Chapter Officers: What is your team legacy?
Chapter officers listen up! February is here and that means that in just a few short months, your term as a chapter officer will be coming to a close. What have you accomplished this year that will help to leave a legacy for your officer team? Is a community service component on your list of accomplishments? I would like to encourage all chapters to look within their own community for ways that they can get involved and help to shape their legacy even outside of their chapter. From collection drives to volunteering time, a community outreach project will help your members to see the bigger picture. As once said by Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” As Florida DECA, we hold collection drives twice a year, in a campaign known as Helping Hands, to benefit deserving organizations across the state. We encourage all chapters to participate in Helping Hands as well as complete additional community service programs in their surrounding areas. Each of your communities that supports your chapters are unique; perhaps a local hospital is fundraising to make an ill teenagers wish come true or a service organization needs assistance and volunteers to plan a 5K race. These are the things that your chapter can help with, DECA members are experts in fundraising and event planning! Don’t be afraid to reach out and offer your assistance and maybe even change a life or two. So Chapter officers, take advantage of these last opportunity to help your local community and start a precedent for future officers to follow. If you have questions about getting involved in your community, talk to your advisor or ask one of the Florida officers for help.