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Membership Report: March 2014

March 14th, 2014

We are pleased to recognize the state associations who have exceeded previous year membership by involving more students in their state programs this academic year. Involving more students and teachers in our student leadership organization provides endless opportunities for professional and personal growth. Congratulations to the following state associations and directors for exceeding last year’s overall membership.

  • Alabama, Myron Laurent, State Association Director
  • Alaska, Ray Jensen, State Association Director
  • Arizona, Carrie Wolf, State Association Director
  • California, Clay Mitchell, State Association Director
  • Connecticut,  Heidi Balch, State Association Director
  • District of Columbia, Ed Roebuck, State Association Director
  • Florida, Tyler Kercher, State Association Director
  • Georgia, Ashley Brown, State Association Director, High School Division
  • Indiana, Kelley Baker, State Association Director
  • Kansas, Becky Warren, State Association Director
  • Kentucky, Larry Johnson, State Association Director
  • Maine, Hal Casey and Rick Thomas, State Association Directors
  • Maryland, Charles Wallace, State Association Director
  • Massachusetts, Karen Ward, State Association Director
  • Mississippi, Andy Sims, State Association Director
  • Nebraska, Greg Stahr, State Association Director
  • New Hampshire, Kate Krumm, State Association Director
  • New York, Bruce Potter, State Association Director, High School Division
  • New Mexico, Bobbi Eichorst, State Association Director
  • North Dakota, Clarke Molter, State Association Director
  • Oklahoma, Darren Gibson, State Association Director
  • Oregon, Teresa Mankin, State Association Director
  • Pennsylvania, Jeri Widdowson, State Association Director
  • Rhode Island, Josh Klemp, State Association Director
  • South Carolina, Jackie Clarkson, State Association Director
  • Tennessee, Brandon Hudson, State Association Director, High School Division
  • Texas, Janet Conner, State Association Director, High School Division
  • Washington, Dennis Wallace, State Association Director, Bruce McBurney, Executive Director, High School Division
  • West Virginia, Kathy Gillman, State Association Director
  • Wisconsin, Brent Kindred, State Association Director, Lauri Domer, Assistant Director, High School Division
  • Wisconsin, Dale Drees, State Association Director, College/Postsecondary Division
  • Wyoming, Toni Decklever, State Association Director

As of today, March 14, national high school and college/postsecondary membership has reached an all time high at 308,917 and we are still counting.

Professional memberships and alumni memberships count, so, if you have staff, board members, corporate members or others (including you), be sure and submit them as soon as possible. Individuals who are industry partners and other friends not affiliated with a local chapter can join online at the following link: http://www.skillsusa-register.org/rpts/JoinAsProfessional.aspx.

I want to extend a big thank you to our state association directors, corporate members, state CTE directors, board and foundation members and staff who have worked tirelessly this year to promote the value of CTE and the connections and life changing experiences that students and teachers gain through student organization involvement.

Sharon Melton Myers Scholarship Opportunity

March 14th, 2014

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a high school SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating high school SkillsUSA members of this year’s graduating class the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school.

Sharon Ruth Melton Myers was an active member of the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Chapter from 1985 through 1988. During this time, Sharon participated in local, state and national SkillsUSA activities. She served as a local officer in 1986 and 1987, Tennessee State Secretary in 1986-87 and National President in 1987-88. Sharon also participated in the Chapter’s Opening and Closing Team in 1986, 87 and 88. Following graduation from McMinn High in 1988, Sharon continued as an active supporter of SkillsUSA, serving as a National Officer Trainer for several years. Sharon was active in establishing a Tennessee SkillsUSA Alumni Charter and Constitution while attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. Sharon was totally committed and dedicated to the ideals of SkillsUSA and actively worked for the advancement of this Youth Leadership Organization.

A judging committee comprised of Catherine Melton and National SkillsUSA staff will review the nominations and select the national winner.

Candidates can nominate themselves. All nominations must include two letters of recommendation from any of the following individuals: a) instructors; b) SkillsUSA advisors; c) State Association Director; d) Community leader.  A nomination form can be downloaded from SkillsUSA’s web site at: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/r7x1q3/.  Please note that incomplete applications, those missing requested information and appropriate signatures, will be disqualified and not be evaluated. Only high school seniors are eligible for this scholarship.

Nominations must be postmarked by April 30. If you have questions, please contact Karen Beatty (703) 737-0624, kbeatty@skillsusa.org.

Bring $25,000 to Your Community – State Farm Neighborhood Assist

March 14th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe you wanted to help fix up a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community.  Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. The application is short and simple, and I encourage you to learn more by visiting: https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/ or by watching this short at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=easesPoLrVg. You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change for your community cause!

The submission phase is open until March 23, and each Facebook user who downloads the free application can submit up to three causes. Anyone living in Canada or the United States with a Facebook account is eligible to submit a cause. It’s better to submit early – a maximum of 4,000 submissions will be accepted. All you have to do is submit the cause; you don’t have to “run the program.” The cause must fit into the categories of safety, community development or education.

After the submission stage ends, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will read and narrow down all the submissions to the top 200 finalists. What the YAB is looking for:

  • How much does your “Cause” focus on an unmet need in this community?
  • Why do you feel the $25,000 would address the unmet need?
  • How much of a lasting impact on this community would the proposal have?

Once the top 200 causes are identified, they will appear on the Facebook application to be voted on by you and your community. The voting stage will last from April 28 – May 16 and each Facebook user gets 10 votes every day. Winners will be announced on May 27.

Please share this amazing opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family and help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Together, you and State Farm can help create safer, better educated and more engaged communities!

Here is a sample Tweet: Help our community become an even better place to live by submitting an idea for a #SFNeighborhoodAssist! http://st8.fm/bqr

SkillsUSA Graduation Regalia Available

March 14th, 2014

Be sure to recognize the hard work and achievements of your graduates with the gift of official SkillsUSA graduation regalia. SkillsUSA stoles, tassels and honor cords can be purchased now before the rush of graduation season sets in. Just go to: www.skillsusastore.org to order.


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