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  GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
 
By: Kelsey Lanier, Danbury FFA
July 12, 2012

 
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Although FFA has fun and games, things get serious when it is time for the Texas FFA Business Session. With 74 percent of registered members present and representing 555 chapters, the session begins.

After Area VII State Vice President Shelbie Thames announces the minutes for 2011 have been approved, Area III State Vice President Kyle Schmidt reads the treasurer’s report. Schmidt reports the Texas FFA is in an excellent, solvent financial condition. Area II State Vice President Heston Heller gives the budget report, and it is approved.

Area V State Vice President Taylor Shackelford announced the 2012-2013 Program of Activities for the Texas FFA has been developed. It addresses issues of membership development and services in a way that will encourage growth in the Texas FFA.

The Honorary Lone Star Degree candidate list is reported by Area IX State Vice President Kelli Neuman, which was also approved. Neuman explains the candidates must be advisers, teachers or staff members in agriculture and others who are helping to advance agricultural education. Applications for the honorary state degree were reviewed at the state degree check in San Angelo, and all candidates on the list were approved by the committee. Texas State FFA President Peyton Gilbert adds that all nominations for the Honorary Lone Star Degree must be approved by the delegates at this convention. The motion carried, and the candidates were approved to receive their Honorary Lone Star Degree.

The FFA Constitution states the qualifications a member must meet in order to be eligible for their Lone Star FFA Degree. Candidates must provide written records of achievement to the State Board of Directors who nominate those eligible to receive this honor at state convention. It was approved, by the delegates, for those nominated to receive the Lone Star FFA Degree.

Annually, the Texas FFA nominates one individual for national office. The nomination process began last Friday, four days prior to convention. Hannah Ford is called to the stage to give the National Officer Nominating Committee Report. Finally, Patrick Byrne was selected as the Texas FFA National Officer candidate. Following Byrne’s acceptance as the Texas FFA National Officer candidate, the business session of the 2012 Texas FFA Convention was adjourned.
 
 
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