History of FCCLA

*1917 - President Woodrow Wilson signed the first national vocational education act into law.

*1920's - High school home economics students formed home economics clubs.

*1943 - Committee was formed to study the home economics clubs and to make recommendations to improve and strengthen the clubs.

1945 - Future Homemakers of America was founded in Chicago, IL
First issue of "Teen Times" (national magazine for FHA) was published.
FHA is co-sponsored by American Home Economics Association (AHEA) and US Office (now US Department) of Education.
Georgia second state to be chartered and first to have a full time State Adviser (first State Adviser was Mrs. Janet Barber)
First State President and Georgia's first National officer was Pat Randolph (Mrs. Richard B. Russell III)

*1965 - New Homemakers of America - similar organization in predominantly Black schools - merged with FHA; this merger made the Georgia Association of FHA the 4th largest in the USA.

1948 - The first national Future Homemakers of America meeting was held in Kansas City, when the national constitution was ratified

1965  - Future Homemakers of America and New Homemakers of America merged into one organization

*1970 - Occupational home econimics was included with Home Economics Related Occupations (HERO)

1971 - HERO chapters were established to meet the needs of occupational students

*1978-79 - FHA emblem was changed to an eight sided emblem. FHA and HERO were situated in the center of the emblem with rays extending to the edge representing FHA/HERO's outreach to the community.

*1982 - National Meeting was held in Georgia for the first time (1991 National Meeting was in Washington, D.C. and 1992 National Meeting will be held in Chicago, Ill.)

* 1983 - FHA national headquarters and leadership center in Reston, VA was dedicated.

*1990 - State Executive Council was reduced to 12 state officers. (National Executive Council consists of 20 regional officers.)

1995 - Family and consumer sciences becomes the new name of the home economics profession

1995  - 50th anniversary of Future Homemakers of America

1999 - Future Homemakers of America was changed to Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America at the National Convention in Boston, MA. Our futuristic oval logo was voted on by FCCLA members in October. This futuristic logo may not hold the traditions of the past logo, but it shows that FCCLA is a dynamic, active organization bound for the future. The dominant collegiate lettering articulates a focus on education and student leadership.  The logo is red, the color of the rose as a sign of strength.  The swooping arrow arch is a common motif in today's designs and definately embodies an active organization that moves toward new arenas.  With its space-like feel, this logo is sure to last through the next fifty years, but will always be linked to the time when FHA at the turn of the century changed to FCCLA.

The state office maintains the official history files of the association. If any former FCCLA members have interesting history facts to share with the state association, please contact the state office.