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  NEW DELEGATE CAUCUS MEETINGS IMPLEMENTED AT CONVENTION
 
By: Kyler Palmer, Karnes City FFA
July 15, 2016

 
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A new aspect of the Texas FFA Association delegate process was introduced at the Texas FFA Convention Wednesday, July 13. Each area association met together, in a caucus like environment, to elect the state officer representative for their area and participate in an open forum pertaining to business session items. 

“An area caucus is a meeting for areas to conduct business for the association at state convention,” Texas FFA President, Jason Edmondson said.

The top two state officer candidates from each area association delivered a two minute and thirty second speech to the area delegation. This was followed by a forum consisting of four questions with a maximum time limit of one minute and thirty seconds per question. 



“All students had the opportunity to express their opinion, through a ballot vote, for who they wanted to be represented by on the state officer team,” Area VI President, Taylin Antonick said. 

The second half of the area caucus was an open forum discussing business session items. Following the business session briefing, delegates were allowed to address the caucus for a maximum of 60 seconds to voice their opinion either for or against a particular issue, or to ask a question. 

“FFA members were provided the opportunity to get together and make unified decisions and voice their opinions on different business session items,” State Vice President, Kaylynn Kiker said. “Area caucuses are vital for members to get the information needed to be better prepared for the business session.”



Following the area caucus meetings, delegates served as the legislative body for the state association during the business session. Area representatives believe that the area caucus meetings were beneficial in preparing members for the session. 

“I believe the members were better informed about the business session agenda,” Area X President, John Ryan Rodriguez said. “Each area association was able to communicate amongst themselves and build relationships with this extra, but necessary, session.”
 
Reporter: Kyler Palmer, Karnes City  FFA
Photographer: Darby Sparkman, Quanah FFA

 
 
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