[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #3

September 18, 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
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)

CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at https://www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20182019/2018/09/11. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Inactive Chapters/Chapter Advisors
--Share Tuesday Tipster with New Advisors

** CORRECTION TO MIDDLE LEVEL ANNOUNCEMENT
In last week’s Tuesday Tipster, it was stated that Michigan BPA’s Middle Level Division was beginning its third year. However, the 2018-2019 school year will mark Michigan BPA’s Middle Level Division’s fourth year. We certainly do not want to take away from their history by shortchanging their success. My apologies for the mistake.

The Fourth Annual BPA Middle Level State Leadership Conference will be held on February 22, 2019 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. More details about the Middle Level Division is available online at https://webber5.davenport.edu/mlbpa/.

** FLC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY (S)
The Registration deadline for the Fall Leadership Conference is this Friday, September 21, 2019. Visit www.michiganbpa.org/flc for details. Registrations must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on Friday.

Please review the FLC date in the upcoming calendar listed above. This year’s FLC is indeed on a Friday! That date is NOT a mistake.

** MICHIGAN GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE ONLINE TOMORROW (S)
The Michigan Guidelines Supplement will be available online tomorrow. The document will be available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/documents. Every Michigan BPA advisor in the secondary division must download a copy of this document.

** NEW MICHIGAN BPA TORCH AWARDS COORDINATOR
Former State Administrative Assistant and State Secretary/Treasurer Matt Leddy has agreed to serve as our new Torch Awards Coordinator. Matt may be reached via e-mail at torch@michiganbpa.org. Information regarding the Torch Awards Program is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/torch.

We extend a very special thank you to Dr. Nate Cradit who has served as Michigan BPA’s Torch Awards Coordinator since 2004-2005. He has done a wonderful job. Rest assured, he isn’t leaving us. He will continue to be involved in a different capacity that you’ll hear more about later in the year.

** NEW CHAPTER ADVISOR ORIENTATION
A new chapter advisor orientation will be held in conjunction with the MBEA Annual Convention. The orientation will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. All new chapter advisors and second year chapter advisors are encouraged to register for the MBEA Annual Convention in order to attend this session. Convention registration is open and information is available online at http://www.mbea-online.org/convention. Mark your calendars to attend!

NEW CHAPTER REGISTRATION
The deadline to start a new BPA chapter at the high school level in Michigan is November 7, 2018. New Postsecondary chapters may be chartered up until January 9, 2019. 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.

ADVISORS’ CODE OF ETHICS FORMS
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 website 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.

ADVISOR INFORMATION UPDATE FORM
Annual advisor information update requests were e-mailed on September 11, 2018. Please take time to review your information and reply to that message with any corrections. The e-mail was sent from “Business Professionals of America” at info@michiganbpa.org.

COMPETITIVE EVENTS GUIDELINES AVAILABLE
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.

MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM IS OPEN
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.

ADVISORS' ALTERNATE E-MAIL/DUPLICATE MESSAGES
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