I am forwarding an email from National FFA with information concerning Seeds of Hope, the Team AG Ed campaign to raise funds for rebuilding Ag Ed/FFA programs impacted by Hurricane Katrina. As you can imagine, the two Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region have had a devastating impact on the Ag Ed/FFA programs in the region. As you are aware, the FFA/FCCLA Center near Covington was home to 300 evacuees for several weeks. The entire Camp staff should be commended for their hard work. You as chapter advisors are to be commended for the generous contributions you have already made to the effort at the Camp. As many of you know, Mr. Todd Teasley, Camp Director, presented a check for $10,000.00 to National FFA President Jackie Mundt on national television Monday evening to kick off Georgia's contribution to Seeds of Hope. I would like to encourage every FFA Chapter and member in our state to take part in the Seeds of Hope campaign. All funds raised will be used to rebuild Ag Ed/FFA programs in the Gulf Coast area. The FFA Center has given the campaign in Georgia a tremendous start and great national exposure for the campaign. We think that the Georgia FFA Association can and should lead the nation in assisting with this effort. To help unify our efforts in the state, we request that you do the following; using the materials provided by National FFA, encourage all of your chapter members to participate in raising funds for the campaign. As you will see, every chapter that participates with any contribution will be recognized during National Convention. We have talked with the staff at National FFA and they have approved for us to handle the campaign in the following manner; Please send all of your chapter's contributions for Seeds of Hope to the State FFA Office, 316 Poultry Science, UGA Athens, GA 30602 postmarked no later than Friday, October 14. Make your checks payable to the Georgia FFA Association and designate them for the Seeds of Hope campaign. We will write one check to present to National. National FFA President Jackie Mundt has called on every FFA member to contribute $5.00 to the effort. As an incentive, we will recognize every chapter that contributes $5.00 per member with a plaque on stage during the State FFA Convention in April. We will also provide a break down of all contributions by chapter to the National Organization so that every chapter that makes a contribution of any kind will be recognized during the National FFA Convention. Again, I urge you to participate in this campaign. Thanks for the support that you have already provided. If you have questions, please let me 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 [log in to unmask] ----- Original Message ----- From: Bledsoe, Joshua Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 11:35 AM Subject: Seeds of Hope website Dear State Leaders and Educators, Information, support materials and online giving opportunities for Seeds of Hope, the Team Ag Ed campaign to raise funds for rebuilding Ag Ed/FFA programs impacted by Hurricane Katrina, are available on the National FFA website at www.ffa.org. While a campaign kit is being mailed to FFA chapters, all materials can be accessed through the Seeds of Hope website. We would like to share news of other state and local assistance efforts, as well as reports from FFA chapters in the affected areas. Please send information about them to [log in to unmask] and we will post them to the website. Please forward this email to all teachers and agricultural education programs as appropriate. Many thanks to all for supporting the Seeds of Hope campaign. Joshua Bledsoe Team Leader Leadership & Educational Program Delivery National FFA Organization 6060 FFA Drive, PO Box 68960 Indianapolis, IN 46278-1370 Voice: (317) 802-4291 Fax: (317) 802-5291 [log in to unmask] www.ffa.org 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.