[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #1--Welcome to a New Year

September 4, 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.

Welcome to another exciting year of Michigan Business Professionals of America! This message serves as your first weekly e-mail update for the 2018-2019 school year. E-mail updates--known as the Tuesday Tipster--will be sent on Tuesday of each week.

September 5, 2018: Online registration for the FLC opens (S)
September 21, 2018: 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, 2018: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online
October 5, 2018: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)
October 8, 2018: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

This entire summer was spent renovating and moving my parents into my home. Therefore, I was away from e-mail for 99% of the summer. I returned to work today and it was good to be back at work after numerous months of strenuous, manual labor. I will begin replying to e-mail messages and getting back to business. I appreciate your patience at this time.

If you chapter is no longer going to have a BPA chapter OR if you are no longer a chapter advisor and need to be removed from our mailing list(s), please let me know.

Please check with all your fellow chapter advisors to make sure they received this message. If they did not receive this e-mail message, then there is a 99% chance they are not on our mailing list.

Since there are many advisor changes each year, please share this e-mail message and future e-mail messages with any new co-advisors at your school until we are able to get them into our database. Continue to forward these messages and ask them to let you know when they can stop doing so once they start receiving them from the state director directly.

This year’s fall leadership conference for all Secondary chapters in the Lower Peninsula, will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Information regarding the conference will not be sent via US mail. Tomorrow, please download the conference information online at www.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration

Special group hotel accommodations have not been arranged. Schools that may want to arrive on Sunday night should note that the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol is connected to the convention center via skywalk. Chapters that wish to arrive on Sunday night may make their own hotel reservations at any hotel of their choice. 

Advisors from Region 5 (the Upper Peninsula) will meet with me via videoconference on October 8, 2018. Information regarding that meeting will be sent from your regional advisors Ronalyn Arseneau and Sabina Casperson. 

All chapter advisors must submit an updated advisor code of ethics form. This form must be signed by the advisor and a school administrator. This form is available for download from the “Documents” page of our Web site at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Please send this completed form (page 2 only) to our toll-free fax at 866.204.4455 or scan and e-mail it to info@michiganbpa.org. If our fax machine is busy, please make a photocopy of the form for your records, and send the original to us via US mail or scan and e-mail it. 

This year, the annual advisor information update forms will be sent via e-mail merge starting tomorrow. Each day, a select number of forms will be e-mailed. Please be on the lookout for your information update e-mail message and reply to that message with any corrections. The e-mail will be sent from “Business Professionals of America” at info@michiganbpa.org.

The 2018-2019 Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines and all related ancillary files were posted online on September 1, 2018. 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. 

The 2018-2019 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 membership registration invoices for the membership year. Register early to receive expedited shipping of your annual membership pin. Remember, annual membership cards are available as online downloads upon completion of registration and payment submission. Membership cards will not be shipped and must be downloaded online. 

In addition to everyone's primary e-mail address, some alternate e-mail addresses were put on our main e-mail lists. If you are receiving duplicate messages and do not wish to do so, please let me know and we will remove whichever e-mail address you indicate. We typically request an alternate e-mail address because we know that e-mail systems become inoperable from time to time. Our apologies if this has become a nuisance to anyone.

Maurice S. Henderson