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 chapters and students having financial needs to participate in DECA’s internationally recognized leadership program. We are an independent 501C3 corporation whose tax-deductible donations 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 72 year old co-curricular student organization with over 226,000 high school students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and 12 countries around the globe. Georgia DECA’s membership this school year is almost 12500 in 153 chapters around the state. Georgia remains fourth largest state chapter in DECA world-wide and four of its chapters in Forsyth County, South Forsyth, West Forsyth, Lambert, and Forsyth Central rank among the ten largest individual chapters world-wide.

As the school year winds down, the Georgia DECA contingent numbering 769, just returned from DECA’s annual international conference(ICDC) in Orlando. Academies were packed and students competed for over $300,000 in scholarships. Here are some results for Georgia DECA students…Overall attendance, approximately 22,000(a record)… 33 Top 20 Finalists… 13 Top Ten Finalists… 4 National Scholarship Recipients… 10 Emerging Leadership Awards and 188 Leadership Academy Participants…AWESOME!

The Foundation has distributed almost $380,000 since 2008. This year, we awarded 5-$1000 scholarships to deserving students, paid ICDC registration fees for 72 students, and helped defray ICDC prep expenses for 19 students and chapters.

Guess what? It’s time to start all over again for next year. Our emphasis is to get more local businesses involved perhaps in the classroom assisting teachers, or mentoring students in project assignments, or in becoming state and/or local sponsors. There is a place for you. Just contact your local high school and ask to speak with the DECA Advisor. You may also contact me directly for sponsorship opportunities.

The fact you are here means a lot to us. Please take a few moments to look us over and review our profile on www.guidestar.org. We are thankful for the continued support of our current “Friends of Georgia DECA” and look forward to adding new ones. We always accept donations by the way, using the “donate” button in the upper right corner of this age.

Your invitation to join us is ever-present. We look forward to hearing from you.

-Bob Armbruster, Board Chair & President
GA DECA Foundation, Inc.
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