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Chapter Spotlight: Southwest CTA Chapter Officers

Before heading out to Salt Lake City for the 2012 International Career Development Conference, Southwest Career and Technical Academy (Southwest CTA), Nevada DECA’s largest chapter in the state, held their annual chapter office election. Mr. Perry Annett, advisor of Southwest CTA, and incoming Chapter President, Parker Wojciechowski, diligently worked on electing the perfect chapter officer team for the 2012-2013 school year. Along with having serious dedication and skill, candidates must compile letters of recommendation and partake in an interview with a panel consisting of chapter advisors and the outgoing chapter president. By taking action to do so, it enforces that whoever is elected has a great passion and work ethic to make for a successful year.

Soon after the 2012-2013 Chapter Officer team was announced, the new officers were already brimming with excitement and held their first Chapter Officer meetings. One topic that sparked their interest was the much anticipated annual Chapter Officer Retreat.

“The retreat provides an amazing opportunity for our chapter officers and representatives to form strong friendships and get to know one another,” says Chapter President, Parker Wojciechowski, “It also gives my team and I, along with our advisor, time to develop our Program of Work for the year, work on fundraising ideas, and plan our major events. The retreat is incredibly fun, productive, and provides unforgettable DECA memories for the team!”

Southwest CTA’s Chapter Officer Retreat is an annual event that takes place every summer break. On August 6-8th, the incoming chapter officer team will come together and plan the upcoming year for SWCTA DECA. In previous years, this retreat allowed the team to become acquainted with one another before starting the next school year. Many materials are given to the officer team including the school calendar, proposed dates for chapter meetings and socials, and the opportunity to design business cards and flyers. This summer, the team will work together to plan dates for proposed chapter events and fundraisers. One important topic of discussion will be on how to recruit members not only throughout the school year but at the annual Southwest CTA Back-to-School BBQ, one week before the beginning of the school year.

"I'm really excited for an opportunity to get to bond with other officers,” says Gabrielle Silveroli, SWCTA DECA Vice President of Membership, “This will be important to the success or failure of this upcoming year. I'm glad we'll get to share our ideas and goals for our chapter, but also bond and create friendships."

Nevada DECA would like to thank you for your great dedication to ensure success in our state! Go Coyotes!