Texas FFA delegates had the opportunity to change the face of the organization during the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention business session. The session began with the call to order by Texas FFA State President Blake Vineyard and the quorum was met.
After the minutes of the 84th annual convention and the treasurer’s report were read, the delegation voted to pass the budget proposal and the program of activities. The Honorary Lone Star and Lone Star Degree recipients were approved, as well as the nomination for Jackie Lee as the national officer candidate for Texas.
The proposed amendment to change the dollar amount required for Lone Star Degree recipients and to allow members who do not have income the opportunity to acquire their Lone Star Degree passed.
The business session exceeded the scheduled time limit and reconvened after the third general session. The amendment to split the delegation into two bodies, the Business and the Election delegate bodies, were split into two separate motions.
The first delegate body would be limited to 400 delegates, with 10 delegates representing each area and the remaining delegates consisting of members from the areas based on membership numbers.
The second delegate body number would be reduced by changing the ratio of delegates from one delegate for every 50 members to one delegate for every 75 members. After a heated debate for both motions, the delegation voted against the amendment to change the number of delegates that represent the members at the Texas FFA State Convention.
The members voted to add two additional positions to the Texas FFA Board of Directors. These positions will be agribusiness and agriculture representatives who will bring more industrial diversity to the board.
The 2013 Texas FFA Business Session came to a close with a motion to adjourn, which passed by general consent.