Chillicothe FFA receives a Top Chapter Award

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 19, 2013 – Chillicothe FFA placed 26th 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. Chillicothe FFA Chapter advisors are Brian Thompson, Jim Grozinger, Lance Martin, Leda Schreiner, Neal Wolf, Roger Wolf, Ron Wolf, and Rusty Black.

The Chillicothe FFA student development activities include participating in public speaking events, coordinating with the local Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America chapter to host a blood drive, competing in career development events, and gaining experience at the school farm.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. The chapter members increase interest in their chapter by holding recruitment days. Other chapter activities included the annual barnwarming and FFA week activities.

Chillicothe community development activities include participating in the Litton Crusaders Program, which teaches individuals about agriculture and FFA, volunteering to plant the yard for the Habitat for Humanity recipients, providing service and food to the local House of Prayer, and hosting a petting zoo.

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.