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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

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Schedule of events

The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change:

Sept. 1 - 7, 8, B, JV and varsity volleyball game in Clearbrook at 5 p.m.

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Sept. 4 - Varsity football in Red Lake County Center at 7 p.m.

Kelliher

Thousands attend FCCLA leadership conference

More than 5,300 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, gathered in Nashville, TN July 12-16 for the 2009 National Leadership Conference.

Alisha Gehlert, a sophomore at Kelliher Public School, was among them. She is the 2009-2010 Minnesota FCCLA Region 7 president.

This year's student-devised subject for the annual national meeting was "Beyond the Label," and throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety and cancer awareness were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.

Gehlert will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Minnesota to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

The speaker for the first general session was Ken Weichert, staff sergeant in the Army National Guard. He said that the spirit of the FCCLA members was similar to the spirit of soldiers. He talked about the importance of leadership and trust.

Other meeting highlights included

• STAR Events, which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

• Spotlight on Projects where representatives from states share successful national, state, or chapter projects.

• A Feed The Children Event where attendees raise awareness regarding the youth of America living in poverty and who are forced to deal with hunger on a daily basis.

FCCLA's advantageous programs enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

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