Black Friday). Don’t miss this deadline. The registration flyer is located online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Register today!

** FINAL MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1 (S)
For the Secondary division, December 1 is the last day to enter students who would be eligible for open events only at the regional level. These students would also be eligible to participate in Torch Awards. The link to enter your dues-paying members is http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/.

** MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT DEADLINE (S)
December 7 is the deadline date for payment of all state and national membership dues invoices that have been submitted prior to that date. The link to enter your dues-paying members is http://registermychapter.com/bpamem/.

** STATE SERVICE PROJECT INFORMATION
Please take time to share the following links with your local chapter officers. By viewing these links, they can learn more about our state service project. 

https://www.michiganbpa.org/main-blog/honoring-our-veterans

https://www.michiganbpa.org/state-service-project/

FUNDAMENTAL DESKTOP PUBLISHING REGIONAL 2019 TEST (S)
Chapter advisors will receive an e-mail message later today with specific information and access to the Fundamental Desktop Publishing regional test. This test is administered at the home schools for regional and state competition. Stay tuned for that message.

REGIONAL EDITION WSAP GUIDELINES (S)
The Regional 2019 Edition of the WSAP Guidelines and all other related competition documents, manuals, and entry forms are available for download at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. This will be the official version of the WSAP Guidelines even if subsequent editions are posted on the National BPA website. The version posted on the Michigan BPA website will be the official version for regional competitions.

Maurice S. Henderson