National FFA honors Arkansas Agriculture Supporter

Eva Fletcher receives a special VIP citation

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization selected Eva Fletcher of Hot Springs, Ark., to receive a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The VIP Citation is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs. Fletcher was honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

For more than 40 years, Fletcher has welcomed generations of FFA members and agriculture instructors to the Arkansas FFA Association’s Camp Couchdale. In 1970 she came to the camp as the cafeteria manager, and she became famous throughout the state for her chocolate gravy. For the past 25 years Fletcher has served as the camp’s manager. Her efforts have been recognized not only by FFA, but also by several state organizations. In addition, the American Red Cross recognized Fletcher for her service to those misplaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through their hard work and cooperation. Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and industries.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention is held Oct. 19-22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will draw 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. 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. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.