Students from the Van-Far Jr. Sr. High School attended the 2014 Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Region IV Fall Leadership Meeting, October 7 at Holt High School, Wentzville, Missouri. From across the region 346 chapter members, advisors, and guests attended the Missouri Region IV FCCLA Meeting. From our chapter, 39 FCCLA members attended the conference. Local chapter advisor Teresa Klott, also attended the conference.
Van-Far has two officers that serve on the regional executive council: Brooke James serves as regional treasurer and Abbi Kuda serves as regional parliamentarian. Abbegail Robinson serves as the Region IV State Vice-President in charge of National Programs.
These three young women helped to plan and carry out this conference.
The conference centered on the student-developed theme “Save the Day with FCCLA.”
Conference guest speaker Penny Lorenz, focused on student leadership and community traffic safety. “I always thought bad things never happened to good people, but they do” (Lorenz). Penny’s stories connect. Her lessons inspire. Best of all – Penny’s advice sticks.
“The best thing about Penny’s stories is that she’s speaking from her own personal experience. It’s also an eye opener to see what can happen to you if you’re not driving responsibly. Not only could you damage your life and family, but you could damage another person’s life and family.”
When listening to Penny, FCCLA members found themselves laughing and actively participating from start to finish, all while learning valuable lessons along the way.
Members also participated in our community service project benefiting Think First. Over $500 was donated to Think First. Think First is a community organization that helps many people with difficulties.
FCCLA is unique among student organizations because projects and events – such as the fall regional meeting – are planned and run by its student members. The prime focus of Missouri FCCLA, youth-centered leadership, helps members develop those “skills for life” – planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication-necessary in the work place and in the home.