Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I know you are excited about the upcoming opportunities this year may provide. This is an exciting year for both the national SkillsUSA organization and the Tennessee Association of SkillsUSA. National SkillsUSA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this spring, and Tennessee SkillsUSA will be hosting our 50th State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC). Make sure you join us at all of our events which will culminate with our state celebration at this year’s SLSC in Chattanooga. Also, for the first time in 21 years, the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) will be in a location other than Kansas City, Missouri. Join us this year with the short drive to Louisville, Kentucky for a new and exciting time at NLSC.
Attached to this email, you will find the 2014-15 SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor Guide. This guide will serve as a one-stop-shop for all of your Tennessee SkillsUSA needs. You will be able to print this document or save it on your computer and return to it when questions arise. The manual provides an in-depth guide which will walk you through a host of situations and processes you will need to make this year a success. The purpose of this guide is to make your life as a SkillsUSA advisor easier. Please read the guide carefully and use it for your benefit.
In this document, you will see a SkillsUSA directory, membership affiliation information, conference registration information, deadlines, calendars, forms, links to step-by-step instructions for conference registrations and more. Make sure you invite a state officer to one of your chapter meetings to promote the organization and provide workshops for your students. Visit the Competition Information section of this document to explore the new contests offered at the regional championships and the SLSC. I invite you to attend the 2014 Leadership Camp at Camp Clements for a chance to earn the coveted Tennessee Statesman Award. Don’t miss the wonderful incentives outlined in the guide for your chapter’s participation in the 2014-15 SkillsUSA Membership Campaign. Finally, I ask that you explore the information presented on running a candidate for a state officer position and consider supporting a member of your chapter for an office. High quality state officers are vital to ensuring our organization’s long-term success.
One important change to note is that all attendees for regional and state conferences must be affiliated and paid by the Jan. 31, 2015, deadline. The national office must receive and process the membership affiliation payment in order to be eligible to register for and attend the regional conferences and the State Leadership and Skills Conference.
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Thank you very much for your cooperation and for all of your hard work in making the 2014-15 SkillsUSA year a success. I look forward to working with each of you. Have a great SkillsUSA year!