Summer Planning from a Chapter President
Victoria Bouras, chapter president at Badger DECA in Lake Geneva, Wis., will be attending Wisconsin DECA’s Chapter Opportunity Workshop in July with the rest of her officer team and advisors. In addition to the conference, the entire officer team for Badger DECA will be meeting on an additional day to schedule their entire year including general and officer team meetings, social events, fundraisers and deadlines for all events.
The Badger DECA officer team also completes leadership activities to help the new officers become better acquainted with one another and bond. Finally, in the end of August, the chapter will be preparing the school for the incoming students by decorating display cases, updating bulletin boards, and securing the necessary items for their huge general meeting to kick-off the school year.
Bouras stresses to other chapter presidents that it is imperative they are as organized as possible over the summer, so when this get chaotic and to-do lists begin to pile up once school starts, all your DECA plans will be ready to go without any worries.
“I would also recommend forming a connection with each of the new officers and having one-on-one meetings with them before the school year starts to walk them through the role of their new position, discuss how you can assist them, and get feedback from them on ways you can improve the chapter in the upcoming year,” Bouras also mentioned.
Bouras knows that all the planning in the world won’t make a chapter be successful though. Instead, presidents need to also focus time on the members.
“The most important part of a successful DECA chapter is having each member feel like they are a vital part of the organization, because ultimately DECA is nothing if it doesn't help kids excel and become better leaders, students, and most importantly, people,” she said.
For more summer planning resources, check out DECA Doesn't Stop in the Summer.