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  MEMBERS CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS AT CONVENTION
 
By: Kyler Palmer, Karnes City FFA
July 16, 2015

 
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During the second general session of the 87th Annual Texas FFA Convention members representing 609 chapters from across the state had the opportunity to serve as the legislative body for the association.
 
Following the adoption of standing rules, voting delegates listened to both the secretary’s report, delivered by State Vice President Zach McMeans, and the treasurer’s report, delivered by State Vice President Micah Newton.
 
Conner McKinzie of the Stephenville FFA Chapter moved to fix state membership dues at $5 per member. The motion was seconded by Jackson Carrell of Anderson-Shiro FFA and passed by the legislative body.
 
Newton then proposed the state budget for the 2015-2016 year. He noted this budget is the largest in Texas FFA History totaling nearly $2.577 million.
 
“The overall budget has an increase of $295,715, totaling a little more than $2.577 million, the largest budget in Texas FFA History,” Newton said. “Much of the increase in both revenue and expense is found in the convention portion of the budget, and reflects much higher cost of operation in Dallas [for next year’s convention].”
 


Candidates for the Honorary Lone Star and State Lone Star Degrees were also approved by the delegation. The delegation then nominated State Vice President Katie Holt to represent Texas FFA at the National FFA Convention in October.
 
“Texas FFA, I am humbled and honored to represent you as a national officer candidate this upcoming October,” Holt said. “I am so excited to be in Louisville, Kentucky and represent not only you here present in the business session, but the 109,000 plus Texas FFA members statewide. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”
 


The next item of business presented to the delegation pertained to the realignment of area associations. Information was provided to delegates prior to convention, so no action was needed.
 
The Texas FFA Board of Directors electronically submitted the proposed constitutional amendment and posted it online on April 27. The amendment proposed that at state convention, two bodies would convene to conduct the business of the Texas FFA Association. Those two bodies would be known as the “Business Delegate Body” and “Election Delegate Body.” The Business Delegate Body” would be composed of 350 delegates with each area association entitled to at least 10 delegates.  The “Election Delegate Body” would consist of delegates from each chapter and the number of delegates would depend on the number of enrolled members.



According to adopted standing rules, the business session was scheduled to recess at 12:00 p.m. and reconvene following the next general session. With approximately seven minutes left, the delegation ended debate on the amendment.
 
Following the third general session, the business session reconvened. Austin Clay of the Sandra Day O’Conner FFA Chapter moved to adjourn the session, with a second from Cayla Golsen of East Central FFA. No action was taken on the amendment.
 
Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard said he believes the business session went well.

“I think that in our world and what we do [in Texas FFA], the ‘learning to do, doing to learn’ process is everything,” Maynard said. “The business session is an educational experience for everyone. It is all about learning, teaching, and agricultural education.”
 
 
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