SkillsUSA SkillsUSA Champions Winter 2010 : Page 16

toolbox Preparation and Success Remain Inseparable BFFs C hapter activities are one of the most important ingredients in SkillsUSA success. Strong, well-planned activi-ties build camaraderie, earn money, strengthen the community and more. But well-planned activities don’t happen without, well, planning, and SkillsUSA’s free Chapter Activity Planner tool will help make your chapter a lean, mean planning machine in the new year. Download the tool (did we mention it’s free?) at www.skillsusa.org/educators/cap. shtml . You’ll need a copy of Microsoft Excel to open it. Before you jump right in, however, learn to use the tool properly. As a class, go through the online Chapter Activity Planner Student Module (at the same address listed above). The module will take you step-by-step through a potent planning process and show you how to use the planning tool in all your chapter meetings. It’s the right tool for the right job: improving your chapter. • I run on the road long before I dance under the lights. — M uhaMMad a li Find the photo, win a prize No, the picture on the left isn’t abstract art. It’s actually a distorted part of another photo in this magazine. Find the original photo and send us the page number where it appears to win a SkillsUSA hoodie (first prize) or ball cap (second prize). To enter, e-mail your answer, name, address and phone number to: anyinfo@skillsusa.org, with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Or, send to: SkillsUSA Photo Contest, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. One first-place and one second-place winner will be picked from a random drawing of correct entries. Entries must be received by Jan. 25. Congratulations to last issue’s winners: Samuel Walston of Guthrie, Okla., and Harpinder Singh of Stockton, Calif. • 16 SkillsUSA Champions Winter 2010 Photo: Lloyd Wolf

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