Rolling into the Second Semester with Collegiate DECA
Gage Donovan, Minnesota State University Moorhead DECA
As a new year begins, here are my three best tips for leading your Collegiate DECA chapter into 2020.
1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
With association-level competitions soon after the kick-off of the second semester, it is imperative to have all of your members prepared for their first competition ever – or for returning members, their best competition ever! Using all of the great resources provided by DECA Inc. is a great way to allow your members to research on their own! It all comes back to the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Lead your members.
Hosting a mock competition for your chapter is a great way to get new members acclimated to how case studies work. A good tip is to have every member in your chapter do one individual and one team case study during the mock competition. If possible, pair up a returning member and a new member in the team case study.
2. Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser
College students have a large financial burden, that, of course, being tuition. One way to help out your members is by looking into DECA Inc. scholarships! Applying for a scholarship will even help you in your quest to complete the passport program this year. By receiving a DECA scholarship, you are set up to have more available funds to attend DECA conferences.
3. Bond with Your Chapter
With the beginning of a new year, flu season is upon us; a fever is sweeping the nation and this fever has no vaccination — DECA fever. Most people contract DECA fever during their first competition in February or March and their temperature continues to rise until ICDC is concluded. The only thing worse than having a fever is having a fever alone. Make sure your chapter is doing plenty to bond with each leading into competition season.
It is never too early to begin thinking about membership for next year. While getting members to acquire DECA fever through competing and doing well, another great technique for member retention is friendship. If members feel that they are not only accepted into the chapter but that they have true friends, they will stay in DECA for years to come.
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