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State Officer Candidate Information

Becoming a State Officer


The state organization shall have eleven elected officers; nine of the officers shall be elected by their respective regions; and two members elected as middle level members at large. Such officers shall be members of the State Executive Council and shall elect from their ranks a President, First Vice President and Secretary. Each of the remaining officers shall be appointed as Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Public Relations, Vice President of Recognition, Vice President of Elections, Vice President of Meetings; and two Vice Presidents of Middle Level Chapters. 

State Officer Qualifications
Candidates for state office shall have the following qualifications:
a. Currently an active member in an affiliated FCCLA chapter and an active member in good standing;
b. Has taken or is currently enrolled in a Family and Consumer Sciences or Related Career and Technical course;
c. Has a scholastic rating of C or above;
d. Has shown leadership ability and responsibility at the chapter level;
e. A person may not be elected to serve for more than two years as a state officer and no person will serve more than once in any one position. Exception being in the event there are openings on the State Executive Council by the State Leadership Conference, a student who has already served two terms on the State Executive Council will have the opportunity to serve a third term as a state officer at large under the following conditions: 
1. The student has not served a term as state president 
2. The student has the required approval from the chapter adviser in consultation with the state staff.
f. Support and approval of the local chapter adviser, administration, parents or guardians, State Nominations/Elections Committee and State Executive Council;
g. The student must meet local school district requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.

Two middle level state officers will be elected by middle level chapters. Candidates for middle level office shall have the following qualifications: 
       a. The student must be registered in a middle or junior high school program;
b. The student must be an affiliated member of FCCLA;
c. The student must have at least one year experience as a member of FCCLA before assuming Middle Level State Officer responsibilities;
d. The student must meet local school district requirements for participation in extracurricular activities;
e. The student must be in seventh grade or younger in the year of candidacy.

Candidates are nominated by local chapters in good standing. Only two candidates per school shall be submitted regardless of the number of chapters within the school. The voting shall be by secret ballot for the officers to be elected. The three candidates from each of the three regions receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. These officers will be voted on by those chapters in their region. State officer candidates will be voted on at the State Leadership Conference.

State Officer Responsibilities
The responsibilities of a State Officer include:
  • Fulfilling the roles of your position title
  • Monthly Reports due each month 
  • Planning and participating in Regional Leadership Meetings and State Leadership Conference 
  • Attending all State Executive Council work and training sessions
  • Maintaining a positive and professional image and attitude 
  • Acting as a positive role model for other members 
  • Maintaining a C or above scholastic rating 
  • Completing all assignments on time and meeting all deadlines

State Officer Candidacy Process
Students interested in being part of the State Executive Council should:
  1.   Discuss the roles and responsibilities with his/her adviser, school administration and parents 
  2.   Decide if he/she has the time to complete the obligations of becoming a state officer
  3.   Understand the costs, responsibilities and time required to be a state officer
    • Financial Obligation of the State Officer
      • State Officer Uniform - Official FCCLA Blazer and required uniform pieces that are determined at the Spring Work Session. 
      • National Leadership Conference Registration and Expenses (optional)
      • Adviser Expenses (at the cost of the chapter, School District, or self) - Hotel, Meal and Travel Expenses --- Expenses for the adviser may include the Substitute Teacher
    • Time/Date Requirements of the State Officer and Adviser (All required and optional dates will be listed on the State Officer Permission Form and will be in the State Officer & Adviser Handbook)
      • New Officer Orientation (1-2 Days in April/May)
      • National Leadership Conference (5 Days in July) (optional)
      • Summer State Officer Training (3 Days in July/August)
      • Regional Leadership Meeting (1-2 Days in Fall)
      • Fall State Executive Council Work Session (3 Days in September/October)
      • Winter State Executive Council Work Session (3 Days in January/February)
      • State Leadership Conference (5 Days in March/April)
   4.  Complete a State Officer Candidacy test at State Leadership Conference. The test is usually given on the first day of the conference at 11:00 am. You will need a 65% on the test in order to continue running for State Office. Use the study guide below.

  5.  During the SLC Region Meeting, after you give your 3-5 minute speech, you will be asked a situational question.  The best way to prepare for this question, is to talk to your adviser about funding, chapter management, FCS and Related Occupation classes and advisories, public relations ideas, and community involvement in FCCLA.

  6.  Complete and submit the following documents by the January 31st deadline to Mrs. Nadine Standley, State Facilitator:
    • State Officer Candidate Nomination Information Form  (SO600)
    • State Officer Candidate Member Resume VITA Form  (SO601)
    • State Officer Candidate Qualifications, Dates, Permission Form   (SO602)

2017 SLC State Officer Candidate Speech Topics
State Officer Candidates will give two speeches during State Leadership Conference if they have passed the State Officer Candidacy Test.  The One-Minute Speech is during the Opening Session.  The Three-to-Five-Minute Speech is during your Region Meeting.  Be prepared to hand in a copy of your speeches, typed on 8.5 x 11-inch paper during the State Officer Candidate Orientation.

One Minute Speech Topic
State Officer Candidates should prepare a one-minute speech to be given during the Opening Session (Wednesday) on this topic:  What does FCCLA mean to me?

3 - 5 Minute Speech Topic
State Officer Candidates should prepare a three to five-minute speech to be given during the Region Meeting (Wednesday) on this topic: What have you done to become a leader in your FCCLA chapter or community?


Chapter members interested in becoming a State Officer are encouraged to view the State Officer Candidacy PowerPoint created by 2012-2013 First Vice President, Kaylah Kerschner. 

State Officer and Adviser Handbook 
Once State Officer Candidates take office, they must sign, scan and email the following page of the State Officer and Adviser Handbook to Mrs. Standley, PA FCCLA State Facilitator.  The Handbook is found under the State Officer Tools and Resources page.
  • Page 5 - Code of Ethic's Signature Page

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