Running for State Office

 


Running for State Office is both fun and rewarding. The chance to serve Michigan FCCLA's members is an exciting opportunity and a big responsibility. Being elected as an officer is an honor… but serving entails a lot of commitment, hard work and dedication. Michigan FCCLA encourages potential candidates to talk to their parents, chapter advisor, employer, guidance counselor and principal to discuss the responsibilities involved in holding a state office.

 

Rewards of being a Michigan FCCLA State Officer include:

  • Personal satisfaction and growth
  • Development of life-long leadership skills
  • Travel to exciting places, and meeting new people
  • Plan the Michigan FCCLA Fall and State Leadership Conferences
  • Visit schools to represent Michigan FCCLA
  • Recognition for your chapter and community

 

The qualifications to run for a State Office:

  • Active and current member in your chapter

  • Have taken a minimum of one semester in a Family & Consumer Sciences, Early Childhood, Teacher Cadet, Fashion Design or Interior Design class.

  • Completed at least one module in Power of One

  • Be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade when you run for office

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Recommendation by your chapter

  • Each chapter can nominate a maximum of 2 candidates for state office

 

What kind of training will I receive?

  • There will be several meetings and rehearsals at the 2018 State Leadership Conference
  • In May 2018, you will attend a three day training camp for State Officers, along with incoming officers from Michigan DECA and SkillsUSA Michigan.
  • If you attend the 2018 National Leadership Conference (attendance optional), you will be scheduled for several officer training workshops. Please note, due to the training workshops and commitments required of you as a State Officer, you will not have much time to spend with your chapter at the conference.
  • Additional training will be available during State Officer meetings throughout your term of office.

 

What do I need to do?

  • Complete and submit the 2018-2019 State Officer Candidate Application to Michigan FCCLA before the deadline on February 1, 2018.

  • Create a campaign flyer and email it to the Michigan FCCLA office before February 1, 2018. The flyer may be in Word, Publisher or Adobe .PDF format. The size must be 8.5 inches by 11 inches, and will be copied in black and white and included in the Voting Delegates' information packet at the State Leadership Conference. The flyer must include your name, school, grade and why you want to be a Michigan FCCLA State Officer. Be as creative as you wish! Keep in mind that any photos and graphics will be copied in black and white on colored paper, so please make sure they are not too dark!

 

What happens next?
You will be notified if you have been approved as an official State Officer Candidate by Michigan FCCLA. Now you can start planning on your campaign!

  • At the State Conference, your campaign flyer will be included in the voting delegate’s packet.
  • Candidates will be provided with a space on a table in the Great Hall, so students will see it as they enter for the Opening Session. You may choose to design a standing display if you bring your own easel or display board. (Note, Michigan FCCLA and/or the Valley Plaza Resort are not responsible for personal items left unattended.).
  • You are required to attend a candidate meeting and rehearsal at the State Leadership Conference.
  • You will give a speech during the Opening Session.
  • Voting will take place during the conference. The candidates that receive the most votes will be elected as Michigan FCCLA State Officers.
  • The new officer team is sworn-in on stage during the Awards session on Friday.

 

Actual positions will be announced and decided in May at the State Officer Training Camp. Your offical state officer photos will be taken during the CTSO training camp.

 

 

If you have any questions about being a State Officer, your best resource is to contact a current State Officer. You can also contact the Michigan FCCLA State Coordinator, Mrs. Rodrigues.