“The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.”
The Lakeland FFA Advisor is proud of Lakeland FFA’s past successes and is even more excited about our promising future with 56 FFA members for the 2014-2015 school year. The opportunity to get involved in leadership activities, career development events, personal development activities/seminars, and community service involvement is enhanced with the excellent support of our administration and community. The door of opportunity is open and ready for our FFA members to take that chance and walk through the door of opportunity and make their mark.
Agriculture continues to grow and change along with our changing domestic and world demands. With over 300 agricultural careers to choose from, we believe that our students can explore and better prepare themselves for the workforce and get a head start with their involvement in the world’s premier youth leadership organization, the FFA. We challenge our FFA members to get involved and to excel as they pass through their door of opportunity.
The Mission and Strategies
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
2. Make a positive difference in the lives of others.
3. Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion.
4. Respect the rights of other and their property.
5. Be courteous, honest and fair with others.
6. Communicate in an appropriate, purposeful and positive manner.
7. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by being modest in winning and generous in defeat.
8. Make myself aware of FFA programs and activities and be an active participant.
9. Conduct and value a supervised agricultural experience program.
10. Strive to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career.
11. Appreciate and promote diversity in our organization.
The FFA Creed
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds-achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so-for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E.M. Tiffany and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38thConvention and the 63rd Convention.
Learning to do, Doing to Learn,
Earning to Live, Living To Serve
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
“To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should posses.
The cross section of the ear of corn provides the foundation crop of the emblem, just as corn has historically served as the foundation crop of American Agriculture. It is also a symbol of unity, as corn is grown in every state of the nation.
The rising sun signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new day glowing with opportunity
The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country’s strength.
Conduct activities that will promote and encourage members to become active, involved citizens of their school, community and country
Lakeland FFA Officer and Chapter Objectives
· To have 100% of FFA members involved in at least one Career Development Event.
· To have all eligible students apply for their State and American FFA Degrees.
· To improve communication and cooperation by publishing articles in school and local newspapers, having monthly slideshows, newsletters every six weeks, weekly announcements and radio announcements.
· To have agendas posted two days in advance to an FFA meeting and to have the minutes hanging the next day after an FFA meeting.
· To have 75% of the members who sell fruit reach the goal of $300 .
FFA Officers’ Responsibilities
General Duties of all officers:
1. A commitment to a genuine desire to be part of a leadership team.
2. A willingness to accept responsibility.
3. A sincere desire to work with all chapter members in meeting their leadership, personal and chapter goals.
4. A commitment to lead by example.
5. A knowledge and understanding of the chapter, state and national FFA constitution and bylaws.
6. A working knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
7. An ability to memorize their parts in the official ceremonies.
8. Work closely with the president and advisor to assess progress toward meeting chapter goals.
9. a monthly typed officer report reported at the monthly meetings and turned into the secretary by each officer.
President’s Specific Responsibilities:
1. Preside over meetings according to accepted rules of parliamentary procedure.
2. Coordinate the activities of the chapter and evaluate the progress of each division of the Program of Activities.
3. Represent the chapter in public relations and official functions.
4. To open the meeting at the appointed time by taking the chair and calling the meeting to order.
5. To assure that passed motions at meetings are carried out.
Vice President Specific Responsibilities:
1. Assume responsibilities of president if necessary.
2. Develop the Program of Activities and serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Program of Activities committees.
3. Coordinate all committee work for Division I (Student Development Committees) and Division II Chapter Recruitment, Financial, and Leadership Committees.
4. Recite the Vice President’s opening ceremonies part for September, November, January, March, May meetings and the annual FFA Parent Member Banquet.
5. The 1st Vice President is to run the executive meetings and type agendas for executive and regular meetings for the same months reciting ceremonies.
Secretary's Specific Responsibilities:
1. To keep a record of all proceedings of the organization usually called minutes.
2. To keep on file all committee reports.
3. To keep the organization's official membership roll and to call the roll where it is required.
4. To make the minutes and records available to members upon request.
5. To notify officers, committee members and delegates of their election or appointment, to furnish committees with whatever documents are required for the performance of their duties, and to have on hand at each meeting a list of all existing committees and their members.
6. To furnish delegates with credentials.
7. To maintain record book in which bylaws, special rules of order, standing rules, and minutes are entered, and have the current record book on hand at every meeting.
8. To send out to the membership a notice of each meeting, known as the call of the meeting, and be responsible for chapter correspondence.
9. To prepare, prior to each meeting, an order of business for the use of the presiding officer, showing the exact order, under the correct headings, all matters in advance that are due to come up and the times for which they are set.
10. In the absence of the president and vice president, to call the meeting to order and preside until the immediate election of a chairman pro term.
11. Prepare and present minutes of each chapter meeting.
12. Have on hand State FFA rubric for keeping secretary’s book and submitting their book for district evaluation.
Treasurer’s Specific Responsibilities:
1. Receive, record, and deposit FFA funds and issue receipts.
2. Present monthly treasurer’s reports at chapter meetings.
3. Have on hand State FFA rubric for keeping treasurer’s book and submitting their book for district evaluation.
4. Prepare and submit the membership roster and dues to the National FFA Organization in cooperation with the secretary.
5. Serve as chairperson of the finance committee.
6. Assist with preparation of chapter’s budget for upcoming year.
Reporter’s Specific Responsibilities:
1. Plan public information programs with local radio, television, newspapers, and service clubs and make use of other opportunities to tell the FFA story.
2. Release news and information to local and regional news media.
3. Publish a chapter newsletter.
4. Have on hand State FFA rubric for keeping reporter’s scrapbook and submitting their book for district evaluation.
5. Send local stories to area, district, and state reporters.
6. Send articles and photographs to FFA New Horizons and other national and/or regional publications.
7. Serve as the chapter photographer.
Sentinel’s Specific Responsibilities:
1. Assist the president in maintaining order.
2. Keep meeting room, chapter equipment/paraphernalia and supplies in proper condition.
3. Welcome guest and visitors.
4. Keep the meeting room comfortable including setting up and taking down the meetings.
5. Take charge of candidates for degree ceremonies.