I am forwarding communication to you from National FFA regarding relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.  In connection with these efforts, the State FFA/FCCLA Center near Covington is working with the Red Cross to house victims of the Hurricane.  There are currently 250 people who have been displaced by the Hurricane housed at the FFA Center, with the possibility of more on the way.  Mr. Teasley has reported to me that there has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the effort from the citizens of the surrounding communities and that because of this they are in excellent shape with food, clothes, supplies, etc.  He wanted me to mention to you that he has appreciated the calls and e-mails he has received from you offering help, but he does have time to return the calls and reply to the  e-mails at the present time.  Please know that your concern is appreciated and he will contact you if he needs you.  Camp John Hope is currently working with the Red Cross to begin housing the displaced victims as well.
I have talked with Doug Loudenslager, COO of the National FFA Organization, and I do know that National FFA is planning a response to the disaster.  As soon as those plans are available, we will let you know so that your chapter can be a part of the relief efforts.  If you desire to do something immediately,  donations to the Red Cross would be appreciated.
Finally, please keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers.  I hope this information is helpful.  As we receive additional information, I will let you know.
John Wilkinson

John K. Wilkinson
Executive Secretary
Georgia FFA Association
316 Poultry Science, UGA
Athens, GA  30602
706-542-8990 phone
706-542-3707 fax
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Stagg, Bill
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 3:19 PM
Subject: Hurricane Katrina and Ag Ed Relief Efforts

Dear State Leaders,


The statement below by Dr. Larry Case and National FFA President Jackie Mundt regarding relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims is being shared on the FFA website homepage at www.ffa.org.  FFA is working with Team Ag Ed leaders to further shape a response targeted at helping the agricultural science education programs and FFA chapters in the states involved.






Bill Stagg

Division Director, Information Services

National FFA Organization

6060 FFA Drive PO Box 68960

Indianapolis, IN 46278-1370

Voice:  317-802-4243

Fax:  317-802-5243





Dear Friends of the FFA,


The National FFA Organization extends its deepest sympathies and support to those suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all who are engaged in the relief efforts. 


Many of our friends and colleagues have inquired as to how they can help. We understand people feel the need to help, and to do so now.  The National FFA Organization is actively working with our Team Ag Ed partners to determine how best to assist agricultural education and FFA members in the affected areas.  The national FFA officers are consulting with organization leaders and will have an announcement prepared later next week. 


Details and the most current information about these hurricane relief initiatives will be posted on the National Association for Agricultural Educators (NAAE) website at http://www.naae.org.  Please check back often for updates.


Communication with persons in the areas most severely affected by the hurricane is difficult, if not impossible.  The state agricultural education leaders in these areas are still trying to determine the extent of the damage.  They have asked that we not attempt to send supplies to these states because they do not yet know what is needed and there are limited ways to get supplies to the damaged areas.


Those seeking to contribute immediately to disaster relief efforts are advised to make donations to the American Red Cross, one of many organizations taking donations to provide general disaster relief to the victims. 


Your expressions of concern and generous contributions on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are greatly appreciated.


Jackie Mundt

National FFA President


Larry D. Case

National FFA Advisor