Happy Wednesday Agriculture Teachers!


Again this year, Georgia FFA is taking a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the
Washington Leadership Conference. WLC is the premier leadership event
offered by the National FFA Organization. It is a week of outstanding
leadership training and touring our nation's capital. Students work with
other FFA members from across the nation and are led by a conference staff
made of former state and national FFA officers. It is an incredible
experience, and I hope you'll encourage leaders in your chapter to attend.


The dates for the WLC bus trip are June 17-23, 2019. The student conference
fee is $1,165 and the advisor fee is $1,260. This fee covers most meals,
lodging, conference material, and bus transportation. A registration form is
attached. All WLC registration material is due to the State FFA Office by
April 3. A $450 deposit is due with the registration form. The remaining
balance for WLC is due to the State FFA Office by May 8. Please make all
checks payable to the Georgia FFA Association. Do not use the Ag Career
Network to register. Please send all registration information to the State
FFA Office.


Thanks to the Georgia FFA Foundation and its generous sponsors, several
scholarships are available. The scholarship application is attached and can
also be downloaded from the  <> Georgia
FFA website. The scholarship application process is competitive. Priority is
given to 10th and 11th grade FFA members. Students who have previously
attended WLC are not eligible to receive scholarships. Scholarship
applications are due to your region office on March 1, 2019. Please have
students submit a copy of the WLC Registration Form along with their
scholarship application. Submitting the registration form along with the
scholarship application will not register your student for WLC. However, it
will ensure that we have registration information for scholarship recipients
prior to the April 3 deadline. 


In addition to scholarships, students can help raise money for the trip by
conducting fundraisers or working with sponsors, such as their local FFA
Alumni, local businesses, and other FFA supporters. A list of fundraising
ideas is on the Conferences page of the
<> Georgia FFA website.


Each year, participation in the WLC bus trip has grown. With only 36 student
spots available,  I encourage you to send your registration information in
early to secure your member's spot. In addition, there are six spots
available for advisors! The conference is a great opportunity to tour our
nation's capital and network with other teachers from Georgia and around the
country. Advisors can also earn PLU credit for attending. If more than 36
students/6 advisors send in their registration information, a waitlist will
be created and spots will be awarded as they become available. 


Please encourage your members to attend this life-changing week of the
Washington Leadership Conference. It will be a decision they never regret.
If you or your students are interested in more information or have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (706) 552-4457.


Have a great week!





Andy Paul

Leadership Program Specialist

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