GOODBYE TO TEAM 54
T- The voting delegates who trusted me to lead this organization Florida DECA this past year.
E- Each and every member of Florida DECA for making this year truly unforgettable.
A- All of the chapters that hosted me this past year: Coral Glades, Coral Springs Charter, Miami Lakes, Miami Springs, Plantation, Wellington and Spanish River.
M- My fellow teammates: Zack, Ana, Cameron, Tamir Mr. Hosier, Mrs. De and Dr. Levenhagen
54- The team that MADE IT COUNT!
As I look back on the past year I can’t help but have mixed emotions of absolute happiness and a little sorrow now that my term is coming to an end. Through thick and thin, my teammates, my chapter and my advisors have stood by me and supported me and I tried to support them in return. Despite any challenges I faced, this year has been the best of my life. All I have left to say is goodbye to Team 54, but not to Florida DECA. Through my senior year I look forward to remaining an active member in our association.
At next month’s career development conference in Orlando, chapters from around the state will bring canned chicken, fruit, tuna and dinners to be donated to Manna Food Pantries as part of Florida DECA’s Helping Hands spring collection. A great way to collect items beyond your chapter is to involve other clubs or organizations in your school and to look beyond those within your own school.
Community service is a common theme throughout many clubs in any high school. Your DECA chapter can unite with others for a common good and collect more items than you would’ve been able to on your own. Not only will this bring out community support for Helping Hands, but also bring your school community closer together as you unite for a good cause. Another alternative would be to look towards other schools in your community. If you have worked with local middle or elementary schools in the past, invite them to take part in the collection. This is a great way to involve a varied group of people in your collection and spread the word about DECA and the Helping Hands project that will continue in years to come.
As the CDC and the spring Helping Hands project fast approaches chapters across the state will begin collection items for the Manna Food Pantry. In your collection, don’t go in alone. Involve other clubs and schools within your community to make a great impact!
CALLING ALL SENIORS!!!!!! This month I’ll be reviewing the Southern Region Vice President’s , Lexy Parsons, guide to scholarships. Lexy offers three important tips to help with the scholarship application process.
Start looking and applying for scholarships early. Take advantage of any breaks you may have to research online. Have some teachers or guidance counselors write general letters of recommendation for you to use for a variety of scholarships and applications. Finally, prepare essays and any other required materials that are being asked for in order to obtain your scholarship.
Apply for Everything
There are some scholarships that only have a few applicants due to the work required to submit an application. While you may think you don’t have a chance, in reality, you could be one of a few applicants poised to earn a scholarship.
Check, Then Double Check
After putting in all the work required for a scholarship, it would be a shame to miss out on the award because you missed a signature or missed a deadline. Go over all your applications thoroughly to ensure your time and energy wasn’t wasted.
DECA members have the exclusive opportunity to earn $300,000 in scholarship money! Check out the DECA scholarships here: http://www.deca.org/scholarships/ to see if you qualify. Be sure to apply soon because the deadlines are January 17th. In Florida we have our own scholarship for our members, the Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, found here: http://www.fldeca.org/members.html is available to high school seniors.
College is approaching quickly, so try to earn as much as you can to help cover the costs with these tips.
Check out Lexy’s full article here: http://www.decadirect.org/November-2013/Your-Complete-Guide-to-Scholarships/
I hope that you are all settling back into your normal school routines. As we come return back to our school and our chapters we should continue to embody the four points of the DECA Diamond: Academically Prepared, Professionally Responsible, Experienced Leaders, and of course, Community Oriented. It’s crucial that, as DECA members, we embody all the points of the diamond. And we can start by being active in our community and giving back.
I have a passion for community service that I’ve developed by volunteering with the S.O.S. Children’s Village. A few years ago, I took part in my mom’s company annual day of service at S.O.S. That day I developed a devotion for community service by landscaping at the foster homes. The organization provides refuge for families that have been fostered by the state. The foster children live with families in an upper-class neighborhood with access to some of the best schools in Broward County. The organization is unique because they keep families of foster children together so brothers and sisters aren’t separated. Since that day, I try to volunteer regularly at S.O.S. and have made friends with the foster kids and connected with the dedicated families who truly know what it means to be community oriented.
Community service can be unique to everyone. Find a cause you believe in and feel strongly about and work to meet the goals of the organization. Whether it is ending hunger, fighting a disease, or strengthening a community, we can all make an impact in our own way. You can use www.charitynavigator.org to help find an organization or charity near you that you’re passionate about.
As a chapter, you can start your charitable endeavors right away by taking part in Florida DECA Helping Hands. As a chapter, you can collect peanut butter, jelly and prepackaged breakfast items for the Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Bring your items to the Florida DECA Emerging Leaders Summit in Orlando on October 11-13 to see how many items chapters from around the state collected!
As DECA members, we should all strive to be community oriented. What started as a day of service for me, transformed into a lifetime of service. I hope each and every one of you find a cause or charity you’re passion and starts your own lifetime of service.
Much like my favorite sport basketball, DECA winds down in the summer. But no seasoned athlete takes an offseason off. All NBA players will work throughout the summer to improve their skills and get ready for next year. And just like basketball players, DECA members need to do the same.
Summer is usually a time to kick back and relax, while doing so, reflect upon how your chapter performed in the past year. Take these evaluations and start planning for next year. Focus on what needs to be improved, while reinforcing what areas you are already strong in. Chapter officers should take this opportunity to bond and get to know each other. You may want to consider attending the Emerging Leaders Conference in July. Plan out the first events of the year so you can hit the ground running when the school year starts.
At its base, DECA is about competition, and just as you need to make your chapter better, you need to improve your competitive event skills. You should become familiar with next year’s research and professional selling topics, which can be found on www.deca.org. Plan out which events you’ll compete in and who you’ll compete with. If you prefer to test, look to increase your knowledge for your cluster exam. Read up on industry trends to prepare for next year’s role plays.
If you prepare and plan during the summer, you can expect to have a more successful year when school starts up again. While LeBron James is working on jump shots, you should be developing competitive event skills and helping your chapter improve. Both of you will have an edge when the next season begins. Have a great summer, but always keep DECA in mind and make this offseason!
These past two months as Florida DECA Vice President have flown by, but I’ve loved every minute of them. I’m seeing more and more every day that being elected to this position is a true honor and I thank the members that elected me from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity. It is my job to not let the delegates, members, advisors and the whole state down. In short, I have to make the next year count. Team 54 and I are focused on our jobs and serving as your Florida DECA Officers. We’ve already begun work on some major things for the coming year; we are going to MAKE IT COUNT!
I’m looking forward to the Florida DECA Leadership Council, which will allow chapters from around the state to represent themselves and voice their opinions while helping them to develop into better chapters. Leaders from chapters around Florida will be able to network and share ideas with Florida DECA Officers and other chapter leaders through social networks and web meetings.
At ICDC, Team 54 presented, and passed, its Annual Business Plan (ABP) to the Florida DECA Board of Advisors. The ABP can serve as a guide to chapters, helping them implement activities that will result in a better chapter. Chapters can also earn recognition at the Florida CDC for completing bronze, silver or gold levels. The final version of the ABP should be released soon, so check back to look it over.
As a Florida DECA Vice President, it is my goal to work with Team 54 and leave Florida DECA a better association than when we took office. That requires a lot of hard work and dedication but I know we can do it! I’ve told you some ways Team 54 is going to make it count, but now I want to hear from you. Tweet me at the handle @mike_stone15 and tell me how you and your chapter will make it count in the coming year. I look forward to hearing from many of you. As a chartered association, we are going to MAKE IT COUNT!