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How to Start a DECA Chapter

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    How to Start a DECA Chapter

DECA works with you to make your job easier and your curriculum more interesting by providing

    programs, projects and classroom activities that help develop students’ leadership, career and social

    skills.

The following is a suggested sequence for organizing a new chapter:

    1. Recruit interested students: A minimum of 10 students and one advisor are all that you need to

    start a chapter.

    2. Meet with the appropriate school administrator: After determining student interest, meet with

    the appropriate administrator from your school to make your DECA presentation.

     Include the following key points and see page 2 of this packet for a complete list of benefits:

    ? DECA is a co-curricular program.

    ? DECA enhances students learning experiences.

    ? DECA helps provide skills they will need for life.

    ? DECA is an international student association.

    ? DECA activities provide opportunities to develop career interests and practical job skills,

    develop leadership abilities, understand and appreciate civic responsibility and ethical

    values.

    ? DECA provides opportunities for student and school recognition through its Competitive

    Events Program, leadership development programs, and extensive scholarship program.

    3. Contact California DECA by sending an email to our state advisor, Brycen Woodley, at

    brycen@californiadeca.org. Please include all relevant contact details (e.g. school name,

    chapter advisor name, mailing address, email address, phone number, fax number, and any

    other relevant contact information.) California DECA will follow up with information and

    materials to help assist you and will also ensure that DECA Headquarters sends along materials

    and information.

    4. California DECA will then schedule a time to visit on the phone about next steps, answer

    questions, and assist as you get your chapter going. Your name and email address will also be

    sent to Dawn Jones, Professional & Program Development Specialist at DECA Headquarters.

    Dawn sends out regular emails with helpful tips and pointers for new chapter advisors.

    5. Start planning meetings and activities

    ? Explain the benefits of DECA membership.

    ? Discuss the responsibilities and duties of chapter officers, as well as campaign and

    election procedures.

    ? Plan the chapter’s first activitiescommunity service, social event, fund-raiser or

    attending a conference.

You are on your way!

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    Introduction to DECA

DECA is a co-curricular, student-centered educational organization. For over 60 years, DECA’s mission

    has been to enhance the education of students with interests in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Working hand-in-hand with the education and business communities, DECA’s goal is for its student

    members to develop a “Career Success Kit” to carry into their business and personal lives after

    graduation, one that includes:

    ? Career competencies

    ? Job skills

    ? Leadership abilities

    ? An understanding and appreciation of community service

    ? Ethical values

    To accomplish this, DECA uses on-the-job experience, chapter projects, and a competency based competitive events program in more than 35 specific areas. DECA emphasizes academic and career excellence and helps to demonstrate the all-important direct relationship between curriculum and the real needs of business and industry.

    The organization is nonprofit, nonpolitical and totally student oriented. All chapters are self supporting, with members paying local, state/provincial and DECA Inc. dues. Each chapter elects its own student officers, and the local instructor serves as the chapter advisor. All chapters within a state/province comprise a state/provincial association under the leadership of the state/provincial advisor. Each state/province elects student officers for its division. The international organization is composed of the total of all state/provincial associations. Student delegates selected by each state, in turn, elect their international student officers. DECA Inc., the legal sponsoring unit of DECA, elects a board of directors, which is the policymaking group of the organization. DECA is the only international student organization operating in the nation’s high schools that attracts individuals to the fields of marketing,

    management, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship.

    The DECA chapter is to the marketing education program what a civic or professional organization is to a group of businesspeople. Chapter activities are recognized as a part of the total educational program because they develop leadership skills, professional attitudes, business competency, citizenship characteristics and social growth of the individual. These same activities serve the instructor as a teaching tool by creating student interest in all phases of marketing, management and

    entrepreneurship.

    DECA activities provide members with opportunities to serve in leadership roles, work in teams and receive local, state/provincial and international recognition.

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    Explaining the Benefits of DECA Membership to Administrators

When explaining the benefits of DECA membership to your school administrators, you can select from

    the information provided that best suits your particular situation. This section includes membership

    benefits in three broad categories. Those categories include benefits within the educational system,

    benefits to students, and benefits with businesses.

Membership benefits within the educational system:

    ? DECA is recognized by Congress and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.

    ? DECA is co-curricular and is integrated into the marketing education curriculum.

    ? DECA is chartered through State Departments of Education and has 501 (c) 3 IRS status.

    ? DECA provides co-curricular programs and activity tools that teach the practical skills of career

    preparation, encourage exploration of career fields and provide experience in the world of

    work.

Membership benefits for students:

    ? DECA focuses the student on defining his/her college and career goals and emphasizes the

    relevance of core studies.

    ? DECA connects the importance of lifelong learning with success.

    ? DECA is the only student organization serving marketing education.

    ? DECA develops leadership skills by offering the most extensive leadership training opportunities

    of all student organizations.

    ? DECA offers state and international recognition through competition in 38 occupational areas.

    ? DECA awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year.

    ? DECA promotes free enterprise and entrepreneurship.

    ? DECA is diverse.

    ? DECA has over 6,000 chapters.

    ? DECA membership is available in all 50 states, 4 U.S. territories, 2 Canadian provinces, Germany

    and Mexico.

    ? DECA has over 180,000 high school and college members.

    ? DECA’s student membership is a reflection of the nation’s student population.

    o 69% white

    o 8% Hispanic

    o 7% African American

    o 2% Asian

    o 4% Other

    ? DECA’s membership is equally divided between male and female members.

    ? DECA works because students’ needs are met.

Membership benefits with businesses:

    ? A 60-member National Advisory Board provides financial resources and active personnel

    support.

    ? Thousands of business leaders support local DECA chapters as employers, guest speakers,

    competitive event judges and sponsors.

    ? Business leaders serve on local advisory committees.

    ? Business involvement aids local, state and international members. Starting a California DECA Chapter 2009 3

    Explaining the Benefits of DECA Membership to Parents

When explaining the benefits of DECA membership to parents, it is important to stress the

    opportunities DECA offers students. Those opportunities include leadership development, scholarship

    opportunities and student recognition.

    ? DECA is co-curricular and is integrated into the marketing education curriculum.

    ? DECA provides co-curricular programs and activity tools that teach the practical skills of career

    preparation, encourage exploration of career fields and provide experience in the world of

    work.

    ? DECA focuses students on defining their college and career goals and emphasizes the relevance

    of core studies.

    ? DECA connects the importance of lifelong learning with success.

    ? DECA members develop leadership skills by serving as officers, committee members and

    spokespersons; attending conferences; planning and conducting elections and meetings; and

    developing and managing a program of work.

    ? DECA offers state/provincial and international recognition through competition in over 35

    occupational areas.

    ? DECA awards more than $400,000 in scholarships each year. DECA has partnerships with

    numerous colleges and universities that offer DECA members more than $9 million in

    scholarships to their institutions.

    ? DECA promotes free enterprise and entrepreneurship.

    ? A 60-member National Advisory Board provides financial resources and active personnel

    support.

    ? DECA has over 5,000 chapters.

    ? DECA membership is available in all 50 states, two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), two

    Canadian provinces (Ontario and Manitoba), Germany and Mexico.

    ? DECA has over 185,000 high school and college members.

    ? DECA’s student membership is a reflection of the nation’s student population.

    o 69% white

    o 8% Hispanic

    o 7% African American

    o 2% Asian

    o 4% Other

    ? DECA’s membership is equally divided between male and female members.

    ? DECA works because students’ needs are met.

Teachers that are actively involved with DECA generally experience enhanced career satisfaction and

    rewards. DECA activities are designed to motivate both students and teachers and to meet the needs

    and interests of students. The activities generate greater student involvement, positively influencing

    their participation and decreasing the number of disciplinary concerns. Other areas in which teachers

    can benefit from DECA involvement are listed below:

    ? Recruiting students for DECA participation is readily achieved. Students and parents actively

    seek such programs that provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and

    skills to real-world situations and to be recognized for their accomplishments. Starting a California DECA Chapter 2009 4

    ? Thousands of employers are aware of DECA and the excellent education and training that the

    students receive. Recognizing that this training will provide them with a pool of potential future

    employees, business and industry representatives willingly contribute their time, expertise and

    resources to support DECA chapters.

    ? Many new and experienced teachers serving as DECA advisors indicate that major sources of

    their professional and personal growth include advisor in-services, the collegiality of working

    with other advisors, and occasions for networking with local and national business leaders. ? DECA combines marketing, management and entrepreneurship curriculum with real world

    instructional activities, many of which are supported by teaching aids, such as teachers’ guides,

    project guides and computer software.

    ? Knowing that the success of DECA participants is dependent on the knowledge and skills gained

    from a business curriculum, school and community members recognize and appreciate the

    expertise and contributions of teachers involved with DECA.

    ? Getting to know one another outside of the classroom can be a valuable experience for

    students and teachers alike. As a result of their cooperative working relationship with DECA

    students, advisors tend to form many and long-lasting friendships.

    The community benefits from DECA through the workplace training that DECA provides to students. In

    addition, community members recognize that:

    ? DECA strives to be on the cutting edge of educational reform by integrating innovative and

    current best practices into its competitive events program and activities. DECA student

    achievement, reflecting higher standards and increased program goals and accountability, is

    readily observable and commended by the educational and civic communities. ? Through their involvement in and support of DECA, local and national businesses can make

    known their specific requirements for qualified employees and directly influence the

    development of effective programs.

    ? Participating in community service projects helps DECA students understand and appreciate the

    responsibilities of citizenship. Over the years DECA community service projects have raised

    millions of dollars for a variety of charities and causes.

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    Membership Rosters and Instructions

Each fall you will receive a packet of membership items from DECA Inc. Included in this packet will be

    your instructions on how to complete on line membership. The initial membership roster and invoice

    must be returned by the due date along with full payment of dues. In 2009, the due date is November

    15.

New Chapters please go to http://www.deca.org/membershipprocessing.html, click on on-line

    membership, and then click on register a new chapter. Follow the step by step instructions.

For additions to your membership roster, follow the step by step instructions at

    http://www.deca.org/membershipprocessing.html. The final deadline for adding members who will be competing in the International Career Development Conference is March 1 for the 2009-2010 school

    year.

Membership fees for 2009 are $8.00 for nationals and $8.00 for California DECA, a total of $16.00.

    Make one check payable to National DECA and mail with your roster and invoice to DECA Inc., 1908

    Association Drive Reston, VA 20191

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    Organizing Your Chapter

    Once you have taken the initial steps to start your school’s DECA chapter you will want to take the next

    step by holding a planning meeting. The following is a suggested organizational meeting.

    1. Hold an orientation meeting.

    ? Explain the benefits of membership.

    ? Address the purposes and goals of the organization.

    ? Allow students’ questions.

    ? Discuss and develop a constitution for the local chapter.

    ? Discuss the responsibilities, characteristics and duties of the chapter officers.

    ? Present campaign and election regulations.

    ? Decide on a dues structure for the chapter. Remember to add state and national dues.

    2. Elect officers.

    3. Collect dues. Go on line tohttp://www.deca.org/membershipprocessing.html to sign up as a

    new chapter.

    4. Hold an executive committee officers meeting to discuss parliamentary procedures, the duties

    of each officer, how to prepare an agenda and how to conduct a meeting.

    5. Develop a program of work.

    6. Set a time and a location for new officer installation and membership induction.

    CA DECA Chapter Constitution

    Fill out the CA DECA Constitution and application for a chapter charter (included in this packet). File

    with your school and mail a copy to the CA DECA office.

    CA DECA Contact Information

    California DECA State Office

    P.O. Box 1449

    Ridgecrest, CA 93556

    Fax: (760) 301-0049

    Main Line : 1-888-605-DECA (3322)

    Web: www.cadeca.org

    California DECA State Advisor

    Brycen Woodley

    Phone: (503) 709-9079

    Fax: (760) 301-0049

    brycen@californiadeca.org

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    CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF DECA

    APPLICATION FOR CHARTER

Directions: Please complete in duplicate and submit the original to the State DECA Office

We, the undersigned officers, affirm that the students participating in the Marketing

Education Program at _____________________________have organized a DECA Chapter.

A constitution has been adopted, the necessary officers have been elected, and all members are in

    good standing.

In the name of the chapter, and for the chapter, we hereby make application for a charter, which will

    permit our chapter to be affiliated with the California, and National Association’s of DECA

Our local chapter will be known as the:

Attached to this application are (1) the proposed constitution and (2) a list of charter members (copy of

    DECA roster).

     Chapter President Chapter Vice-President

     Chapter Secretary Chapter Treasurer

    Chapter Advisor

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    Constitution of ______________________________Chapter,

    California Association of DECA Inc.

ARTICLE I. Name

    Section 1. The official name of this organization shall be (school) Chapter of the California

    Association of DECA Inc. and may be referred to as (School) DECA Chapter.

ARTICLE II. Purpose

    Section 1. To assist our members in the growth and development of DECA.

    Section 2. To develop a respect for education in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship

    that will contribute to occupational competence and career success.

    Section 3. To promote an understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in

    our free enterprise system.

ARTICLE III. Organization

    Section 1. The (school) Chapter, California Association of DECA is an organization of students

    enrolled in Marketing Education classes or apart of a pathway that has a marketing

    emphasis.

ARTICLE IV. Membership

    Section 1. The (school) DECA Chapter may be chartered as a member of the California Association

    of DECA upon the approval of the California Executive Committee.

    Section 2. The classes of membership that shall be recognized are:

     High School Members

     Alumni Members

     Professional Members

     Honorary Life Members

ARTICLE V. Voting

    Section 1. (School) DECA Chapter members shall exercise their franchise in California DECA through

    voting delegates as may be approved by the California Association of DECA.

ARTICLE VI. Meetings

    Section 1. Regular meeting shall be held at least once each month during the school year.

    Section 2. Parliamentary procedure of all meetings will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order,

    Newly Revised.

ARTICLE VII. Officers

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    Section 1. The officers of the (school) DECA Chapter shall consist of a president, vice-president,

    secretary, treasurer, reporter, parliamentarian, historian, (list other titles), and each

    shall exercise the usual duties of the office to which he/she has been elected.

    Section 2. The officers of the (school) DECA Chapter shall be nominated and elected by ballot at

    the first regular business meeting of each school year. A majority vote of the (chapter)

    members shall be necessary to elect

ARTICLE VIII. Advisor(s)

    Section 1. The (school) DECA Chapter Advisor shall be the Marketing Education Teacher of the

    (school) ME program.

ARTICLE IX. Finances

    Section 1. (School) DECA Chapter will be responsible for State and DECA Inc. dues according to the

    number of individual members claimed in each membership classification, times the

    amount established for that classification of the state and international levels.

    Section 2. The (school) DECA Chapter Advisor shall be responsible for the DECA Chapter finances

    and will furnish and annual audit to the California State DECA Advisor.

ARTICLE X. Emblem and Colors

    Section 1. DECA Diamond. The four points of the DECA Diamond represent Vocational

    Understanding, Civic Consciousness, Social Intelligence and Leadership Development.

    Section 2. The colors of the (school) DECA Chapter shall be blue and gold.

ARTICLE XI. Amendments

    Section 1. To amend this constitution, the proposed amendment must be presented, in writing to

    the president by any DECA member. The president will present the amendment to the

    membership where it must be approved by a three-fourth-majority vote for adoption.

    Section 2. No rules, regulations or bylaws shall be adopted which are contrary to this constitution.

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