Marshall FFA wins Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 19, 2013 – Marshall FFA was the winner in Community Development and the 2013 winner out of all 331 chapters in the state, earning the Top Chapter Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. Marshall FFA Chapter advisors are Callie Dobbins, Jason Price and Randy Plattner.
As part of their student development activities, members attended state and national leadership conferences and share their experiences with the chapter. Members also promote healthy lifestyle activities by hosting Walk Across the Nation. The chapter conducts a supervised agricultural experience program showcase to educate first-year members about SAE opportunities.
Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Marshall FFA members conduct a dodge ball tournament where chapter members and eighth-grade students are invited to participate. Financial activities include growing poinsettia plants for sale at Christmas time, developing a marketing plan, and keeping track of sale records. Other activities include writing monthly articles for the local newspaper and hosting an alumni career development event.
Marshall community development activities include highway trash pick-up conducted twice a year to help keep the local environment clean. Other activities include a used-toy drive, care packages for soldiers, scholarship trail ride, and agricultural issues presentations where members educate the public as well as answer questions concerning the issues discussed.
The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.
The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.