Welcome back to another school year filled with lots of learning and fun student council activities and events. Even though we are once again facing some challenging times, the IAJHSC is planning to surge forward, moving onward to provide its membership with new and creative ways to keep middle level leadership alive in the face of all the necessary changes and adjustments needed to keep us all as safe and healthy
The Executive Board is very busy preparing to restore things to a reasonable level of normalcy. We are planning to host as many of our usual activities, workshops, and most importantly, the annual IAJHSC State Convention in April of 2022. Even though we may need to make some adjustments to the way we usually do things, the main point is that we can do everything we usually do effectively with everyone’s cooperation, understanding, and a never give up spirit. More significantly, you can do the same with your student council as well this year.
Our first activity this year will be to have an in-person and virtual Advisors’ Leadership Workshop in September followed by the IAJHSC Fall Executive Board Meeting in early October. During the board meeting, the board will be choosing the new IAJHSC State Service Project for 2021-2022. Last year we were able to raise over $10,000 to donate to the Hope for the Day charity. I want to extend a very special thank you to those who worked hard to raise funds and donate them to this very worthy cause. Great job!!
We will also be setting the requirements for this year’s Honor Council Award at this meeting. Adjustments will be made once again to take into account the restraints you may be facing as you work to achieve this important award. We will also be revising our bylaws to cover board vacancies, election procedures, and election tie-breaking procedures. Of course, we will be letting you know the results of the board meeting as soon as possible after the conclusion of the meeting. By the way, the minutes of our board meeting are posted in the Members’ Area of the website for you to read whenever you wish.
As always, this is the time of year your Adult District Director will be looking for hosts for the Fall and Mid-year Leadership Workshops. Hosting a workshop is an extremely easy thing to do. There is a tremendous amount of guidance and help available on the website. Your Adult District Director will also be there to assist if needed. Even though there may be some special health precautions which must be taken, hosting a workshop is very doable! Please contact your Adult District Director if you are interested in this incredible experience for your student council members.
In conclusion, I would encourage all of you to stay the course, keep your chin up, and work to move onward to overcome the obstacles which have been place in front of you. As Confucius said, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Let’s “Get Hungry for Leadership” because “We need s’more leaders like you!”
Stay safe and healthy so we can see you all at the 63rd Annual IAJHSC State Convention in April, 2022.