At the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School, was elected to serve as the 2012-2013 Vice President of Programs on the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Executive Council.
The FCCLA National Executive Council consists of 10 elected members who primarily serve as liaisons to the FCCLA membership population. In addition to being the youth governing body of the organization, the council aids in national program development, program implementation, and public relations. Officers of the National Executive Council include:
||> Vice President of Finance
|> First Vice President
||> Vice President of Membership
|> Vice President of Community Service
||> Vice President of Parliamentary Law
|> Vice President of Competitive Events
||> Vice President of Programs
|> Vice President of Development
||> Vice President of Public Relations
2012-2013 FCCLA National Executive Council
As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council, Ashley will contribute to the planning of the 2012-2013 year for the organization, represent the organization to both internal and external audiences, and seek to grow membership and move the organization forward.
As the Vice President of Programs, Ashley will specifically be responsible for:
>Reviewing the national programs.
>Providing input in new and existing programmatic structures and resources.
>Promoting programs and educating FCCLA members about the various opportunities.
>Reviewing applications of program award and scholarship finalists.
>Congratulating program award and scholarship recipients on their work through FCCLA.
>Serving on the Program Committee of the National Board of Directors.
>Representing the organization at meetings with existing and potential program partners.
“Three years ago, Pearl Hart* told me that I was Utah’s ‘Secret Weapon’ in FCCLA. Ever since then I have always had the idea to run for a national office. I always looked up to my best friend Kyle Andrews who was a state officer. I saw how much FCCLA had been a part of his life and I wanted to help others and change their lives like it had changed Kyle’s life and my life,” says Ashley.
As a member of the FCCLA National Executive Council Ashley will have many leadership opportunities during the coming school year. As the National Vice President of Programs Ashley will attend and present at the following meetings:
> Capitol Leadership Training and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Conference in Washington DC in October.
> National Cluster Meetings in Reno, Nevada and Indianapolis, Indiana in November.
> Pacific States Conferences in February and March.
> National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in July.
“Ashley made FCCLA a focus in her life. She set several goals to work toward to become a national officer. She did not let one difficult thing come in the way of accomplishing her goal. She was driven. She has the right personality for being a national officer. She is fun and is a great leader,” says Melody Anthony, Pleasant Grove High School FCCLA Adviser.
To be elected as a national officer takes planning, preparation, and perseverance. The process begins in February when the national officer candidate fills out the application. There are many parts to the application such as preparing for the national FCCLA test, interviewing, and giving a speech. This takes many long hours of dedication and hard work.
“Ashley has a passion for FCCLA. She sees what the organization can do for others. She truly cares about people and wants them to achieve their goals,” says Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.
Ashley encourages students to become a member of FCCLA. “Just do it. It will be the best experience of your life. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and set goals in your life that will help you.”
FCCLA: Pack Your Bag and Climb to Your Future
If you are a member of FCCLA and are interested in running for national office next year talk to your adviser about the election process.
*Pearl Hart is the Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist
at the Utah State Office of Education