Fall Leadership Workshop

On Nov. 1, 2004 FBLA members from across the state attended the annual Fall Leadership Workshop (FLW) held at the Augusta Armory. The students had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers and to participate in activities with other FBLA members from Maine.

The FLW was opened with the introduction of state officers, the flag salute, the reading of the FBLA Creed, and roll call. The group was then introduced to the guest speaker Suzanne McCormick, who is the Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross in Southern Maine. Ms. McCormick spoke about the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Program, which is the FBLA state community service project for this year.

The members then divided into groups and attended five different workshops developed and presented by the Maine State Officers. State President, Melissa Bickford presented an informational workshop on FBLA. State Treasurer, Gabe Fontaine’s workshop entitled Color Blind was a team building activity. Gabe was assisted by the State Parliamentarian, Cory Lincoln. State Historian, Holly Rancourt’s workshop entitled “Charades” was an activity about business and FBLA terminology. Holly was assisted by fellow Oak Hill High School student, Cassie Kupfer. State Reporter, Stacy Bartos’ workshop tested the members’ public speaking and writing abilities. Stacy was assisted by Cindy Hanlin. Bree Loon and Kasey Simoneau, State Secretary and State Vice President also presented a team building workshop called building image.

After the workshops were completed, John Reny, the founder of Renys department store, spoke to the students. He discussed how hard work and perseverance can make all the difference in your success.

Oak Hill’s FBLA attends the

National Fall Leadership Conference

On November 11, 2004, the Future Business Leaders of America from Oak Hill High School started their long journey towards Buffalo, New York. It was 14 hours one way with a busload of excited students anxiously waiting. The conference would have FBLA students from all over the eastern region of the nation. At the conference the members would be able to attend workshops, network with members from other states, and be inspired by numerous motivational speakers.

The opening ceremony included a role call with a slideshow, introduction of the national officers, and a very motivated speech that made the members get on their feet and get pumped. The next day was all about workshops. The members got to choose which ones they attended according to their interests. The keynote speaker Bobby Petrocelli for the closing session gave one of the workshops. Mr. Petrocelli left no dry eyes in the room after his touching speech about how your life can change in 10 seconds or less. After the closing session there was a dance to raise money for the March of Dimes.

It may be hard to believe that anything else could be fit into a single weekend, but Oak Hill’s FBLA managed it. They went to Niagara Falls in Canada and also explored the town for a while. All were fascinated by the greatness of the falls.

The members of Oak Hill’s FBLA who attended the NFLC were: Stacy Bartos, Holly Rancourt, Kayla Rancourt, Gabe Fontaine, Dean Stowell, Cassie Kupfer, Katie Emmons, Selene Corbeil, Cindy Hanlin, Ryan Michaud, Chris Healey, Frankie Curtis, Danielle Bourgoin, Sarah Radovich, Jeremy Prue, Lee Reynolds, Josh Therrien, Brittany Clark, Audrey Grass, Andrew Lunn, Amber Murphy.

Oak Hill’s FBLA Chapter Holds Installation Ceremony

Oak Hill High School’s Future Business Leaders of America recently held its annual installation banquet. On February 3, the members of FBLA gathered at the Lepage Conference Center to seal pledges taken by officers and new members. Dinner was followed by a candlelight ceremony conducted by Bree-Ann Loon, current FBLA Maine State Secretary. Cindy Hanlin was the Mistress of Ceremonies, Eric Daniels gave a welcome speech, Brittany Clark led the flag salute, and Samantha Snyder, Allison Adams, Jeremy Prue, Frankie Curtis, Christopher Healy, Brian Bisson, and Andrew Lunn read the FBLA Creed.

Gabe Fontaine, Danielle Bourgoin, Alyson Anctil, and Brittiny Gagnon explained the topics of Future, Business, Leader, and America, respectively.

New officers installed included Cindy Hanlin, President; Eric Daniels, Vice President; Amber Murphy, Secretary; Holly Rancourt, Treasurer; Stacy Bartos, Reporter; and Cassie Kupfer, Historian.

The chapter members installed were Allison Adams, Stacy Bartos, Cindy Hanlin, Alyson Anctil, Brian Bisson, Danielle Bourgoin, Chelsea Cervantes, Eric Daniels, Keith Daniels, Brandie Deschaine, Katie Emmons, Gabe Fontaine, Cassie Kupfer, Andrea Lane, Ryan Michaud, Amber Murphy, Jeremy Prue, Holly Rancourt, Kayla Rancourt, Lee Reynolds, Samantha Snyder, Dean Stowell, Josh Therrian, Brittany Clark, Kenneth Clarke, Selene Corbeil, Frankie Curtis, Scott Daniels, Brittiny Gagnon, Joseph Gilbert, Audrey Grass, Ethan Guerette, Christopher Healy, Joshua Jillson, Hannah Lennett, Andrew Lunn, Audrey Pelletier, and Jenna Camardese.

Concluding the evening’s events was a Power Point Presentation given by Erlene Allen and Angela Roy, which portrayed Oak Hill FBLA’s accomplishments for the year.

The members of Oak Hill’s FBLA would like to give a special thanks to our advisors Erlene Allen and Angela Roy for everything they do for us.

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