FFA Pulse: November 2012

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Have an FFA news story or idea to share? Tell us about it. Email Julie Woodard, jwoodard@ffa.org with the details.

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FFA to the rescue

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, rendering many in need of all kinds of assistance. If your FFA chapter, association or alumni group would like to assist in raising funds, scheduling food drives, volunteering, giving blood or collecting clothing, we have compiled a list of various organizations that would be grateful for your help. Please feel free to access the list at this link: http://www.ffa.org/disasteroutreach. Thank you for your assistance in helping those in need!

Revised FFA privacy policy now available

The National FFA Organization has revised its privacy policy. To learn more, visit the privacy policy webpage.

Check out these grants to help fight hunger

Through the FFA: Food For All grant program, chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Applications are due Dec. 10. Visit the FFA: Food For All webpage for additional information and the application. FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Let’s hear it for FFA Alumni!

The National FFA Alumni Association was busy during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo. A whopping 4,000 FFA members attended the FFA Dance, brought to you by FFA Alumni. Other dance highlights included a live performance from former FFA member Levi Riggs and a surprise guest appearance by the “We’re Farming and We Grow It!” Peterson Brothers (see dance photos here). The association also promoted its free five-year membership for graduating seniors, and the FFA Alumni Tailgate and Benefit Auction raised more than $63,000. Want to learn more about FFA Alumni? Visit www.ffa.org/alumni.

Everyday FFA

Looking for the perfect classroom décor for all your FFA needs—from banquets and parent/teacher nights to FFA Week and PTA events? Be sure to Shop FFA for a host of new and tried-and-true swag to get the party started. Choose from festive mission statement and motto banner sets for $5 - 7.50 and foil centerpieces for $2.50 - 3.50. And don’t forget the party favors, now priced in bulk: Try the pack of 25 emblem pen value packs for $12.50 or a pack of 100 plastic loot bags for $15.50. To see more deals, visit Shop FFA.

Sign up for Shop FFA emails to receive special holiday promotions and year-end sales

Sign up for Shop FFA emails before Nov. 21 to take advantage of special holiday promotions and FFA sales occurring the last six weeks of the year. When you sign up today or before Nov. 21, you will be the first to know about special savings and promotions so don’t delay…sign up at Shop FFA.

Order your FFA merchandise to receive by the holidays

Regular UPS ground shipments delivered Friday, Dec. 21

  • Order by Thursday, Dec. 13
    • Place telephone orders by 5:30 p.m. EST
    • Place online orders by 11:59 p.m. EST

Expedited UPS air shipments delivered Friday, Dec. 21

  • Order by Monday, Dec. 17
    • Place telephone orders by 5:30 p.m. EST
    • Place online orders by 11:59 p.m. EST

Please note: Regular or expedited orders placed on Dec.18 and later will not be delivered until after Jan. 8, 2013. The above dates are best estimates from UPS and can be delayed. To ensure Dec. 21 delivery, order early.

Enter the 2013 Chapter Tee Design Contest

Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2013. For complete details, go to www.ffa.org/chaptertshirtcontest.

Local farm bureau’s raise funds for “Blue Jacket Bonanza”

Purchasing official blue corduroy jackets for FFA members who might otherwise only dream of owning one was the goal of the Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Farm Bureau. Their “Blue Jacket Bonanza” fundraiser made that goal a reality! In its first year, the SBCFB raised $18,000 to buy blue jackets for FFA members who applied to the program. The successful program is now being expanded. FFA advisors are encouraged to contact their local farm bureau to learn about the program; click here for more information.