South Charleston: Southeasterns FCCLA sends trees to troops

Dave Clemons (center), representing American Legion Post 176, presents a check for shipping expenses for Operation Ever-green to Southeastern students Jordan Hitt (left) and Spencer Wright. Ohio Christmas tree growers ship Christmas trees to troops overseas. FCCLA chapters throughout Ohio are pro-viding ornaments, letters to servicemen, and garland to complete the package.
Southeastern’s FCCLA delegates to the Fall Leadership Camp included: (front row, from left) Beth Judy and Elizabeth Finchum; (back row) Austin Henry, Betsy DeWine, Danielle Hartman and Zach Hatfield. The camp took place Oct. 13-14.

Southeastern High School’s Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and South Charleston American Legion Post 176  are taking part in Operation Evergreen. The project is coordinated by the Ohio Christmas Tree Growers Association (OCTA) to bring Christmas cheer to military personnel serving overseas. OCTA has been shipping Christmas trees to troops since 1995.

One of the Ohio FCCLA state projects is FREEDOM, which encourages chapters to support the military and military families. FCCLA chapters throughout Ohio are invited to provide three dozen ornaments, 25 letters or cards, and a garland for each individual tree packages. 

Southeastern FCCLA members have committed to provide these materials for three tree packages. American Legion Post 176 is providing financial support to defray the cost of shipping the three tree packages.

Leadership Camp
On Oct. 13-14, Southeastern FCCLA members Betsy DeWine, Elizabeth Finchum, Danielle Hartman, Austin Henry and Zachary Hatfield and advisor Kathy McGrath participated in the Ohio FCCLA Fall Leadership Camp at Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo, Ohio.  

The camp was planned and led by Ohio FCCLA state officers, including  Southeastern senior Beth Judy, who serves as the Ohio FCCLA vice president of media and communications. Judy led workshops on Global Youth Service Day, Financial Fitness, and Team Building.

In addition to the above workshops, Southeastern delegates participated in  sessions including I-Safe Internet Safety, Operation Evergreen/Operation Shoebox, Soldier Care Kits/Yellow Ribbon Campaign, Feed the Children, Parliamentary Procedure,  STAR Events,  Etiquette,  Public Relations,   and other state and national FCCLA programs.  
Hatfield competed in a Financial Literacy Quiz Bowl. Hatfield, DeWine, Finchum and Henry were recognized for completing Step 1 FCCLA training, while Hartman earned Step 4 recognition for her work on a Dynamic Leadership project.

Ohio FCCLA is partnering with the American Cancer Society for the outreach project “Ohio FCCLA Cancer Campaign.” Dawn Meracle from the American Cancer Society led a workshop focusing on skin cancer. She presented ideas for chapters to become involved in education and Relay for Life. Leadership Camp delegates participated in a kickoff for the Mini Relay for Life, honoring those who have battled cancer with a luminary ceremony. 

FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter service projects helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

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