The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 49, Issue 2

Spring 2019


Barton College - Spring 2019

The Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Barton College is continuing its efforts to make a difference in the Wilson community, provide leadership development, enhance its visibility, increase membership, and raise funds for its projects. 


In the eleventh year of the Barton College "Day of Service," Gamma Gamma chapter members enthusiastically volunteered to participate in October 2018.  Members volunteered with Hope Station packaging non-perishable food and with yard work. In November 2018, the chapter celebrated Free Enterprise Day with Professional Division-Foundation member Charles Lanier speaking to the members.


To recruit new members, chapter members have attended several Barton College classes to promote Phi Beta Lambda. Members prepared power point presentations, played PBL promotional videos, and distributed handouts highlighting the benefits of the organization. They were also able to share with the students their experience with Phi Beta Lambda and all of the skills acquired through their involvement. The chapter has also exhibited at Barton's Open Houses-advertising our organization to prospective students.


Phi Beta Lambda members and chapter advisers are thrilled to assist others to Create. Lead. Inspire. by showcasing the Gamma Gamma chapter's activities of community service and leadership development while recruiting members at Barton's Freshman Fair, Club Fair, and Meet your Major. During the semester, we have partnered with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson County Department of Social Services, and the Wil-Med Foundation assisting in their community service activities. 


January 2019, the two advisers judged and each presented a workshop at the FBLA Triangle East Regional Competition while chapter member staffed a recruitment booth. In February 2019, chapter members judged Digital School-Site Events prior to the FBLA State Leadership Conference. The two chapter advisers will judge at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro in March 2019.


Since many of the chapter members are going with Mr. Eggers to Disney on Spring Break, we are busy getting ready for conference!


Stanly CC - Spring 2019

Stanly CC members enjoyed an outstanding FLDC as 8 delegates traveled to Greensboro.  The chapter's NON-Trivia team was one of the three finalists, and the chapter's display received Second Place for the Presidents' Award.    A highlight of the conference was getting to meet NCPBL's first state president, Ms. Bobbie Brown, and have our picture made with her.


The winter included several service projects including a coat drive, SCC's "Halloween on the Hill" and "Christmas on the Hill" activities, and voter registration.


For American Enterprise Day, the chapter did a display of pictures of jobs that no longer exist and the titles of new job titles in the library lobby.  Members distributed a quiz matching job titles and descriptions.


Ms. Nancy Bowers, owner of Albemarle Nutrition, was selected as the chapter's 2019 Business Person of the Year."  Ms. Bowers was presented the award during the February meeting of the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, who also signed a PBL Week Proclamation during their meeting.  Officers from the Pfeiffer University chapter participated in the Proclamation signing.


Representatives attended the SLC Preparation Summit at Catawba College and a Job Search program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  Three representatives are attending the March NC FBLA State Leadership Conference, and the chapter has also assisted FBLA with scoring chapter reports.


Chapter members are proud of Britney Pouch, the 2017-18 chapter president, for being selected as Stanly CC's nominee for both of the student awards presented by the state Community College System:  the Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award and the Academic Excellence Award.


The Community College System also presents an annual award named in honor of Dallas Herring, founder of the NC CC System.  The Herring award recognizes a student or recent graduate whose story reflects Dr. Herring's philosophy of a college taking a student from wherever he is when he enters to being successful at college and in a career.  From the college nominees, Katrina Sams was selected as SCC's nominee for the state award.  Katrina served as chapter president and then state president in 2017-18.  She is currently finishing her Business Ad and Law online degree from Western Carolina University.


The chapter has nominated Lee Pickler for the college's Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2019.  Lee was a PBL member in 1986 and 1987.  He owns ScanOnline in Locust, NC, has served several times as an SLC judge and his business sponsors one of the NCPBL competitive events.  Lee serves as president of the SCC Foundation Board.   Last year's recipient was PBL's nominee, Chris McDaniel, a former state and national PBL officer who also has returned to SLC often as a judge and workshop leader.


Chapter members look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming SLC.


Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Spring 2019

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is working hard to prepare for the upcoming State and National Leadership Conferences! We have made efficient recruitment efforts by placing posters and display boards across campus. We plan on hosting a meeting open to all A-B Tech students and faculty providing information on how to correctly dress for casual and professional business settings. We hope new students will gain interest in joining PBL through this workshop.


We attended the Spring Tip-Off at Lenoir-Ryhne University and we were excited about the opportunity to network with other members across the state. We continue to maintain our campus clothing closet, The Locker. We collect donations of new and gently used professional clothing items to offer to our students and community members. In addition, we are holding are second annual "The Locker Yard Sale" where we put clothing and accessories in our Birch Lobby and market this event to our campus to bring more awareness.


We have a few fundraisers in the works as we anticipate a high financial need for the National Leadership Conference travel to San Antonio, Texas. We plan on hosting a gift basket raffle, fundraiser nights at various restaurants, as well as setting up a table at A-B Tech's Earth Day celebration. We will use this table for PBL recruitment efforts in addition to hosting our third Corn Hole competition and sale of crystals.


Currently we are actively working on the PBL Habitat for Humanity Donation Drive. A few members plan to create donation boxes and place them throughout campus. We plan on holding this throughout March where we will collect building materials desperately needed by the Habitat. In addition, our chapter plans on donating 32 mini red bricks. We hope students, faculty, and staff will come together to help our community members. A couple PBL members have also volunteered at a Habitat Homeowners house to install a new sink and ceiling fans.


This is a busy time of year for our chapter and we are working on using our time efficiently to find great success at the State and National Leadership Conferences.


Durham Technical CC - Spring 2019

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda continues to do great things since our last newsletter. We finished out fall semester off with a group of members volunteering with the Museum of Life & Science for their annual Santa Train event. Members braved the cold December weather to help museum staff with such activities as faux ice skating, ticket taking, guest check-in, passing out hot cocoa, and various other projects that helped the children in attendance engage in learning. This is always a fun event for us because we love seeing all those smiling faces. The Museum of Life & Science has been a long-standing partner for Durham Tech PBL and we hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. 


Durham Tech PBL kicked off its spring semester by getting into conference preparation and awards mode. The chapter also decided to take on a semester community service project as well. Durham Tech PBL is sponsoring a shelf in Durham Tech's own Food Pantry. Durham Tech is responsible for helping the food pantry maintain the shelf they are sponsoring so that students who use the amazing benefit of the food pantry will always have something to eat. At our first spring meeting we started to create our checklist to make sure we on track to complete everything for those March deadlines as we knew they would come along faster than you would think. Chapter officers and adviser Michele Parrish attended the SLC summit at Catawba College on February 7th. Durham Tech, along with several other colleges in the Central Region went over due dates, and conference guidelines so that we could take this information back to our chapters to ensure we were prepared for April. 


 February 3rd marked the start of National FBLA-PBL week. Durham Tech has had a long tradition of participating in this week-long event to spread the word and share with others the amazing benefits and experiences that being apart of FBLA-PBL provides. For Share Your Story, Chapter President Christopher McDuff took to Facebook to share his experiences over the past fives years and say thanks to PBL for all it has given him as it is sadly, his last year a student member in PBL. For Each One Reach One day several members spoke to various students in different classes including Dr. Steele's BUS-110 class about why they should join PBL. Wednesday February 6th was both National Adviser Appreciation Day and Professional Attire day. Members of Durham Tech PBL had a special treat in-store for their amazing advisers who dedicate their spare time each year to ensure their members have the best experience they possibly can. The members of Durham Tech PBL are beyond grateful for everything that Michele Parrish, LaTonya Steele, and Charlene West do for them year in and year out.  We would not be the club we are were it not for them. 


Durham Tech PBL finished capped off FBLA-PBL week with Community Service Day on February 9th. Chapter officers: Kim Green, Charles Lucas, and Christopher McDuff along with Adviser LaTonya Steele and former chapter president and PD member Emilia Arrington volunteered at the Bookharvest of Durham. Durham Tech assisted the staff of Bookharvest with sorting books that were to be boxed up for delivery to residents all throughout North Carolina.


On February 11th Durham Tech PBL Vice President Chuck Lucas and Durham Tech PBL Treasurer Kim Green met with David Arrington, Dean of Administration and Finance for Duke University to talk about the amazing benefits of PBL and possibly starting a PBL chapter at Duke University. Both Chuck and Kim are currently working on their Presidential Level of FBLA-PBL's Career, Membership, and Achievement Program (CMAP). Durham Tech thanks Dean Arrington for taking time out of his busy schedule to listen to our members discuss something that can be a tremendous benefit to students.


In February Durham Tech PBL advisers submitted a nomination for chapter president Christopher McDuff to be considered for the North Carolina Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. Christopher was ultimately chosen as Durham Tech's nominee for this prestigious leadership award. He will enter a pool of up to 58 applicants statewide and the winner will be decided sometime in late march. Christopher was beyond speechless and eternally grateful to his advisers to be considered for this award. Durham Tech PBL continues to knock out items on its SLC & Awards check-list wrapping up the month by submitting the paperwork for such things as TLLA, CMAP, Outstanding Chapter, Gold Seal, and getting into conference mode.


Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Spring 2019

Leadership Development Seminar Held at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda was proud to host a Leadership Development Seminar on February 16, 2019 at their North Campus in Salisbury, North Carolina. The seminar was titled, 'How to Get the Job You Really Want', and it was developed to address all of the steps within the process of getting a job. Four speakers were asked to present the topics covered.


First to speak was Dr. Pamela Thompson, PBL Advisor and Instructor at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Dr. Thompson discussed the ways to search for a job, as well as things to consider when preparing to start a job search-such as cleaning up your social media before even starting the job search process. She had many excellent suggestions and great resources to access for more information. She has also made her PowerPoint available to anyone who would like to contact me to request it.


Our next speaker was Dan Hazlett, State Advisor and Advisor at Stanly Community College in Albemarle, North Carolina. Mr. Hazlett spoke about resume writing and gave many tips on how to create the best resume for different circumstances. He brought handouts with him that contained examples of a resume and cover letter, as well as other resources available. Also included were key words to use in different situations, which really helps to give ideas when writing a resume. Mr. Hazlett also stressed how much of what PBL members do can be used on a resume and how the board had designed many of the events to be able to be utilized in that capacity.


After a short break, Mr. Rick Gardner, NCPBL PDF Board of Directors President, presented the topic of interview skills. Mr. Gardner discussed not only how to conduct oneself in an interview, but also how to 'expect the unexpected' in an interview and be prepared to adjust to any unconventional circumstances that may arise. For instance, he mentioned a fire drill that occurred during an interview he was conducting. The person did not react adversely to the interview being partially conducted in the parking lot, which helped to ensure a positive outcome for the interviewee. Mr. Gardner also used a PowerPoint that he stated would be available. This will be provided to anyone who requests it of Jessica Jacobsen (email address below.) He also brought the printouts of the slides to hand out to the attendees at the seminar.


To conclude the seminar, Ms. Angelica Mills, NCPBL State Historian, presented the topic of 'How to Dress for Success'. Ms. Mills stressed the importance of dressing appropriately for the circumstances. What was considered Business Attire and Business Casual for men and for women was covered. Also discussed were the importance of color and what each color represented in the business world. For instance, did you know that black is considered a 'power color'? Or that red should be avoided, unless you have a very vibrant personality? For women, she went over how to know what was considered modest and appropriate in the workplace.


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College PBL is hoping to hold this seminar again next year. If you would be interested in your chapter attending, please feel free to let Jessica Jacobsen know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will be sure to keep you updated on the details as the plans are made. She am also interested in any ideas to expand the seminar topics or additional speakers to include in the future.


University of Mount Olive - Spring 2019

UMO PBL Partners with Chamber of Commerce

On November 30, 2018, UMO’s Phi Beta Lambda partnered with Julie Beck, President of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, to assist with the annual Town of Mount Olive Christmas Tree lighting.  Our members coordinated the children’s area at the Mount Olive Christmas Event. The members of PBL helped the children decorate sugar cookies, roast marshmallows, and gave out PBL-donated activity books. The children and parents favored roasting marshmallows requesting to roast more than one! Many children had never roasted a marshmallow before!



Central Carolina CC - Spring 2019

The Central Carolina Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is off to a great start this spring with chapter projects, membership recruitment, and preparing for SLC in April. 


The chapter started off the semester with a recruitment drive that included pizza informational meetings, game night social, and setting up information tables in the student center. At the end of the fall semester the chapter was sitting at 60 members and now in the spring has once again reached triple digits. Thanks to all the members, officers, and recruitment committee members for all the hard work. Membership is vital to the chapter with so many chapter events upcoming including fundraising season at Walnut Creek which will begin in April. This year venue looks to host over 30 concerts once again.


Community service is an ongoing requirement for members in the chapter. In the fall the chapter completed four community service projects. This spring chapter has planned out with one for Valentines already completed. The biggest project for the spring will be the participation for a 4th year in a row in the NC State Special Olympics. The chapter helps to organize, facilitate, and participate in the celebration ceremonies on the final night. Members play vital roles in the entertainment, victory dance, and other activities at NC State. We look forward to once again being a part of such a great event.


The last two years has seen the inclusion of early college students into the chapter. With that brings more opportunities for the chapter. The majority of the members from the early college have now been selected to participate in Lee County Teen Court. This is a community based alternative for first time offenders. It is a peer to peer system that our members help in determining the outcome for these offenders and hopefully give them a second chance. Many of the early college members were looking for a community service project that would allow them to be civic leaders and this opportunity provided that.


Other spring projects include working with the Bread Basket, Junior Achievement, the Food Bank, Backpack Buddies, and Raven Rock State Park. The chapter is lucky to have a great resource in all its members so it can participate in these types of projects, which is why recruitment activities are vital to the chapter success.