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FBLA History

Georgia is currently the largest state chapter in the nation with over 24,000 members!!!

National FBLA History

1937Hamden L. Forkner of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, proposes to business teachers across the country that a national organization is needed for the thousands of business clubs in the nation’s high schools and colleges.

1940The National Council for Business Education (now known as the National Business Education Association) sponsors the proposed student organization. Committees are appointed to formulate the organization’s general plans. The name “Future Business Leaders of America” is selected for the organization.

1942An experimental chapter is chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, on February 3. A second chapter is started two days later in St. Albans, West Virginia. By the end of the year, 39 chapters are added; and over the next three and one-half years, another 38 chapters join.

1946The United Business Education Association assumes sponsorship of FBLA. Headquarters office for FBLA is established at the National Education Association Center in Washington, D.C.

1947Iowa becomes the first FBLA state chapter. Indiana and Ohio quickly follows. Within the next three years, FBLA state chapters total ten.

1958The postsecondary division, Phi Beta Lambda is created. The University of Northern Iowa is the first PBL chapter.

1969FBLA-PBL is granted independent status as a nonprofit educational student association under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3). FBLA-PBL, Inc. acquires its own board of directors and full-time staff.

1973FBLA-PBL, Inc. appoints Edward D. Miller as the association’s first full-time executive director.

1979The board of directors approves establishment of the FBLA-PBL Alumni Division.

1981The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation purchases 1.6 acres of land in the Center for Educational Associations, Reston, Virginia, as the site for a future FBLA-PBL National Center.

1987FBLA annual membership tops 200,000 for the first time.

1989The Professional Division is formed to include alumni and professional businesspersons.

1990The groundbreaking ceremony is held for the FBLA-PBL National Center.

1991The grand opening of the FBLA-PBL National Center is held.

1994The FBLA–Middle Level division is formed for students in grades 5–9.

1997Edward D. Miller retires as president and chief executive officer of the national association. Jean Buckley is appointed president and chief executive officer.

2001National center mortgage is retired.

Georgia FBLA History
The beginning of Future Business Leaders of America in Georgia started in Hapeville High School in Fulton County, Georgia on December 3, 1947. The chapter, organized under the direction of Mrs. Catharine Merrill, was chartered by the National organization as Chapter No. 83.

Georgia, the fourth State Chapter to be chartered, received its State Charter in 1949. Mrs. Zeb Vance of Mercer University, Macon, served as Georgia's first state adviser. Georgia has had twelve state advisers: Mrs. Zeb Vance, Miss Mary Ellen Smith, Miss Sarah Head, Dr. Zenobia Liles, Dr. Jerry Kicklighter, Mrs. Helen Cofer McClain, Mr. Terry Smith, Mrs. Mandy Allen, Mr. Jeff Chandler, Mrs. Sylvia Logan, and Ms. Brenda Woodruff.  The current state adviser is Mr. Monty Rhodes.

Dr. Russell Mercer was the first Georgia State President. While serving as president, he was a student at Georgia Teachers' College, now Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro. Dr. Mercer is the retired State Supervisor of Business and Office Education.

The Business and Office Education Service of the Georgia Department of Education assumed the responsibility of Georgia FBLA in July, 1960. Georgia FBLA is organized on three levels:

  1. Local--consisting of the local chapter and its members

  2. Region--a grouping of chapters within a limited geographic territory

  3. State--all local chapters and regions

The governing body of Georgia FBLA is the Board of Directors. The Georgia Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. operates as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization governed by a board of directors consisting of twelve members. The members will be composed of two business representatives (appointed), five elected advisers representing the five areas, and five elected at-large advisers.

Georgia FBLA will have an elected executive council. The council consists of the state chapter president, six vice presidents, secretary, reporter, and parliamentarian, along with their advisers, the State adviser, Mr. Monty Rhodes, and the state director of Business and Computer Science, Ms. Sarah Heath.

Last Modified on August 19, 2014
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