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 school.

       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 assigned.
       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 students.

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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