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Summer 1 6

A St te Ce heraton Twin Towers will host this year's convention.


FFA State Conve *on Returns To Orlando


The 48th Annual State Convention
and Leadership Conference will once
again be held in the Sheraton Towers
Hotel in Orlando, June 14-17.
All those attending will be housed
in the Sheraton Towers, and sessions
will be held in the Citrus Crown Ball-
room in the Hotel's Convention
Center.
The following policies were
adopted for the 48th Convention.
In order for our State FFA Conven-
tion to function properly and run
smoothly, it is necessary to maintain
the following policies. It is very impor-
tant that each advisor and FFA
member do their part in helping to
abide by these policies.
1) Headquarters Hotel: The 1976
Convention Headquarters Hotel is the
Sheraton Towers located at the inter-
section of the Florida Turnpike and 1-4
in Orlando. As a result of a recent
meeting of the State FFA Executive
Committee, the State FFA advisory
Board, as well as the entire State
Staff, it will be required of all FFA
members and Advisors who register at
the State FFA Convention to be
housed in the Sheraton Towers.
In order for us to have access to the
excellent convention facilities in the
hotel, we must be housed there. There
are excellent eating facilities within a
short distance of the Sheraton as well
as in the hotel and Court of Flags com-
plex.
2) Housing Rates: The Sheraton
Towers has quoted the following rates
for the FFA Convention: Singles,
$18.00 per day; Doubles, $24.00 per
day; Triples, $27.00 per day; Quads,
$32.00 per day.


These rates are subject to Florida's
four percent sales tax. All FFA mem-
bers and advisors who register for the
FFA Convention must use the offi-
cial registration form and mail it in
advance to the Sheraton Towers.
3) Curfew: In order for our FFA
members to be alert and attentive at
the Convention sessions, a curfew of
11:30 p.m. will be in effect. This
means that everyone must be in their
rooms and quiet by 11:30 p.m.
4) Opening and Closing Sessions:
The 48th Annual Convention will open
Monday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. and
close on Thursday, June 17, after the
morning sessions.
5) Attendance: Reports on attend-
ance at the convention sessions will be


taken. A report of each chapter's at-
tendance in the delegate seating area
will be made to each school principal
and superintendent.
6) Rules of Order: Proper behavior
and order is imperative at the FFA
Convention. It will be required of all
advisors to be housed adjacent to the
members they are in charge of. It will
also be the advisor's responsibility to
make sure that the curfew is adhered
to and that members attend each and
every session.
Careful selection of those FFA
members who attend the convention is
essential to a successful one. All FFA
members who attend the convention
must be adequately chaperoned.
That won't reduce the fun, though.


Lord To MC Musical Contest


Bobby Lord was born in Sanford, FL,
Jan. 6, 1934, and lived there until he
was four years old.
He then moved to Tampa and con-
tinued to live there until he joined the
"Ozark Jubilee"
in 1955. He at- 1
tended the
University of
Tampa and left
college to start a
career as an
entertainer.
Bobby headed
his first television
show at the age of
nineteen which
opened the door Bobby Lord
to a recording


contract with Columbia Records.
Some of his first records included
"No More, No More, No More,"
"Hawkeye," "When The Snow Falls,"
"Fascination," plus many others. He
now records for DECCA and his latest
release, now on the national charts, is
"You and Me Against The World."
Bobby's mother and father and two
brothers live in Tampa. He is married
and has three children: Robbie, 18,
Sarah, 15, and Cabot, 13.
Bobby has appeared on numerous
television shows and has performed in
every state of the Union. Some of these
shows include Flatt & Scruggs Show,
The Porter Wagoner Show, Wilburn
Brothers Show, The Grand Ole
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State Officers Offer Leadership Advice


Time Is
Precious
by Chris Hardee

Time-what is it? It's a wise man's
friend and a dumb man's foe. Some
understand it and work for success,
while others never know it and wait on
luck. It is measured by centuries, by
years, and by days. We know it by
hours, minutes, and seconds. Time
goes on forever either with or without
us. One thing for sure is that we can't
bargain for more of it.
The time you and I spend in the
FFA is truly valuable and precious.
It's an opportunity to grow, to learn,
and to understand. Don't let time pass
you by!
Our time as FFA members means
continuous growing. Growing in
leadership and maturity. It is a change
from boy or girl into young men and
young women. Through our ex-
periences we become leaders and, yet,
mature enough to know what it means
to be "honest and fair in the game of
life". The type of individual you grow
to be depends greatly on how you use
the short time you have as a Future
Farmer.
Every experience in our organiza-
tion is a learning experience. There's
so much knowledge to gain and so
much to learn about people, about
agriculture, about business, and about
life. There really is no limit on what
one can learn in the FFA. The impor-
tant thing is that what knowledge we
gain now will always be beneficial, es-
pecially in the future.
Being an active FFA member cer-
tainly gives us an opportunity to un-
derstand. To understand what
cooperation and team work is all
about. It's realizing the meaning of
hard work and honest effort. We come
to understand others as well as
ourselves. It's understanding many
things including setting goals and
working toward those goals.
The time I've spent as an FFA
member has been very rewarding for
me. I will always feel that every mo-
ment I've given to the FFA was put to
good use. This year alone will always
mean much to me.
This year has been many things.
It's been an opportunity to meet many
wonderful people and travel thousands


of miles watching outstanding FFA
members in action. It's been a lot of
growing up-looking at life from
numerous angles. I am still learning a
great deal about myself and our
organization. It has been an oppor-
tunity to work closely with six
dedicated individuals and the state
staff and to understand what it means
to see others do well. Most of all I un-
derstand what A Future For
America-FFA is all about.
Well, it's time to say thank you for
the biggest year in my life. It's also
time to get involved and set some
goals. Time? It's yours and it's
precious, so get busy!






Use Hidden
Power
by Kelton
Stephenson

Picture if you would a cannon, not just
any cannon, but a peaceful looking
cannon. Now picture this same cannon
two hundred years ago in the Civil War
with the flash, the roar, the smoke,
and the recoil proving that terrific
power was hidden within that peaceful
looking cannon.
A sleak, slim ocean liner ready to
sail in thirty minutes, tied to the dock,
with the usual hustle and bustle of the
crewmen loading the huge ship; but
she seemed to be fixed there-even ap-
peared to be a part of the landscape (or
seascape perhaps).
There was little outward visible
evidence the ship would or could ac-
tually travel the seas as she rose and
fell slightly with the motion of the
water. Then suddenly a blast of the
whistle and funnels bellowing black
smoke, the great ship struck boldly for
the sea. Down in the engine room, hid-
den power has been released.
This power to which I've been
referring, wonderful as it is, is all
physical power and, therefore, limited.
Only in a human being do we find an
almost unlimited supply of hidden
power, because in you and me there is
power of heart and mind in addition to
the physical power.
At our national convention when
we see twenty thousand FFA jackets
under one roof one gets the real power
thrill. It is a demonstration of real


American Youth with energies and
forces directed to citizenship, eager
and hopeful of gaining firsthand ex-
perience. Power? Yes, indeed!
Unlimited power, but a kind quite dif-
ferent from the output of a physical or
mechanical device.
From the state of Washington to
Puerto Rico and from the state of
Maine to Hawaii, FFA members are
very much alike. Why? It is because
the stamp of our organization with its
high ideals, principles and purposes is
being left upon each member. Be
proud of the fact that you belong to the
finest youth organization in America
today. Give it all you got and it will all
come back to you. It is your golden op-
portunity to develop your hidden
power.





Work With
Advisors
by Sam
McConnell

A few days ago, I was filling out a
scholarship application and on the ap-
plication it wanted you to list what
you feel is your most major ac-
complishment.
I thought about the request for
quite some time and came to the con-
clusion that some FFA members might
put a contest they had won, an office
they had been elected to, a special
award they had received, or any of
100,000 other things that came your
way in the FFA. When I started to list
my major accomplishment, it was then
I realized that all my accomplishments
in high school combined could not
match up to one particular thing I
learned while I was a state officer.
Because you see my major accomplish-
ment was learning how to work and
cooperate with chapter advisors.
The whole time you're in high
school you don't appreciate what they
are doing for you and the chapter. One
reason I didn't appreciate and respect
them was because I didn't actually
realize how much they were doing.
As I travel across the state, I see all
different kinds of ag. departments and
FFA chapters with varying types of
programs. But you know, the initiative
of the chapter advisors has a big in-
fluence on how involved that chapter
is in any FFA activities.


Florida Future Farmer







Sometimes they need a little push
or a helping hand in the hundreds of
things that go on in the course of a
year. This is where you, your advisory
board, and your local Alumni can be of
unbelievable assistance. If you would
help out sometimes, and the advisory
board would get cranked up, and the
local Alumni get chartered and ac-
tivated, you might see some new ad-
vances in your chapter that you never
dreamed possible. It will also take a
big load off the FFA advisor(s) and al-
low them to broaden their scope of the
FFA program.
Use your own abilities to the fullest
in helping yourself and the people you
come in contact with. Make the best
use of what your advisor tells you and
help him all you can.
One day, I hope you can look back
and say that you're satisfied with what
you have accomplished for yourself
with others in the Future Farmers of
America. I know I'm not and I'm work-
ing on it every day.







Do It Today!
Don't Wait
by Sammy Kight

What opportunity has passed you by
that you feel would have been the ex-
perience of a lifetime?
Let us take a trip back in time.
Was there ever a time when you
missed a meeting because of a girl or
boy or even to see a ballgame and
found out the next day you had missed
one of these great experiences? What

1975-76
State Officers
President ................. Chris Hardee, Chiefland
Secretary .................. Rick Stratton, Sarasota
Vice President ........... Butch McMullian, Malone
Vice President ............ Sammy Kiht, Branford
Vice President ....... Sam McConnell, south Sumter
Vice President . .Kelton Stephenson, Tampa Bay Tech
Vice President ......... Richard Beck, Moore Haven
Program Consultant ....... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ......... Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXVIII, Number 2
Summer 1976
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., P.O. Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741, for
the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America. Sec-
ond class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Gary Bartley,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. No subscrip-
tions sold.
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA, is sponsored by
State Department of Education. Ralph D. Turlington,
Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills, Director of
Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education; Joe R. Kirk-
land, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
see, Florida.


about the time you were too busy to
study for a contest and were the low
man on the team or what about the
one you missed and the team won
without you?
If this has ever happened to you,
you are just one of thousands of young
men and women each year that find
out that doing to learn is the best
education in the world.
It has been said that three people
could start together as a Greenhand
and at the end of the four years in the
FFA they still would be missing some
opportunities.
Everyone looks back in the past to
retrieve some of the experiences and
remember some of the great people
they saw. But as most of us know,
"yesterday is gone forever, and tomor-
row may never come, so today is the
first day of the rest of you life," so take
advantage of those opportunities. As
my Grandfather once told me, "Son,
never put off something until tomor-
row that you can do today, because
tomorrow may never come," for we live
in an ever changing world, never stay-
ing the same, never knowing what the
next day will bring. For it seems like
yesterday or last week, a young boy
was running and playing in the
Suwannee County sand and running
the banks of the Suwannee River, not
caring what the next day would bring.
But today he puts on his tie and coat,
and talks with many different people
about things he never dreamed of.
Then tomorrow he will hang up his
coat, and look back on those oppor-
tunities he missed and be thankful for
the experiences he was fortunate

enough to share.
I just hope that after you hang up
your jacket, you can look back and see
many great things you have done.
When you do look back, I hope you
never have to use the smallest word
with the largest meaning in the world,
if, If I had done this, If I had done
that.
Take advantage of your oppor-
tunities, and do a lot more and use if a
lot less. It's up to you! Have a nice
convention, and God Bless you all.






Answer New
Challenges
by Richard Beck

One of life's most pleasant experiences
is meeting new people and making new
friends. This fast paced way of life con-
fronts us with new faces as surely as


grass grows in the springtime. There is
no shortage of people and the new peo-
ple we meet should be an important
part of our lives.
I wish all of us would forget
ourselves once in a while and show a
genuine interest in the people we meet.
Will Rogers never met a man he didn't
like and most of us can learn a lesson
from the plain talking Oklahoma cow-
boy. The only source of new ideas and
new perspectives is new people. We
learn so much; we grow so much when
we involve ourselves with new people.
There are some who say there are
no Walt Whitmans anymore, that any
boy cannot be President, that there are
no big opportunities left. People whine
that in this bigger, faster paced, in-
creasingly more difficult world one
person can no longer make his weight
felt or his voice heard. Well I'll tell you
right now, that ain't so.
The world wouldn't last long if
nobody answered new challenges and
new opportunities. The FFA wouldn't
last as an organization if our members
did not face challenges and obstacles
head-on, with the firm conviction that
they were right, and that they could
win.
It is, and always has been, an
American zeal to be first in anything
we do. Our very democracy is based on
the conviction that there are extraor-
dinary abilities in ordinary people-
people like you and me and almost a
half million other FFA members.
We just wouldn't be making the
most of our lives if we didn't use our
extraordinary abilities to do some ex-
traordinary things.






Opportunity
Is Here Now
by Butch
McMullian

Greetings fellow Future Farmers. As
most of you realize school will soon be
over for this year and just after school
is out we will be holding our state con-
vention and then our term as state of-
ficers will be over.
Serving this year as State Vice
President from Region I, I have had
the opportunity to travel to many
schools and chapters throughout the
state and I have seen people in various
different chapters act the same way
and have the same attitude toward
their work in the FFA as I did when I
was in high school. During high school
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Summer, 1976








Palatka Senior Captures First


In State Land Judging Contest


The State FFA Land Judging Contest
was held March 26 at Cherry Lake just
north of Madison.
The contest was set up by John
Herbert, Extension Conservationist,
and the Soil and Water Conservation
Service.
The State Winner was the Palatka
Senior Team composed of John Knox,
Bunk Crosby, Jim Zilton, and Jim
Kilgore. Advisor is Jim Ward. This
team represented Florida well in the
National Contest in Oklahoma City
May 5-6.
Chapter and individual scores are
as follows:
1. 477 Palatka
2. 433 Haines City Sr.
3. 431 Pensacola Tate
*4. 429 Hardee County
5. 429 Chiefland Sr.
6. 422 Branford
7. 420 Dade City Sr.
8. 412 Crystal River


The State Agricultural Mechanics
Elimination Contest was held on
March 19.
The following teams reported these
scores on the written test administered
at the sub-district contests.
The top 10 teams participated in
the State Finals on May 7. The
State Winner was determined at the
University of Florida on that date.
1. 237 Okeechobee
2. 193 Hamilton County Senior
3. 186 Walton
4. 182 Baker High
182 Munson
6. 178 Bonifay
178 Woodham
8. 177 Sanford-Seminole
9. 174 South Sumter
10. 173 Hardee County
11. 171 Winter Haven
171 Dade City Senior
171 Bronson
14. 170 Jay
15. 168 Ernest Ward
16. 167 Blounstown
17. 166 Santa Fe Senior
18. 165 Bartow Senior
19. 164 Chiefland Senior
20. 162 Malone
21. 159 Newberry Senior
22. 158 Suwannee


9. 410 Lafayette
10. 408 South Sumter Sr.
11. 403 Southeast Sr.
403 DeSoto Sr.
13. 402. Bell
14. 394 Santa Fe
15. 386 Englewood
16. 385 Groveland Sr.
17. 367 Cottondale
18. 357 Baker
19. 350 Chipley
350 Poplar Springs
21. 348 Vanguard Sr.
22. 341 Hamilton County Sr.
23. 329 Madison
24. 328 Horace Mann Jr.
25. 284 Pahokee
26. 271 Blounstown
27. 252 Jay
28. 244 Bristol
29. 156 West Nassau
*Hardee won tie.
High Individuals
1. 181 Kent Crittenden, Haines City
Sr.


158
158
25. 156
26. 155
27. 154
28. 153
153
153
31. 151
32. 150
33. 148
148
35. 147
36. 146
146
38. 145
39. 144
144
144
144
43. 143
44. 142
45. 140
46. 139
47. 138
48. 137
137
50. 132
51. 124
52. 123
53. 121
54. 119


Vernon
Tate Senior
Columbia Senior
Lake Butler Senior
Bunnell
Cottondale
Auburndale Senior
West Orange
Madison Senior
Grand Ridge
Ft. Meade
Altha
Godby
Vanguard Senior
Marion County
Interlachin
Moore Haven
Richards
Colonial
Liberty
Bradford Senior
Crystal River
Chipley
Lafayette
Greensboro
Ponce de Leon
Baker County
Ft. Pierce
Bell
Mulberry
Lincoln High
West Nassau


2. 172 David Kilgore, Palatka
172 Bunk Crosby, Palatka
4. 170 Bill Rutledge, Groveland Sr.
5. 161 Wilbur Priest, Crystal River
6. 156 Mike Carruth, Hamilton
County Sr.
7. 155 Robert Veal, Branford
8. 152 Jeff Watson, Chiefland Sr.
9. 151 Jeff McCauley, Lafayette
151 Martin Brungard, Haines
City Sr.



Hardee Senior

Winners Of

Meats Contest

The State Meats Contest Finals were
held at the University of Florida on
April 23 under the supervision of Dr.
"Pete" Carpenter.
The Hardee Senior team will repre-
sent Florida at the National Contest in
Kansas City, Missouri during the 49th
National Convention. Team members
are Robert Cardin, Danny Weeks,
Tommy Sconyers, and John Eason.
Advisors are Ronald Durrance and
Ronald Crawford.
Results are as follows:
High Teams Contest
1. 1792 Hardee Senior
2. 1729 Hardee Junior
3. 1655 Orlando-Colonial
4. 1619 South Sumter Senior
5. 1595 Groveland
6. 1562 Palatka Junior
7. 1523 Plant City
8. 1496 Baker County
9. 1478 South Sumter Junior
10. 1457 Vanguard
High Individuals In Contest
1. 613 Robert Cardin-Hardee
Senior
2. 600 Don Hughes-Hardee Junior
3. 590 Danny Weeks-Hardee
Senior
4. 589 Tommy Sconyers-Hardee
Senior
5. 584 John Eason-Hardee Senior
6. 582 Bill Rutledge-Groveland
7. 578 Rickey Jackson-South
Sumter Senior
8. 573 David Rourke-Baker County
9. 568 Steve Durrance-Hardee
Junior
10. 567 Lisa Stephens-South
Sumter Senior


Florida Future Farmer


Elimination Contest for State

Agricultural Mechanics Held









Join And Support The Florida


FFA Alumni Association


The need for public awareness of
agriculture's role in our lives and sup-
port for agricultural education
becomes more important every day.
Thousands of former FFA members
living in Florida comprehend this
need. Many former FFA members are
either farming, or earning their living
in an ag-related field.
Former members of the FFA realize
more than anyone else what the FFA
means to youth, and the opportunity it
offers to young people in developing
leadership, character and good
citizenship-as well as knowledge in
agriculture.
Many of them have expressed the
desire to help assure that others are
aware of the contributions of the FFA,
and with the future of agriculture
depending on today's youth, that the
program receive the support it must
have. This is particularly important
now, with the number of young people
enrolled in vocational agriculture
classes increasing, while public
understanding of the need for
making agricultural education and
FFA activities available to young
people has not kept pace.
The desire of those who have been
members of the FFA in the past to
become involved and join together in a
united effort-to help educate others
in agriculture and generate support-
to help build confidence in today's
FFA members and provide inspiration
-to be kept informed about the FFA
and to share experiences and ideas
with others-has led to the establish-
ment of the Florida FFA Alumni As-
sociation.


The purposes and objectives of the
Association are:
(1) To support and promote the
FFA organization, FFA activities, and
vocational agriculture on local, state,
and national levels.
(2) To provide a tie to the FFA and
to assist FFA and agricultural educa-
tion personnel to involve former
members in worthy activities.
(3) To promote greater knowledge
of the agricultural industry and sup-
port education in agriculture.
(4) To cooperate with local,
Florida, and National FFA Alumni As-
sociation.
Membership in the Florida FFA
Alumni Association shall be open to
former active, collegiate, and honorary
FFA or NFA members, present and
former professional vocational
agricultural educators, parents of cur-
rent FFA members, and others in-
terested in the FFA, upon payment of
annual dues.
The Florida FFA Alumni Associa-
tion is a chartered affiliate of the
National FFA Alumni Association.
The Florida FFA Alumni Association
is empowered to charter local affiliates
on a school, county, or other area
basis.
Steps to charter a local FFA
Alumni Association:
(1) Have at least 10 members who
have paid Florida and National FFA
Alumni dues.
(2) Have purposes in harmony
with the Florida and National FFA
Alumni Association.
(3) Have a designated chairman.
You can start the ball rolling by


joining and urging other interested in-
dividuals to do so, too. But start
today-do it by mailing the attached
membership application.
As a member, you will have an op-
portunity to participate in
organizational activities planned to
fulfill the FFA Alumni Association's
goals. These activities may be planned
and carried through from both
chartered local and state affiliates as
well as on the national level. Each will
plan and coordinate projects and
meetings to meet their area needs.
You can only be as effective as you
are knowledgeable. And an alumni
newsletter will keep you up to date on
new developments and activities of the
FFA, the Alumni Association, and
agricultural education.
How actively you participate in
FFA alumni activities depends on your
schedule and desires, but as a member
the opportunity will always be
available for you to take part in FFA
and alumni activities.


Careers Are
FFA Product
The key to success in the search for
tomorrow's career is a sound
vocational education program. When
combined with an active FFA chapter
in which members learn by doing, the
program unites youth with career op-
portunities in agriculture.
FFA provides its members an op-
portunity to develop their personal
and career potentials.


If You Care, Now's Your Chance To Show It.
Annual Dues National-$4.00
Florida FFA Alumni Association-Application For Membership Florida- 1.00
(Please print or type) Total Amount Enclosed $5.00


Name


(Last)


Address
(Street)


Phone

Occupation


(City)


(First)


(State)


Age


(Middle)


(Zip)


(Please include area code)


Local Affiliation


Lifetime Dues:
(Florida & National)


$100.00


Please make checks payable to
Florida FFA Alumni Asso.

Mail To:
Florida FFA Alumni Association
P.O. Box 1577
Leesburg, Florida 32748
904-488-1401


Summer, 1976







Opportunity-From Page 3
when I was in the FFA, if there was
work to do such as practicing for a
judging contest or preparing for our
banquet, I would sit back and hope
that someone else would do it or take
the lead so that I would not have to. I
haven't figured out yet whether it was
laziness or lack of motivation but in
my travels this year I have seen this
same thing wherever I went.
You, as high school students, have
an unlimited number of opportunities
available to you and all that you have
to do is take advantage of them. I
passed up many of the same oppor-
tunities that are available to you now
and since I graduated and became a
state officer I realize that I should have
taken advantage of all the oppor-
tunities that were available because
after I graduated I found that there
weren't any opportunities to take ad-
vantage of.
All that I'm saying is that if you
don't take advantage of the oppor-
tunities now, while you're still in
school, you won't get a chance later
because there won't be any. I know,
because I did it, and now I regret it.
Don't you do the same!






Pride Is
Important
by Richard
Stratton

I have traveled to many parts of our
beautiful state this year. No matter
where I've been, Miami to Marianna,
small towns or large cities, there has
been one thing that has stood out in
my mind . that being the "Pride"
that many folks have for their homes,
FFA Chapters and communities.
Many times when visiting an FFA
Chapter, members and advisors have
gone out of their way to show me their
facilities . whether it be a green-
house, shop, cattle herd, citrus grove,
or crop growing area, they hold a
special "Pride" for their operations.
Many times members have taken
me out after school and shown me
local Agricultural Enterprises and
points of interest. In their voices I
sense the pride they have for the com-
munities in which they live. Often I
have spent the night with an FFA
Member who with "Pride" would show
me around his farm or a special project
at home.


"Pride" is a funny feeling, for it is
something that cannot be touched or
gained overnight but a feeling that is
developed over a period of time. It
takes a lot of hard work, activity and
directed effort for one to gain this
sense of "Pride" I speak of.
I know that these facilities at the
Vocational Agricultural Departments
or the projects of the FFA Members
that I am shown with "Pride" reflect a
tremendous amount of hard work and
time.
Take two FFA Members, both
equally active and hard working. One
member through his efforts continues
to achieve and is successful ... the
other member works just as hard but
never quite reaches the plateau of the
other member ... but why? Could it
be that the essential ingredient to suc-
cess, "Pride" was not there? Think
About It! When we paint a fence, disk
a field, repair a piece of equipment, or
landscape a house, do we do the type
of job that we can be proud of? Would
we be proud enough to place a sign on
our work saying: "This Fence Painted
by Rick Stratton, John Smith or Sally
Brown."? Would we be willing to let
everyone know that we did the job? We
should be willing, for with personal
"Pride" in ourselves success is only a
step away.
What about our community? How
can "Pride" help improve the place we
live. Pride in our community is usually
reflected by being active in it. Voting
and supporting local government when
possible is important for community
leaders are the ones that make deci-
sions for us and our towns. Getting in-
volved with efforts to keep it a
beautiful place in which to live shows
"Pride". Starting a BOAC Project
through your local FFA Chapter or just
picking up a bit of trash you might
come across sure helps. It makes us
proud to know that our efforts have
made where we live a better place for
all.
We, as FFA Members, have so
many things to be proud of. We should
be proud of being a part of the greatest
youth organization in the world, the
FFA. Also we should find "Pride" in
being involved with the most impor-
tant labor of man ... Agriculture and
be proud to be citizens of a Nation that
for 200 years has remained a strong
force of "Freedom for All."
Remember, the word is "Pride." It
doesn't come easy but it is an impor-
tant ingredient for success no matter
who we are or what we do.


Florida Future Farmer


Those present on the day of the signing
shown with Gov. Askew from left to
right are: Senator Curtis Peterson;
Damon Caruthers, BOAC Committee
Chairman; Kathy Albritton, Mulberry
member; Kelton Stephenson, State
Vice-President from Region IV; Steve
Davis, chaperone; Steven Handley,
Vice-President; Chris Sheffield,
Chapter Secretary; Jimmy Roland,
Chapter President; and Mr. Joe Mills,
Director of the Division of Vocational
Education.


Governor Signs
BOAC Citation
On March 24 Gov. Reubin Askew
signed the coveted Building Our
American Communities citation. The
citation was received by the Mulberry
FFA Chapter, the 1974-75 state BOAC
winner.
The Mulberry BOAC project
represented Florida in National
competition placing second in the
Regional Contest to the South
Carolina winner, also declared the
National Champion. Mulberry's proj-
ect consisted of landscaping the
Mulberry Civic Center, installing ir-
rigation lines, and planting trees and
ornamental plants. Many hours of
hard work went into the planning of
their fine program.


Lord-From Page 1
Opry, Five Star Jubilee, Dick Clark's
American Band Stand, and Paul
Whitman's Talent Shows in New York
and Philadelphia.
Bobby and his wife, Mozelle, have
written several songs together and
they have been recorded by Leroy Van
Dyke, Bob Luman, Wanda Jackson,
The Kirby Stone Four, Guy Mitchell
and of course Bobby himself. Bobby
has a very promising future as a fine
vocalist, MC and guitar instrumen-
talist.


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YOU HAVE ONLY ONE

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National VP To
Attend State
FFA Convention
Doug Loudenslager, National FFA
Vice President will be on hand the en-
tire week of our state convention.
Doug is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Don Loudenslager. His FFA Advisors
at Ridgedale
High School were
Dennis Swartz,
Roger Kepford
and John Eve-
rett.
Raised on a
crop and live-
stock farm,
Doug's farming
program in-
cludes: 20 regis- Loudenslager
tered Hampshire
ewes, 30 acres of
corn, 40 acres of soybeans, and five
market steers. He is currently a junior
in Agricultural Education at the Ohio
State University. After receiving his
degree, Doug plans to teach
Vocational Agriculture and help
manage the home farm.
Doug's experiences in the FFA in-
clude: Star Chapter Greenhand-1970,
Chapter Reporter-1970-72, Chapter
President-1973, State Treasurer 1973-
74, and State runner-up in the
Prepared Public Speaking Contest-
1973. Last year he was Director of
Leadership and Conservation ac-
tivities at Ohio's Camp Muskingum.
At the Ohio State University, Doug
is a member of Bucket and Dipper, a
Junior Men's Honorary; Towers,
Agricultural Honorary; Alpha Zeta
Fraternity, and the Agricultural
Education Society. He is also As-
sociate Editor of the "Buckeye
Tribune", the magazine of the Ohio
State University College of
Agriculture.


"Bicentenniel 76" Is Theme Of

Washington Conference Program


Now is your chance as an active FFA
Chapter to participate in a National
activity and boost the leadership in
your local chapter.
Once again the Washington
Conference Program will be open to
chapters all over the U.S. for seven (7)
one-week sessions from June 7 through
Aug. 7. This is an excellent oppor-
tunity for two officers from your
chapter to visit our nation's capitol.
The week is composed of learning
leadership, citizenship, and how to
improve your chapter program. Cer-
tainly a highlight of the conference is
touring many sites that are a part of
our heritage. You will be surrounded
by the National FFA Officers, the


National FFA Staff, and a fine
Conference Staff of very enthusiastic
individuals.
The conferences will be held in
Alexandria, Virginia near the National
FFA Center, which you will also visit.
The cost of this conference will be
$135.00 per officer for all expenses
while in the Washington area. To ap-
ply, simply return the application
form or write to National FFA Center,
P.O. Box 15160, Alexandria, VA 22309.
Make your plans now to attend the
Bicentennial '76 Washington
Conference Program. Don't miss out
on this chance of a lifetime. Work fast
for the deadline date for applications
is June 1.


WASHINGTON CONFERENCE PROGRAM
APPLICATION FORM
I (Indicate 1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice)


[ JUNE 7-12
O JUNE 14-19
E JUNE 21-26


O JUNE 28-JULY 3 O AUGUST 2-7
O JULY 12-17
l JULY 26-31 Advisor will attend O Yes O No
Advisor's wife will attend O Yes O No


We are sending individuals (including FFA memberss, advisor, and wife).
$20.00 deposit for each $. Checks should be made payable to the National FFA
Organization.
(Limit two officers per Chapter)

Name(s) (If Known)
Chapter High School

Street or Rural Route of High School
City State Zip Code


Advisor's Signature


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Advisor's Phone




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