PAYMENT ADDRESS CHANGE
Texas FCCLA will no longer be using the Lock Box that has been used in previous years for registration and competitive event payments. Please make sure you updated the Texas FCCLA mailing address with your Business Office to reflect our office address, 1107 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78756. You can access the new W-9 HERE .
Texas FCCLA Advisor: November Update
Please read this update to learn about our updates. If viewing in Google, please make sure to click "view entire message" to see the entire newsletter.
Your chapter must be AFFILIATED (meaning payment received) by November 15th in order to be eligible for competitive events. Please note, this is not a postmark deadline, and the checks must be received to National Headquarters by the November 15th date.

Students can still be added after the deadline, and still be eligible for competition, as long as your chapter was submitted by November 1st and affiliated by November 15th. Subsequent affiliations are welcomed to affiliate new members that may have not met the initial deadline.

IF you need to change a students affiliation type or name, you can go under the member list on the portal, and click the person icon under "request change" to make the needed changes.
Competitive Events

Please make sure that you are aware of pur December 1st deadline. Entries must be submitted online and mailed payment must be postmarked by December 1, 2017. Online credit card payment must be submitted and received in the system by 11:59 p.m. on December 1

Texas FCCLA uses the National FCCLA Guidelines for all events with the exception of Culinary Arts and our State Proficiency Events. The National FCCLA Guidebook is available in the National Membership Portal under resources. The Texas FCCLA Guidebook and Management Manual are available on the state webpage.

The National Association has put together information sheets for each event, as well as a quiz to see what STAR Event is right for your students! For more information, http://fcclainc.org/programs/star-event-descriptions.php.
Run for Region FCCLA Office
We have updated the Texas Officer Application to be online this year. Candidates will submit the officer form online, and then email/mail in their resume, code of conduct, and letter of recommendation. Forms must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 1st, and supplemental documents may be emailed to fccla@texasfccla.org or postmarked by December 1st.

Lead Consultant Sign Up
Our competitive events would not be possible without the help of current and former FCCLA Advisors serving as Lead Consultants at our meetings! We encourage all advisors to sign up to assist. This year, we have launched an online sign-up giving advisors a preference of which event they would like to assist with. This is a great opportunity to see how different events are ran, while also giving back to Texas FCCLA!

Sign up here, and also please share with retired advisors! https://signup.com/group/776988975860094051
Conference Registration Open
Conference registration is now open, https://webportal.registermychapter.com/pickconf/FCCLA/TX/428.

Just because a member might not be competing in a competitive event, doesn't mean there isn't a way for them to be involved! Members not competing can take the Family and Consumer Science Assessments , or serve on the Connection Team participate in  Spotlight on Projects  or as a STAR Event helper at the conferences.  

Scholarships
Texas FCCLA will be making all of our scholarship applications for current seniors available by November 15th. Please encourage your seniors to complete and submit them by March 1st!

In addition to Texas FCCLA's Scholarship opportunities, Texas Farm Bureau has also asked that we share these opportunities with you! View TFB Scholarship Opportunities Here
Texas FCCLA Member Spotlight
In order to help promote our Texas FCCLA social media accounts, we will be launching our Member Spotlight campaign. Encourage your members to nominate others at https://goo.gl/forms/nVYQ1ynZsAjHiGXl2
FCCLA Career Days
Dates have been set for the 2017-2018 Career Days! Flyers are available on the Texas FCCLA website.

San Antonio Spurs Career Day- December 4th & 6th
Houston Rockets Career Day- December 11th
Dallas Mavericks Career Day- March 22nd
Donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund!
The Texas FCCLA Board of Directors has agreed to match the donations made to the National FCCLA Hurricane Relief Fund for up to $10,000! We encourage chapters to help raise funds to be donated before December 31st. To donate, go here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MjEzNDM=

All money received to the National FCCLA Impact Fund will be available for chapters in devastated areas that are seeking funds to assist with chapter costs. For chapters that were affected by the hurricane, you can apply for funds by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T7LBNDV

National FCCLA Program Awards
The National Association has many program awards with cash prizes available to FCCLA Chapters. Please check out the opportunities here: http://fcclainc.org/programs/documents/2017-18_Programs_Highlights_FLYER1.pdf
Lifesmarts & NEW! Over the Counter Medicine Safety Resources
Lifesmarts has just released their new campaign on Over the Counter Medicine Safety, http://lifesmarts.org/resources/resources-by-category-top-level/resource-links-by-category-health-and-safety/.

If you're not familiar with Lifesmarts, they have a ton of great resources and curriculum that can be used in your classroom. Another way your students can compete is in the competitive Lifesmarts program. Register at www.lifesmarts.org and have your students learn about consumer rights and responsibilities, environment, technology, health and safety and financial education. Maybe you will be lucky to have a team advance to state competition in March and get to represent Texas at national competition in April. 
Alumni and Associates
Our Alumni and Associate Council is working to build a database of former Texas FCCLA members who want to stay involved in the association. We will also be using this database to help find Nominating Committee members and Competitive Event Evaluators. Please help us spread the word by reaching out to your Alumni, or tagging them on Facebook, to complete the quick online membership application listed below! Our current Alumni count is 32.
LAQUINTA CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP
Planning a school or family trip?   Remind all of your members that anyone can use the FCCLA code and get a reduced price at  LaQuinta Hotels. Reservations can be made through the FCCLA Website or by using the code TFCCLA when making reservations on the LaQuinta website or in a hotel. Encourage all organizations and groups (band, drill team, dance groups, other organizations) to use the code to help them out with the costs of their travel and to help FCCLA at the same time.