IT ISYOURTURN TO LEAD!!!
Leadership roles in the South Carolina Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (SCAFCCLA) are important for the future growth and direction of the Association. Chapters are urged to carefully review the bylaws and this handbook for leadership qualifications and election procedures.
Please promote association leadership by encouraging and supporting interested, capable and eligible members to seek a position of leadership on the local and state level. Please stress to interested members the importance of the responsibilities they will assume if elected to office and the meetings they will be required to attend. Their participation will place some extra demands on personal time, but the benefits derived will reward any professional commitment.
Candidate Application Forms must be completed and postmarked no later than January 6. Mail completed applications to Ginger Hill, SCFCCLA Executive Secretary/State Adviser, 427 Trailsend Street, Rock Hill SC, 29732.
LETTER TO ADVISERS
South Carolina FCCLA Chapter Advisers,
The South Carolina FCCLA State Officer Program and State Executive Council provides tremendous opportunities for students to gain new leadership skills, learn critical thinking, improve their planning and organizational skills, become stronger speakers, demonstrate initiative, and much more. In short, it is a unique and valuable experience that we are excited to share with your students.
Along with the considerable benefits that come with being a state officer, there are important responsibilities that officers take on, and we need your help to ensure that students who plan to run for state office are aware of these responsibilities; and, if elected, both you and they will ensure that those responsibilities are fulfilled.
As an Adviser with a candidate and (if elected) a state officer, the expectation is that you will:
Assist your candidate with completing all required aspects of the State Officer candidate application and related campaign materials
Make a personal commitment to cooperate with the State Executive Secretary, State Executive Council Adviser and State Management Team to ensure that your state officers fulfill all of their state officer responsibilities
By reviewing/signing the forms included in this packet, you are making a commitment to your candidate/state officer and South Carolina FCCLA. Training and directing our state officers is a team effort and it is essential that the candidate/officer’s chapter adviser is a part of that team.
Thank you for encouraging your student to step forward and seek a state officer position with South Carolina FCCLA.
Ginger Hill – State Executive Secretary
Lavonia Johnson-Davis – Executive Council Adviser
LETTER TO OFFICER CANDIDATES
South Carolina FCCLA State Officer Candidates,
We are excited that you are considering running for a South Carolina FCCLA State Office. The opportunities provided to state officers are tremendous, and many of our state officer alumni count their time as an officer as a pivotal experience in their life. Along with the opportunities and benefits of being an officer comes many important responsibilities. Be sure that you carefully consider your decision to run for state office and what it requires.
The average state officer will spend five to ten hours a week working on their state officer projects and responsibilities. Prior to state officer meetings, conferences and FCCLA events, the amount of time required tends to spike as officers finalize preparations and polish up projects. It is important to realize that, although academics remain the number one priority, you will not be able to fall behind in your responsibilities as a FCCLA State Officer. You will participate in the team decision-making process, perform your assigned tasks, and attend all required conferences and events.
It is important to understand if elected, you will be required to attend conferences, officer meetings and FCCLA events throughout the year. You will not be allowed to leave early, arrive late, or miss any part of these events (except in the case of an extreme emergency). We have frequently had officers who had to miss out on big games, dances, trips, etc. because they conflicted with their state officer responsibilities. The expectation is that your state officer responsibilities and commitments will take priority after your academics.
Please carefully review the documents and information in this packet to be sure that you fully understand what will be expected/required of you as a state officer. If elected, you have a responsibility to your peers and to SCFCCLA to represent us with the upmost integrity and good judgment. If you are willing to make this kind of commitment and are the type of person that has the drive to succeed and the encouragement and dedication to get the job done, becoming a FCCLA State Officer is definitely for you!
If you are unsure, you may want to speak with your Adviser to see if running for a state office is the right decision for you. If you decide to run for office, be assured that holding state office will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life and one of the most effective career preparation experiences you could ever have while in high school.
Ginger Hill – State Executive Secretary
Lavonia Johnson-Davis – Executive Council Adviser
CRITERIA FOR STATE FCCLA OFFICER
CRITERIA FOR STATE FCCLA OFFICER ADVISER
Step 1: Gain Parental, Adviser, and School Support
Goal: Develop a strong support system for the election process and potential year as a member of the State Executive Council.
Step 2: The Application
Step 3: Preparation 1
Step 4: SOC Test
The test will be comprised of 25 questions about FCCLA. **The test will be comprised of 50 questions about FCCLA for the Presidential Candidates ONLY. The questions may be true/false, multiple choice, fill‐in‐the‐blank, or short answer.
Step 5: SOC Interviews
Step 6: Preparation 2
Step 7: SOC Orientation
Step 8: Delegate Interviews
What is the FCCLA flower and what does it symbolize?
What is the FCCLA motto and what does it express to you?
What is the FCCLA national publication and how may we use it?
What is a Chapter Program of Work?
When are chapters eligible to participate in National, State, and District activities?
Suggest ways to improve the image of FCCLA.
Who is eligible for active membership in FCCLA?
How do you promote FCCLA in your school and community?
Name the five steps in the planning process.
Name five STAR events.
Suggest ways of getting more young men active in FCCLA chapters.
What does being a member of FCCLA mean to you and how is it preparing you for your future?
Name two peer education projects.
If you were elected to a FCCLA office, what would be some general responsibilities you would assume?
Step 9: Speeches
Step 10: Notification
Inform candidates who has been selected to serve on the State Executive Council
The official South Carolina FCCLA Election Procedure consists of the Voting Delegate Election Session. The total of the votes will be calculated to determine who has been elected to each available office and each elected person will be announced during the luncheon Sunday morning. A minimum of the majority percentage must be achieved in order for the person to be officially elected.
Additional Election Guidelines:
STATE OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS
The South Carolina Association of FCCLA has a maximum of ten offices: one state president and nine vice presidents. To be a good state officer there are certain general characteristics an officer should possess or be willing to develop. They include:
STATE OFFICER POSITIONS
The President shall preside over all business meetings of the organization and of the State Executive Council; appoint, after consultation with the Executive Secretary, the chairperson and members of all state committees; and be a member ex officio of all State Executive Council committees.
The 1st Vice-President shall assume responsibility in the absence of the president and shall keep the minutes of all state meetings and meetings of the State Executive Council.
The Vice-President of Community Service shall provide leadership in planning and implementing the organization’s community service programs.
The Vice-President of Competitive Events shall provide leadership in planning and implementing the organization’s Competitive Events.
The Vice-President of Development shall provide leadership in seeking and continuing corporate sponsorships for the organization’s programs and events.
The Vice-President of Finance shall provide leadership by serving as a member of the State Board of Directors and the Finance Committee.
The Vice-President of Membership shall provide leadership in planning and implementing programs for membership promotion and development.
The Vice-President of Parliamentary Law shall provide leadership in assuring that the business sessions for the national organization and meetings of the State Executive Council are conducted in accordance with acceptable parliamentary law.
The Vice-President of Programs shall provide leadership in planning and implementing the organization’s individual recognition and peer education programs.
The Vice-President of Public Relations shall provide leadership in planning and implementing the organization’s public relations program.
The Vice-President of Middle Programs shall provide leadership in planning and implanting the organization’s programming at the Middle School (Junior) level.
ALL INFORMATION MUST BE SENT TO THE STATE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ADVISER FOR APPROVAL. THIS APPROVAL MUST BE GAINED FROM THE STATE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ADVISER PRIOR TO INFORMATION BEING SHARED OR RELEASED.
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