By Kylie Kinney
State Peer Educator
The Waconia Senior High FCCLA Chapter attended a region level leadership meeting in Fridley on Oct. 23.
The kickoff to the first Region 4 meeting of the year began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National FCCLA Creed. Three region officers planned the event: Rick Osborne of Spring Lake Park High School (president), Samantha Johnson of Hinckley-Finlayson (secretary) and Kaija Kottke of Waconia (treasurer).
The three officers were assisted by Region 4 State Peer Educator, Kylie Kinney, also from Waconia. All four members ran the event, which was attended by students from eight schools in the region: Centennial, Clearwater Middle School (Waconia), Eastview, Hinckley-Finlayson, Milaca, Central (NYA), Spring Lake Park, and Waconia.
Two Minnesota FCCLA State Officers, Tayler Marshall and Sarah Hamlin of Kasson-Mantorville, presented their state leadership project, which was based on their state officer position.
Tim Anderson, a teacher that taught social studies at Spring Lake Park High School from 2006-08, was the speaker. Upon leaving Spring Lake Park, Anderson started a non-profit organization called Ace Hoops which focuses on character building using basketball as its medium.
The 2012-13 State Theme “ISucceed” was presented by the state and region officer team. Following the opening session, members either followed an officer training track presented by FCCLA State Executive Director Wendy Ambrose or a project learning track led by the officers. Workshops focused on the national projects of Community Service, STOP the Violence, Financial Fitness, YFU/Japanese Exchange Program, Student Body, Career Connections, and FACTS (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety).
Members also had opportunities to learn more about the competitive events called STAR (Student Taking Action with Recognition) Events. Members who competed at last year’s national meeting in Orlando, Fla., shared their projects with the members to help prepare them with ideas of projects to help their schools and communities.
The Waconia chapter left with many ideas of how to use this year’s state theme “ISucceed” to impact their schools and communities with great projects.