Illinois FFA Association leader honored for commitment to agricultural education
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Illinois FFA Association leader honored for commitment to agricultural education​​​

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​ Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications​
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 26, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Frank M. Dry, who will retire at the end of the year as associate executive secretary with the Illinois FFA Association, has been awarded a VIP citation by the National FFA Organization recognizing his significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education.

Dry has sat in on more than 1,500 American FFA Degree interviews and helped nearly 1,500 Illinois FFA members earn their American Farmer Degree. He coordinated nearly 30 Illinois FFA Foundation fund-raising campaigns that earned more than $9.1 million combined.

He was also honored for serving as an assistant for the National FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE for 19 years, a facilitator of the National FFA Star Selection Committee for 10 years, a member of the National FFA Foundation’s board of directors and a member of the budget and audit committees of NASAE for more than 10 years.

Dry taught agricultural education for 15 years and completed three years of service in the U.S. Army.

The 2012-13 Illinois FFA state officer team nominated Dry for the award.

“The VIP citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong. "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 provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 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, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.