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 an internationally recognized youth self-development and leadership program. We are a 501C3 corporation whosetax deductibledonations come from corporations, chapters, advisors, students, and folks like yourself.Our distributions go directly to Georgia chapters and students through our ASPIRE Fund and do not support the day to day operations of Georgia DECA.

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 school year was 12650 in 138 school chapters, 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. The membership goal this year is 15000 and is obtainable through new school chapters, expanding current membership, and reaching out to middle schools in a “buddy” system with respective high schools.

This school year, in addition to assisting deserving students, we are expanding competition sponsorships which presents additional challenges and opportunities for both corporate and individual involvement. Georgia DECA’s normal activities of classroom instruction, student leadership workshops, rallies, advisor clinics, and regional and state competitions, is supplemented by hosting DECA’s International Career and Development Conference(ICDC) in Atlanta, April 21-24, 2018. This meeting is a culmination of the year’s activities by the global DECA community and has over 18000 attendees. Mark your calendars as over 1200 judges are needed to evaluate student presentations during competitions. More on this later.

With the Holidays upon us, you should be aware that both Amazon and EBay share a portion of their sale proceeds to the Foundation. This represents a great opportunity for giving during online shopping. You may also donate directly and the links are located on the home page. Any consideration is appreciated.

Please browse through this site and consider becoming involved. We are thankful for the support of our current “Friends of Georgia DECA”, exhibitors and volunteers, and are looking to developing new relationships. My e-mail contact is below for bundling sponsorship packages. Your inquiries are welcomed.

Enjoy a safe holiday season and thank you for your time, consideration, and potential investment in tomorrow’s leaders.

-Bob Armbruster, Board Chair & President
GA DECA Foundation, Inc.
bobarmbruster@gadeca.org