DECAcation: A Chapter Officer
It’s about that time of year! The new officers make their grand debuts while the old officers sink into a void of desperation knowing that they will no longer be serving as a DECA chapter officer. DO NOT think that your school is the only one to experience these mixed emotions; it is a commonality throughout every chapter, resulting from the astounding experiences and good times being a chapter officer offers.
The key to building any team is bonding. Through team bonding, you will form relationships that can carry on for life! There is no better way to get attached to a group of people then to build a DECA legacy at your school.
Leadership is a key attribute that is developed through a chapter position. Planning and executing events, competition, and even t-shirt ordering is no easy task. It takes a team of strong, dedicated leaders to facilitate such projects.
Different chapters run different systems in terms of chapter officers. While some might run a board of officers, others might place responsibility for particular tasks in one officer’s hands. In the end, as officers (no matter what position you might be), your mission should be the same: Make your chapter the best it can be! Now here’s the part that seems to escape many officers. You are not just responsible for what your job description entails, it is your job to go above and beyond to tend to your chapter’s needs. For example, hypothetically, I am a treasurer for a chapter. I complete all my obligations. Purchase orders are completed in a timely manner, and I spit out receipts like no other. One day, my advisor is stressed, because she has a whole folder to sort through and the secretary who normally would fulfill this need is absent today. Now, in this situation, some might question why they should do such work. “I ran for treasurer and I won! This work is below me! Why should I be doing someone else’s job when they haven’t done anything for me?” This is exactly what you want to avoid. This is one dimensional thinking, and will be detrimental to your overall cause. Do not think of this as a favor to the person. It is actually a favor to your advisor, and a favor to your chapter as a whole.
Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” While different chapters may interpret themselves in different ways, I personally can look at each one of the words before “work” listed above, and directly compare it to DECA. So my suggestion to you is analyze this quote, pick one of the words that you feel most connected to, and approach your officer term in the mindset to unite your chapter as one of those organizations.
Just remember, HAVE FUN! In the end, DECA offers a great many opportunities, and by accepting a role as a chapter officer, you are guaranteed to maximize both good times and responsibilities in your quest to ultimate DECAcation.