Yee Lim Shin — Staff Writer
As Dordt transitioned into a university, other transitions were experienced around campus, including in the title of the DCBC (Dordt College Business Club). Now known as F.L.A.M.E, which stands for Future Leaders And Mission Entrepreneurs, the club created a new logo and a more accurate name for their organization.
The name the group chose “reflects our aim to enrich students from all disciplines with applicable leadership knowledge as well as a preparation to live out their faith effectively in the workforce,” said Madison De Wolde, co-president of F.L.A.M.E.
Their mission statement is to “provide students an opportunity to learn real leadership experience through work and co-curricular learning opportunities.”
The name-change from DCBC to F.L.A.M.E took place so that the club can be more inclusive. Now, students from other majors who are interested in leadership roles and missions can join.
In addition to changing their name, the club created a new logo in the shape of a tongue of fire. The flame represents the love and light of Christ that the members of the club bring to their future workplace.
In previous years, all of the funds that F.L.A.M.E. produced went back to Dordt. Starting this year, all the funds they raise from previous years will roll over to the next one.
“So, we’re now able to kind of reinvest those back into the people that are members,” 55th manager Andrew Moore said. Because of this, F.L.A.M.E. can create more opportunities for its members. “Like one, we’re giving a scholarship next year for whoever is selected.”
Other opportunities the members have include access to speakers at conferences and the chance to go on trips to businesses nearby to see their operations. This provides different opportunities to learn more about businesses and being a Christian in the business world. In the fall semester, the club goes on smaller trips focusing on specific business majors like Marketing, Accounting and Finance, and Human Resources. In the Spring semester, the club goes on a big trip to somewhere further away and visits multiple businesses in that area. This year, F.L.A.M.E. is planning to go to Denver.
Trips or conferences like these give students a great chance to build connections in both their community and bigger cities. It also enables students to use the things they learned in their textbooks and apply it to the “real world.”