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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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