Celebrating DECA Legacies at Millbrook High School

DECA turns 70 this year and we’re celebrating by learning about those who were in DECA before us and how DECA helped them, is helping us, and will help future generations learn valuable business skills.

First, a little bit of background on DECA.

DECA has been around since 1946 when the United States Office of Education met with state supervisors to create a national organization of Distributive Education Clubs. This led to an interstate conference in Memphis, Tenn., in April 1947.

At this conference, members from 12 states decided to officially form the national organization. Then two years later in St. Louis, Mo., the constitution and name DECA (standing for Distributive Education Clubs of America) were decided upon.

Now for the personal connection!

Just in Millbrook High School, we have three DECA legacies – members whose family members were also in DECA. Each legacy has unique memories and experiences with DECA.

Diane Wessner, the mother of a first-year Millbrook DECA member, was the vice president in 1983 and then the president in 1984 of her chapter in Caro, Mich.

“I loved the competition and won several medals in the selling skills events,” Diane remembered. Diane also credits DECA as the reason she has has been in a sales career for her entire adult life!

“I love DECA and learned so much! I am so glad they still have DECA for my daughter Justine,” Diane said.  

A second-year Millbrook DECA member’s mother, Tamika Gillie, was also in DECA in high school. She attended Fair Park High School in Louisiana. She enjoyed DECA because, “It allowed me to explore business ultimately helping me decide to major in business administration.”

One first-year member’s grandmother was in DECA when she was at Bloomington Senior High School in Indiana. Kathy Weaver generously allowed pictures to be taken of her project from 1967. Her project was entitled, “Advertising Effectiveness in the Service Station Field,” and included many graphs and real statistics relating to demographics and more information.

Her EPIC project – put together with a typewriter – was so good she won first place at Indiana State Conference and fourth at the National DECA conference that year. She included letters from professors that she worked with at Indiana University.

Think how you can celebrate DECA’s EPIC past and maybe learn about some DECA legacies at your school!

Special thanks to the Georgia DECA website for all their information about DECA’s past.

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