How does FCCLA Help You?  

(650 STAR Event Participants surveyed)

70 % said - FCCLA helps me be more confident

61% said - FCCLA helps me to try new skills to help in future careers

73% said - FCCLA helps me to know how to better talk to people I do not know

59% said - I am more goal oriented because of my FCCLA experience

Family Career Community Leaders of America or FCCLA

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues.

“True leadership is the art of changing a group from what it is into what it ought to be” – Virginia Allan

Leadership enables individuals and groups to make a difference in areas that matter to them.  FCCLA helps members become leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

  • Families need people who can set goals, make decisions, manage resources and make choices that reflect their personal priorities.

  • Success in careers requires integrity, persistence and teamwork.

  • Communities need citizens and leaders who can express their concerns, make plans and take action to make a difference.

Through FCCLA involvement, students observe, learn, test, practice, and refine leadership skills.  FCCLA leadership development opportunities include:

  • Participating in chapter meetings and group decision making

  • Participating in FCCLA programs at the local, regional, state and national levels

  • Creating individual, team and chapter activities and projects

  • Addressing issues through peer education

  • Collaborating with others in the school and community

For more information please contact Mrs. Rochelle Gathje at email Mrs. Rochelle Gathje

Lanesboro FCCLA

Our FCCLA program in Lanesboro welcomes any student in grades 7-12.  The program is run as an extra-curricular opportunity for students to participate in and for the most part, will not take away from the classroom time during the school day.  Students have the opportunity to gain leadership by holding officer positions and making group decisions.  Our main leadership opportunity focuses on STAR events.  STAR events are competitive events that promote leadership, organization of presentation, and public speaking.  There are about 30 different events that students can choose depending on their interest.  The regional contest, usually in Rochester, is in February and the state conference is in April.  Both are great opportunities for students to gain public speaking practice.  

Some of the activities that FCCLA members are involved in

  • One or two community service projects per year

  • Pumpkin & Gourd Decorating contest for the elementary

  • Fundraising – Blanket Raffle, “A Crush for your Crush”  - Valentine’s Day

  • FCCLA fun nights – Skiing, Roller skating, Holiday Parties, Secret Santa

  • Build new friendships with others in Lanesboro and surrounding schools

  • Opportunities for students to lead the State and National FCCLA organization

  • Opportunities are endless

**The number one benefit is the improvement of leadership skills 

Other things to know -

  • Meeting times – One meeting per month during homeroom

 Costs - all students are responsible for their own costs.  We do fundraising for the State Convention to help with the costs of the event.  Also know that FCCLA is an organization where students can still be involved in some way if costs are a factor. 

  • Dues -$25.00 – To be an affiliated member of the organization there are National and State Dues. 

  • Regional Event (in January/February, usually in Rochester) - about $15.00 per student per event             

  •  State Convention (April 19th-20th, in Bloomington) - about $140.00 in registration and hotel costs

  • Some of the above information may change due to the officers decisions


Hope you all can join us to gain leaderships skills, partake in community service activities, and lots and lots of FUN!

If you have questions, please call or see Mrs. Gathje (467-2229) or email at RochelleGathje@lanesboroschools.com

Useful FCCLA Resources