COLUMBIA, Mo. - On Friday the Union FFA placed 20th out of 334 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Union FFA Chapter advisors are Shyla Baxter, Danielle Blair, David Brooks, Heather Eberlin and Kyle Mabury.
Union FFA Chapter student development activities included teaching safety procedures to elementary students, holding the FFA Super Farmer contest and developing displays for the Agriland Center.
Union FFA Chapter members participated in chapter development activities such as an antique tractor pull in which members collected advertisements and developed a promotional book for the event. Other activities included their annual chapter banquet, a Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a county cookout.
Community development activities included improving and maintaining the Franklin County courthouse square, welcome sign, veterans memorial and 9/11 memorial. In addition, the chapter helped restore historical cemeteries, presented food and fiber production presentations and collected canned food goods.
The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 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.