Gaston College

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Main Adviser: Jamie H. Conrad Co-Adviser: Dr. Sharlene Smith Chapter President: Amanda Barlow
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Gaston College - Spring 2017

Gaston College PBL held a March of Dimes Mini Walk on November 17, 2016. We held it on our Dallas Campus, which is our main campus. We set up a table with information about March of Dimes. We also had March of Dimes items we were giving away with donations. We spent an hour and a half walking the campus and collecting donations. We raised over $300 for March of Dimes. This is an annual event on our campus and is a personal event for our advisers, some faculty and staff, and some of our members. We hope that each year we can raise more money than the previous year. 


Gaston College - Fall 2016

Everyone knows attending FLBA-PBL conferences are great and the competitions can be a little stressful, but oh, so rewarding! But, the workshops can really pay off! Gaston College's chapter vice president, Sue Manhollan, found out just how rewarding they can be by squeezing in a workshop, The Importance of Personal Branding, in between online testing for the open events, Health Care Management and Programming Concepts, at NLC 2016. Gabe Crespo and David Omanchonu, with Yess, LLC, awarded Sue with a $25 VISA gift card after she "followed directions and recapped the presentation perfectly" in a video posted on Instagram. Sue's advice to her fellow PBL members is to, not only attend the workshops at conferences, but participate!

Gaston College - Fall 2015

Gaston College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the national business club, has teamed up with TRiO, our Student Services club, to collect food for the underprivileged families served by the college. To encourage a little good-natured competition we chose to do a "Stacks4Stacks" theme. The program will cross all three Gaston college campuses and the class who collects the tallest "Stack" of food will receive a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda chapter. We hope to collect a great deal of food to help the needy families we have right here at our college.

Gaston College - Fall 2013

On Saturday October 5, 2013. Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter members volunteered at The March of Dimes “March for Babies” 5K run and walk. The event was held at the Shelby City Park located in Shelby, NC. The March of Dimes is an organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The foundation works together for stronger, healthier babies. FBLA-PBL is a March for Babies partner, so we put on our shoes and walked for the cause.

The activities kicked off at 8:00 a.m. Our chapter was in charge of directing participants along the designated route. Members had a wonderful time cheering the runners on. Together we all showed our support!

Entertainment was provided by local dance teams, as well as, free carousel and train rides. Signs and balloons were placed throughout the park area. The names and pictures of children for whom participants were walking and running were displayed on signs. Before the walk began, we released purple and white balloons. The balloon filled sky was such an inspiration for volunteers who believe in the mission, and join in the fight against premature birth.

Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda was proud to put excellence into action during this event.

Gaston College - Spring 2013

This past fall, our chapter had the wonderful opportunity to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Westin Hotel. Simultaneously, the NFLC was held in two other locations across the United States—Denver, CO and Indianapolis, IN.

During the conference, members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) attended workshops and networked with other chapters. The workshops covered topics like dressing for success (Men’s Wearhouse), learning to manage your stress, and reinventing yourself.

Over the weekend, we reunited with the FBLA chapter from Puerto Rico we met at the NLC in San Antonio last summer.  We presented each of them with a bag of NC goodies and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts!  In return, we were given pins, and key chains that represented Puerto Rico.

We were able to celebrate the March of Dimes® Prematurity Awareness Day while attending the conference.  On behalf of that, we wore purple shirts and accessories, and then handed out awareness stickers with purple ribbons showing our support for preemies.

Some of the weekend highlights included the opening and closing sessions.  We were entertained, motivated and inspired! The guest speakers were Ryan Moran, and Vicki Roundtree. Ryan had us all laughing.  He also taught us about finding our talents and gifts reinforcing what a difference one person can make.  Mrs. Roundtree added value to our lives by sharing her goal-oriented outlook on life.

The entire weekend was surely one to remember. Gaston College PBL really set Charlotte on fire as we ignited innovation!

Gaston College PBL Helping in Local Community

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter of Gaston College in Dallas, NC teamed up with Girls on the Run of Gaston County to assist with registration for upcoming events for their organization. Girls on the Run of Gaston County is a local nonprofit organization sponsored by the Gaston County Health Department to assists girls from grades 3rd-8th by participating in a development program for which the goal of the program is to encourage positive, emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development. Phi Beta Lambda assisted this organization by entering the participants' registration data into the organization's registration database based on completed membership applications. This was an afternoon project and was held in one of Gaston College's very own computer labs. A total of 4 hours was donated to complete registrations for all applicants and PBL members, officers, PD members and our PBL adviser were on site to help get the job done! PBL also recruited students from the college to come out and assist with this project and donate any amount of time that they were able to donate that afternoon. With over 10 participants total and everyone kindly donating anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and some donated up to 4 hours of their time it was great to know that the job was done and accomplished! The Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda volunteers were able to complete all of the registration information for each applicant that had registered for the program this year. The director of Girls on the Run, Ms. Kathleen Boyce, expressed her appreciation for our help and indicated that it gave them a great head start for their program this year. Overall it was a great experience for Phi Beta Lambda to participate in this project for we always try to help the local community in any way that we possibly can. For more information on Girls on the Run of Gaston County please visit their website at: . For more information on Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda please visit our website at: GCPBL.ORG. We look forward to continuing to help out the community with more upcoming projects and we look forward to teaming up with Girls on the Run of Gaston County for some of their future events.

Erika Prado, Vice-President
Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda