Gateway to Greatness

On Tuesday, October 4, thirty members of the Sloan-Hendrix FBLA attended the District II Fall Leadership Conference in the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University.  The first general session opened with a call to order by the State Vice President.  An invocation was given by a middle school member from Piggott.  The local American Legion presented the colors and then gave a brief history of the flag.

The keynote speaker for the conference was ASU head football coach, Hugh Freeze.  Coach Freeze is probably best known for his real life role as Michael Oherís high school coach.  Oherís journey from surviving the streets of Memphis to earning a spot in the NFL was the inspiration for the book/movie, The Blind Side.  Freeze encouraged students to have faith and a good attitude.  He encouraged them to have a goal in life and put a plan in action to attain that goal.

One of the most touching moments of the conference came when Coach Freeze presented a grand prize to a member of the audience.  The drawing was actually a setup to grant a wish to a young man from Mountain Home.  For several years, one of the service projects of District II FBLA has been to support the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  On Tuesday, FBLA members got to be a part of making a wish come true.  The young man and his family will be taking a Disney cruise.

After a short break, the second general session opened with the FBLA pledge, creed, and the parade of presidents.  A representative from each school introduced themselves, stated the number of members present and made a donation to the Arkansas Childrenís Hospital.  Sloan-Hendrix members were asked to give a dollar each.  Between the members and SH staff, a donation of $45 was presented by the Sloan-Hendrix chapter of FBLA.

At the conclusion of the meeting, members enjoyed a couple of hours at Caraway Plaza where they ate and shopped.

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