When Ed Fleming began teaching the Distributive Education program at Ft. Meyers High School, he was so excited about the program and what it could do to help students to prepare for their future. He wanted his students to stand out above the rest. They wore their DECA Blazers proudly on Friday's at the Pep Rallies.
He became the most feared teacher in Florida; taking most of the trophies at District and State competitions.
Ed instilled his beliefs that success is exhibited by more than winning trophies, medallions, or other forms of recognition. Success is what is best shown by the personal satisfaction you radiate when you have done your best and achieved your personal goals.
When he became Director of Florida DECA there was only $100.00 in the scholarship fund. He worked hard to build that fund to what it has become today. Annually 17 or more Florida DECA students are awarded Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarships.
Ed wanted Florida to be recognized at ICDC, therefore the birth of the white hats with the Florida DECA bands. They were a big hit! Students from other states would buy them as souvenirs from Florida DECA members. He would also challenge other states to see who would come up with the best trading pins.
He was a pioneer in the success of DECA, locally, statewide, and nationally.
--Jean Fleming, loving wife