In 2022, the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at O’Fallon Township High School sent 35 competitors to the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Illinois. Several students placed at SLC, and 15 of these students continued on to compete in Chicago, Illinois for the National Leadership Conference. After having our local chapter president elected into the Illinois FBLA state board, we had our local board reelected with a mix of underclassmen ranging from Freshman-Juniors.
Preparing for the 2023 school year, our main focus was member retention, so we created an Instagram account, had a booth at the Fall Fair and advertised more at the Freshman campus. Overall, in 2023, OTHS FBLA hosted the Southwestern Area Conference, and ⅘ of the Southwestern Area Board are members from our chapter.
Outside of competing, OTHS FBLA hosts several collaborative and intellectual meetings, featuring speakers ranging from small business owners to larger corporations like the St. Louis Blues and Disney. This competition season, OTHS FBLA sent a record-breaking 62 members to the Southwestern Area Conference - hosted by our local chapter president and advisers - with 50 members advancing to the State Leadership Conference this April. We’re hopeful that we can send about 25-30 members to the National Leadership Conference hosted in Atlanta, Georgia.
We’re beyond thankful for our advisers Mrs. Haislar and Ms. Clark for giving us these amazing opportunities, such as guest speakers, fundraisers, and trips like NLC. We hope to break the records we’ve already broken and will continue to work our best not only regionally, but state-wide and nation-wide.