Middle School Teachers,

The Discovery Conference is a wonderful opportunity for middle school FFA
members. It is a great way to get young members excited about the FFA and
introduce students to the opportunities that FFA has to offer.

Registration is now OPEN for the second installation of the 2016-2017
Discovery Conferences.

*Gold Session: January 27-28, 2017* *at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center,
Covington*, *GA.*

To register for the January 27-28, 2017 Discovery Conference, following

The following information is *directly related* to the January Discovery
Conference installation.

Students should plan to wear casual dress for the entire conference.
Conference registration is from *3:00-4:45 p.m*. on Friday, January 27. The
conference will conclude at noon on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Lunch for
Saturday is not built in to the conference registration cost, but you may
*add* lunch when completing your conference pre-registration. Lunch will be
$6.00 per person. Lunch will *not* be provided on Friday.

The cost to attend the 2017 Discovery Conference is *$45 per person*. That
fee includes all conference materials, a t-shirt, two meals and lodging at
the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. Each student attending the conference must
have a completed *Parental Consent Form* and should receive a copy of the
Camp Policies. Please be prepared to turn in the Parental Consent Forms for
your students at on-site registration. Participants should also bring
linens or a sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries, towels/washcloths, and
appropriate indoor/outdoor outerwear.

Every person attending the Discovery Conference must be
pre-registered. *Registration
and payment* for the conference needs to be completed and postmarked
by *Thursday,
January 5, 2017*.  You will complete the online registration through the
link provided in the corresponding e-mail and mail a printed copy of your
invoice along with full payment to the Georgia FFA Association. No faxed or
emailed registration information will be accepted. Registration is only
complete upon the receipt of payment. Any registration and payment
postmarked after January 5 (including money that is paid onsite) will be
charged a $10 per person late fee or may not be accepted. The Gold Session
of Discovery Conference will be capped at 250 students.

Please be aware of these new conference policies:

·  *Full payment* for each student registered must be received with the
conference registration due 01/05/17.

·   *No refunds will be issued**.* Please keep this policy in mind as you
request checks for the final payment due at registration. If a student
cancels, that student can be replaced with a different student at any

·   There will be no lodging/meals cost for non-advisor chaperones. *Chapters
are encouraged to bring a chaperone for each gender and have a ratio of one
adult per 10 students.* As always, there is no cost for bus drivers.
T-shirts for bus drivers and chaperones are $10 each.

PLEASE BE AWARD OF A FEW CHANGES: The *FFA Quiz activity* will be
administered *PRIOR TO* registration at 4:15 p.m. If you have students
interested in taking the FFA quiz (which qualifies them for the SLC
scholarship or FFA jacket), please make sure you have them three for the
4:15 start time. No students will be admitted to the quiz after 4:15 p.m.
on Friday, January 27, 2017. Students will individually complete the
written quiz. The top ten students based on written quiz scores will
participate in an oral quiz to determine the winner. The winner will have
the choice to receive a free FFA jacket or a $50 Summer Leadership Camp

Additionally, once your chapter is registered, I will e-mail you specific
information about a community service opportunity that will take place at
the conference.

Again this year, One Less Thing has graciously agreed to set up a few ID
practicums for students to explore CDE opportunities available in the FFA.
The ID events are optional for chapters to participate in and will be
set-up from *2:00 until 4:45 p.m. on Friday*. More information about these
events will be sent to teachers who register for the conference.

I have attached the tentative agenda, and the parental consent form.
The *Promotional
Classroom Poster* is on the Georgia FFA Web site under 'conferences.'

If you have any questions about the Discovery Conference, please don’t
hesitate to e-mail me or contact me at the office (706) 552-4457. I look
forward to seeing you and your students at the conference!

*Erin Nessmith*
*Leadership Program Specialist*
*Georgia FFA Association*