Yelm FFA Named National Chapter Award Winner
INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2010) – The Yelm FFA Chapter of Yelm, Wash., was named Model of Innovation winner in community development at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The nation’s top 10 three-star gold chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Yelm FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 21. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, chapter and student development divisions.
Members of Yelm FFA helped more than 500 kids catch and process more than 800 fish at the Trout Ponds. Along with Trout Unlimited and Moose Lodge, the members educated the junior fisherman on the state’s two-fish limit and encouraged participants to continue recreational fishing. Additionally, the chapter executed a campaign entitled “Project Tornado: Destroying Bad Driving Habits.” As a result of the public awareness campaign, DUI violations dropped 39.78 percent in Yelm and area police officers stopped 60 percent less vehicles for passengers not wearing seatbelts.
The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere and Ford Motor Company. It is one of the many ways FFA members accomplish the FFA mission and succeed in making a difference in their communities and the lives of others.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more information visit www.ffa.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and FFA Nation.
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