I know that all of you have seen the email below from Mr. Bridges (below) about the importance of sending thank you notes to your senator or representative thanking them for their support of the State Livestock Show as well as the Ga. National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. I know that it seems like your head is spinning this time of year with everything that's going on, but this is something that should take a priority. I encourage each of you to take the time to have your students who show livestock do this. Let's work hard and have our legislators from the South Region get a ton of thank you letters!
My entry into Ag Education and FFA was not through a CDE or leadership event. It was through a half-crazed F1 Brahman heifer that my ag teacher helped me get to show as part of my SAE project. It was this livestock project that got me involved in the agriculture education program and later lead me down the path to CDEs and leadership activities. I guess you could say that the path I have taken in life could be traced back to this show heifer (she was also wild enough that she helped my prayer life as well :-) ). I know that there are many students who have come through our programs who probably have been started on the road to success by way of the showring. This is why it is very important that you have your students follow up on this so that we can continue to have these opportunities in the future.
Thanks for all of your hard work!
Lynn Barber
South Region Agricultural Education Coordinator
Georgia Department of Education
ABAC 34, 2802 Moore Hwy.
Tifton, GA 31794

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From: John Bridges <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 7:45 AM
Subject: last week in Perry -- (another request for help)
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I really enjoyed getting see so many Ag. Teachers and FFA Members  last week at the Georgia Jr. Livestock Show. One of the many highlights of the week (other than not being in Atlanta) was having the opportunity to visit with several Representatives of the House Ag. Committee as they were given a tour of the facilities. I can assure you that they were all very impressed with the activity, involvement, and skill at which you and your students displayed.Once again, it made me truly proud to be a part of such an awesome group of dedicated people in agricultural education. Driving home from that event, I was thinking of all the great compliments and positive remarks that was said about our students, our teachers, and the entire activity. Is there any way to make the impact event greater????? One idea that comes to mind requires your help -- so here is my attempt get the most out of the event.

1. Please have every student that participated in the Georgia Jr. Livestock Show write a "Thank-You" letter to your State Senator & State Representative. (Hand Written is best). Please make sure they include appreciation for supporting the Georgia National Fairgrounds - Agricenter in Perry, as well as Agricultural Education programs and activities.  Have the students turn the letters in to you so that you can proof them and make sure they get mailed to the correct location.

2. Before mailing the Student Thank-You letters -- Please make a copy and send a copy of each letter to me. You can mail, fax, or scan & e-mail these -- I just need a copy so that I can share them with the leadership at the Georgia National Fair.

3. I would consider this "time-Sensative" -- so if I can have all copies to me no later than Tuesday - March 8, 2011 I will put them together in a binder and share them with the Georgia National Fair.

I realize not everyone was participating last week -- but if you have ever taken students to Georgia National Fair (horticulture display, forestry display, floral design contest, tractor driving, lawnmower driving, etc...  You could have those students write a letter as well)

This is something that will not take a lot of time and students could complete during class -- So I hope we get outstanding participation in this request. (there were nearly 1000 FFA members showing in the State Livestock Show last week) -- but I really need your help to make it happen.

As Always, I appreciate the great work that you are doing. Never forget that YOU are so important. Each of you have a tremendous chance each day to make a positive difference in a students life. What you are doing right now can make a better tomorrow.

Best Regards,

John (Chip) Bridges
Program Manager, Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education
1752 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404.657.8311
Fax: 770.344.4411
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