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  FFA MEMBERS CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS
 
By: McKenzie Ellis, El Campo FFA
July 13, 2017

 
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Voting delegates of the Texas FFA Association convened to discuss official business, on July 12 during the annual state convention. With more than 9,000 members representing over 80% of the chapters in Texas discussing 11 main items of business, the delegation had a successful business session. 

Following the adoption of the standing rules, the legislative body heard both the Treasurer’s and Secretary’s report. 

Cassie Weishuhn of Wall FFA moved to accept the five new resolutions which express gratitude to specific individuals and organizations that have aided the Texas FFA Association this past year. 



Zachary Collins of El Campo FFA moved to keep the state membership dues at $5 per member. The motion was seconded and passed by the legislative body. 

Charlie Hoppe, State Vice President from Area VII, presented the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 year. The proposed budget of nearly $2.941 million was approved, making it the largest budget in Texas FFA history.

“This budget is conservative and will require diligent management by the Texas FFA Staff and association’s Board of Directors,” said Hoppe. “It has been thoroughly examined.”



The next item of business was the approval of the Honorary Lone Star Degree and Lone Star Degree recipients. Which was then followed by Bryce Boyd accepting the nomination to represent Texas FFA at the 90th annual National FFA Convention as the National Officer Candidate. 

This year, three proposed amendments to the Texas FFA Association Constitution were up for debate. 

The first being an amendment to Article V of the Constitution in regard to membership, which did pass after receiving a two-thirds vote.



The second amendment to Article X sparked controversy between the members. However, after much discussion, the legislative body passed the original amendment of a 60 percent to 40 percent rule.

The third and final proposed amendment for this year presented additional changes to Article X of the Constitution. The passed amendment offered a clarification as to the length of time in which a member can run for a state officer position. 

The decisions made in the session impact over 119,000 members and propel the Texas FFA Association into a bright and prosperous future. 

For additional information regarding the items discussed during the business session, please click here
 
Reporter: McKenzie Ellis, El Campo FFA
Photographer: Lauryn Luttrull, Decatur FFA
 
 
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