Local students attend National Cluster meeting in Dallas, Texas

Youth from the Grove chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership conference held November 21-23 in Dallas, Texas.

Attendees participated in a weekend of trainings and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated members and their advisors to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 3,000 other members and chapter advisors, Grove’s FCCLA chapter advisor, Shelly Crawford and Lisa Cookson, accompanied 13 members to the meeting.

The “Motivation in Motion” theme was reinforced at the Opening General Session by guest speaker Julie Carrier who inspired attendees with her motivational message, “Success is a Choice,” and encouraged attendees to make the most of their powerful leadership potential. Keynote speaker Sam Glenn closed out the meeting by addressing how leadership is not just about a positive attitude, it’s about putting that attitude into action.

We visited the Dallas Museum of Art and viewed the King Tut Exhibit. The exhibit

opened in October at the museum, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs provided an insight into the life of King Tut and other royalty of the 18th Dynasty (1555-1305 B.C.). All of the treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old. The exhibit will be in Dallas until May 17, 2009.

Dallas is one of four nationally sponsored training conferences this fall. The National Cluster Meetings are designed to allow local students and teachers to take advantage of high-quality leadership training opportunities. Meetings will also be held in Providence, RI, Jacksonville, FL and Cincinnati, OH.

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 social issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 states associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rica, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since it’s founding in 1945.