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Days of Service Landscape Contest

The National FFA Organization’s National Days of Service team wants your chapter’s best creative landscaping ideas for one of our 2008 National Days of Service project sites. Which service site? The Indiana State Fair Grounds, which attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. The chapter with the winning plot plan will receive national recognition, be commemorated through Indiana State Fair Grounds signage, be featured in various publications and will receive $2,000 to conduct a landscaping project in their local community! All submissions must be postmarked or e-marked by June 13, 2008.

The main aspects of the desired plot plan are:

  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Creating a vibrantly aesthetic environment
  • Innovation
  • Cost effectiveness

For administrative questions, please contact Damon Spight at dspight@ffa.org or call (317) 802-4413. For additional plot information and images, please contact Justin Armstrong at jarmstrong@indianastatefair.com or call (317) 927-7559

Million Hour Challenge

MHC encourages members across the country to improve their communities through civic engagement. Project hours contributed by members and advisors are captured to provide recognition within FFA as well as in the communities themselves. Awards will be given during the 2008 National FFA Convention to the chapters having the greatest number of community service hours in the following categories—Environment, Government, Social/Human Service, Healthy Lifestyles and Education. The awards total $12,500. Eligible project hours are those earned during the Oct. 2, 2007 to Oct. 1, 2008 period. Hours from all programs above are eligible for the Million Hour Challenge. Please remember, hours must be entered by advisors into the Million Hour database to earn credit.

Living to Serve Grant Opportunities

Sponsored by the National FFA Organization through grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Living to Serve program will provide more than $130,000 in grants and awards to chapters or members nationwide.

Grant applications for the next round of LTS project funding are now being accepted. Visit www.ffa.org/ltsgrants or click “Apply for Grants” on the home page.

LTS grants are available for the following FFA programs: Washington Leadership Conference (WLC), Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS), National Days of Service (NDoS), and the H.O. Sargent Diversity Award. In addition, the Million Hour Challenge program is now offering more chapter awards, now for different service categories.

Find out more about these great opportunities and the Living to Serve state grants. Visit the website, or contact the Living to Serve program staff at 317-802-4413 or lts@ffa.org.

Agri-Entrepreneurship Program

When submitting your applications to state, please submit all applications. Your state staff will then submit all applications to us, not just the state winners. All applications are eligible at the national level regardless if they were the state winner or not. In fact, last year we had three winners from Ohio; two from the same chapter! If your state does not have a state competition, you may submit applications directly to National FFA. More information is available at:

http://www.ffa.org/index.cfm?method=c_programs.AgEntrepreneurship

If you have more than one application from your chapter, please indicate the chapter winner. And remember the chapter level award is now $150 and there isn’t a matching fund requirement.

For more information, contact Deborah Sellers at dsellers@ffa.org.

Watch Episodes of FFA Today!

If you missed the RFD-TV broadcast of FFA Today! on April 24, don’t despair! The show is posted online at www.ffa.org, along with previous episodes and other great video stories. Want to know when we’ve added something new? Then sign up for our FFA video feed or subscribe via iTunes.

 

Chapter Video Contest

Encourage your state’s chapters to enter the Chapter Video Contest! Each month, a winner will be featured on the FFA Today! television show and on ffa.org. Members can show why their chapter is special or make a video promoting FFA. They can even create a segment educating others about an important issue like environmental awareness or childhood obesity. Winners will be chosen based on quality of content, quality of video and adherence to guidelines. For past winners visit ffatoday.ffa.org and click here for contest details.

Million Can Challenge

Thanks to the 2007-2008 participants, the Million Can Challenge has helped in the fight against hunger by raising over 700,000 nonperishable food items!!

National FFA Alumni, in partnership with Toyota, needs your help reaching the million can goal. Can Hunger—Million-Can Challenge canned food drives will be held at 12 locations across the nation this year and in 2009. The program is designed to encourage FFA members and alumni to partner with their local Toyota dealership to raise food and funds to support the hungry. Application and further details can found on the alumni website at www.ffa.org/alumni.

CONVENTION NEWS

National Band, Chorus and Talent applications now available
Do you have students with musical abilities? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent programs are a great way for members to divulge their creative side, while participating in the national convention.

So, have them tune up their horns, exercise their vocal chords or put on their dancing shoes and audition to be part of the National FFA Band, Chorus or Talent. It is an exhilarating experience they will never forget!

Download applications at http://www.ffa.org/index.cfm?method=c_convention.bandchorustalent. Applications are due by July 1.

First Edition Advisors Planning Guide Online Now

It’s here—the Advisors Planning Guide – First Edition! Check out ffa.org now to start planning your convention experience. Each April, FFA advisors know to expect the Advisors Planning Guide – First Edition in advance of the annual national FFA convention. This guide contains important housing and preliminary event information. This year, the publication is available online only at ffa.org; no print copies will be produced. Please pass this information along to other advisors.

 

This August, advisors will receive a hard copy of the Advisors Planning Guide–Second Edition. In 2009 both publications will only be available online. Questions? Contact Julie Woodard, jwoodard@ffa.org.

 

OTHER NEWS

Save and Relax with the Wyndham Hotel Group

The Wyndham Hotel Group, featuring 10 hotel brands representing more than 6,500 hotels on six continents, is now offering a 10 percent discount off the “Best Available Rate” to FFA advisors, members, families and alumni.

 

To obtain this discount through the Wyndham Hotel Group FFA Discount Program, just make your reservation on the Internet or by phone and provide the FFA corporate discount number [1000005345] at the time of booking. Please note: If your hotel choice is a Wyndham Hotel or Resort, you must make reservations by phone to qualify for the discount.

Jacob Ross Parish Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Ross Parish was a proud 2007 graduate of Lockhart High School, in Texas and was attending Austin Community College when an automobile accident took his life. Jacob was a student advisor for FFA and wanted to be an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor. He won many awards for his livestock and played soccer and football. Jacob loved to hunt and fish with his best friend, his dad, and shared their “stories” with anyone who had time to listen. Jacob never met a stranger and always had the time to talk and listen.

Jacob’s mom, Kathy Parish, worked for DMX in Austin, Texas. Co-workers, friends and family wanted to do something special to remember Jacob, so they established The Jacob Ross Parish Scholarship Fund. The donors wrote that they wished “to remember and recognize, with unconditional love, Jacob Ross Parish, whose dream was to (A) become an Agricultural Teacher and (B) live the Future Farmers of America’s (“FFA”) motto of “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve”, by establishing The Jacob Ross Parish Scholarship Fund.”

In the three months following Jacob’s passing, the endowment grew to more than $100,000. This endowment will, in perpetuity, provide scholarships for FFA members who shared Jacob’s interests.

If you would like to contribute to this endowment, please contact Bobbie Donahue at bdonahue@ffa.org.