Moderator: Mrs. Jackie Chiarolanza
FBLA started in the 1969 – 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 – 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $10.
Silver Bells Promotion – Held in conjunction with numerous local businesses in Breese, the purpose of this project is to attract consumers into Silver Bells businesses by providing them with a ticket, after making a purchase, which enters them into drawings for various prizes. Mater Dei FBLA members are proud to participate in this program by pulling the lucky winning tickets!
Fund Raising Activities
Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fund raiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents’ names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.
Candy Cane Sales – The sale of candy canes is a fund raiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the receiver the next week. This project is very popular!
Professional Development Activities
Official FBLA Conferences – FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the area Southwestern Illinois College Conference, the National Fall Leadership Conference, the Illinois State Conference and the National Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.
Field Trips – FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and The Maschhoffs, Inc.