Three new FFA chapters received their charter on Wednesday, May 27, during the first session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention.
Healy, Fairfield and Western Plains FFA chapters will join the other 7,439 FFA chapters, helping to move toward the National FFA Organization’s goal of 10,000 quality FFA chapters by the year 2015.
“It’s really exiting to see that agricultural education is spreading in Kansas, especially with our initiative on the national level to have 10,000 quality chapters by the year 2015,” said Emily Surdez, 2008-09 Kansas FFA president.
The focus of the National FFA Organization's “10 x 15” effort is to create new programs in communities not yet served by agricultural education and FFA, and ensure the quality and high performance of current programs providing personal, academic and career education in agriculture.
Chapters can only be chartered in schools where systematic instruction in agriculture education is offered. To receive their charter, each chapter must submit a letter of application, a list of their members and officers, a copy of the proposed local chapter constitution and bylaws, a copy of their program of activities, as well as have paid current district, state and national dues.