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Business Achievement Club

INTRODUCTION

The Business Achievement Club is an honorary student organization. The Commerical Club was started in 1933 to honor typing and shorthand students. The club was renamed and reorganized to recognize outstanding business students in 1978.

PURPOSES

The purposes of the Business Achievement Club are:
  • to develop competent business leadership
  • to strengthen the members’ self-confidence
  • to create more interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of a business occupation
  • to develop business skills

MEETINGS

The meetings are usually the first Monday of each month; if the first Monday is a holiday or no school day, the meeting will be the second Monday. The meetings are held in Room #217 at 7 p.m. The March meeting is always at 3:30 p.m. to take advantage of a field trip to a business while it is open. We usually have a short business meeting and a guest speaker or field trip. Qualification Criteria:A student must earn 98% for a quarter in any semester business class or for a semester in a year-long class. The student must also demonstrate CHARACTER COUNTS! behaviors. After the advisors review students who qualify, a letter of invitation is delivered to the prospective new member.If the student chooses to join BAC, he/she attends the next meeting and receives a Certificate of Achievement with his/her specific class and name. A member may not miss more than 33% of the meetings after being installed to retain membership in BAC. If there is a school-related conflict in which he/she is a participant, the member should notify an officer or advisor of the conflict. The absence is not counted. To retain membership, the student needs to regularly attend meetings. Maintaining 98% is not required; but if that goal is attained in a new class, the student receives a class-specific certificate. Club shirts are worn the day after the meeting to recognize the new members and certificates received.

PROGRAMS

The September meeting is an organizational meeting. The advisors explain the roles of the officers and the purposes of the club and how programs are coordinated. The students nominate themselves for the October election of officers. Also, the members volunteer to coordinate program activities. We have had many wonderful guest speakers and field trips. Previous speakers or field trips have included: Dr. Barb Boeding, Dean Foods, Subway, Scheuth Ace Hardware, Tom’s Family Pharmacy, Vern Laures Auto Center, Soy Basics, First National Bank, Security State Bank, Tri State Signs, Jerry Pickar, Raleigh Hill Golf Course, Chaffs Restaurant with a presentation on business meal etiquette, Pinicon, Super 8, Mercy Medical Center, Progress Casting, The Crystal Ball, and the New Hampton Economic Development Director.We also have taken day field trips to larger cities such as Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, KWWL-TV in Waterloo, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Target Center in Minneapolis, Mall of America, Mayo Clinic, KTTC-TV in Rochester, the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines, Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines, and the UNI Small Business Development Center in Waterloo.

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The club also names an Outstanding Business Student each year. Criteria for this award includes the advisors tallying the number of classes and grade point average in each class. The club presents the student with a certificate and engraved Cross pen. In 2004, Ms. Hall presented the Outstanding Business Student a $250 “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship in honor of the BAC’s 25th anniversary. She plans to continue this scholarship.
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