Fellow Agricultural Education Teachers,
As you are aware, the 83rd State FFA Convention is taking place
next week (April 28-30). The convention continues to grow from year
to year, and we anticipate another successful event in 2011. 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 committee, 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 following
information and view the attachments 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 706-552-4456 immediately.
Registration was due to the State
FFA Convention Registration office in Athens on April 8, 2011. If you have
not submitted your registration at this time, please plan to register onsite
in Macon. Remember that the fee to register onsite is $35 per person. Everyone
planning to attend the convention must be registered. Due to security reasons,
it is very important that everyone is wearing an official State FFA Convention
button or name tag during the convention.
Registration for the convention will be
held from 12:00--6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the Arena Pre-Function.
Please have copies of the Medical Authorization form completed prior
to leaving school.
2011 State FFA Convention Reminders
Available at the registration desk will be concert tickets for $20
each, and copies of the 2011 FFA Theme DVD (Infinite Potential) for
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. It is not necessary to turn the medical
forms in at the registration desk; We simply ask that you have them with
you in Macon so that should an accident occur, we have the necessary medical
information for every student.
Prior to leaving your school please
make sure that all members have complete official dress for the entire
convention. It is especially important for those members who will
be receiving awards and/or degrees to be in complete and proper official
FFA 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.
This includes the Career Show. When your students are at
the Convention Center, please be sure that they portray the professional
image of the state FFA convention.
- Medical Authorization Form
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.
The Courtesy Corps has been organized
to provide additional assistance and direction for the convention. The
Courtesy Corps will meet with assigned students and teachers at 4:30 p.m.
on Thursday, April 28 in the Arena. All teachers assigned duties
and responsibilities should be in attendance to review the requirements
and duties of the Courtesy Corp. 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
- Appropriate Dress of Adults
responsibilities for convention are included with the courtesy corps 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 Ben 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.
Please remember to bring food for
the FFA Convention Food Drive. All food can be dropped off on Thursday
at the south side entrance of the Edgar Wilson Convention Center (facing
I-16) on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There will
be a truck from the Food Bank parked outside the Convention Center. Please
place your food items in the truck to have them counted and checked in.
All food collected will go to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Again
this year we ask that you make an effort to bring jars of peanut butter!
- Advisor Roles and Responsibilities - Assignment
Please review the attached State Convention
Committee assignments. Insure that students participate in their committee
meeting Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 324.
If you need information about a specific
activity at the Convention, or need to know who to contact about a particular
situation, please be aware of the following staff assignments and superintendent
- State FFA Convention Committee
Proficiency Interviews – Dr. D.J. Sheppard
Star Interviews – David Turner
CDEs – Von Peavy
Sr. Prepared Public Speaking – John Wilkinson
Jr. Prepared Public Speaking – Sidney Bell
Creed Speaking – Melissa Riley
Extemporaneous Speaking – Dr. Teri Hamlin
FFA Quiz – Eddie McKie
Ag Sales – John Allen Bailey
Discussion Meet – Tommy Waldrop
Marketing Plan – Ricky Wheeler
Agriscience Fair – Christa Steinkamp
Woodworking –Kevin Jump
Alumni Convention – Stan Mitchell
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 help identify special guests and assist them in getting
to the correct location.
Thanks again for everything that you do to provide opportunities for your
students. Lets have a GREAT Convention!!!
John (Chip) Bridges
Program Manager, Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education
1752 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
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