My name is Stephanie Engleman and I am a homeschooling mom of 5. I have been on this journey for about 12 years now.
Early last year, a friend of mine told me that her child was inducted into her middle school chapter of Beta Club. I was immediately reminded of my time in Beta Club (eons ago!) and wondered if this option was available for homeschool kids. I reached out to the National Chapter was told, “YES!” So, I talked to Suellen about creating a HFHG chapter. A year later, here we are! This particular chapter would be Junior Chapter for grades 4th-8th.
My goals for this organization line up with the National chapter. I want to promote the ideals for academic achievement, character, service and leadership. My desire is for students to learn what it means to be a good leader, the importance of organizational skills and achieving goals through various service projects and organizational roles. The first project I would like for them to accomplish is a Reading Fair, which will help fund the building of the newest local libraries. My hope is that this project will begin in January, with the event taking place in spring,
How to get into Beta Club: When it comes to chapters within the public school system, one would normally receive an invitation after the examination of GPA, a letter detailing various acts of service, as well as a short essay/application detailing why they would like to join Beta Club.
After a few discussions, it was decided that for this particular chapter, students would be required to submit:
- A portfolio of their best work over the last year (It should include: examples of work (showing improvement of work/proficiency in subjects), artwork, documentation/photographs of creative and fun assignments, etc. Particularly, anything that shows their areas of strength as students.)
- A list detailing some of their service (includes church, community and family activities)
3) Submit an application
Schedules and Timelines: As of right now, I’d like to have any further Q&A’s within the next week or so, with a portfolio deadline of December 2, 2017.
I would like for the induction ceremony (such a special thing!) to be before Christmas, if possible.
Why join now?? To be honest, now is a GREAT time to join because
a) We will begin the new year fresh and ready to go!
b) The National Organization covers the cost of materials for the very first induction. My mother is the queen of couponing and Ebates. I am attempting to follow in her footsteps by having as many people covered for induction as possible! 🙂
At this moment, I was thinking we could meet 2x a month (Saturday, if possible), in addition to a closed FB group (with parental consent, of course). This is subject to change though because I have since learned of some groups meeting 1x a month. Since we won’t see each other every day, the 2nd meeting could be online within our facebook group.
As for location, I was seeking to use either the rooms for reservation at a local library or at a local church – Hunsinger Lane or 9th and O. I am aware that time is precious, so I’m very willing to talk to everyone to see what our best options are. Meetings would last between 60-90 minutes.
Fees: The fee to join Beta would be $25 per year. Of that, $15 goes directly to the National Organization. The rest would be used for whatever we need within our local chapter.
Do I you need to be a Home for His Glory member? No. While the benefits of HFHG are fantastic, I have opened it up to Home For His Glory, as well as the homeschool group at my church. I thought that I’d start with the two groups I’m involved in 🙂
BENEFITS!! As I stated earlier, this particular branch would be a Junior Chapter consisting of 4th – 8th graders. One of the great things about Beta is that you are learning teamwork and leadership skills. You are also learning the benefit of having a servant’s heart and doing things for other people.
In addition, this is something that can extend beyond the local area. Each year, there is a national convention where chapters from around the country meet. While there, they attend meetings and also compete in various contests. Those can include, robotics, poetry competitions and even test taking!
Why is this good? The kids learn how to network and make friends on a bigger scale. They are introduced to new challenges and ways of doing things. Plus, they can win MONEY
Having said that, money is not the end all, be all.
However, Beta Club does offer scholarship opportunities to graduates who wish to extend their education beyond high school.
In addition to this, being part of Beta Club does look nice on a resume. I can personally attest to this. During my early days of “real” job hunting in high school and after, organizations such as Beta are noticed and can be seen as an enhancement to a person’s character and work ethic.
For further information:
State Convention Information:
KY Junior Convention
Event Date: January 31-February 2, 2018
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Location: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington KY