Bucklin FFA receives a Top Chapter Award

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 19, 2013 – Bucklin FFA placed 25th out of 331 chapters in the state, earning a 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. The Bucklin FFA Chapter advisor is Valerie Montgomery.

The Bucklin student development activities included a barnwarming, where they hosted a dinner and held a dance with games. Other activities that the chapter participated in were state FFA leadership camp, Forage Systems Research Center Field Day, and career development events.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Bucklin members participate in junior high recruitment activities during FFA week. Other activities in which members participated included a reward program for the top sellers from the fruit and cookie dough fundraiser, FFA week breakfast, officer retreat, and alumni concession stand.

Bucklin’s community development activities included a fundraiser that featured products produced in Missouri and by Missouri agribusinesses. Other activities include hosting a hunter education course, visiting patients in a local nursing home, participating in Relay for Life and the Teaching Agriculture and Safety to Kids program.

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.