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2011-12 Board of Directors

July 14th, 2011

Meet the 2011-12 Board of Directors.

Alumni Start Up Grant Winners

July 14th, 2011

A new grant program was established this year to assist states in starting state Alumni & Friends Associations. The grant program was funded from proceeds from the inaugural Champion of the Year Dinner.

Ten state associations submitted quality applications for review and one grant was awarded per region. Congratulations go to: Region 1-New Jersey, Region 2-Virginia, Region 3-Ohio, Region 4-Oklahoma, and Region 5-California. Contact Niki Clausen for more information at or 703-737-0639.

Dates for the 2012 National Leadership and Skills Conference

July 14th, 2011

Because Kansas City will be hosting the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in 2012 and the schedule conflicted with our annual conference schedule, SkillsUSA has agreed to move the National Leadership and Skills Conference up by a couple of days in 2012 only. Following is the revised schedule for NLSC 2012.

48th NLSC – Kansas City, Mo – June 23-27, 2012. So, the 2012 NLSC schedule will be from Saturday to Wednesday.

This means the Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 25, the SkillsUSA Championships will be held Monday and -Tuesday, June 25-26, and the Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 27.

2011-12 Alumni Coordinating Committee Announced

July 14th, 2011

Following the recent election, the 2011-12 Alumni Coordinating Committee has been announced:

Executive Chair: George Laubmeier, Wis.
Executive Secretary: Alicia Brown, Ark.
Region 1 Representative: Emily Hughes, Maine
Region 2 Representative: Steven Hawes, Ga.
Region 3 Representative: Anne Dew, Ohio
Region 4 Representative: Brice Harader-Pate, Okla.
Region 5 Representative: Colleen Read, Nev.
State Association Director Liaison: Hal Casey, Maine

The committee members look forward to working with their respective state association directors during the coming year. The group is working to coordinate their first conference call. To contact your regional representative, go to:

2011 Harley Raffle Winner

July 14th, 2011

Thanks to a generous donation by our friends at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., SkillsUSA hosted a drawing a 2011 Dyna┬« Super Glide┬« Motorcycle at the 2011 NLSC Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 24, in Kansas City, Mo. As a special addition to the raffle, Harley-Davidson teamed up with Justin Barnes to custom-paint the bike. You may know Justin of JB Grafix from his appearances on The Discovery Channel program, “American

Franklin Canales

From L to R: Cheri Judkins of Harley Davidson, winner Franklin Canales and Justin Barnes of JB Grafix

The winner of the custom-painted 2011 Dyna Super Glide was Franklin Canales of Meriden, Conn.

Congratulations to Franklin. And a special thank you to Harley-Davidson and JB Grafix.

Franklin Canales with Tim Lawrence

Franklin Canales with Tim Lawrence and his custom-painted Harley

NLSC Survey

July 14th, 2011

If you attended the 2011 National Leadership and Skills Conference (including the
SkillsUSA Championships) last month, we would like your feedback concerning the quality of your experience in Kansas City.

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey at the link below. All feedback is used for program improvement.

To take the survey, go to

The survey program will be available at this link through July 29.

Share Your Creative Ideas for Alumni

July 14th, 2011

SkillsUSA has nearly 11 million former SkillsUSA members, and we are currently seeking new ways for those with a passion for the program to stay involved in future activities at the local, state and national levels. Many states have effective alumni programs tied to their fall leadership or spring state conference activities. Some local chapters have found useful ways to involve alumni in their programs.

If you have success stories, suggestions, or know of effective alumni engagement activities at local schools within your state, please share this information with us. We are conducting informal research and gathering ideas as we plan for FY12. You may send ideas to Niki Clausen at

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