Amber Tyree and Jane Reynolds of the LBHS chapter of the FCCLA
Lord Botetourt High School FCCLA sponsor Jane Reynolds announced the 65th anniversary of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is being celebrated in 2010. For many years the organization was called Future Homemakers of America(FHA). The curriculum now comprises every thing from fashion design to relationships, culinary arts, early childhood education and nutrition and wellness. The courses have come a long way since the national inception in 1945 that taught young women in Home Economics primarily how to sew and cook.
Here is a time line from the website:
1945 – FHA was founded at a convention in Chicago, Illinois.
1945 – The first issue of Teen Times was published.
1965 – FHA and NHA merged to form one organization.
1966 – Membership peaked at 607,175.
1971 – The organization is expanded to include HERO chapters.
1977 – The last of the 53 state associations affiliates.
1983 – STAR Events–Students Taking Action with Recognition began.
1985 – The Adviser was introduced to chapter advisers.
2003 – “The Ultimate Leadership Experience” was chosen by members as the official tagline.
2008 – The Alumni & Associates online community, www.fcclaalumni.org, was launched.
Lord Botetourt has produced several state and national leaders on the high school level. One former LBHS 2007 graduate and national vice president during his high school years, David DuVal, now works in the national office in Reston, Va. He is program director for the organization and about to complete his bachelors degree at George Mason University.
The current LBHS president Amber Tyree won awards this summer on the state and national level for her power point of the 9/11 tragedy and on a program for anti bullying campaigns on the elementary, middle and high school levels.
“For elementary, we worked on Band Aid Chicken puppets, Bully Busters for Middle Schoolers and Surf Safe for high schoolers ( re: Internet safety and anti-bullying on social media and email,) ” said Tyree.
The LBHS FCCLA group has eight standing committees with eight chairs so that everyone can share in leadership potential. The group has participated in Science night at Troutville Elementary School, a CSI night at the school and plans another annual Halloween fun house at the school again this year. “We had 500 kids come through last year.” noted Tyree. They hope to have 65 students in the club this year in recognition of the 65 years of leadership and potential formulated in FCCLA.