The 83rd National FFA Convention Sets a Record, Says Farewell to Dr. Larry Case
INDIANAPOLIS (October 23, 2010)—The 83rd National FFA Convention concluded today on a high note; the organization set an all-time event attendance record with a total crowd of 54,942 members, advisors, sponsors and guests. And, the organization recognized the service of and bid farewell to its long-time national FFA advisor, Dr. Larry D. Case, who will retire on Jan. 1, 2011.
“It’s only fitting that we should set our all-time convention attendance record at Dr. Case’s 26th and final convention,” said National FFA Chief Operating Officer Dwight Armstrong. “It’s clear that a substantial number of chapters around the country made the trip to celebrate with him before he retires.”
During his onstage recognition, Case introduced his wife of 44 years, Joy, and their children and grandchildren. He addressed the crowd of FFA members and delegates and referenced the fact that there are several educators in his family.
“When I say agricultural education is the noblest of professions and is important to me, I mean that,” said Case. “If it’s good enough for my family, it’s good enough for you.”
Case wrapped up his onstage comments by assuring FFA members that they are in good hands. “I believe in you,” he said, “and I shall never forget you.”
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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