Hello again FL DECA!
This month’s vlog is a recap of this year’s ICDC in Atlanta, GA.
I had so much fun traveling with people who love DECA just as much as I do, and meeting so many new people (especially at FL DECA night)! Everyone took millions of pics and videos at ICDC and I did my best to cram as many as I could into this 6 minute video.
Congratulations to 2nd place international champion Julian Lichtenfeld from Spanish River High in the Community Service Project Event, and congratulations to 2nd place international champions Samantha Goldberg and Jenna Weissman from MSD in the Start-Up business plan event!!
Despite the outcome of your competition, it is important to remember that those who make it to ICDC are the best of the best and you are all amazing! Hope to reconnect with all of you at CDC in Orlando and then again at ICDC in Orlando!
Love you, FL DECA.
‘Til next time,
Team 61 VP
Hello again Florida DECA!
This vlog encompasses various chapter activities that many chapters do after ICDC. One of the activities being to hold a banquet. A banquet is always a good way to commemorate your chapter's year by celebrating successes, reflecting on memories made together throughout the year, and many more. Another activity that many chapters do is to elect their Chapter Officers or 'Executive Board'. These consist of positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary etc.; and the group can meet and work over the summer to make plans for the upcoming year.
Now get out there and... Chapter Activate?
Hello Florida DECA! Today I am going to cover a topic that is relevant to every chapter because they all have to fundraise! Fundraising is an imperative part of any organization and in order for anything to get done there needs to be some money involved. For example, if you want to have any type of social there needs to be some money in the club in order to get those resources to have that social even if the members are paying it back or they may not be.
Here are some suggestions on ways to fundraise for your chapter! My first suggestion is to try and involve your members in what you do. If your chapter can do a bake sale or a car wash, anything that can keep your members apart of it, so they are not just giving their money to the organization. This is a great way to get members involved and networking while fundraising.
An amazing way to fundraise and advocate DECA at the same time is by using fundraising platforms such as Snap Raise where your chapter can create a DECA video and have your members spread it to people they know. Another easy way to fundraise is through fundraising nights at any happening restaurants. A common fundraiser is having your members sell a candy or some sort of food through a candy box where they sell it on the spot or through a magazine where they get the order mailed to them.
Lastly, SBEs are great ways to fundraise year-round. Find something that sells within your chapter and run with it! Hopefully your chapter having more money will help them hold more events, lower the price for competition, and benefit your chapter. Contact me at email@example.com if I can be of any help!
Hello Florida DECA!
I’m back again with this months video on a chapter spotlight.
This spotlight is on Jupiter High School’s DECA! Their chapter has been around is 1967, making them a long standing chapter. After getting a chance to speak with their members and advisor, I realized what a great chapter they are! I love the emphasize they put on chapter bonding and friendship, instead of focusing solely on competition. Your chapter is your family and Jupiter DECA is a prime example of this.
Their advisor, Johnnie Hubbard, was a DECA member himself, and you can tell how much he cares for his kids. Mr Hubbard was a DECA member in the high school division and the collegiate division, going on to become the International Collegiate President from 2014-2015. His expertise is in Sports marketing and managing, bringing a wonderful Sports Marketing Education Program to Jupiter High School. After talking to his students, it is clearly evident how much they care about their advisor and what he brings to their chapter.
This is a chapter who works together, laughs together, and has fun together. To me this chapter represents true leaders who go above and beyond for each other, while not getting lost in the competition aspect of DECA. They are a well rounded chapter that brings a lot to the table for Florida DECA, and I want to thank them for that!
Be sure to check out their social media to keep up with they are doing!
Tips on Officer Training
Hello Florida DECA! This is your VP Bianca here to talk about officer training. Congratulations to newly elected officers and to those who are still waiting the in process I will you all good luck.
Tip 1: Communication
I want to stress that communicating with make your life so much easier. By communicating with your officer team and advisors, your term sails smoothly. Communicating takes away confusion, misinformation, and misunderstandings. You want your team to be on the same page to work as a unit and make impactful decisions. I recommend having meetings either weekly, through Skype or Google Hangouts, at lunch, or a least once a month. You want to go over progress made in between meetings. EX: did you reach a goal, is everyone pulling their weight, what are you doing in order to reach a goal, etc. These meetings make communicating easy as you are all in one place disscussing what needs to be said. Record the contents of these meetings and keep track of plans made or changes to a previous plan.
Tip 2: Plan
Like communicating, planning takes the stress and overwhelment out of your life. As I said previously, take the time to plan in your meetings, but the most important time to plan is at the end of the year. Sit down with your team and have a brainstorming session. Talk about fundraising, community service, competition preperarion events, that is realistic and attainable for your chapter in the upcoming year. If you plan now and choose an event you would like to do, it is much more likely to become a reality, rather than come up with ideas and plan as you go. The saying “failing to plan is planing to fail” is so true. Have a set plan of events for the upcoming year takes out the guess work and makes it that much easier to have a great year.
Tip 3: Be Knowlegeable
Know basic information about DECA, in order to answer questions from your members, especially new members. Going on DECA’s website and the Florida DECA website will provide you with information on the organization and our association. I also recommend DECA Direct for articles on anything and everything DECA. If you have a question most likely there will be an answer on DECA Direct, and these articles are student submitted, so they are easy to understand and provide you with answers and recommendations from experience.
Please take the time to look at the links I have listed and to read the mission statement and values of DECA.
DECA Website: https://www.deca.org
DECA Direct: http://www.decadirect.org
DECA Mission Statement and Values: https://www.deca.org/about/brand/
Hey Florida DECA!
This short 2-minute video is to give you all some ideas to bring back to your chapter to help recruit members! I shared one of the ways that my chapter recruits its members, which is through our school’s open house and is explained throughout the video. Another great way to recruit members in your chapter is to advertise. Set up a meeting before or after school for any students who are interested in the business and marketing world, and post flyers around your school or make announcements advertising your meeting and talk about all the benefits they can gain through DECA. (INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS! J)
And remember, you can always just simply ask someone and start a conversation with them to see if they’re interested; there’s no harm in asking!
Now get out there and GAIN those members!
Hey FL DECA,
Welcome to Vlog #2, this one is about ICDC.
It is April 21st-24th in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be a whopping 18,000 people there! 18k people who love DECA just as much as you do. Something really fun to do at ICDC is trade pins. Your goal is to get your hands on as many pins from the other states and countries in exchange for the Florida DECA pins that you will receive at the conference. Next, Andy Grammer will be performing! Check out his music now so you can sing along at the concert!
GET HYPE FOR FLORIDA DECA NIGHT:
This year it will be held at Andretti's on Sunday the 22nd, which is an indoor go karting place that also features a huge arcade, zip line, rope courses, and much more. At the end of the vlog you can find a list of all of the attractions they have there. Also, all of the new florida DECA officers will be there to meet all of you!!
1. Hit your performance indicators in the order and words that they were given to you, so that it is easy for your judge to follow.
2. Know your stuff! Your school can buy the competitive edge here: http://www.customresources.com/the-competitive-edge/
3. Psych out your competition! Don’t act nervous and it will make your competition nervous.
1. Memorize your presentation, and don’t use note cards so that you look more professional.
2. Smile and look exited throughout your whole presentation!
3. Leave a lasting impression on your judges with a great conclusion and a handshake.
4. Leave them a nice business card!
Good luck everyone!
Do you want your members to dress like this?
Do you have trouble training your officer team?
Do you want to bond with your team in an unforgettable experience?
Do you want to site see in Chicago?
Then DECA Inc. Summer ELS is right for you!
Summer ELS is in Chicago, Illinois this year which makes me super excited. So first let’s talk about last years ELS which was held in Washington D.C. This was an amazing experience. All of Team 60 attended and we went to elevate where we met and collaborated with other associations. A lot of chapters also prepare for the year during this conference as Team 60 did, which give you a head start in the year. If you guys are thinking on how to get ahead or how to prepare for the upcoming year, this is an amazing opportunity.
So now we are going to talk about this year. This year is in Chicago, Illinois from July 7th-9th and it’s going to be amazing. For starters your going to see Team 61 and meet the national officers that will be elected at this ICDC, and this is when you get to get close to them because there is a smaller groups attending. You will also get to meet members from around the globe.
I have been to Chicago before and it is one of my favorite places. Chicago is known for deep dish pizza and the bean, every year DECA Inc. does a site seeing activity so you should have an opportunity to see all of those places. If you need any more information or support contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next time Florida DECA i’ll see you all at ICDC!
Florida DECA who is ready for a new year?!
Hello my name is Laura Valiente and I am honored to announce that I am your Team 61 President. I am going to start off with my DECA story. I started DECA my freshman year in Cypress Bay high school I was a part of the DECA Leadership Council (DLC). The next year I applied for an officer position and went through an interview process. I was excited when I got it. That year, my sophomore year, I was promoted to be co-president of Cypress Bay DECA. That year I was able to go to ELS and work helping Team 59 collect Helping Hands. So that year I campaigned to be Executive Vice President of Florida DECA and I served as your Team 60 EVP last year. And this year I get to be your Team 61 President!
Here are 5 quick facts about me:
Thank you for this amazing opportunity Florida DECA!
Till next time Florida DECA!
Hello Florida DECA!
My name is Bianca Garcia and I am one of your new VP’s for Team 61. I want thank everyone who supported me in achieving this position, my chapter, my family and my friends, all of you have believed in me and my abilities to serve this chartered association to the fullest of capabilities. If it wasn’t for the support from these individuals, especially my advisors and Mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and my DECA story would have been much different.
For the majority of Florida DECA that haven’t meet me yet, I am so exited to meet and get to know you, and be a rock behind all of you, supporting all of you in whatever way I can. You guys have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine and I am so proud to be serving an association filled with such talented and passionate individuals. Every single member contributes something special that sets our association apart from all the others, and I thank you all for that. I wish you all the best of luck at CDC this year, and not only for all of you to do your best, but to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people and experience new things if this this your first CDC. My favorite part of going to CDC isn’t competition, but getting to meet new DECA members from different chapters I haven’t meet before, and making memories with these new friends and my chapter that will last me a life time.
These are a few things about me, so you all can know me a little better. I’m 16 currently, I turn 17 May 3. I got to Thomas Jefferson High School in district 6, all the way in Tampa, as well as a Hillsborough Community College for dual enrollment to take business classes. I am very involved in my high school, apart from DECA, I am in my school’s SGA as a previous officer and a very involved member, along with class of 2019 class council helping out with whatever my class needs. I am also Valedictorian of my class. In my schools DECA chapter, I have been a member since freshmen year, I have attended CDC every year since freshmen year, and my sophomore year I got the chance to attend ICDC. These incredible experiences along with all of the activities my home chapter does, has truly shaped my DECA story and has influenced me directly as a person and has made me grow out of my shell.
In the future I would love to attend college out of state, hopefully University of Southern California, where I would go to study international business and go on to get an MBA. I want to go into the hospitality and tourism industry, working in the hotel business.
As for now, with this upcoming year for DECA, I want to accomplish at least one thing significant that can hopefully impact Florida DECA for the better, and to help grow everyone’s DECA story. My biggest high school goal was to become a Florida DECA state officer after my first CDC, and it feels surreal to have accomplished this goal, but this is just the beginning of a much bigger goal with the help of my team. Team 61 will do all that we can do leave Florida DECA better than how we found it, and to inspire individuals to continue this journey into Team 62. I am so excited for what is to come this year. Remember that we are Florida DECA, and all of us will work together to make this year LIMITLESS.