Motivating the members to participate in DECA activities outside of competition such as community service, regular meetings, and DECA month events can be extremely difficult. It is often referred to as a problem that has plagued mankind for centuries. Okay maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but I think you get the point.
Here are some helpful (I hope) tips/ideas for reducing this issue within your chapter:
· Bribe them with food. It doesn’t matter if you are a part of a chapter of 30 members or 600 members, we’re all high school students and we all love food. It doesn’t have to be a three-course meal but just a slice of pizza or some candy can help bring in a few extra members to an event.
· Entertain them don’t bore them. Make the events fun and interesting so that they want to come and more importantly, come back. Play some games, offer some prizes, and always keep your target market in mind with everything you do.
· Have a point system. This is a way to get members to continuously participate throughout the year. Offer students a certain number of “points” for each event that they attend. Give them a log to record the points and at the end of the quarter or the year, you can have a raffle or just award prizes for the students with the most points. Make sure that the prize is good though if you want to see student participate for the entire year.
As always, let me know if you need help with member motivation or anything DECA related. Have a nice start to the New Year and good luck getting adjusted back to school!
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There are four points to the DECA diamond: Academically Prepared, Professionally Responsible, Experienced Leaders, and the one that is arguably the most important, however, often the most forgotten, Community Oriented.
We all, both our chapters and us as individuals, benefit from the support of the community. Business members from the community volunteer their time to judge at competitions and our advisors devote their “free time” to traveling with us to various conferences.
As a successful organization and members of the community, we have a responsibility to aid those less fortunate and contribute to the common good of society!
This past year, you, the members of Florida DECA donated over 10,000 pieces of clothing and over 16,000 boxes of Mac & Cheese to Seminole County Families in Transition! The rest of Team 54 are continuing this Helping Hands project and growing it to have even a larger impact on the community.
Many chapters around the state have their own community service projects that they do throughout the year. Back in November, I went to a walkathon that Spanish River DECA was hosting. Typically for walkathons or 5K events, there is an admission charge to sign up for the race and the money then goes towards a charitable organization. What made this event unique was that instead of an admission charge, everybody was required to bring in 10 cans of food which would then be donated. This one amazing chapter donated 7,200 of cans of food to a local charity, Boca Helping Hands! It was such a great event with vendors and music and everyone dressing up like super heroes (I was Batman).
I encourage all of you to participate in community service projects both through Florida DECA (Helping Hands) and on your own and to Make It Count!