President's Message

Bob Armbruster, President GA DECA FoundationThank you for visiting the Georgia DECA Foundation website today. Our mission is one of fundraising to support Georgia DECA students and Chapters having financial needs to participate in a nationally recognized youth leadership and enrichment program. Our distributions go directly to chapters and students from our ASPIRE Fund and do not support the day to day operations of Georgia DECA.For this school year so far, we have awarded almost $30000 for college scholarships, state competition winners registration fees for international competitions, special ASPIRE Fund financial assistance stipends, plus corporate sponsor awards for deserving winners.

Georgia DECA is a state Chapter of DECA, a 70 year old established association with over 225,000 high school students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and 6 countries around the globe. Georgia DECA’s high school membership this year was 12637 which results in it being DECA’s fourth largest high school state chapter in the world. Two of its high schools, South Forsyth and West Forsyth, were honored #1 and #2 as DECA’s largest Chaptersin the world. South Forsyth has held the #1 honor for nine(9) years. Another Forsyth school, Lambert was #9 this year.

The Georgia DECA Team(770 students and advisors) just returned from DECA’s International Career and Development Conference(ICDC) in Anaheim CA with 19107 attendees. The meeting included several leadership and advisor workshops, an executive mentor session where students sit down and interview 60 corporate executives, store based academies with individual competitions, and finally a major student scholarship competition in over 55 business/project subjects. The students are tested, have role plays or write a manual and make oral presentations on selected topics which they have beenworking on during the school year. There were also a series of live virtual team competitions. Next April 21-24, this conference comes to Atlanta and will be hosted by Georgia DECA.

The following is a summary of ICDC student results:

1st Place — 2 students North Gwinnett High School — School Based Enterprise, Retail Operations.

3rd Place — 1 student South Forsyth High School — Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Top 10 Overall Competition Finalists — 19 students

Top 10 Competitive Event Oral Presentations — 17 students

Top 10 Event Exams — 6 students

Top 20 Finalists(Qualified for Final Competitions) — 50 students

National Corporate Scholarship Recipients — 8 Students

Award of Excellence Recipients(70% or higher level on Conference Participation) — 335 students

Congratulations to all students on their achievements.

We thank all our “Friends of Georgia DECA”, exhibitors and volunteers for their support this year. Hosting the ICDC next year in addition to the region and state competitions, results in anticipated heavy demand for support. Please browse through the website and consider becoming involved. Donations may be made using the “support us” tab or donate button. Investing in tomorrow’s leaders is a wise choice and the students and advisors of Georgia DECA need your support. My e-mail is below for those desiring further conversations. Thanks again for your time and consideration.

-Bob Armbruster, President
GA DECA Foundation, Inc.