President's Message

Bob Armbruster, President GA DECA FoundationWOW!! The summer vacation zipped by, and the new school year has reconvened.Thank 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 leadership and enrichment program. Our distributions go directly to Georgia chapters and students from our ASPIRE Fund and do not support the day to day operations of Georgia DECA. Our tax deductibledonations come from corporations, chapters, advisors, students, and folks like yourself.

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 pastschool year was 12639in 139 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. South Forsyth has held the #1 honor for nine(9) years. Another Forsyth school, Lambert was #9.

This school year presents additional challenges and opportunities for both corporate and individual involvement. Georgia DECA’s normal activities of student leadership workshops, rallies, advisor clinics, and regional and state conferences, 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.

Please browse through the website and consider becoming involved. Additional information is available at the DECA website, www.deca.org , and the Georgia DECA site, www.gadeca.org .We are thankful for the support of our current “Friends of Georgia DECA”, exhibitors and volunteers, and are looking to developing new relationships. Donations may be made using the “ donate” button, upper right, and my e-mail contact is below.Your inquiries are welcomed.

Thanks again for your time, consideration, and potential investment in tomorrow’s leaders.

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