Local student elected to FCCLA Executive Council

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

The Roland-Story FCCLA Chapter from Roland-Story High School, along with over 500 members from FCCLA chapters across the state, attended the Iowa FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 3-5, 2016. Roland-Story FCCLA Chapter member Madeleine Urbanek attended the conference and was elected as a member of the Iowa FCCLA 2016-2017 State Executive Council.

After completing an application in January, the candidates completed an interview with state staff, and the board of directors, and then gave a speech to the entire Iowa delegation about the leadership they would provide for the state association. Maddie was elected as the Iowa FCCLA Vice President of Community Outreach.

The State Executive Council is made up of eight FCCLA members from across the state of Iowa who will be trained in professionalism, communication, and team work. Their duties will include creating a program of work, planning for state-wide events, and working to promote Iowa FCCLA. The State Executive Council’s Program of Work will be filled with planning, speaking, travelling, and personal growth. Maddie is to be commended, as she will be providing leadership to over 2,000 Iowa FCCLA members.

“Becoming the Vice President of Community Outreach has been a wonderful experience”, said Madeleine. “I have grown professionally and see a very promising year ahead of me. I am also thrilled to say that I have plenty of activities planned for the Iowa delegation and my own chapter. Statewide, I plan to help promote active membership through FCCLA’s many opportunities and competitive events. The members of the Roland-Story Chapter will be increasing their involvement in the community through more volunteer work, fundraisers, and individual projects. I believe that being able to give back to the community is a strength we pride ourselves on as FCCLA members. I look forward to seeing what we can all accomplish in the future!”

FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), formerly FHA, teaches students financial literacy, health and nutrition, career preparation, and early childhood development skills through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is a unique organization because its programs are planned and run by student members. It is the only student-led organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters in fifty state associations, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since it was founded in 1945.