INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 26, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Jun’ichiro Chidani has been awarded a VIP citation by the National FFA Organization recognizing his significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education.
Chidani served as an advisor to the Future Farmers of Japan for more than 30 years in various capacities and retired this year. During his service to FFJ as an advisor, he hosted the National FFA Officer Team in Japan on many occasions through the National Officer International Experience program.
He has led several exchange programs that have brought FFJ students to the U.S. to build relationships between FFA and FFJ.
National FFA Organization officials nominated Chidani for the award, citing that “his efforts have brought two nations together by organizing Japanese host families for our national officers and ensuring officers of both FFA and FFJ had an opportunity to build mutual respect and appreciation for their differences in cultures but similarities in values and principles.”
“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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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 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.