Happy Holidays, IAJHSC!

Hopefully, things are returning to somewhat normal conditions in your classroom and with your student council. The IAJHSC is trying very hard to move onward and get back to normal by planning leadership activities for you to attend. The upcoming holiday season presents a huge opportunity to upscale your council events to not only teach and develop your council’s leadership skills but also to promote school spirit and pride at a time when guidance and leadership from your council is so greatly needed.

As you check out the website you will see that we have revised the Honor Council Award Application to reflect a move back to a normal schedule. The new form is posted here and ready for you to get started earning the award again this year. The posting also includes the prewriting guide for the student written article as well as the new Convention Timetable Snapshot for you to use to make sure you make all things convention deadlines.

We now have three districts with scheduled in-person Fall Leadership Workshops and are looking forward to all districts getting volunteers to host these very important events. Be sure to check out the calendar of events to see if and when a workshop might be scheduled in or near your district so that you can attend with your council members and give them the opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills. Let’s all “Get hungry for Leadership … We need s’more leadership like YOU!”

Plans are moving full steam ahead for convention in April. Your Adult Director and District Representative will be releasing convention information as it becomes available. You will want to especially pay attention to the requirements for running a candidate for a District Representative in 2022-2023. There are two very important changes which were made by the board at the fall meeting so that we can be sure all candidates know their responsibilities before they run for the office, and so we can help assure they complete their term of office to the best of their abilities.

The last thing I would bring to your attention is that based on advisor feedback, the IAJHSC Fireside Chats will resume this year but with a different format. They will be held every other month on the second Tuesday of the month beginning in November. They will begin at 7:00pm with a time limit of 30 to 45 minutes maximum. A small part of the Fireside Chat will be devoted to IAJHSC informational updates whenever needed with the remaining time devoted to a topic specific roundtable discussion focused on things which are important to our advisors. We hope as many of you as possible will attend and will contribute your ideas to the roundtable discussions. The Zoom meeting link and the proposed topic(s) will send to advisors well in advance so they can choose to attend and be ready with their own discussion input.

I hope you enjoy getting back to “normal” as much as you enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Stay safe and healthy … “Get Hungry for Leadership … We need s’more leaders like YOU!”