As you are well aware, the 81st State FFA Convention is just around the 
corner.  We received much positive feedback regarding last year's 
convention and this year's convention promises to be even bigger and more 
exciting than last year.  The move to Macon has provided a central 
location with plenty of room for expansion as the convention continues to 
grow from year to year. Your preparation, participation, and assistance 
are more critical now than ever before .  Attached you will find very 
important assignments regarding courtesy corps, the state convention 
committees, and advisor responsibilities during the convention.  The State 
Convention is a life changing experience for many of the young people 
involved.  Your active involvement will play a vital role in making this 
positive difference.  I realize this is a very busy time of year, but 
please take the time to read the enclosed information carefully.  If for 
any reason you will be unable to fulfill any of the responsibilities to 
which you are assigned at the convention, please notify Ben Lastly, FFA 
Executive Secretary at 706-542-8990 immediately. 
See you in Macon! 

2009 State FFA Convention Reminders 
Registration was due to the State FFA Convention Registration office in 
Athens on March 25, 2009. If you have not submitted your registration at 
this time, please call 706-542-8990, then fax (706-542-3707) a copy of 
your registration immediately to the Convention Registration office. The 
fee is $35 for every person who registers after March 25.  Everyone 
planning to attend the convention must register.
       Medical Authorization Form
Please find attached a medical authorization form. Each student who 
registers for the convention will be required to have a form on file with 
the convention registration team. The teacher should also maintain a copy 
for school files. Please complete and duplicate the form prior to leaving 

       Official Dress
Prior to leaving your school, please make sure that all members have 
complete official dress for the entire convention. Attached is a copy of 
the official dress standards. It is especially important for those members 
who will be receiving awards and/or degrees to be in full official dress. 
Please address this issue with your students as it relates to wearing blue 
jeans, khakis, white socks, hats, and tennis shoes. It is our desire to 
maintain convention dress at a high level of professionalism.
       Appropriate Dress of Adults
The appropriate dress for teachers and others who attend the convention is 
professional dress. This includes coats and ties for gentlemen and a 
dress, nice pants suit, or skirt and blouse for ladies. Please help us 
maintain this standard of professionalism during the convention. 
       Courtesy Corps
The Courtesy Corps has been organized to provide additional assistance and 
direction for the convention. Those students and advisors serving on the 
Courtesy Corps need to meet with Mr. David Turner at 5:00 p.m. on 
Thursday, April 23 in the Arena. All teachers assigned duties and 
responsibilities must be in attendance to review the requirements and 
duties of the Courtesy Corps. All other teachers are highly encouraged to 
be in attendance. As a verification measure, please check the attached 
Courtesy Corps assignment sheet to determine if one of your members is 
       On-site Registration
Registration for the convention will be held from 2:00--6:00 p.m. on 
Thursday, April 23 in the Arena Pre-Function.  Please have copies of the 
Medical Authorization form completed prior to leaving school. 

       Advisor Roles and Responsibilities - Assignment Sheet
 Advisor responsibilities for convention are included with the courtesy 
corp attachment.  Please read them carefully and familiarize yourself with 
your responsibilities during the convention.  If you will not be able to 
fulfill your responsibility for any reason, please let your Mr. Lastly 
know immediately. As well as assigned responsibilities, please be aware of 
what is happening around you, adopt a neighborhood watch manner of 
thinking, and maintain a security watch at all times. With your 
cooperation and help, the convention will be a great experience for 
everyone involved. Every teacher on this list should attend the Courtesy 
Corps meeting.
       State FFA Convention & Finance Committees
Please review the attached assignments for State Convention Committee and 
FFA Finance Committee. If you have a student serving on either of these 
committees, please be sure that have them to their meeting early on Friday 
so that these meetings can start on time. The Finance Committee will meet 
on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in  Arena Suite A; and the Convention Committee 
will meet on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Arena Suite B.
Please keep in mind that we all have a responsibility for the success of 
the convention and not just a responsibility to carry out the duties we 
are assigned. This is especially true in managing and supervising our own 
students as well as providing a safe and secure environment for all 
students. Everyone should join together to see that students are where 
they should be when they should be. Simply checking to see that your 
students are in the convention hall and are seated and acting 
appropriately will go a long way in improving the overall success of the 
convention. Also, teachers should be in attendance in the convention hall 
to assist with crowd control, to greet guests, and to maintain a safe 
environment for all students. All teachers should identify special guests 
and assist them in getting to the correct location.
Also, please remember to bring food for the FFA Convention Food Drive.  
Each chapter is encouraged to bring jars of peanut butter as part of their 
food donation. All food can be dropped off on Thursday during Convention 
Registration. Proceeds will go to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.
Thanks again for everything that you do to provide opportunities to your 

John K. Wilkinson
Program Manager, Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education
1752 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA  30334
Phone:  404.657.8311
Fax:  404.656.5911
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