Wellsville FBLA has been significantly involved with kids with special needs for years. Nine members traveled to Gardner Sept. 8 to volunteer for the Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament. The members helped to operate the bocce ball lanes and cheer on the competitors.
This is the seventh year FBLA has had the Mommy/Son Duck Soup Tournament for the students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The atmosphere is extremely competitive (for the boys anyway), because they expect their mothers to be terrible. However, the moms tend to bring their “A” game, no matter how skillful they may be. Everybody has a great deal of fun, including club members, because they enjoy coaching the kids, umpiring, commentating and taking photos throughout the day.
Wellsville Days is a tradition in the small town of Wellsville. Over the past 12 years, FBLA volunteers have been helping with the festivities. Whether it be working the Minute to Win It games, selling snow cones and cotton candy, assisting with the Fun Zone or face painting, FBLA provides entertainment throughout the day. The proceeds made from the Wellsville Days activities go to help members pay their dues and put money into their accounts.
The 2013-2014 FBLA officers also have been diligently working to obtain their Business Achievement Awards. The awards provide opportunities for FBLA members to be recognized at the national level for going above and beyond. Four officers are working on receiving their Future award, which is the first level, and three officers are working to achieve the second level, which is the Business award. President Ashley Ebeck is working on the highest level, which is the America award. Once she achieves this, she will be recognized at the national conference this summer in Nashville. Some of the activities included in these awards are writing essays, developing social media tactics that will help chapters get more involved in participating in school and community service and developing membership recruitment.
There always has been a strong rivalry between Wellsville and West Franklin. Sports, academics and FBLA all have been extremely competitive. For the past three years, FBLA has been involved with a competition between the two schools that involves raising money for the March of Dimes by selling paper baby feet. FBLA members from both schools have the opportunity to sell them at one home football game and one home volleyball game for 25 cents each, and throughout the week of the district match-up game. The school that raises the most money is presented a baby doll in a cradle to display at its school for the entire year. All money raised by the two schools goes to the Kansas March of Dimes charity.
FBLA also had a cross-dress makeover competition to raise additional funds for the March of Dimes. Drake Williams, Chase Bouse, Daegan Asebedo, Shamus Kearney and John Joy were selected as the senior boys to compete this year. Their pictures are put on containers for the student body to donate money to during lunch. The student who had the most money in his container by Oct. 2 was declared the winner. A committee of eight FBLA members will help dress him up as a girl the day before homecoming. It is always fun to see the feminine side of these contestants.
As a chapter fundraiser, FBLA is raising money by selling healthy snack food items throughout the school day. The business is known as the FBLA “Grub Hub”. All of the proceeds made through this activity will go to purchase landscaping for the front of Wellsville High School.
Katie Becker is the Wellsville FBLA co-editor.