Wisconsin FBLA
May 2020 | Volume XVIII, Issue 5 | View as Webpage
State President's Message
For the last time, hello Wisconsin FBLA! I hope this edition of the WFeB finds you at home safe, healthy, and in good spirits. Like many of you, I am saddened that we were unable to host our State Leadership Conference this year. However, that does not mean our state office did not notice your hard work over the year. Chapters around the state completed many service projects, chapter engagement efforts, and continued to demonstrate their acquired FBLA leadership skills, and for that, I commend each of you. We have a message from Patty Hendrickson for our advisers and members to view.

With the release of this publication, I am calling to order the convening of our business activities that are associated with the State Leadership Conference supporting our ability to conduct an election of state officer candidates and endorsement of applicants for national officer positions. Check out the article below from your State Parliamentarian for more information.

In this edition, I hope you take the time to enjoy your state officer team’s farewell messages to the state and its members! Our group of 12 worked very hard to execute our program of work, and we have one last message we would like to say to Wisconsin. While our year did not end as we all hoped, we are still continuing to support the organization until the future installation of Team 67. I encourage you to reach out to your favorite state officers to say a personal goodbye, as I know we all would have loved to see you in Madison!

Brelynn Bille
State President,
Waupun Area High School
State Elections
Wisconsin FBLA will conduct state officer elections this month using procedures recommended a a special Election Committee with full approval by the Executive Board. Visit https://dpi.wi.gov/fbla/candidates to view candidate information. Advisers may complete a state form emailed on the afternoon of May 5 to request an election ballot. By register the number of voting delegates to represent your chapters, advisers will automatically receive a ballot that can be shared with voting delegates for submission by 4 PM on Wednesday, May 13. If you are a voting delegate, then be sure your adviser emails you both the ballot form and your chapter's election ballot code.

Madison O'Brion
State Parliamentarian, Fall River
National Leadership Online Experience
I know many of you had prepared diligently for your events, but you still have the opportunity to compete at the Virtual National Leadership Experience ! There are multiple state and national deadlines to particiapte in competitive event opportunities. Be sure to connect with your adviser prior to 4 PM on May 8 to notify Wisconsin FBLA if you desire to participate in a competitive event as advisers must indicate your name on a roster that was emailed to them previously. Please continue to reference the National Office COVID-19 website page for updates on the virtual conference experience.
Keli Borem
State Secretary/
Treasurer, Mauston
March of Dimes Update
While our State Leadership Conference was canceled, I would still like to take a moment to introduce our Wisconsin March of Dimes family that was scheduled to join us in March! Ashley Dutzel and her daughter Ellie have worked closely with the March of Dimes as Ellie was born just shy of 25 weeks gestation. As Ashley says in her story “Ellie spent 100+ days in the NICU, fighting to live. And boy, did she fight. Ellie Grace is now a happy, healthy 4 year old.” If you would like to learn more about Ashley and her daughter, read their story ! Our State President Brelynn Bille has also worked closely with the family to create a video for our State Leadership Conference.

Our Wisconsin FBLA support for the March of Dimes has not stopped during COVID-19 and we encourage your consideration to particiapte in a Step Up Challenge . Register for March for Babies and walk with us virtually using Charity Miles. Celebrate with people across the nation on Friday May 15th at 1PM CST.   To download the Charity Miles app,   click here from your mobile device to download the Charity Miles App . Share your journey using # marchforbabieswi ! .

Additionally, Professional dancer, Larsen Thompson, teamed up with March of Dimes to create an exclusive March for Babies Step Up! TikTok challenge!   Simply interested in donating to the challenge, but don't have TikTok then click here to direct funds to our Wisconsin FBLA team .

Finally, we appreciate your support as every penny counts. Thanks to your previous support, resources and research are annually developed. Checkout this March of Dimes COVID-19 Impact Report that provides answers to some common questions.
Vice President,
Cochrane-Fountain City High School
Chapter Recognition
While we were not able to awards members directly at the State Leadership Conference this year, chapter's still had the opportunity to gain state recognition for their work throughout the year. In early April these chapter awards were announced on the Wisconsin FBLA website, but we'd like to highlight these outstanding chapters again in this e-bulletin.

Adviser of the Year: Michael Carpenter, Sauk Prairie High School
Business Person of the Year: Dee Strom, Fastenal

High School Chapter Community Service Award:
  1. Rhinelander High School
  2. Random lake High School
  3. Oconto Falls High School
  4. Dodgeland High School
  5. Muskego High School

Largest Chapter Membership Middle Level:
  1. Menomonee Falls North Middle School
  2. Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School
  3. West Allis Lane Intermediate School

Largest Chapter Membership High School Level:
  1. Menomonee Falls North Middle School
  2. Westosha Central High School
  3. Wrightstown High School
  4. DeForest High School
  5. Oak Creek High School

Lorraine Missling Scholarships:
  • Petyon Mueller, Portage High School
  • Brelynn Bille, Waupun Area High School

Market Share Awards Middle Level:
  1. Cadott Middle School
  2. Cashton Middle School
  3. Cochrane-Fountain City Middle School

Market Share Awards High School Level
  1. Gilmanton High School
  2. River Ridge High School
  3. Marathon High School
  4. Suring High School
  5. Frederic High School

National Event Awards
  • LifeSmarts Round 1
  • Nabeel Bhimani and Adum Putz, Muskego High School
  • LifeSmarts Round 2
  • Brenen Skalitzky and Andrew Battanberg, Waterloo High School
  • Virtual Business Finance Challenge Round 1
  • Brenen Skalitzky and Makenna Holzhueter, Waterloo High School
  • Virtual Business Finance Challenge Round 2
  • Carter Lundreus, Muskego High School
  • Virtual Business Management Challenge Round 1
  • Adam Putz, Muskego High School
  • Virtual Business Management Challenge Round 2
  • Matthew Redlinger, Mollie Krinter, Mason Lobner, Muskego High School

Who's Who in Wisconsin FBLA
  1. Hannah Ness, Portage High School
  2. Josephine Schall, Dodgeland High School
  3. Leah Hager, Cochrane-Fountain City High School
  4. Theo Rauch, Ripon High School
  5. Matthew Redlinger, Muskego High School

Regional Member Recognition Award
  1. Megan Wegner, Chippewa Falls
  2. Hailey Brown, Kekoosa
  3. Faith King, Coleman
  4. Leah Hager, Cochrane-Fountain City
  5. Chloe Druckry, Portage
  6. Josephine Schall, Dodgeland
  7. Matthew Redlinger, Muskego

New and Reactiveated Chapters as well as Local Chapter Member Recognition are not listen above, but can be found at this webpage.
State Reporter,
Menomonee Falls High School
Middle Level Update
Hello Wisconsin FBLA middle level members! I hope you all had a great year that was full of excitement, competition, and motivation to help kick start your high school FBLA career. While I am sad our year has come to an abrupt halt, I’m thankful I have had the opportunity to connect with so many of you. As you transition into high school I wanted to give you all a few tips about how to stay motivated and involved in your high school FBLA chapter!
Help to recruit new members, especially freshmen! I challenge you to reach out to one of your friends and ask them to attend the first high school meeting.

Take a step out of your comfort zone and run for a local officer position. I promise you will not regret taking on a leadership role in your chapter and you will grow in ways you never knew you could!
The best thing you can do in high school is create a positive working environment that provides you with the best opportunity for growth. Surround yourself with individuals who care about you and respect you. 
Most importantly, make sure to have fun! FBLA is an amazing organization that will change your life. If you give it your all truly amazing things will happen!

I wish you all the best of luck in high school, and I hope to see some of you at more FBLA events this upcoming year! 

Vice President,
Cochrane-Fountain City High School
Thank You Wisconsin FBLA Foundation
Many Wisconsin FBLA members are unaware of the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation and it's impact on our state. If you are unfamiliar with this initiative, the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation is an organization created to support the mission of Wisconsin FBLA-PBL. This Foundation is supported by many businesses and individuals who see the benefit of investing in tomorrow's leaders. Board members of this foundation meet periodically throughout the year, along with the current State President in order to delegate funds and support for the workings of Wisconsin FBLA. These funds have a direct impact on members, such as hiring a production crew for the State Leadership Conference. Two programs that the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation funds are monetary support for chapters who complete receive the National Outstanding Chapter Recognition award and monetary support for new and reactivating chapters to cover start-up funds. Wisconsin FBLA would like to send a big thank you to the Wisconsin FBLA Foundation and it's members, for investing in our futures and allowing Wisconsin FBLA to be it's best. A list of all the chapters who recieved start-up fund grants from the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation and Outstanding Chapter Recognition can be found here. More information about the foundation can found here.
State Reporter,
Menomonee Falls High School
2019-20 Executive Board Farewell Speeches
While the Wisconsin FBLA 2019-20 Executive Board would have loved to met all of it's members one last time at the 2019-20 State Leadership Conference, we have not forgotten all the amazing memories we have made this year with the support of our amazing state chapter. Each officer has prepared a farewell message that we'd love for you to hear. Click the picture of each state officer to view their personal farewell message.