Greenville FFA Honored At State Convention

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Members of the Greenville FFA chapter attended the 91st annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 11-13 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.

“Elevate” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city.

The convention featured a new Spotlight on Service poster gallery where 24 FFA chapters highlighted a service project their members completed in the past year, celebrating the collective impact of Illinois FFA’s volunteer service. The program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region Vice President Jordan Stowe of Alabama and from each of the retiring major state officers.

During the convention, the following awards were presented to the Greenville FFA chapter:

Heritage Award Section Winner: This program encourages FFA chapters to inform people on their heritage and rights and responsibilities as citizens. Increased involvement of every citizen in local, state, and federal issues provides an important voice in the legislative process that is granted under the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions. The Illinois Farm Bureau sponsors a trip for chapter members to Washington, D.C., in late June to tour the nation’s capital.

Cooperative Activities Section Winner & 3rd Place in State: The chapter was recognized as both the section winner and the third place chapter in Illinois for their cooperative activities. Through this program, FFA members and advisors learn the values and principles of cooperative businesses in the American free enterprise system and develop an understanding of the cooperative way of doing business. The Illinois Farm Bureau sponsors a trip for members to Washington, D.C., in late June to tour the nation’s capital.

Building Communities National Chapter Award Section Winner: As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, Building Communities is designed to encourage the local development of FFA partnerships with alumni affiliates and other organizations while taking a leadership role in making the community a better place to live and work.

Foundation $3,000 Club Award Recipient: The chapter was recognized for coordinating a local campaign for the Illinois Foundation FFA which raised at least $3,000. The chapter’s fundraising total was $8,103.71. (pictured at top)

Premier Chapter Award Section Winner: The Premier Chapter Award is given to the chapter in each section with the highest overall score on the National Chapter Award application.

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