Family Community and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, had their first meeting Friday, September 12. The main attraction of the interest meeting was nachos, the motto being “FCCLA: Nacho Average Club.”
The first meeting was dedicated to learning about the club’s purpose and values. “…Each of the officers came up with a topic that they wanted to discuss, and then the students came in and ate some nachos, met some new friends, then learned about the club,” said Mrs. Blackwelder, club advisor.
The interest meeting was designed to invite all students interested in FCCLA, provided they have taken a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class. Examples of FACS classes are Foods, Teen Living, Fashion Merchandising, Personal Finance, etc. The middle school class Exploring Life Skills also counts toward the single club requirement.
Those officially joining FCCLA can look forward to joining a healthy, welcoming club. “We also would like to increase our…atypical members…We would like to increase our male membership and focus…on having a good diverse club. And then our other goal is to have healthy snacks for every meeting,” said Blackwelder.
As for activities, members can also anticipate community service and competition opportunities. A large part of the club is STAR events, or competitions based on member-made projects following various topics covered in FACS classes. Competing members of the Leesville chapter have a chance to compete at state and national level.
When members are not serving the community or competing, the focus is on bonding through promoting a well-balance lifestyle.
All FCCLA meetings will be in Mrs. Blackwelder’s room, 147, on the second Friday of every month. The meetings are scheduled to be during A lunch, but may run into B lunch. If the meeting is scheduled for after school, announcements will be made ahead of time.