Sunday, October 25, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: FCCLA Attends District #4 Leadership Conference

Exeter-Milligan FCCLA Attends District #4 Leadership Conference.                            
FCCLA District Leadership Conference
October 7th, 2015 – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) brought student leaders, members and advisers to Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska October 7th to participate in its annual District Leadership Conference.  Approximately 350 FCCLA members from District #4 were in attendance.  
The Exeter-Milligan’s 27 FCCLA members and adviser, Mary Lou Vossler, who served as District #4 Adviser were in attendance.  Representing Exeter-Milligan as District Secretary was Samantha Horne.  
The conference provided opportunities for students and advisers to come together for fun and to listen to inspiring speakers, as well as to expand leadership skills, sharpen talents and explore career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turn It Inside Out With FCCLA” and attendees were challenged to explore the fitness of body, mind and spirit that is a product of healthy attitudes and habits; and to pursue this whole health through the conference’s great learning and networking opportunities.
In addition to the many learning and networking experiences offered at the conference, Milt and Janet Bemis addressed the conference delegates as the keynote speakers. Their presentation, "I wonder if we could...?" A question asked by a grieving mother after realizing that her handsome two and a half year old son was no longer alive as they knew him. The Bemis’s traveled back 31 years in their keynote presentation and told delegates of how they started a historical medical procedure that helped change the world of infant liver transplants. Direct TV's "Hometown Heroes" host Joan Lunden described this tragic moment that turns into one of the great transplant stories of our time and meet the parents who made that decision.
The afternoon keynote featured Sydney Olson, who currently is a senior at Concordia University, majoring in Biology and Pre-Med with a Chemistry minor grew up in Sutton, Nebraska. Her afternoon keynote session discussed alopecia and what it means to have no hair and to be different in our society. Sydney focused on the unique “quirks” we all have and how important it is to understand each other’s unique story of life.
Break-out sessions with the State Women’s Correctional Facility on “Choices”, ARC of Central NE, Juvenile Probation, State Officer and PEER Ed Officer presentations, Country Swing Dancing, Textile Investigation, Touring of the Hospitality and Culinary Art Department of CCC- Hastings, Distracted Driving were also highlighted the afternoon.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has nearly 175,000 members and more than 5,200 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

Photo attached - The Exeter-Milligan FCCLA Chapter

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