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James R. Woodard
State Director, Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
1758 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, Ga. 30334
Phone: 404-657-8312
Fax: 404-656-5911
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UPDATE
Vol. XXXII, No. 11
C. Coleman Harris
U.S. Department of Education
November 2002
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DATES TO REMEMBER
December


            1            International Ag Ambassador Applications due,
            National FFA Center
            1-22    2002-2003 National FFA Officer Team training, National
            FFA Center



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CONVENTION WRAP-UP
A new record! This year, 51,025 people attended the national FFA convention
in Louisville, Ky. The previous record was set in 1998, with 49,200
attending. Congratulations to all staff and volunteers on serving a record
number of members, teachers and guests at the 75th National FFA Convention!


The convention experience on ffa.org:  If you stayed home or were too busy
working to witness the sights and sounds at the 75th National FFA
Convention, you can get a real feel for the convention experience on
ffa.org. Check the convention index page at <
http://www.ffa.org/convention/index.html>, or visit the convention
highlights page at <http://www.ffa.org/convention/html/hgl_index.html> for
a comprehensive list of news releases and feature stories. Don't forget to
meet your new 2002-2003 National FFA Officers at <
http://www.ffa.org/convention/html/hgl_no.html>.


When you get a chance, check out the awesome convention coverage! This
year, the Web Team added a photo gallery (<
http://www.ffa.org/convention/html/hgl_gallery.html>)


and audio library (<http://www.ffa.org/convention/html/hgl_audio.html>) to
bring the sights and sounds of convention right to your desk!


75th National FFA Convention memories: Photographs of convention events are
now available. Under contract to FFA, King Shots Photography took candid
party pictures at various convention events. Visit www.ffapix.com <
http://www.ffapix.com>, choose your event from the list to view your
pictures, complete your order and receive your prints within four to six
days. A password is required to enter the site. Contact Nicole Bishop,
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, for that information if you have
lost or cannot remember your password.


Congratulations to each American FFA Degree recipient who walked across the
stage during convention. Chappell Studios was hired to take photos-one
backstage and one onstage-of each individual who received the American
degree. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Included in that mailing
will be information on how to access, review and purchase the photos online
via www.chappell.com <http://www.chappell.com>. If American FFA Degree
recipients have not received their proofs by Nov. 22, they can contact
Chappell directly at 1-800-424-3686 for more information.


Looking for a great photo to commemorate national convention? You can still
purchase a state group photo. Contact Chappell Studios directly at
1-800-424-3686 for more details or to order a print.


Do you need another copy of a CDE team/award, proficiency, national
chapter, agriscience or H.O. Sargent print for your chapter scrapbook, as a
gift or for a memento? Visit www.orderyourphoto.com <
http://www.orderyourphoto.com> to purchase additional photos. You must have
a password to view and order pictures. Contact Nicole Bishop,
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, if you have lost or cannot
remember your password.


Special offer from Cowboy Poet Baxter Black:  Former FFA member Baxter
Black is extending his generosity to FFA members, teachers and state staff.
Because his books were so popular at convention that he sold out of them,
he wants to extend the following offer: Purchase one of his books and he
will personally sign it before it is shipped to you. Contact Baxter's
office directly at www.baxterblack.com <http://www.baxterblack.com> or
1-800-654-2550 to place an order. The special FFA price is $20 plus
shipping per book, or for FFA chapters in orders of six, $14 each plus
shipping. Please call Baxter at (800) 654-2550. You may also visit his
website at www.baxterblack.com <http://www.baxterblack.com>. Be sure to
tell them you are with FFA!


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT FFA
New service for National FFA merchandise returns: The National FFA
Organization return policy was changed recently to make expediting returns
more convenient. It is no longer necessary to call customer service to
request a call tag. The new process allows customers to use a label
included with each shipment to return merchandise immediately. Just follow
these simple steps:


      1.      Each shipped order will include a form with return
      information on the back of it. Please complete the required
      information.


      2.      Carefully repack the merchandise and include the return
      information.
      3.      Affix the address label provided with the return information.

      4.      Call a local UPS driver, drop off the package at a UPS drop
      box or ship from any UPS shipping location.
      5.      Pay no shipping fees up front. FFA will deduct a return fee
      of $6.75 from your refund, exchange or merchandise credit. If you are
      exchanging the item due to an error on our part, the return service
      is free.


      6.      If merchandise was damaged in transit, save the original
      packaging and notify the customer service department immediately at
      1-888-332-2668.


New UPS shipment tracking service: During the rush season, 30-40 percent of
the calls National FFA call center staff receive are related to tracking
issues. These calls keep staff from serving our customers who are trying to
place orders. In an effort to reduce the frequency of such calls and to
provide better service to customers, FFA has implemented a new system to
track orders via the Internet. The next time you place an order, have your
e-mail address ready to provide to a customer service representative. Once
your merchandise is shipped, you will automatically receive e-mail
confirmation of your order shipment and a tracking number from UPS. If you
want to know where your package is during transit, visit www.ups.com <
http://www.ups.com>, enter your tracking number and view the most current
status. It's that easy!


Expedited shipping: To provide customers with exact shipping fees at the
time of purchase and to recover all shipping costs, the National FFA
Organization has revised the expedited shipping fees. Please review the
shipping charges on expedited orders on page 52 of the Blue catalog or on
the PDF order form on the Ag Ed Resources CD-ROM. You will need to
authorize all rush shipments and their associated fees when you place your
order.


COMPETITIONS
The second annual T-shirt design contest entries are due Jan. 31, 2003. FFA
is looking for creative students to submit their best designs. Winning
designs will be featured on T-shirts sold through the 2003-2004 National
FFA Blue catalog and online store. Encourage your FFA members to submit all
those fabulous designs that have been produced at the local level. If
selected, they will earn 50 percent of the gross profits on the shirt's
catalog sales for one year. See the 2002-2003 winners in this year's Blue
catalog or click <http://www.ffa.org/chapters/html/tshirt_contest.html> for
more information.  Contact:  Dawn Sharp, [log in to unmask] <
mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4271.


EDUCATOR NEWS
Scholarship guidebook now available: The 2003 scholarship guidebook and
application are currently being mailed to all FFA advisors and guidance
counselor offices. If you have not received a copy of the scholarship
book/application by Dec. 1, 2002, please contact the scholarship office to
request one. Students will also be able to download the application from
ffa.org at <http://www.ffa.org/programs/schapp/index.html>. All scholarship
applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2003. More than $2 million in
scholarships is available through this program. Do your students have the
right combination of community service, FFA involvement, leadership skills
and SAE development? Encourage them to apply today! Contact:  Carrie
Powers, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


International experience available: International Teacher Opportunities
Competitive Scholarships are available for agriculture teachers to
participate in an international experience through EARTHWATCH. The
scholarships are available for use in 2003. EARTHWATCH is a research
organization with international expeditions throughout the world
year-round. Participants receive up to $1,500 each in scholarships to cover
a portion of the expedition costs plus membership to EARTHWATCH.
Applications can be found online at www.ffa.org/programs/global/ <
http://www.ffa.org/programs/global/> and are due Saturday, Feb.1, 2003.



STATE STAFF NEWS
National Agricultural Education Inservice: The National Agricultural
Education Inservice will be held Feb. 6-9, 2003, at the downtown Adams Mark
Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. The same registration format used last year
will be followed. Please read all the attached information and make plans
to attend the upcoming event. For questions on registration, contact
Michele Gilbert, Local Program Success assistant, National FFA
Organization, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4301. For
questions on the National Agricultural Education Inservice, contact Tony
Small, Local Program Success manager, National FFA Organization,
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4300.


New State Staff Inservice: The National New State Staff Inservice (NSSI)
will be held Feb. 5-6, 2003, at the downtown Adams Mark Hotel in
Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a wonderful opportunity for new state staff
to learn more about the programs and services provided by the National FFA
Organization and to connect with the individuals who facilitate them. Those
who would benefit from the NSSI include new state FFA advisors, executive
secretaries, directors and other new state staff who work closely with the
National FFA Organization. An agenda for this inservice can be found on
page 8 of the attached PDF document titled NAEW - 2003 Inservice Cmb.


The NSSI will run from noon Wed. Feb. 5 until noon Thurs. Feb. 6, 2003. At
the conclusion of NSSI, new state staff will have the opportunity to attend
the National Agricultural Education Inservice. Those who wish to attend
NSSI prior to the National Ag Ed Inservice are asked to check the
appropriate box on the attached registration form (AEIS 2003 Registration
Form).


For questions on registration, contact Michele Gilbert, Local Program
Success assistant, National FFA Organization, [log in to unmask] <
mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4301. For questions on the New State
Staff Inservice, contact Tony Small, Local Program Success manager,
National FFA Organization, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>,
317-802-4300.


Local Program Resource Guide 2002-2003 CD-ROM: Requests are still being
accepted  from teacher educators for copies of the Local Program Resource
Guide 2002-2003 CD-ROM to distribute to preservice teachers. If you have
not placed or received your order, contact Michele Gilbert,
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4301. State staff are
asked to check their supply of LPR Guide CDs. If additional copies are
needed or for more information, contact:  Michele Gilbert, [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4301;Tony Small, [log in to unmask] <
mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4300; or Kevin Keith, [log in to unmask] <
mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 317-802-4254.


INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS
Travel to Europe: Each year, state FFA officers have the unique opportunity
to travel to Europe to learn about global agriculture and business during
the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO). Tentative
dates for 2003 are Jan. 4-20. This trip includes stops in Germany, Austria
and Italy. If you are a newly elected or past state FFA officer and have
ever wanted to travel to a foreign country, learn about global agriculture
or spend two amazing weeks with other state FFA officers, then ILSSO is the
right place for you. Download application forms and find out more
information at www.ffa.org/international <http://www.ffa.org/international>
, e-mail us at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or call 317-802-4309.


PREVIOUSLY REPORTED IN UPDATE
FFA Global Leadership training available online! FFA Global is looking for
agriculture instructors who are interested in exploring agriculture in our
exciting, online learning program. A real-world story line allows students
to learn about global agriculture and U.S. policy as they follow the lives
of two fictional FFA members traveling to Moldova, Honduras and Ethiopia.
Several FFA chapters are already using the program. To learn more about
this project, please contact FFA Global, [log in to unmask] <
mailto:[log in to unmask]> or call 317-802-4309. Visit the FFA Global
Leadership Scenarios site at <http://www.ffa.org/scenarios/> today.


Pura Vida, Costa Rica! National FFA Proficiency Finalists and Star Over
America winners have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica in June to
learn about Latin America culture and the tropical agriculture of a Central
American country. There are openings for teachers to attend as well. You
must be an agricultural education instructor with a minimum of one year of
teaching experience and be able to fluently speak both English and Spanish.
Applications are due Feb.1, 2003.





UPDATE  is also available at
www.ffa.org/news/html/ffapubsindex.html#update <
http://www.ffa.org/news/html/ffapubsindex.html#update> each month.
Attachments are available online.


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The FFA Mission
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing
their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success
through agricultural education.


The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a
lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and
natural resources systems.


The National FFA Organization is a resource and support organization that
does not select, control or supervise state association, local chapter or
individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the
National FFA Organization Constitution and Bylaws.


The National FFA Organization affirms its belief in the value of all human
beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an
equal opportunity employer.


 2002 National FFA Organization


<<AEIS 2003 Reg Fm 03.2.xls>> <<NAEW - 2003 Inservice Cmb.pdf>>


Julie J. Adams
Communication Specialist
National FFA Organization
6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 317-802-4225   Fax: 317-802-5225
www.ffa.org


FFA Mission
The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of
students
by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and
career success.


(See attached file: AEIS 2003 Reg Fm 03.2.xls)(See attached file: NAEW -
2003 Inservice Cmb.pdf)