SkillsUSA Minnesota Fall Leadership Conference


2015 Leadership Conference


The One - The Only – 29th Annual
October 22-24, 2015

This conference is - without a doubt, the best leadership training available for ALL members and advisors!

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General Information

In 1986 Minnesota SkillsUSA held its first Fall Leadership Training Professional Conference. The success was overwhelming and the conference has become part of the SkillsUSA Minnesota yearly calendar. The conference is without a doubt, the best leadership training available for ALL members and advisors. It is designed primarily for Chapter Advisors and Chapter Members so that they may take their training back to the local level and build a strong chapter, but everyone is encouraged to attend. This conference produces quality SkillsUSA students and quality chapters. Many of our state officers and national competitors are veterans of this event. This training experience is invaluable for advisors as well as students.

We do request each Advisor who is attending this conference be responsible for Completing and submitting registration materials and fees on time.

Recommended advisor to student ratio should be:

Leadership Conference: 1 advisor per 6 students in attendance (ratio)
Delegate and State Conference: 1 advisor per 10 students in attendance (ratio)
Chapters with students in special populations may need a 1:1 ratio. (1 advisor to 1 student)

In addition to the many activities, the conference highlights the following areas:

  • Intensive leadership training in areas such as communication skills, group dynamics and job interviewing skills
  • Learn how to use the “NEW” CEP ? Chapter Excellence Program
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Opportunity to earn the SkillsUSA Leadership Award
  • Opportunity to build knowledge of SkillsUSA’s programs and how to participate
  • Opportunity to function as part of a team
  • Opportunities for each participant to receive individual recognition
  • Building the skills to develop a Community Service Project with in your chapter
  • Meet new people and develop friendships as each participant learns ways to add interest and meaning to their education

The conference will be held Thursday, October 22nd through Saturday, October 24th, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Alexandria, 5637 Highway 29 South • Alexandria, MN. (320) 763-6577

The Opening General Session will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. If you have a distance to travel, you may wish to check in Wednesday evening. A conference agenda is enclosed. (No REFUNDS after October 15th, 2015).

Conference Costs & Registration are Due on – Monday, October 12th, 2015

Please submit the “NEW” Conference Registration Form Electronically- by using the Excel Document, and either FAX or bring a copy of the FSLDC MN-Form 1 for each Conference attendee –this includes advisors to the State SkillsUSA Office. Please submit your Hotel Reservations directly to the Hotel!

"EARLY BIRD" Conference Registration is $135.00 per person (students and advisors)
A $25.00 LATE FEE per person will be assessed for Registration arriving after October 12th
Please submit payment on or before October 21st !
Please see Conference Registration Form
This includes all conference meals and materials.

The conference registration fee is $135.00 per person attending and covers the following:

3 Dinners (Day #1, #2)
All workshop and training materials
3 Lunches (Day #1, #2)
SkillsUSA Leadership Awards Pin
2 Breakfasts (Day #2 & #3)
SkillsUSA Leadership T-Shirt
Awards Breakfast and Program (Day #3)

Bring to the Conference – Clothing, Liability Form

  • We request that your students bring a dress white shirt or blouse, black pants, black neckties, black shoes etc.
  • Official Red Blazer for students if your school has them. If you do not have a red blazer- don’t worry, blazers may be borrowed in headquarters during the conference.
  • All Conference Attendees must bring or send in prior to registration the FSLDC MN-Form 1: Registration, Personal and Liability Release Form / Code of Conduct/ Photo Release Form

Adaptation for Achievement Form - Any Special Diets or needs for your students - Let the State Office Know?

In order to provide all students the opportunity to successfully participate and achieve in the full range of SkillsUSA activities and competitive events, please complete the following checklist. This will assist in the identification of any special services or equipment required by your SkillsUSA student(s). Please complete one form for each student who is in need of Adaptations for Achievement.

  • Please let the State Office know if a student has any dietary restriction, or any special needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Fill Out the Adaptation for Achievement Form located on the forms page.

FSLDC MN-Form 1:
Registration, Personal and Liability Release Form / Code of Conduct/ Photo Release Form

Here are copies of the registration, personal and liability release form /code of conduct/ and photo release form that must be signed by each participant attending this conference. Please review the Code of Conduct with your students prior to registration so there are no surprises when the students arrive at the conference. This is a working conference with very little free time. Students and advisors attending should be willing to "give it their all" if they want to attend. Please TURN in ALL FORMS upon Registration or mail or FAX forms in before arriving.

Dress Code:

At one time or another, all participants need to be in official SkillsUSA dress or business attire. If official dress is unobtainable, we still encourage students and advisors to attend. Recreation, Free Time, Chapter Work Activities and Meal Time - appropriate sports or casual wear must be worn.

Shorts and/or swimsuits are prohibited unless swimming during free time.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF THE NEED FOR OFFICIAL SkillsUSA DRESS! Even if your school does not have the red blazers, request that your students bring white shirts or blouses, black skirts or pants, black neckties, black shoes, etc. To eliminate as much “clothes exchange” as possible. Blazers may often be borrowed from other attending schools.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have extra SkillsUSA blazers at your school it's a good idea to bring them along. Everyone needs to be in "Reds" a number of times during the conference.

Hotel Registration is Due on – Monday, October 12th, 2015
Hotel reservations should be made directly with the hotel by Monday, October 12th. If you do not know who will be attending from your school but know an approximate number of rooms, you may want to call and have rooms held and notify them of names as soon as possible.

Hotel rates are as follows: (Fax Number: 320-762-2092) Hotel Form included in packet!

2015 Hotel Rates

King Bed (single): $84.99 + 10.375 % tax = $93.81 per night (one to two people per room)

Two Double Beds- POOLSIDE or Non-Poolside: $84.99 + 10.375 % tax = $93.81 per night (1st or 2nd floor) (one to four people per room)

Cost Breakdown per room per night
2 people sharing = $46.91 per person per night
3 people sharing = $31.27 per person per night
4 people sharing = $23.45 per person per night

METHOD OF PAYMENT: When placing your reservations- the Hotel is requesting you to choose one of three options for payment:

Option 1: Send Purchase Order# directly to hotel with reservation form
Option 2: Send School Check directly to hotel with reservation form
Option 3: Send completed credit card authorization form to the hotel with your hotel registration form and include a copy of the attached form. A copy of this form is attached to your Hotel Reservation form and also located on the website.

Advisor Clock Hours

Each Advisor will be issued clock hour certificates for 36 hours for attending the full conference.

Leadership Award

Each attendee is encouraged to earn the Leadership Award. The Criteria is included in this emailing. It is for your information only. All advisors and students attending the conference will be encouraged to earn this award. You may begin working on the criteria prior to conference if you wish. Time will be allotted to work on the award during the conference.

Equipment Needed

We are requesting that each instructor attempt to locate and bring with them a COMPUTER WITH SOFTWARE AND COMPATIBLE PRINTER. Computer use will be allowed for word processing only and not for graphics. The conference staff and/or the hotel will resume no responsibility for equipment brought in. Headquarters computer will be unavailable for chapter work. (Don’t forget to bring an extension cord). The Hotel is equipped for Wireless Internet in the Conference Center area for computers.
(Students are NOT required to bring a Laptop Computer with them to this conference!)

Also if each school can bring (1) Digital Camera to be used by it’s student members for Chapter activities.
A Card Reader will be provided per Colored Chapter Groups with USB (PC/Mac) capabilities.

Rules of Conduct while in attendance!

Please note: All in attendance will sign the following Rules of Conduct form once you get to the conference. This form is part of the chapter activities and the rules of conduct during your attendance. If you need students to sign a Code of Conduct before leaving for conference, please use the FSLDC MN-From 1 that has emergency information provided for you.


This is a combined, High School /secondary & College / post secondary conference. ALL students and advisors will adhere to rules in attendance. If you cannot abide by these guidelines, we ask you not to participate.

We are the guests of the Holiday Inn Alexandria and the people of Alexandria, MN! What we do individually, good or bad, reflects collectively on the organization. Conduct damaging to our organization and conference is totally unacceptable. If you cannot abide by the rules, please do not even plan to attend. Part of the leadership training activities of the conference is to learn appropriate behavior in motels/hotels so that you can set the example when you participate in your own local or state activities. Listed below are the rules of conduct that will help us to maintain a high level of character for the individual and SkillsUSA Minnesota.

  1. No loud noises or horseplay in hallways and sleeping rooms.
  2. Conference participants will be responsible for their sleeping rooms and hotel facilities. Missing articles and property damages will be assessed against the individual(s) involved.
  3. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed by conference participants at any time during the Leadership Conference. Penalty for possession or use of such is subject to being sent home at your own expense.
  4. For the good health and comfort of everyone, smoking is discouraged at all times. Smoking will not be allowed in the chapter activity rooms. Should you smoke elsewhere, you are requested not to do so while in official dress.
  5. Members of the opposite sex shall not be found in the same sleeping rooms unless an advisor is present and/or the door is left open. Students must be in their own rooms after lights out.
  6. Conference participants are required to wear name badges at all times. It aids in getting to know each other and assists the hotel security in monitoring activities.
  7. Harassment of any nature is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. SkillsUSA Minnesota expects that all members attending this conference will conduct themselves in a responsible manner that shows respect for others and the community at large.
  8. All chapter work activities shall be suspended during general sessions and between the hours of lights out and breakfast time. An infraction of this rule will result in a 25-­point loss in the Outstanding Chapter Notebook imposed against the chapter guilty of the infraction. All conference participants are expected to be in attendance at all general sessions. (This includes advisors)
  9. Adherence to lights out hours is required of ALL conference participants. An infraction of this rule will result in a 5-­point loss per person per infraction in the Outstanding Chapter Scrapbook imposed against the chapter guilty of the infraction.



1.    SkillsUSA Motto

2.    2015-16 SkillsUSA Theme

3.    SkillsUSA Colors and their meaning 

4.    Six points of the SkillsUSA Creed

5.    Official Emblem and meaning

6.    SkillsUSA Pledge

7.    Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag

8.    Official Dress

9.    One part in the Opening Ceremony

10.    National SkillsUSA Executive Director

11.    SkillsUSA Core Message

12. SkillsUSA Minnesota State Director

13.    List one duty of each office (6)

14.    List the four (4) key qualities of an orderly meeting

15.    Attend all sessions of leadership conference


WEDNESDAY, October 21st

6:00 pm State Staff Loads into Hotel / Headquarters
11:00 pm Lights Out

THURSDAY, October 22nd

8:00 -­ 9:30 am Conference Registration  - Pool Atrium area
10:00 -­ 11:50 noon General Session -­ ALL STUDENTS & Advisors (Conference Officially begins)
10:30 -­ 11:30 am Advisors Session -­ ALL ADVISORS
12:00 -­ 1:00 pm Lunch - General Session, Topic: Expectations / Professionalism
1:00 -­ 5:00 pm Color Chapter Breakout Activities: Report to Chapter Rooms
3:30 -­ 4:30 pm Training Workshop: Briefings for Presidents, Parliamentarian, Secretary's & Treasurers
5:00 -­ 6:00 pm Ridiculous Relays Team Skills (entire team participates)
6:00 -­ 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 -­ 7:30 pm First General Session, Topic: To be determined

7:30 - 8:00 pm FREE TIME -­ Pool Time &/or Social Activity -­ MUST STAY ON HOTEL PROPERTY
8:00 -­ 11:00 pm Color Chapter Breakout Activities: Report to Chapter Rooms
9:00 pm Executive Council Meeting Training
10:30 pm Advisors Meeting - ALL Advisors must attend!
11:00 pm In Your Rooms (must have ordered pizza, get pop, etc. by this time)
11:30 pm Lights Out

FRIDAY, October 23rd

8:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am General Session, TOPIC: To be determined

9:30 - 12:00 noon Color Chapter Breakout Activities: Report to Chapter Rooms
11:00 am Sailboat Regatta
12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm General Session, TOPIC: To be determined

1:30 - 5:00 pm Color Chapter Breakout Activities: Report to Chapter Rooms
5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner - General Session, TOPIC: To be determined
6:15- 6:45 pm Judges Meeting
6:45 - 9:30 pm Leadership Contests for Students
6:45 - 10:00 pm Complete Leadership Award & Notebooks
10:00 pm Turn in Colored Chapter Notebooks
10:00 pm - 12:00 am Survival Celebration – Sponsored event
12:30 am Lights Out (must have ordered pizza, get pop, etc. by this time)

SATURDAY, October 24th

7:30 - 8:00 am Display Set Up & Judging
8:00 - 9:00 am Display Judging
9:00 - 9:30 am Awards Assembly Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 am Awards Session
10:30 - 11:30 am Check out of Hotel


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