Neenah DECA Serves Their Community
Emma McLaughlin │ Neenah High School DECA │VP of Leadership Development and Brand Management
Neenah DECA Community Service Highlights
Neenah may not be the most active chapter in participating in community service but when we do participate we make sure to give it our all. Some special events that we were able to volunteer at include the Youth Go Haunted House and the MDA Miracle Minute hosted at a varsity basketball game. Those two events had the best chapter participation along with the most officers present too.
The Youth Go Haunted House was special because it was Neenah DECA’s first time ever participating in community service. Our previous officer teams never made giving back to the community a priority; however, this year’s team wanted to make that a priority. We had 100% officer participation at the event with half volunteering in the morning and the other half coming in the afternoon to help. The officer who went above and beyond would’ve been our VP of Event Management, Elizabeth Groshek! She was super enthusiastic the entire time, made sure everyone who signed up was at the right station, and lead a station along with myself. Elizabeth served the community of Neenah with a smile and made sure every child left the game smiling and with a prize. The other highlight person was our VP of Community Service, Eddie Flottemesch. He served in the morning and made sure that shift was properly covered by Neenah DECA members. He coordinated the opportunity for the chapter and served with a smile! The Youth Go Haunted House was a success and Neenah DECA is incredibly thankful to help at such an amazing event.
Hosting a MDA Miracle Minute was also a highlight for the chapter. We decided to host the Miracle Minute at one of the highest traffic basketball games of the year on January 6, 2018. The chapter had many volunteers and were able to raise $352 in grand total! Some outstanding officers who lead the event were Chris Keider and Will Clark. Both showed exemplary leadership and passed around those buckets super fast to ensure MDA would be given a lot of money! The other highlight of the event was the fact people came up to our officers and members who helped after the game letting them know they appreciate seeing young people give back. We are extremely proud of the servant hearts our chapter officers and members have.
Even though those were only two events, they were Neenah DECA’s favorites. We may not be a very large or active chapter; however, we do have a heart for the community and like to give back if it allows with our schedule. The future president of our chapter is already looking forward to participating in more community service next year. As a soon to be alumni, I look forward to seeing everything Neenah DECA does next year!