Future business leaders cook into new school year
The largest nonathletic club at Eudora High School wants to boost its membership numbers, and at the same time reap the benefits returning members will bring to this year's competitions.
The Future Business Leaders of America had a back-to-school cookout following the half-day of classes at the high school Tuesday, and from the turnout, it looks as though the club may reach its membership goal.
"We think 110 (members) would be great, but we're thinking about 100 this year," said FBLA President Lear Bowling, a 17-year-old junior.
In years past, freshmen were the largest class of FBLA members, but it looks as though juniors will outnumber the lower classmen this year, Bowling said.
That aspect could have a positive impact on the club's showing in this year's business competitions.
Each year the club participates with other FBLA clubs in a business-related competition. The competition consists of members taking tests geared toward business and the financial world.
There are seven FBLA districts in Kansas that participate in a fall district. Winners go on to regional competition during the holiday season, and competitors fortunate enough to advance go to nationals in the spring.
The Eudora FBLA's goal is to prepare future leaders of the business world, Bowling said.
Members meet once a month to learn and discuss different aspects of business, and will attend a leadership conference in the fall.
"The conference will be a time when we can (hone our skills), learn about business and how to interview (for prospective employment)," Bowling said.
However, the FBLA is not all business. Members also have fun outings together such as touring the haunted houses in Kansas City in October as a way to build camaraderie among members.