Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land
FBLA started in the 1969 – 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 – 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.
Fund Raising Activities
Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents’ names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.
Candy Cane Sales – The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!
Professional Development Activities
Official FBLA Conferences – FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.
Field Trips – FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.
Latest News for FBLA
On April 4, under the guidance of moderator Mrs. Heather Land, thirty-three members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) toured Busch Stadium and St. Louis Zoo. Students gained insight into the numerous and varied opportunities in the business world, including the different corporate roles that are essential to each business’ success. Students also enjoyed time “outside of business hours” walking in the shoes of a Cardinal player and traveling on an African safari.
From their test scores for the Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference, the following Mater Dei students qualified for the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 29 through July 2: Corynn Henrichs – 1st place in Database Design and Applications, Zach Honer – 3rd place in Insurance and Risk Management, Sarah Kniepmann – 2nd place in Spreadsheet Applications, Sophia Lager – 2nd place in Computer Applications, and Kara Ratermann – 3rd place in Word Processing.
The following students also earned recognition: Tori Arentsen – 8th place in Accounting II, Dani Dant – 7th place in Accounting II, Ben Kassen – 8th place in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Anna Knebel – 6th place in Personal Finance, Ben Logullo – 5th place in Networking Concepts, Alexis Patton – 5th place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, and Mitchell Wilke – 9th place in Business Calculations.
We thank FBLA moderator Mrs. Heather Land for her dedication to our students.