Town Hall proclaims November as DECA month

BYDREW ROACH

In past years, officers of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) were able to go to the Weston Town Hall to honor DECA by proclaiming DECA Month. To keep this tradition alive, the officer team of 2017-2018 proclaimed Nov. as DECA Month.

Junior Gustavo Rubio, DECA Assistant Director of the Executive Council, said the proclamation is a way for DECA to show their passion for raising awareness of the club and what is has to offer.

“DECA is a great club to be involved in because it gives so many opportunities for the members to interact with their community,” Rubio said. “By getting DECA Month proclaimed, people can see how involved they could become in an important way.”

Board members emailed the Director of Communications to inform the city commission about DECA and DECA Month, allowing them to be added to the agenda and be proclaimed.

“When the city commission approved it, I was so happy that we were able to get DECA Month proclaimed again,” Senior and Executive Council Officer Agustina Tanoira said. “It was a huge accomplishment and we knew we were achieving one of our milestones.”

Tanoira said it is important for DECA members to reach out to people as much as possible and inform them about DECA so they are aware of how beneficial it is.

“The proclamation helped us because we are trying to let people know about all the features and benefits of DECA on a bigger scale,” Tanoira said. “This is not just for DECA members at the Bay, but also for everyone in the community as well which allows us to be even more involved all-around.”    

Senior and Executive Director of Deca Leadership Council (DLC) María Gomez said the proclamation was a great accomplishment for the entire club of DECA because now she feels more connected to her community.

“It was great to have our city be a part of DECA Month because we are all about getting involved inside and outside of school,” Gomez said. “It makes DECA feel like part of the general public which is a really cool feeling.”

Gomez said she knew the proclamation was something DECA had to do because it has been a success for the club in the past years. She said she has already seen the direct positive impacts such as an increase in event participation.

“I have seen the influence the proclamation has had on DECA and it has consistently helped the club accomplish some of our biggest goals,” Gomez said. “By getting the proclamation every year, we are continuing to better DECA and hopefully get more people involved.”

Gomez said DECA is important to her because it provides benefits that she would not be able to get with any other club and enjoys interacting with her peers because they have common interests. She said that she finds joy in helping a club which has done so much for her.

“For me, DECA is like a second home, it’s a place where I can network with people of similar interests and work with great people to make our chapter better,” Gomez said. “I love spending my time with everyone in DECA because it’s cool that I get to be with people who love DECA as much as I do.”

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