From September 27-October 1, DECA is shining a spotlight on our newest members with New Member Week and we need your help! This week is a chance for us to meet the new faces in your DECA chapter or association.
Check out these five ways your chapter can get involved with New Member Week:
1. Host a Welcome Event
Work with your chapter advisor and student leaders to host a welcome event that's all about your new members. This could include a "DECA 101" introduction, a preview of the membership and DECA ICDC promo videos, testimonials from upperclassmen, advice on selecting competitive events, and more! You can also pass out DECA membership stickers, chapter t-shirts or other swag items (see more ideas in #5 below).
2. Share Social Media Spotlights
Showcase your new members on social media for the world to see! Showing off your new members is a great way to expand your membership recruitment effort. Include member-submitted photos, fun facts and their reasons for joining DECA.
3. DECA-rate your school
Don't just celebrate within your chapter, decorate your chapter's bulletin board or display case with photos of your new members to let your entire school know. You could also decorate the lockers of your new members with balloons, posters or welcome letters.
4. Start a Member Mentor Program
Pairing each new member with a seasoned pro will help them feel welcomed into your DECA chapter. A quick way to pair members is to hold a speed networking event, then ask both new and existing members to rank their top choices for who they think would make a great mentor/mentee. Members can also be paired based on career interests or by the types of competitive events they are participating in.
5. Create DECA Starter Kits
Nothing welcomes new members to DECA like a starter kit filled with resources and custom chapter gear. Check out items from Shop DECA, or create your own custom t-shirts, hoodies or masks. Other fun items could be a yard sign for members to display at home, a DECA poster, a car/window decal, a personalized welcome card from your chapter's leadership team or advice from current members or alumni.
No matter how you choose to recognize your new members, even a few simple activities can make them feel welcome. Plus, highlighting your members doubles as a great way to further promote and grow your chapter!
Do you have more creative ideas? Be sure to tag @decainc on social media to share them with us!
To help spread the word and brand your chapter's efforts, download the full graphics package or pick a specific image from the list below. We can't wait to meet your new members!