2015-2016 Board in Action

The first meeting was held at ADC.
We are thankful to American Development Corporation for their kindness and allowing us to meet in their board room.  

Student Advisory Board

What is the Student Advisory Board?
The Student Advisory Board was formed in 1996 as a way to strengthen the Chamber’s relationship with the schools while developing the students’ interest, involvement and leadership in their community. The board consists of approximately twelve high school students. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Meetings will deal with group agenda and upcoming events – but may also feature guest speakers who are familiar with different programs in Fayetteville and Lincoln County or tours of local businesses and industry.
The student board will also be asked to volunteer at Chamber sponsored functions throughout the year – thereby familiarizing them with different programs and leadership opportunities in Fayetteville and Lincoln County. Student Board Members may be asked to volunteer at the Chamber from time to time. Points will be awarded for volunteer hours.

** Points - The board members will work on a point system throughout the year. Points for different activities will be awarded based upon participation. The board member who has accumulated the most points at the end of the year will be rewarded with a $500.00 leadership scholarship.

**Meetings – As mentioned earlier, the meetings will be held every third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Board Members will be reminded of the meetings and notified of any change in location about a week prior to the meeting. While the Chamber recognizes that circumstances sometimes will arise that can prevent a member from attending a meeting, attendance is very important in order for a member to be aware of all of the upcoming activities and to fulfill their responsibility to plan ahead for these meetings.

** Officers and Committees - The Board will elect the following officers – President, Vice-President and Secretary. Officers may be asked to help organize meetings and programs. Officers may also be asked to organize & contact board members per any special events.

Basic Guidelines to Remember

Attendance - As there are only 8 meetings in the board year September—April. Meeting attendance is expected. To be fair, if three meetings are missed the board member is forfeited.

If a meeting is missed - Please let the Chamber know in advance if you are unable to attend a meeting. When a meeting is missed it is your responsibility to contact an officer in order to keep current with events.

Points - Volunteer points will be capped for the last 3 weeks leading up to the last SAB meeting in order to prevent a last minute rush for points.

Volunteer/Leadership Opportunities - Again these are open to all on an equal basis. It is ultimately up to each member to ask about these opportunities. In general, the most volunteer opportunities are at the end of the month when the Chamber newsletter is due to be folded and labeled.

Contact - Chamber phone number is 433.1234; email address is  chamber@flcchamber.com. Please feel free to call or email anytime with questions.

Point System

Attending Monthly Meetings – 10 Points per meeting: Board Members must attend the mandatory meetings. These meeting are held to discuss ongoing/future projects as well as to learn of volunteer opportunities to earn points. Failure to do so may result in loss of placement on Student Advisory Board. Emergency situations, which will be left up to the SAB Advisor, will be excused. The SAB will vote on a President, Vice-President, Photography, and Secretary during the initial board meeting.

Attending Chamber Membership Banquet – 20 Points Per Hour: The annual Membership Banquet is held in October each year and will be after school hours. This event is slated to honor our Chamber members and thank them for the support they provide through out the year.

Volunteer at any Chamber sponsored event – 20 points per hour: There will be several events through the year where SAB assistance is needed. The  larger events will be Host of Christmas Past, held the second weekend in November, The Sweetheart Pageant held in February, and The Slawburger Festival, held the second Saturday in April. Other events will be discussed in monthly meetings.

Volunteering at the Chamber office – 20 points per hour: The Chamber staff will need help with assembly of relocation packages, addressing and folding monthly newsletters and mixer invitations, etc. It is recommended, however not required, that each member have access to email and have a valid email address. The SAB Director will keep members updated with Chamber news, events, volunteer opportunities via email. Each board member is responsible for checking in weekly with Chamber staff for volunteer opportunities. Extra points may be awarded for exceptional performance at the sole discretion of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Students may not accumulate more than 20 points per week the last three weeks leading up to the last SAB meeting. This prevents a “last minute rush” for points and is unfair to board members that have earned points throughout their entire term. Please note volunteer opportunities are on a “first come, first serve” basis. Call early in the month to ask about opportunities.

Volunteering through other community events – 10 points per hour: The Chamber wants to encourage you to play an active role in our community. This is really what serving on the SAB is about– developing your leadership and community-minded skills. If you devote time to other worthy/leadership/volunteer programs, fundraisers, or causes we feel you should get credit for that time spent as well. Please come by the Chamber office prior to your volunteer day to pick up a “Community Service Form”. Someone affiliated with the organization, who is not a relative, will need to sign to verify your assistance.

Please Note:
* The scholarship is not limited to seniors. Students must have a minimum of 500 points to be eligible for the scholarship.
* Sophomores and Juniors must have a minimum of 400 points to be eligible to re-apply to the Student Advisory Board the following school year.

Applications available at
Lincoln County High School
Riverside Christian Academy
Fayetteville High School

The Chamber of Commerce
208 South Elk Avenue
931-433-1234