Chapter News

  • Ten Years with FBLA!

    Posted by David Dusseault on 7/27/2023 4:37:00 PM

    2023-2024 will mark the Decennial Year of the Madeira Beach Fundamental FBLA Chapter!

    Students with Raymond

    Students with awards

    2022 chapterstudents at a computergirls standing with batmanstudents on staircase

    It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we formed in 2014,with only 14 members and no idea what we were doing!

    We’ve come a long way since then.

    • Consistent membership of 55-65 members each year!
    • Nearly 400 district awards!
    • Dozens of state award winners!
    • Eight national award-winning teams, including two national champions!
    • Thousands of dollars raised for area charities!
    • Annual service projects to benefit the school and the community!
    • An alumni class that has garnered a dozen district officers, two state officers, and is responsible for initiating two high school chapters!

    In addition, our chapter’s families were influential in pushing for the expansion of middle school involvement at the national level, and this year the top four teams in the state will be able to compete at Nationals, reaching parity with the high school level for eligible students!

    Now it’s time to tee-up for the next decade…

    • Our first informational meeting for students will be on August 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 in the Media Center. All interested students are welcome!
    • Officer Campaigns and Elections for all officers (except President and Vice-president) will be on August 22!  

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone this August to help us kick off the next great decade with FBLA!

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  • Fall Rally

    Posted by David Dusseault on 12/1/2022 8:00:00 PM

    By Rowan Duran, Chapter Reporter

    Group photoMadeira FBLA members walked into Innisbrook Resort where they were greeted by this year’s District Officers and then were guided to our tables. Here, we were seated next to FBLA members from around the district. The District Officers, who would be presenting and speaking throughout the rally, began to be officially introduced to the guests. The group learned more about the officers and the day began. To start off, the District Officer installation took place. Candles were passed on to each officer representing different responsibilities that they were pledging to fulfill.

    Afterwards, new chapters James B. Sanderson K-8 World School and Pinellas Park Middle were welcomed into District 12. Presidents from each chapter lit candles as well including Madeira’s own chapter president Nikela Mulla and were inducted, and each new and returning member joined together to pledge and become part of FBLA for this school year. Next came awards being announced from the past year and among the many names several of the MBFS chapter members were recognized.

    Following the ceremonies, the group heard from keynote speaker Joe Fingerhut. Right from the start he brought energy and enthusiasm up with him on to the stage. You could tell that this presentation was going to be one to remember. Throughout his time speaking he engaged the audience by including everyone in several different activities. Games were played like pass the phone, in which the different tables had the opportunity to speak with one another while finding a leader for later on. Not only was it a fun experience, Joe Fingerhut also left everyone with important lessons that were woven throughout his stories. Some of the main ideas he left were to not think “I can’t,” but rather, “How can I?” Overall, he was a wonderful speaker leaving everyone with valuable messages that can be used throughout their journey in FBLA and in life.Students at table

    As a final activity each group participated in the Build-A-Leader task working together with different district members to decide how leaders use body language to inspire productivity and teamwork. To bring the day to a close the district advisers and officers left the members with some concluding messages and the rally was adjourned.


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  • Leadership Field Day

    Posted by David Dusseault on 10/27/2022

    By Rowan Duran, Chapter Reporter

    Students working together

    In last week’s meeting (of October 18th) instead of having our usual informational meeting, the members took part in a FBLA Leadership Field Day. This day entailed games to practice teamwork and strategy, which will be key when going into competitions later in the year. Everyone seemed to enjoy the time outside together.Students planning

    Eighth grader Kylie Goodin said, “It was fun to learn teamwork in a more abstract way! ” Based on everyone else’s reaction to the day, they seemed to agree!


    Next up: Fall Rally!

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  • Event schedule changes and cancellations

    Posted by David Dusseault on 10/1/2022 12:30:00 PM

    Attention: Several schedule changes in October!

    Between Hurricane Ian and a new version of the Fall Festival, we have had to make some adjustments to the October schedule:

    Tuesday, October 4: 

    The General Membership Meeting has been cancelled so that we can hold the Officer Planning Meeting that we missed last week. 

     Friday, October 14:

    The Car Wash that was scheduled in conjunction with the Fall Festival has been cancelled due to logistics problems with the new configuration of the festival. Students and families are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the Fall Festival through PTSA. Officers will be looking into other options for a service project to support our community. 

    Tuesday, October 25:

    The District 12 Fall Rally Field Trip (originally scheduled for September 29) has been rescheduled for October 20! All other details remain unchanged. We will be reaching out to make any necessary adjustments for the new date.  

    We appreciate your continued support of FBLA!

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  • Business and Baseball

    Posted by David Dusseault on 9/1/2022 12:00:00 PM

    Officer Training at theTrop

    by Rowan Duran, Chapter Reporter

    Officers at the Trop

    Thursday August 25th was an exciting day for the new 2022-2023 FBLA Chapter Officers in Pinellas County! All new officers gathered at Tropicana Field for training led by our FBLA district officers and featuring members of the Rays business team.  

    The event started with ice breakers outside of the stadium. Everyone shared qualities that leaders should possess and was given time to ask questions of the district officers. In doing so, many important attributes were identified which all students in FBLA will be able to learn and utilize during their journey.  

    Then, everyone was guided inside where they had the opportunity to hear from some of the Tampa Bay Ray’s personnel. The first guest was John Pope, who is the manager of corporate partnerships for the Rays. Mr. Pope was in FBLA during high school and showed his enthusiasm for it while talking to the group. He passed on his knowledge from his time working with the Rays and allowed the officers to ask any questions they might have had.  

    Next, the microphone was passed over to De Anna Ward, who oversees media for the team and spoke to everyone about her experiences in her field. She gave so much amazing advice, like taking opportunities that come your way and that confidence is key.  

    The final person to speak was Kim Couts, director of community engagement. She stressed the importance of diversifying your academic, social, and professional opportunities and how it can positively affect your future.  

    After hearing from the speakers, the officers were split up based on their specific job.They had the opportunity to learn about one another through different tasks and talking points, sharing the time with their corresponding district officer so that they could ask questions and get a better understanding of their job responsibilities in FBLA.  

    To finish off the day, everyone was able to watch the Rays beat the Angels. What a wonderful way to start off a fantastic year for FBLA! 


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  • National Winners, 2022!

    Posted by David Dusseault on 8/1/2022

    National Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois

    The Bean in Millennium Park

    Taking Chi-Town by storm!

    Five students from the Madeira Beach chapter represented Florida in the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL from June 29 - July 2. With over 13,000 participants, the competition was fierce, but our students all placed in the top ten in the nation!

    Students also got to get a glimpse of the city of Chicago, including Navy PierMillennium Park, the Lincoln Park ZooChina Town, Wrigley Field and (of course) a healthy dose of deep-dish pizza! 

    And the winners are...

    Students trading state pins

    James Rhodes - First Place

    FBLA Mission and Pledge

    Sixth grader James Rhodes is a first-time competitor, and he's off to a great start! His event involved reciting the FBLA Mission and Pledge from memory and giving a speech reflecting on its meaning and impact on his life. He also had to answer the judges' questions.

    While at the conference, James practiced his bargaining skills, trading state pins with a passion worthy of Wall Street! 

    Amy Tran, Madison To and Kylie Goodin - Third Place

    Three girls peeking around a corner

    Critical Thinking

    This trio of students took on one of the most challenging events in FBLA Middle Level. Students are given a problem scenario to solve and have only 15 minutes to prepare a 5-minute presentation on the topic.

    It takes quick thinking, logic, presentation skills and nerves of steel! This team didn't hide from the challenge... at least not until they had to as part of the Navy Pier Scavenger Hunt!

    Students smiling outdoors

    Jacob Newberg - Tenth Place

    Financial Literacy

    Jacob took on the challenge of testing his knowledge about the world of finance. After placing second in the state, he doubled down on his studies and came up in the top ten scores in the country! 

    Jacob had a great time, making new friends and seeing the sights!



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